Project Manager

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata, per annum
Closing date
5 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Part Time
A Project Manager is being sought on a part time temporary basis, 15 hours a week for 10 months. This is to support the coordination of Health Education England funded training places, workforce transformation and new workforce roles, to improve the access to evidenced based psychological therapies for people with severe mental health problems across County Durham. This is part of the national ambition of the community mental health transformation for all age adults . The post holder will work closely with Psychology and Therapy leads, to develop a sustainable workforce to improve access to evidence based psychological therapy for people with severe mental health needs, to support the transformation of community mental health teams and mental health hubs as community transformation continues across statutory agencies and the voluntary sector. The post will also be supported by the organisation's overall project management team.

If applicants are interesting in applying on the basis of a secondment of hours from their substantive role, please seek line management support.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will project manage the workforce development, coordination and planning, as part of community mental health transformation, to improve access to psychological therapies and make efficient use of Health Education England (HEE) funded training opportunities and new workforce roles. This will involve developing a business case and ensuring that the outputs specified in the business case are delivered on time and to specification. Initial mapping has taken place of the limited resource to deliver evidence based psychological therapy for people with severe mental health problems. This project involves working with psychology and therapy leads, alongside operational management leads and multiple agencies, in supporting the management of change and culture for community mental health services to better meet population need.

About us

The Project Management role involves working with those with lived experience, to advance co-production and ensure workforce developments consider potential impacts on service users and carers. The role involves regular reporting through business and workforce governance on the progress and risks in the delivery of improved access to evidence based psychological therapy, uptake of training and transformation of workforce roles . The role involves the day to day management of the project and monitoring improvements in access. The post holder will support and work alongside Psychology and Therapy Leads, operational leads, clinicians and the multi-agency Durham Community Mental Health Transformation steering group.

The benefits of this new role are to:
  • Strengthen access to evidence based treatment for the local population through the mental health hubs and as a specialist mental health provider
  • Maximise best use of Mental Health investment to deliver transformation via new transformational workforce roles
  • To maximise investment from HEE training opportunities and number of accredited psychological therapists and those trained in evidence based psychological interventions, to support the local system and community
  • Provide dedicated role and positive impact on recruitment and retention

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Working with place-based providers to meet population gaps and needs in terms of evidence-based treatment for people with Severe Mental Health Problems, with a focus on incrementally improving access to evidence based psychological treatments
  • Support operational and clinical leads in their workforce mapping and planning in relation to reconfiguration of vacancies, investment and new workforce roles
  • Database to coordinate and keep up to date current mapping of workforce available with competencies and supervision infrastructure to deliver evidence based psychological treatments
  • Support and coordinate recruitment processes, working alongside recruitment leads
  • Support clinical leads in their workforce development
  • Maintain communication and liaison with community team managers and clinicians
  • Coordinate at place HEE training places and developmental training posts/roles
  • Audit current access to psychological treatment (building on previous trust and recent national audit)
  • KPI targets and monitoring as agreed through the CMHF Mental Health Transformation Steering groups to demonstrate impact of this role in relation to access, trained workforce available, recruitment/retention, number of new workforce roles patient and staff experience

Person Specification



  • Specialist knowledge across range of procedures (Project Management), underpinned by theory.
  • Knowledge of specific area (Project Management), acquired through degree or equivalent experience or training, plus further staff or project management knowledge to post graduate diploma level equivalent
  • Evidence of training in programme or project management principles and techniques (or willingness to achieve within agreed timescale)


  • Project Management qualification
  • Quality improvement qualification, or evidence of training in quality improvement principles and techniques
  • Educated to postgraduate diploma level in a relevant subject
  • The Trust's QIS (Quality Improvement System) for Leaders Certificate (or willing to achieve within agreed timescale)



  • Experience in supporting change initiatives
  • Developing and monitoring project plans or change implementation plans
  • experience in engaging successfully with a range of stakeholders
  • Experience of producing written reports and relating to complex information and data
  • Experience of participation in a project or working group governing a change initiative
  • Experience of negotiating, influencing and presenting complex issues in order to trigger a decision

knowledge and experience


  • An awareness of nationally recognised project management systems.
  • Understanding of the issues and context underlying the specific programme/projects to be managed (within agreed timescale)
  • Understanding of the Trust's Quality Improvement System (QIS)
  • Awareness of the political and managerial context of the NHS and drivers of reform and change within the NHS
  • Specific knowledge required to have credibility with the stakeholders for the project (or an indication from past experience that this can be gained quickly)
  • Able to analyse and assesses information from multiple sources to inform option appraisals / business cases, revising pathways and ways of working
  • Change Management skills
  • Confidence and ability to challenge colleagues appropriately regarding governance of the programme, escalating where required.
  • Able to develop options and clearly communicate the impact of different options on the timescales, costs and benefits realisation trajectories to line manager / project board / programme board level
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Proficient in use of standard IT packages eg Microsoft Office
  • Committed to promoting a positive image of people with mental health conditions or learning disabilities

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

Employer details

Employer name

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust


Lanchester Road hospital

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