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Strategic Planning Manager

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Anyone with an interest in the NHS will know that it's a challenging time. Funding is getting tighter and we're all living longer. New treatments and technology, changing lifestyles and increasing patient expectations are all creating extra demands for Trusts like ours.

We're looking for an exceptional candidate to join our team to drive our year-round approach to planning for the future. You'll be working with a multi-disciplinary team to rapidly form plans and ensure that we get alignment internally and with our system partners.

You will be a confident and passionate individual who can help develop our future plans and support our clinical teams to ensure we deliver against our commitments. You will have excellent writing and communication skills and be able to understand and manipulate complex data. You'll have strong business and commercial skill and above all you need to share our vision and values for the type of organisation we're aiming to be.

For an informal conversation regarding the role contact Chris Trow, Associate Director of Strategy at to arrange a call.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will take a leading role in the Trust's planning cycle. Working closely with the Associate Director of Strategy and colleagues from the Trust's planning multi-disciplinary team the post holder will takea central coordination role and will need to support in all areas (including finance, activity, performance, workforce, improvement and efficiency and strategic long-term thinking). This will include linking an engagingwith colleagues across our Integrated Care System (ICS) and Acute Hospital Alliance (AHA).

As plans are developed the post holder will also assist in the coordination and support of the Trust's strategy development and deployment.

The post holder will support the implementation of plans across the organisation and ensure that performanceagainst plans is monitored and reported to relevant committees

About us

Our STAR values are at the heart of everything we do. You can expect to see them in the way we act and the way we treat each other. Our values make us who we are. We will expect your values and behaviours to reflect the STAR Values of the organisation:Service We will put our patients firstTeamwork We will work togetherAmbition We will aspire to provide the best serviceRespect We will act with integrity

Job description

Job responsibilities

1. To perform a leading role in the Trusts planning cycle. This will include driving our year-round process, keeping us on track to deliver our Trust level plan and contribute to system plans annually. The postholder will need to consider the whole cycle and track progress, work closely with planningcolleagues within the organisation a work across operational divisions and corporate teams to deliver robust plans.2. To support the development and implementation of the Trusts strategy and ensure that it is implemented in a sustainable way that fully includes all members of the Trust board, the Trusts clinicians, and divisional teams, targeted groups of staff, patients and key stakeholders.3. To demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and understanding of local Trusts business performance and strategies and ensure appropriate cascade of such information across the organisation.4. To work collaboratively with colleagues within the Trust and outside the Trust to develop and implement organisation-wide strategies and plans which impact across the whole health and care economy.5. To engage, with the support of the Associate Director of Strategy, key stakeholders across the Integrated Care System (ICS) with issues which require a strategic policy response.6. To support the development of Trust sub-strategies (and other plans as required) for the Trust which clearly set out our priorities

Person Specification



  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Understanding of social and political environments and awareness of their political impacts on the health economy.


  • Education or training which demonstrates ability to communicate in written form



  • Experience of writing clear, high quality content for a variety of audiences including producing and giving presentations
  • Experience of working in the NHS and an understanding of current priorities.
  • Experience of supporting bids/tenders or business cases
  • Experience of conducting briefings (verbal and written) to senior colleagues
  • Experience in writing reports suitable for Trust committee review.


  • Masters in business or health field
  • Experience of working in a business development team
  • Experience of working in other integrated health systems
  • Experience of NHS planning process.



  • Outstanding communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Outstanding copywriting and proofreading skills
  • The ability to distil complex information from multi-disciplinary teams into clear simple steps of planning development which will inform discussions at Executive level
  • The ability to check and challenge plans where they do not align (activity / performance / finance / workforce / quality), suggesting alternative solutions and work closely with all stakeholders to ensure Trust, system and national priorities are addressed
  • Develop core, simple and clear narrative that will inform planning discussions and submissions and clearly outline finalised plans back to the organisation


  • A good understanding of how Integrated Care Systems function will be required together with the ability to drive change through effective and proactive population health management.

Employer details

Employer name

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Great Western Hospital

Marlborough Road



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