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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 06/12/2019.

Senior Project Manager - Band 7

Job Reference: 427-CEF20192396

West of England Academic Health Science Network
£37,570 to £43,772 pa / pro rata

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.

Senior Project Manager - Service and Systems Transformation

West of England Academic Health Science Network (AHSN)

Agenda for change Band 7

37.5 hours per week

Fixed Term/Secondment Maternity Cover

Based in Central Bristol (but travel across the region will be required with occasional journeys further afield)

The West of England Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) is one of 15 AHSNs in England, formed in September 2013 and issued with a second license in 2018. The West of England AHSN provides a partnership through which the NHS, industry and universities can work together for patient benefit and wealth creation for the UK economy.

Working with NHS colleagues across the West of England, public and patient representatives and entrepreneurs committed to supporting the delivery of better health and care, we plan and implement the use of innovative new products and ways or working, new models of care and patient pathways, in order to drive safer and better care for patients, at value to the tax payer.

Underpinning this approach is our West of England Academy that provides education and skill development in the use of innovation and quality improvement methodologies and tools.

Our work programme is expanding to support the effective adoption and spread of new assistive technologies and care models as part of a national team within the AHSN network.

This is an exciting time to work for WEAHSN at the forefront of innovation in the NHS, in a unique role for someone with demonstrable experience and a proven ability to plan and deliver complex projects. Collaborative working with a broad range of stakeholders will be a critical feature with the ability to influence clinical and management leaders across our member organisations also key.

The successful candidate will possess strong personal organisation skills, excellent communication skills, coupled with enthusiasm, commitment and a personal drive to achieve demanding targets.

Experience as a clinician and / or the use of Service Improvement or Quality Improvement (QI) tools and techniques will be a distinct advantage. The successful candidate will be employed on a fixed term or secondment basis to cover maternity leave and will predominantly work on our established Medicine Safety Programme. We would therefore be particularly interested to receive applications from candidates with a background in pharmacy or medicines optimisation.

To find out more about this very unique opportunity please contact:

Ellie Wetz, Programme Manager – 07900557027 or

Closing Date: 6th December 2019, Interview Date 17th December 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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