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NHS England and NHS Im
Skipton House, London.
Competitive salary
Closing date
22 Sep 2021
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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.

The COVID vaccine programme has delivered 70 million vaccines, saving tens of thousands of lives in the last 8 months. The Strategy Team supports the SRO to set the direction of the programme, prepare for future events, and hold relationships with important external stakeholders. We are a close-knit and caring team, which prides itself on being a great place to work.

We are looking for:

· Someone who prides themselves on creating an inclusive working environment where diversity is valued, everyone can contribute, and wellbeing is prioritised.

· Ability to mobilise and run multiple, large scale programmes simultaneously, blending the problem-solving skills necessary in the early phases with the implementation skills needed to move from design to delivery.

· Ability to manage teams drawn from different government departments/national bodies.

· Excellent influencing and stakeholder skills and the ability to operate autonomously in the most senior levels i.e. CEOs, ministers, board members.

· Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, including qualitative and quantitative skills. The post holder will show mastery of these skills and be able to impart them to junior team members. The ability to bring structure to complex problems, even under significant uncertainty.

· The ability to manage conflicts and negotiate difficult relationships, always treating others with respect but equally ensuring that programme objectives are not unduly compromised.

· A strong understanding of health and social strategy and policy.

· The ability to sustain and build strong networks within the health system, including statutory bodies, patient groups, voluntary organisations, think tanks and industry.

· Resilience and a can-do attitude.

As a Deputy Director the post holder will work as part of a dynamic team in delivering an effective service supporting managers and staff across the Vaccines Deployment programme (VDP).

The post holder will develop effective strategy and operational policies for promoting innovation across Cluster and Sector. Working closely with colleagues across the sector, ensuring coherent strategy and will:

• Drive the strategy for, supporting and ensuring alignment across the system

• Drive reform and support organisational change and uptake of initiatives that support excellence

• Develop and communicate the vision for the role of innovation, and the development of strategy and operational policies to support this vision

• Engage with key strategic regional and national policy makers to inform development of strategy and policies

• Identify examples of national and international best practice and to ensure that NHS England and NHS Improvement benefits from relevant innovations in healthcare

• Support development by developing the innovation infrastructure and capacity in organisations

• Develop and champion new initiatives or projects as necessary

• Working with providers and clinical experts to design new training products

• Provide expertise of best practice methodologies regulatory requirements, policy imperatives, innovation and technological developments and stakeholders knowledge.

Please note the reason for the advert of the fixed term contract is for covid programme

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name: Becky Cull

Job title: Strategy PMO Lead

Email address:

Telephone number: 07545 485918

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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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