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Deputy Director of Innovation & Growth

Job Reference: 427-CEF20190216

West of England Academic Health Science Network
Innovation & Growth
£59,090 to £71,243 pa

Funded by NHS England, The Office for Life Sciences and NHS Improvement, the West of England Academic Health Science Network exists to accelerate the spread of innovative, evidence-based practice to improve health and care in the West of England. We work with all six acute Trusts, five Clinical Commissioning Groups, five community providers, two mental health Trusts and three universities in the West of England. We also work closely with local businesses, small and medium enterprises, Local Enterprise Partnerships and a range of other academic partners to facilitate the adoption and spread of innovation into health and social care.

We are committed to improving outcomes for patients through improving access to research, applying evidence and ensuring consistency of clinical practice. We run projects working at scale to spread evidence-based quality improvements across the region.

Our highly collaborative network accelerates the scale and pace of delivering consistent good practice across our communities. This work is underpinned by high levels of collaboration with industry to ensure that we are innovative, enhance patient outcomes and drive up wealth in our local economy.

We host the Patient Safety Collaborative for the West of England and manage a wide improvement agenda working across all health care sectors. Our aim is to reduce incidents of harm and improve quality. We are committed to supporting and building the quality improvement capability and capacity of our local organisations.

Deputy Director of Innovation and Growth

West of England Academic Health Science Network (WEAHSN)

Agenda for change Band 8c tbc

37.5 hours per week


Based in Central Bristol

The West of England Academic Health Science Network is one of 15 AHSNs working across England. The role of the AHSNs is to act as the vital “connective tissue” between industry, universities and the NHS, from research and invention through to adoption and widespread diffusion. As the centrepiece in the NHS innovation architecture the AHSNs work on geographical footprints with member organisations, industry and other partners to improve outcomes for patients and service users. Economic Growth and the delivery of the new Innovation Exchange are central to the mission for the AHSNs. Working with the Director of Innovation and Growth, the Deputy Director is a key leadership role in the delivering this agenda across the West of England.

The Deputy Director of Innovation and Growth will oversee the operational management of the team delivering the wealth creation, economic growth and innovation exchange work streams and topics of the AHSN. These will be a combination of locally agreed and nationally determined innovation, improvement, and patient safety focussed programmes. The Deputy Director is responsible to the Director of Innovation and Growth for delivery of the work programme as agreed with the Office for Life Sciences and locally with the member organisations of the AHSN including with local Sustainability & Transformation Partnerships and Integrated Care Systems.

You will be able to demonstrate a track record of leadership in in the field of health or life sciences innovation, with specific experience in at least one of the commercial or academic sectors. You will be able to represent the AHSN at a senior level with local partner organisations and the commercial sector, and also nationally with commissioners.

You will be an excellent communicator capable of leading and inspiring both as a team leader for the innovation and growth team and alongside senior colleagues across the West of England AHSN and the national AHSN Network.

You will have well developed organisational skills that enable you to oversee a wide ranging portfolio of programmes and projects on behalf of the Director. You will approach your work with a combination of attention to detail and creativity in equal measure.

Natasha Swinscoe, Managing Director 0117 900 2185

Closing Date: 24th March 2019

Interview Date: w/c 01/04/2019

Should we receive high level of applications, this vacancy may be expired early. We therefore encourage you to submit your application as soon as you are able to. If you feel you need additional time to do this please contact the recruitment team to discuss how we may be able to help.

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Tier 2 Sponsorship (formerly Work Permit):

Applicants who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitable EU/EEA candidate is appointable as the employing body is unlikely to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test required by UK Visas and Immigration. For further information please visit UK Visas and Immigration website.

Please note, unless stated in the advert, we are not able to pay interview or relocation expenses.

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