ODN Senior Network Manager

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum
Closing date
5 Oct 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Full Time
ODN Senior Network Manager

Are you a self-starter, who loves working with multi-disciplinary teams to influence service and quality improvements in a fascinating area of the NHS? Can you lead by example, and see the strategic picture whilst working up the detailed mobilisation plans?

This secondment/fixed term post provides an excellent opportunity to work flexibly and build a network of relationships across the Midlands through the Operational Delivery Networks. The post holder will work across organisations and systems to become a collaborative ambassador and promote and embed a culture change of focusing on population health outcomes across the Midlands.

You will be part of a network hosting hub team, benefiting from peer to peer support and providing leadership to Operational Delivery Networks such as Neurosurgery, Lung Cancer and others. Working across the providers in the Midlands region and supporting the current NHS agenda in the region's recovery from the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Main duties of the job

Clinical networks have long been a feature of the NHS and they have become critical in supporting innovation and system wide collaboration. Looking ahead they will be supported to drive clinically-led change and service improvement with even greater accountability for tackling inequalities and for improving population health.

The post holder will be responsible for directing and driving the activities of a number of Operational Delivery Networks (ODNs) in the Midlands region such as Neurosurgery, Lung Cancer and others.

As well as providing leadership to the ODN and their Network teams, you will be crucial in ensuring appropriate arrangements are in place to meet the requirements of the ODNs as determined by NHS England (NHSE) and the member Trusts from across the region.

Maintaining a focus on the deliverables and work programme of the ODNs, you will use a wide range of skills and experience in order to satisfy a complex and competing work agenda which fundamentally has improving services for our patients at its heart.

Excellent inter-personal skills are essential, as well as the ability to use data and intelligence to support change and illustrate performance. Experience of working with and influencing a range of healthcare stakeholders is also essential, as is a detailed understanding of the operational environment in which the region's services currently work.

About us

The role is based within the Partnerships and Integration Team at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, accountable to the Deputy Director of Integration. The post reports to the clinical leads for the networks. You will work in the supportive and friendly network hub team which provides peer support.

The post holder will predominately be home based and working in a virtual team but have a base at the City Campus in Nottingham, although multi-site working across the region may be required as the needs of the role demand.

This post is a 12 month secondment or fixed term post and applications from those seeking flexible working arrangements are welcomed.

Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) is one of the biggest and busiest NHS Trusts in the country. We are, a large, complex, person-centred organisation with an excellent national and international reputation for the quality of patient care, research, education and innovation. For more information about the Trust, visit our website

Some of the benefits of working for our organisation include:
  • Flexible working
  • Opportunities for to be innovative/creative in the workplace
  • Friendly and supportive work colleagues within the team
  • Salary sacrifice schemes
  • Cycle to work and travel

Job description

Job responsibilities

With the support of the Network Chairs and Clinical Leads, the post holder will provide strategic leadership to the ODNs driving forward the successful development, unification and delivery of each Networks objectives and work plan. This will be done through the effective engagement of participant members and member organisations and recognised key stakeholders, in alignment with relevant regional and national priorities and programmes of care.

Please see the attached the Job Description and Person Specification for key duties and responsibilities.

If you are interested in this position or would like to know more, an informal discussion can be arranged with Laura Gibbons - Strategic Relationship and Business Development Manager, Nottingham University Hospitals please email laura.gibbons@nuh.nhs.uk.

Person Specification

Training & Qualifications


  • Educated to Master's level in management arena or equivalent level of experience
  • Significant evidence of continued professional development
  • Must have an understanding of the background to and aims of current healthcare policy and appreciate the implications on this engagement
  • Should have an appreciation of the ODN relationship between other stakeholders


  • Demonstrated expertise in a Healthcare environment
  • Prince 2 practitioner or equivalent qualification in project or programme management



  • Extensive previous experience of working at a senior level in a commissioner and/or provider organisation in a commissioning or business management or service development role.
  • Proven leadership skills and credibility
  • Experience of budget management/financial management
  • Experience working across organisational boundaries in the Health Service.
  • Significant change management experience at service or organisational level.
  • Significant complex project and/or programme experience, involving multiple stakeholders.


  • Senior level experience in healthcare at a local, regional and national level
  • Experience of commissioning and/or primary health care delivery

Communication and relationship skills


  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and analytical skills, including the ability to present complex messages through a range of media to suit diverse audiences
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills that enable constructive working relationships to be formed with staff at all levels
  • Emotional intelligence to deal with clinicians, managers and commissioners with potentially conflicting objectives
  • The ability to influence and delegate in order to maximise the contribution of each participant and stakeholder to the programme of work being undertaken
  • Excellent communication, presentation, analysis and report writing skills
  • Strong motivational, negotiation, persuasion and influencing skills

Analytical and Judgement skills


  • Demonstrate experience of handling highly complex, sensitive and contentious information, including presenting information about projects and dependencies to a wide range of internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to present complex information to a wide range of audience's, with differing levels of understanding, in a suitable format and with appropriate explanation
  • Ability to analyse complex issues where material is conflicting and drawn from multiple sources


  • Demonstration of the ability to synthesise complex information through the presentation of reports authored in previous roles.

Planning and organisation skills


  • Experience of managing numerous work streams, project whilst simultaneously delivering to tight deadlines
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines, flexibly and consistently deliver on time
  • Ability to diagnose and take remedial action where programmes are slipping from their targets

Physical skills


  • General level of mobility, able to work across NUH and UHL sites and work from home with laptop and portable IT equipment
  • Ability to use MS Office and MS Powerpoint

Employer details

Employer name

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trusts


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