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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 28/11/2021.

Band 8a Assistant Programme Manager

Job Reference: 304-1060763DH

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
£47,126 - £53,219 per annum

“Defined by our people”

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) is recognised as one of the leading NHS Foundation Trusts in the UK. Our vision is to Build Healthier Lives, and we recognise that we need incredible staff to do this.

Operating across multiple sites, including Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Solihull Hospital and Community Services, Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield and Birmingham Chest Clinic, our commitment to our 22,000 staff is to create the best place for them to work, which is why we are dedicated to:

  • Investing in the health and wellbeing of our staff, including a commitment of offering flexible working where we can;
  • Being a Stonewall Diversity Champion, aiming to achieve positive change for LGBTQ+ staff and patients;
  • Being a disability confident employer and in line with the disability confident scheme guarantee an interview for all disabled applicants where they meet the essential criteria;
  • Making reasonable adjustments throughout the recruitment and selection process for those with a physical or hidden disabilities, including those who are neuro-diverse;

  • Working with marginalised groups, such as those from BAME backgrounds, to increase representation, facilitate positive action and promote anti-racist practice throughout the Trust;

  • Offering our staff a wide variety of training and development opportunities, access to mentors and peer support groups to support their personal and career development objectives.

We are a leading provider of healthcare with an regional, national and international reputation providing cutting edge healthcare.

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The focus of the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) is to lead and catalyse collaboration and improvement between academia, industry, health and care providers, commissioners, and citizens, with the aim to generate continuous improvement in the region’s health and wealth.


As one of 15 regional AHSNs established in 2013 by NHS England to spread innovation at pace and scale, the WMAHSN enable the West Midlands healthcare system to take advantage of innovations that can help to save time, money and lives across our diverse population, which includes many of the most challenged, deprived, and vulnerable communities in the country. Our role is to support partners to work together across areas of identified need, adding value for our patients and population.

This is an exciting opportunity to lead improvement in patient safety across the West Midlands.

The West Midlands Academic Health Science Network is expanding and is appointing an additional Assistant Programme Manager to join our Patient Safety Team.  The team deliver the National Patient Safety Programmes across the West Midlands region and a portfolio of regionally agreed programmes.  We are currently focused on improving patient safety in five areas:

  • Managing Deterioration

  • Maternity and Neonatal

  • Medicines Safety

  • Mental Health

  • Adoption and Spread of proven interventions


    As Assistant Programme Manager you will lead an agreed area of work, having operational responsibility for its design and delivery.  Working across the West Midlands region, you will be required to deliver and demonstrate impact in improvements to patient safety in your assigned area of responsibility.  To achieve this, you will need to work closely and in partnership with stakeholders from across the health and care system, bringing them together to lead improvement.  You will be expected to underpin all work with quality improvement methodology and work to create a just safety culture.

    The post holder will need to develop strong trusting relationships with stakeholders, be autonomous and confident to work on your own as well as part of a team.  You will be required to have expert knowledge of quality improvement methodology and be able to demonstrate that you have lead projects in quality and safety improvement.

    This role is based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and/or I centrum, Holt Street, Birmingham with regular travel across the West Midlands region and occasional national travel, the ability to travel between sites in a timely manner is therefore essential.

    If you are committed to leading improvement in patient safety across the West Midlands, we would love to hear from you.

    To discuss this role further please contact Jodie Mazur Head of Delivery: Improvement and Safety,

All posts involving access to persons in receipt of health services will be subject to a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check.

Having a criminal record will not necessarily bar you from working with us; this will depend on the nature of the position and the circumstances of your offences.

Staff recruited from outside of the NHS will usually be appointed at the bottom of the pay band.

Successful candidates will be automatically enrolled onto the Trust staff bank UHB+.

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