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Deputy Director Lancashire & South Cumbria Diagnostics Portfolio

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
£83,571 to £96,376 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8D
Full Time
Job summary

We are seeking a Deputy Director for the Lancashire & South Cumbria Diagnostic Portfolio to provide leadership across a collaborative diagnostics workforce portfolio and to be a senior lead for the delivery of the portfolio in support of achieving the ambitions set out in the NHS Long Term Plan and Sir Mike Richards Diagnostics Recovery and Renewal report.

Formally reporting to the Programme Director of the Lancashire & South Cumbria Diagnostic Portfolio, providing leadership across of a number of pillars including Endoscopy and Healthcare Sciences representing at a regional level, driving greater alignment for the portfolio to achieve the shared ambitions.

Main duties of the job

This pivotal role provides a fantastic opportunity to provide strategic support for the diagnostics workforce portfolio, with a range of complex programmes and projects spanning the imaging, pathology, and endoscopy networks. The role will facilitate joint workforce planning, delivery of objectives and engagement with stakeholders to support shared understanding and approaches to delivery and implementation of education reform and training.

The postholder will support on policy and strategy development within the Diagnostics Workforce portfolio and develop and agree deliverable plans for the portfolio.

You will work closely with the Programme Director, as well as professional leads, and national and regional colleagues.

The postholder will require experience and knowledge of healthcare education and training and be able to apply this to their excellent knowledge of diagnostics services in England and the strategic direction for services as articulated in the NHS Long Term Plan and Sir Mike Richards Review, for maximum system impact.

About us

Established in 2003 East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) is a large integrated health care organisation providing high quality acute secondary healthcare for the people of East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen.

Our vision is to be widely recognised for providing safe, personal and effective care. We currently provide high quality services and treat over 700,000 patients a year from the most serious of emergencies to planned operations and procedures. We employ over 8,000 staff, many of whom are internationally renowned and have won awards for their work and achievements

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Deputy Diagnostic Networks Portfolio Director will be responsible for supporting the Director with planning, implementation, assurance and delivery of the LSC Diagnostics Programme, leading the work of the Networks with oversight from the Director and ensuring the Provider Collaborative Board has full sight of and assurance over transformation and performance improvement actions.

The Deputy Director will have the ability to drive strategic, system-wide transformation, operational and business change. They will ensure the delivery of the portfolio of programmes within the system mandate to ensure we:
  • Secure maturing maturity status for in-scope networks by end of March 2025
  • Reduce patient waiting times to meet national 6WW ambitions
  • Reduce inequity of access
  • Improve health equalities and support the population health agenda
  • Optimise capacity of NHS services to meet projected demand
  • Improve productivity

The LSC Diagnostics Programme Board (DPB) currently has oversight of multiple diagnostic transformation and performance improvement programmes across LSC, which together will support the shared system aim of high quality, accessible and efficient services.

These include:
  • Implementation of Community Diagnostic Centres
  • Maturation of Imaging, Endoscopy and Healthcare Science Networks
  • Diagnostic Imaging Network operational plan*
  • Endoscopy Network operational plan*
  • Healthcare Sciences operational plan*
  • Diagnostics digital roadmap
  • Cardiac Network diagnostics only
  • Respiratory Network diagnostics only
  • Cancer Alliance diagnostics only
  • Pathology Collaborative (out of scope)

Hosted by ELHT on behalf of the Provider Collaborative Board, the post-holder will provide deputy leadership to engage and influence a significant, system-wide group of clinical, operational, managerial and specialist staff to deliver the programme, endorsed by the Provider Collaborative Board, ICS executive, and commissioners. The Deputy Director will be accountable to the Director for ensuring the key stakeholder groups operate collaboratively to ensure all key interdependencies are mapped, managed and linked so that all clinical and operational programmes, projects and patient pathways are joined up in the matrix organisational system.

The Deputy Director will be required to consistently operate with a high level of political awareness, personal influence and skill, in a highly complex, matrix system across the ICS, working effectively with the Provider Collaborative Board and Director, Providers, CCGs, NHSEI, GIRFT, regulators, research, education and training institutions; including at Board level. They are responsible for maintaining specialist programme teams which will include working closely with all parts of the ICS, regional and national teams, ensuring all critical clinical teams, networks and stakeholders are aligned and engaged.

Delivery of this high priority, large, complex and challenging programme requires excellent, insightful and determined leadership and programme management skills to support transformation and performance improvement.

Person Specification



  • Educated to post-graduate level
  • Training and advanced certification in a recognised programme management methodology, for example PRINCE2



  • Track record of achievement working at a senior level in a complex service environment
  • Exceptional leadership, with specialist and highly developed programme management skills and knowledge obtained through experience of managing highly complex, multi-sector programmes, commensurate with the size, scope and complexity of multi-provider networks
  • Commissioning expertise in a healthcare environment.
  • Understanding of programme management principles and theory and their practical applications in a complex environment with multiple stakeholders and across a large geographic/population area



  • Knowledge and understanding of NHS policy, procedures and guidance for cancer services and ability to apply these to the needs of the local populations
  • Understanding of financial and resource planning, including management of and accountability for programme budgets, funding bids and income generation
  • Effective decision-making in a highly complex environment with multiple governance and accountability frameworks involved


  • Highly competent in the use of Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and project management software - e.g. Microsoft Project

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