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Business Development Manager

Whittington Health NHS Trust
£58,698 to £65,095 pro rata per annum including HCAS
Closing date
26 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Full Time
Band 8a Part-time Business Development Manager for the Michael Palin Centre for Stammering

The Michael Palin Centre for Stammering is a unique specialist speech and language therapy centre situated in bespoke premises in Clerkenwell, London. Opened in 1993 by Sir Michael Palin, the Centre is staffed by highly specialist therapists with international renown for their therapy, training and research programmes. The Centre is run by NHS Whittington Health and is supported by Action for Stammering Children and the Stuttering Foundation. It has a proud legacy of NHS services, enabling children who stammer from across the UK to access specialist help, which is often unavailable in their locality. The Centre offers services and training in person as well as online, broadening its reach and the potential for exciting developments.

Main duties of the job

Business Development Manager

We are looking for an entrepreneurial self-starter who can take our world-renowned Centre and make an international commercial business out of it, to underpin and extend its unique therapy services, both NHS and private, as well as its highly acclaimed training and research programme.

About us

The successful applicant will combine their commercial business growth experience and/or fundraising skills with a passion and enthusiasm to help people in a healthcare setting. They will set up and grow the business by developing the reach of our specialist speech and language therapy services into the private health sector and developing our professional training programme in the UK and internationally.

Job description

Job responsibilities

If youre a creative thinker, with a commercial mind, a self-motivated natural organiser, and great at relationship-building, you can become a part of our professional team of fourteen speech and language therapists and three administration staff. You will have particular responsibility for developing our unique therapy and training programmes for private sector patients and therapists, growing our profile in the UK and developing an international presence including the Middle East, North America and Asia. We see this as a great role for an ambitious individual who is eager to learn and build their career in healthcare.

Reporting to the Consultant Speech and Language Therapist, you will be responsible for developing a business and marketing plan alongside a detailed action plan focussing on the identified and new areas of growth to deliver revenue targets. You will work closely with the specialist speech and language therapists at the Centre and with our colleagues across Whittington Health NHS Trust.

You will play a pivotal role in identifying opportunities to grow our services, developing relationships with clinical teams, key health funders and commissioning leaders. This will involve researching international and domestic market opportunities and recommending priority areas for growth understanding the current product and service offerings of the MPC and commoditising these at a price point that is attractive to grow the business marketing and selling the products on an international scale, cold calling where necessary, as well as developing long term national and international relationships.

You will also identify, engage and convert prospective philanthropic supporters, including but not limited to major donors and corporate partners. You will also proactively build and maintain relationships with local businesses and organisations, some of which already support the Centre as donors and as in-kind supporters.

We are particularly interested in hearing from people outside of the NHS and healthcare setting, who will bring their sales and development skills to this worthwhile cause.

Person Specification

Personal Qualities


  • Evidence of strategic thinking and innovation
  • Ability to organise and prioritise own workload
  • Ability to work as part of a team and actively contribute to its success
  • Ability to absorb new information quickly


  • Experience of securing philanthropic funding from individuals, charitable trusts and foundations
  • Experience and ability to develop 'outside the box' creative approaches to securing gifts and delivering projects



  • Delivery focused, self-motivated and proactive approach to problem solving
  • Ability to analyse and effectively present data and identify areas for improvement



  • Competent with relevant Microsoft Office programmes eg. Excel, Publisher, Access and other relevant software packages



  • Trained to Degree level
  • Masters/Post Graduate Qualification or considerable demonstrable evidence operating at that level

Employer details

Employer name

Whittington Hospital NHS Trust


Michael Palin Centre

13-15 Pine Street



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