SLP Project Manager - Band 8a (indicative banding)

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£55,903 to £61,996 a year Band 8a - indicative banding
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Full Time
Job summary

This is an exciting opportunity to join the South London Mental Health and Community Partnership as Project Manager across the SLP programmes - Forensics (Adult Secure), CAMHS, Adult Eating Disorders and/or Perinatal.

As Project Manager you will support the SLP Programme Directors to deliver ambitious, fast-paced and dynamic programmes to improve patient experience and outcomes across the three SLP trusts.

SLP programmes are high priorities within each of the 3 Trusts and for each ICB partner and therefore, we are seeking to recruit individuals with exceptional project management, communication and influencing skills, and the ability to successfully navigate ambiguity and complexity to build consensus across a wider range of stakeholders.

There are two posts available.

Main duties of the job

The Project Manager will be responsible for supporting delivery of three key objectives:
  • A portfolio of projects in line with the priorities of the three SLP trusts, the two ICSs, and the Chief Operating Officers (COOs) at SWLSTGs, SLaM and Oxleas, and as agreed by the SLP Programme Partnership Groups
  • Developing collaborative relationships with SLP partners and with external partners
  • Developing and implementing improvement and transformation plans to strengthen the outcomes for service users, and create a consistent \core offer across SLP programme pathways

About us

The South London Mental Health and Community Partnership (SLP):

The SLP is a collaboration between Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, (Oxleas) South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, (SLaM), and South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG) between them delivering mental health services to a population of more than three million people. The partnership brings together clinical expertise, experience, and innovation, aiming to improve quality, use resources most effectively, and deliver best practice consistently to all patients. Since its inception, the SLP has been a resilient and effective partnership that has improved patient experience, introduced innovation, and developed new services across the 12 boroughs of south London.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key Responsibilities:

Project Management
  • To be responsible for the delivery and coordination of a number of projects across SLP , as directed by the Programme Directors
  • To ensure that projects have clearly defined priorities and timescales and delivery is tracked against the project milestones.
  • To be responsible for managing other team members working on the designated projects (either directly or through task management).
  • To ensure appropriate monitoring arrangements are in place to report on progress to the relevant Programme Partnership Group and other SLP Boards as appropriate.
  • To identify key risks and ensure strategies are in place to manage these.
  • To deploy clear and robust quality improvement methodologies within project plans to ensure issues with implementation and effectiveness are proactively identified and mitigated.
  • To proactively problem solve and negotiate where issues arise
  • To be an initial point of contact for queries relating to the relevant programme/s.

Strategy, Quality and Service Improvement
  • To carry out measurement and data modelling in collaboration with experts from across the partnership. To lead on the publication of presentations, reports or briefing documents, working with wider stakeholders as required, to raise awareness of our SLP programmes and highlighting local successes and challenges.
  • To work with or on behalf of the SLP Programme Directors to provide oversight to the wider work of the each programme, including reviewing education and training, engagement and communications plans.

Management and Leadership
  • To represent the relevant programme/s and present on progress at pertinent sector, regional and national meetings and events, as required.
  • To support liaison with wider networks at sector, regional and national levels
  • To demonstrate leadership with regards to influencing and decision making

Stakeholder Engagement and Communications
  • To proactively build relationships and work closely with a range of colleagues to encourage collaborative working and build trust.
  • To work with a wide range of stakeholders to influence change and overcome barriers to understanding.
  • To effectively communicate highly complex, sensitive and contentious information with a high level of sensitivity and diplomacy, including to audiences who may be challenging.
  • To facilitate and lead meetings of clinicians, managers, and other partners to agree priorities and action plans.
  • To support consensus building and manage conflict or opposing views whilst encouraging participation from all involved.

Financial Responsibilities
  • To ensure all resources are managed efficiently and effectively.
  • To ensure the delivery of projects within the resources available
  • To identify opportunities within the programme/s systems to develop new services and support business cases.

Other Duties
  • To undertake ad-hoc projects and pieces of work as specified by the Programme Clinical Directors.
  • To manage own workload in an unpredictable environment with constant interruptions, prioritising and competing deadlines.
  • To carry out other duties commensurate to the grade as and when necessary.

Person Specification



  • Educated to Master's level or demonstrable equivalent experience
  • Extensive previous experience in the NHS or similar relevant experience
  • Project Management Qualification or equivalent experience


  • Certification, Professional Membership PRINCE2 or APM accreditation or equivalent



  • Substantial NHS experience of facilitating and managing transformational change within and across healthcare organisations, effectively working in teams at both project management and programme management levels
  • Detailed understanding of the health and care environment and roles and responsibilities within it
  • Experience of working with and influencing senior management and clinicians
  • Experience of working in partnerships across multiple organisations


  • Experience of working within an acute mental health setting.

Knowledge / Skills


  • Lead, organise and coordinate complex activities which require the adjustment of project plans
  • Ability to think and plan strategically, tactically and creatively
  • Ability to manage and monitor financial resources and deliver projects within budget
  • Pre-emptive and robust analytical and problem-solving skills and ability to develop practical and workable solutions
  • Excellent communications skills on complex matters and in difficult situations, requiring persuasion and influence, and the ability to utilise these appropriately with a large group of dispersed stakeholders at all levels
  • Ability to manage data and information effectively, including gathering from a variety of sources and carrying out analysis
  • Ability to lead on the design and implementation of new processes and systems including listening to, questioning and challenging ideas and views when appropriate
  • Ability to motivate, negotiate, train, coach and reassure in a difficult or uncertain environment
  • Flexible and adaptable and able to cope with frequent and unpredictable interruptions and shifting priorities
  • Ability to engage with individuals at all levels including clinicians, senior managers, commissioners, patients and carers
  • Conceptual flexibility - ability to identify feasible alternatives or multiple options in planning and decision-making
  • Ability to use a variety of methods to gain support for ideas, strategies and values, including building consensus where views conflict
  • Ability to adapt to ensure achievement of objectives within constantly changing situations and environments
  • Sound political judgement and astuteness in understanding and working with complex policy and diverse interest groups
  • Highly self-motivated with high internal work standards
  • Good working knowledge of the Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, etc.)
  • Ability to produce reports and documents which clearly set out complex issues

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