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Programme assistant - insight

Job Reference: 188-AC2021

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
Wessex AHSN
Southampton Science Park, Southampton
£30,401 - £37,267 pa

At Wessex academic health science network (AHSN), we connect the NHS, universities, research, innovators and small businesses to help drive innovation into the health service, which benefits patients, saves the NHS time and money, and helps to grow the local economy. We have an exciting opportunity for a programme assistant to join us on a 12 month fixed term basis.

Now is a great time to join the AHSN. We’re at an exciting time in our history: we’ve got a very successful six years under our belt, and an exciting future ahead – working to grow and support health innovation across Dorset, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Southern Wiltshire; and also working with our fellow AHSN colleagues, NHS England, NHS improvement and the office for life sciences as we look to have national impact for NHS patients in England.

A critical part of the AHSN’s work involves establishing the evidence base for new models of care/innovative approaches to care, and their potential for spread. Wessex AHSN offers specialist capability and capacity to deliver independent evaluations of new services and technologies to organisations in Wessex and beyond. As we grow our team, we are looking for a programme assistant to support a small team of programme managers to undertake evaluations for a wide range of clients in health, industry and the voluntary sector. The subject matter ranges from the evaluation of new care models to validation of new technologies as they are implemented in health care practice.

This role would suit an individual who is proactive and organised and who enjoys working in a fast paced, project-based environment. You will need to have strong verbal and written communication skills. You will be confident with managing and reporting data, to be used within the evaluation projects and for wider performance reporting.

The post holder will be based at the Wessex AHSN offices (Southampton Science Park) and most core team meetings will be held here. The post holder will be expected to travel across Wessex to meet with project teams and member organisations across the region. Occasional travel to evaluation sites across the UK may be required.

This is a full-time position, but part time hours would be considered.


Wessex AHSN is based in Southampton Science Park in Chilworth, in a bright modern office. Easily accessible from the M3, M27 and Southampton Parkway train station, the location offers free parking with a café on site and 27 acres of the Science Park site are designated a protected conservation area.

Wessex AHSN is keen to ensure that staff have a successful work/ life balance and offers flexible working dependant on the requirements of the role.


Wessex AHSN is a Trust hosted organisation based in Chilworth.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than those in London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and 13 nearby green spaces to enjoy.


The closing date for applications is the 27 August 2019.

Interviews will be held on Tuesday, 17 September 2019.


If you’re interested in applying for this role, we’d encourage you to get in touch using the contact information at the bottom of this advert with any questions or if you would like to arrange an informal visit. Alternatively, if you’re ready to apply, please follow the link below to complete an application.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Philippa Darnton

Associate Director - Insight

07736 896708

Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if we receive a large number of applications. We will not accept any applications or queries via agencies under any circumstances.


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