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Senior Lead

Posted: 1 Oct 2020 Closes: 31 Oct 2020
Skipton House, London, United Kingdom £75,914 - £87,754 per annum
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Senior Lead

Job Reference: 990-1-EI3292-CE

Employer: Location: Skipton House, London Salary: £75,914 - £87,754 per annum

Our Organisation

NHS England and NHS Improvement came together on 1 April 2019 as a new single organisation. The NHS Long Term Plan focuses on delivering integrated care to patients at the local level and we can best support the NHS to deliver this as a single integrated organisation.

At the NHS, we are reminded every day of how important life is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us and for our patients, and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement whether that's job share, part time or another flexible pattern. In addition, although the role advertised may have an 'home' office base indicated, we remain committed to supporting flexibility around workplace locations. If it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

Our new operating model represents a strong shift to regional delivery supported by expert corporate teams. Local health systems are supported by our integrated regional teams who play a major leadership role in the geographies they manage.

We are jointly committed to creating and maintaining a fair and supportive working environment and culture, where contributions are fully recognised and valued by all and staff feel empowered to carry out their duties to the best of their abilities. As employers we are committed to promoting and protecting the physical and mental health and well-being of all our staff. This underpins our values as set out in the NHS Constitution, supports us to be an Employer of Choice and ultimately enables our employees to support the effective care of our patients.

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 Cancer Programme, 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.

The Cancer Programme Team takes its responsibility to promote equality and diversity seriously. We respect colleagues from different backgrounds and embrace different cultural preferences in everything we do.

Are you the right person for the job?

You will be instrumental in delivering on our NHS Long Term Plan ambition to diagnose three in four cancers at an early stage so that even more people survive cancer in the future.

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

Primary responsibilities

Senior Lead for Strategy:
  • Develop and maintain robust policy and strategy on complex and high profile issues for the Programme, bringing together the commitments in the NHS Long Term Plan and building on delivery to date, supported by robust financial and workforce modelling.
  • Build an effective network of senior relationships across NHS England and Improvement, other ALBs, regions, local systems and wider stakeholders to support delivery.
  • Work in close collaboration with system leaders to drive transformation in cancer care, supporting on-going quality improvement work and enabling greater devolution across the health system.
  • Lead delivery of complex, high profile and sensitive strategy projects and short term pieces of work, to enable and support programme delivery.
  • Provide fast, accurate and strategic advice to the National Directors and senior leaders across the organisation across the cancer portfolio.
  • Be a proactive and visible member of the Senior Leadership Team, providing leadership, matrix management and coaching across the strategy team and more broadly, ensuring high performance with a strong and positive team culture and focus on delivery.
  • Represent the Cancer Programme in internal and external forums and deputise for the Director and Deputy Directors as required.
Person specification

Educated to masters or equivalent level, or with equivalent experience of working at a senior level in a specialist area, you 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.
The successful candidate 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.
The successful candidate 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.
Please note that the reason for the fixed term of this contract is to cover maternity leave. The temporary contract will therefore terminate to allow the substantive postholder to resume the duties of their substantive post.

Shortlisting will be completed within one week of the advert closing, with interviews taking place during the following fortnight (ie within 3 weeks of the advert close date).

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name: Richard Brown

Job title: PMO Manager

Email address:

Our commitments to you

We are passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. We know through experience that different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds create a stronger and more creative work environment that delivers better patient outcomes. We welcome applications irrespective of people's age, disability, sex, gender identity and gender expression, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or other personal circumstances. We have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and consistently at every stage of the recruitment process, including the consideration of reasonable adjustments for people who have a disability.

Applications are welcomed from applicants who wish to apply for a position on the basis of a smarter or flexible working arrangement. Where candidates are successful at interview, such requests will be taken under consideration and accommodated where the needs of the service allow.

Please note that we currently do not accept applications via CV or recruitment agencies.

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