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Head of Cancer

York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£70,417 to £81,138 per annum
Closing date
26 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8C
Contract Type
Full Time
Do you lead with Kindness and Openness? Like us here at York & Scarborough do you pursue excellence in all that you do? Are you passionate about improving the outcomes and experiences for patients and their families.

If so, then we would love to hear from you. An exciting opportunity has arisen to join York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals as the Head of Cancer. The post holder will support the Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Operating Officer to develop and deliver a Trust wide cancer strategy to transform and continuously improve the delivery of Cancer Services to meet the needs of patients, their families and their carers. The post holder will need to work closely with and develop working relationships across the Humber and North Yorkshire Cancer Alliance.

The Head of Cancer is a key senior role within the Corporate Operations team and will suit an individual with a strong track record of senior operational and business management, with excellent knowledge of the national cancer agenda, who is skilled and confident in working within multi-professional leadership teams.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide leadership and expert management support to Clinical Leads, Associate Chief Operating Officer and Service Managers across all care groups who hold responsibility for specific cancer services. This will include providing support and constructive challenge to ensure care groups deliver services and performance standards in line with the overall strategy.

The post holder will develop, with stakeholders, the Trust cancer strategy.

The post holder will manage and oversee the cancer performance management framework to ensure early identification of issues and escalation to the Deputy Chief Operating Officer.

Working with the Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Associate Chief Operating Officers, the post holder will be responsible for working with the Cancer Alliance on business, workforce and financial planning for the delivery and improvement of our services.

The post holder will be expected to work for the clinical and business success of the organisation and to contribute to the corporate success of the Trust. This may include participation in the development of corporate policies and strategic plans and initiating changes in line with Board decisions. The post holder will ensure that the development cancer services service are congruent with the strategic direction of the Trust.

The post holder will lead on regional collaborative working partnerships for Cancer, and be the Trust expert for interpretation of Cancer related guidance and standards.

About us

Our benefits

We offer a range of benefits to support our staff including:
  • Access to the NHS Pension Scheme, providing generous benefits upon retirement, as well as a lump sum and pension for dependants
  • 27 days holiday rising to 33 days (depending on NHS Trust service)
  • A variety of different types of paid and unpaid leave covering emergency and planned leave
  • Confidential advice and support on personal, work, family and relationship issues, 24/7, from our Employee Assistance Programme
  • NHS Car Lease scheme and Cycle to Work scheme
  • An extensive range of learning and development opportunities
  • Discounts on restaurants, getaways, shopping, motoring, cinema and finance from a range of providers

For further information on the fantastic range of benefits we offer please visit the Trust's dedicated Staff Benefits pages.

Job description

Job responsibilities

A full description of the role is available in the attachment: job description.

Working for the Trust

Across our organisation, people are guided by values that were co-developed with staff: we are kind we are open and we pursue excellence.

Our values play into our ambition to develop a more diverse workforce, truly representative of our communities. We welcome applications from everyone, while working with our Staff Networks - including our Race Equality, LGBTQ+, Disability and Carers Networks - to increase the number of applications we receive from different backgrounds. If there is anything we can do to make our application process more accessible to you, please contact:

As part of seeking to become more inclusive, we will consider requests for flexible working from the start of your employment. It may not be suitable for every role, but we will try and be supportive where we can. We would encourage you to speak to the recruiting manager named within this advert to discuss any requirements you may have.

Armed Forces Friendly Employer

We are holders of the Gold Award from the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme, which is helping actively promote SaBRE - Supporting Britains Reservists and Employers. This means that we have made a statement of intent to support all Defence personnel, including with applications for employment.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

Our Trust continues to strongly encourage our staff to be vaccinated against COVID19, this remains our best defence to protect our patients, ourselves and everyone else.

Person Specification



  • Knowledge and experience of a wide range of management disciplines, including finance, people management, commissioning, risk management, performance management, service improvement, change management and Clinical Governance arrangements


  • Management of large and complex operational and strategic problems within an NHS Community Provider
  • Experience in leading public and stakeholder engagement
  • Evidence of working across a range of organisations to achieve significant change



  • Educated to Masters level or equivalent professional qualification


  • Management qualification or post graduate diploma.
  • Masters degree

Employer details

Employer name

York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


York Hospital

Wigginton Road


YO31 8HE

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