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Transformation Lead

Job Reference: 990-NHSE11701C

NHS England
£59,090 - £71,243 per annum

NHS England leads the NHS in England, setting the priorities and direction of the NHS and informing the national debate to improve health and care. We strongly believe in health and high quality care for all, now and for future generations and want everyone to have greater control of their health and wellbeing, and to be supported to live longer, healthier lives by high quality health and care services that are compassionate, inclusive and constantly-improving.

NHS England shares out more than £100 billion in funds and holds organisations to account for their spending. Our work involves the commissioning of health care services in England, and we support local health services that are led by Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). We have devised and are delivering a strategic vision for the NHS, along with our partners in health, called the Five Year Forward View.

If the advertised role is based in London on an Agenda for Change Pay Band, it will attract a High Cost Area supplement. This supplement is not applicable to Executive or Senior Manager or Medical Leader positions. For positions offered on a part time basis, salary and any allowances will be adjusted pro rata.

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Are you passionate about improving the lives of people with cancer? Do you want to ensure more people survive cancer than ever before? Working in NHS England’s Cancer Programme, that’s exactly what you’ll do.

As a senior leader within the NHS National Team, you will set the agenda for cancer services in England. Working with patients, clinicians, charities and across the public sector, our aim is to reduce preventable cancers, diagnose cancer earlier, increase survival and improve the quality of life and experience for cancer patients. We develop national policy and strategy, and work with our Cancer Alliances across the country to transform services for patients.

This is an exciting time for the NHS Cancer Programme. Our work to implement the Independent Cancer Taskforce strategy has already started to transform the experience of cancer patients across England. The publication of the Long-Term Plan for the NHS provides us with an opportunity to go even further. You will be instrumental in delivering on our ambition to diagnose three in four cancers at an early stage so that even more people survive cancer in the future.

This role is advertised as a Fixed Term Contract till 31st March 2020, however it is expected to continue beyond this time.

Are you the right person for the job?

We are looking for two candidates with strong experience in developing national policy and seeing it through to implementation. The successful candidates will also have robust skills in bringing stakeholders together in the design and delivery of operational policy and delivering through others.

Primary responsibilities

    • Leading the smooth and effective delivery of national projects to achieve EITHER early and fast diagnosis OR modern treatment, improved research and better quality of life for cancer patients. This will include overseeing project delivery nationally and working with and through Cancer Alliances to effect service transformations for patients.
        • If leading the early and fast diagnosis strand, playing a leading role in developing and delivering the improvement delivery plan for national cancer standards, such as the 62 day referral to first treatment standard and the introduction of the new 28 day diagnostic standard. This will include supporting Cancer Alliances and regional teams in NHS England and NHS Improvement to ensure that delivery is on track and best practice is shared.
        • If leading the modern treatment, research and quality of life strand, playing a leading role in the delivery of the long-term plan ambitions for personalised care through technology and innovation.
    • Working closely with partner programmes and organisations, including Public Health England and Health Education England, to ensure their priorities and deliverables are aligned to the Programme’s objectives.
    • Engaging extensively with stakeholders, such as charities, Royal Colleges, and patients, to ensure they are part of the design and delivery of Cancer Programme projects.

Person specification

Educated to masters or equivalent level, or with equivalent experience of working at a senior level in a specialist area, they will possess:

    • experience at a senior level in developing strategy and service development to improve patient experience and outcomes;
    • experience of programme management in a large scale organisation, and operating within complex organisational structures;
    • experience of successfully operating in complex, highly politicised environments and effectively managing competing priorities and stakeholders.

Candidates will evidence:

    • the ability to build excellent collaborative networks, influence and work through others;
    • the ability to deal with ambiguity and complexity, whilst working at pace;
    • leadership skills and the ability to build, lead, develop and motivate high performing teams, including strong feedback and coaching skills;
    • strong interpersonal skills, including negotiation, conflict management and partnership working;
    • strong business management and financial management skills; and
    • excellent communication skills: written, verbal and listening.

Candidates will bring the following expertise:

    • a thorough understanding of NHS policy making and NHS governance systems;
    • a commitment to and passion for improving services and outcomes for cancer patients and their families; and
    • a strong and successful track record of using programme and project management to turn policy into successful delivery on the ground.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Richard Brown, PMO Manager

07876 852196

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