Quality Improvement Project Manager

The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata
Closing date
6 Dec 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking a passionate, enthusiastic, and experienced Senior Quality Improvement Project Manager to work as part of the Faster Diagnosis Programme.

The NHS Long Term Plan also sets the ambition that, from 2028, an extra 55,000 people each year will survive for five years or more following their cancer diagnosis, and three in four cancers (75%) will be diagnosed at an early stage. The Faster Diagnosis Programme enables Cheshire & Merseyside Cancer Alliance to support Trusts with delivering these ambitions with project in Gynaecology and Symptomatic FIT, for example.

To enable the Cancer Alliance to continue to make significant progress,we are looking for a skilled Quality Improvement Project Manager to join our team to support delivery. Working with new and established clinical leadership forums and local partners, our core Alliance team needs additional enthusiastic and skilled people to help us in delivering best practice, value, experience, and outcomes for patients. The Quality Improvement Project Manager post is an excellent opportunity for an individual who is passionate about improving cancer services with experience working in a project environment and/or quality/service improvement. The post holder will have a key role in supporting trusts, and building strong relationships with stakeholders to support implementation, reporting and evaluation.

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds who have the skills and motivation to join a busy and energetic team.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide leadership, quality improvement and project management skills to lead on and support the planning, implementation and delivery of key large-scale transformation projects. They will be a part of the Cancer Alliance Team and as such, will enable delivery of CMCA objectives and priorities as part of the Faster Diagnosis Programme.

The post holder will be able to work effectively both independently and as part of a high performing team, building strong working relationships and partnerships to work effectively with external partners across Cheshire and Merseyside including providers, commissioners, NHS England, regulators, patients, and carers to deliver project objectives. The post holder will be required to consistently operate with political awareness and personal influence, representing CMCA at various Cheshire and Merseyside wide forums where required, including public meetings and will act in an autonomous capacity.

About us

The Cheshire and Merseyside Cancer Alliance is one of 21 across England and covers a population of 2.4 million. Its footprint aligns with the Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership. The Cancer Alliance continues to build on its success in designing and mobilising major transformation projects spanning the whole patient pathway. This success is underpinned by excellent clinical leadership and a history of strong collaborative working across organisations in Cheshire and Merseyside.

Our organisation is driven by our strategic objectives and the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre's organisational values, and we look for people who are aligned with them.

The Cancer Alliance is hosted by The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust and the CEO is the Senior Responsible Owner/Executive Lead for Cancer within the Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership.

The CA is hosted by The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust and the CEO is the SRO/Executive Lead for Cancer within the Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will be responsible for the development, management, and implementation of key projects across organisations in all sectors across Cheshire and Merseyside as part of the Faster Diagnosis Programme, for example Gynaecology and symptomatic FIT. They will work as part of a team of project and specialist staff within the Cancer Alliance, supporting the delivery of transformation projects across Cheshire and Merseyside funded by the National Cancer Programme.

The role is requires project management and quality improvement skills including close working with external partners such as providers, commissioners, patients, and carers to deliver programme objectives in accordance with the aims and ambitions of the Cancer Alliance. This requires a level of political awareness, personal influence, and skill.

The Cheshire and Merseyside Cancer Alliance leads the delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan ambitions for cancer across our local system. The Cancer Alliance (CA) provides system oversight and coordination for cancer services through collaboration with partners with the aim of improving outcomes for patients and improving performance against key operational standards.

Key work areas will include:
  • Project management and day to day running of one or more large scale transformation projects
  • Setting up and planning of the project(s) including project steering groups, project assurance function, project teams, project documentation using the CA programme management documentation and recognised project management methodologies
  • Identify resources to enable project delivery and assuring delivery on time and to budget
  • Ensure that the project reporting adheres to the CA programme governance framework
  • Line management of CA project support team members
  • Ensure effective communication to all stakeholders
  • Identify and manage the risks associated with each project
  • Manage the change brought about by the project effectively and efficiently
  • Provide expert project management advice and support to other staff and teams within the CA and partner organisations
  • Make a significant contribution to the development of the Programme Management Office (PMO) team as well as leading on specific projects
  • Maintain knowledge of local, regional and national projects that are current and pending

Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trustis committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

The Trust takes an active responsibility forensuring systems, policies and processes are in place to safeguard Children, young people and Adults, supporting the national and local agenda around safeguarding, including local arrangements for the protection of children young person and adults at risk.

This job is unlikely to attract a Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (formerly a work permit). Applications from candidates who require Tier 2 immigration status to work in the UK may not be considered if there are a sufficient number of other suitable candidates. To apply for a Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship, employers need to demonstrate that they are unable to recruit a resident worker before recruiting an individual overseas.

If you are considering applying for a position at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, please note that the Trust advocates that our staff are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. The Trust is committed to taking every step to prioritise the safety and welfare of all our staff and patients. This will apply to all patient facing roles and any roles that are located within patient facing areas. If you have any questions relating to this matter please do not hesitate to contact the recruitment team

Person Specification



  • Degree level qualification or equivalent experience relevant to post
  • Formal project management/improvement training
  • Evidence of continuing professional development


  • Recognised management qualification e.g. Diploma
  • PRINCE 2 qualification or equivalent

Knowledge and expertise


  • Effectively utilise a range of IT office systems including MS Project, PowerPoint, Word, spreadsheets and web browser technologies
  • Demonstrable ability to transfer skill to others and communicate effectively with stakeholders
  • Knowledge of the latest national cancer policy agenda and the opportunities for improvement in patient care presented by it
  • Planning, organising workload to meet deadlines including rapid prioritisation of tasks
  • Knowledge and experience of project and change management


  • Knowledge of cancer services and the cancer improvement agenda
  • Knowledge of NHS organisations and structures and how this impacts on cross-organisational project delivery



  • Experience of working within cancer services (or other long term condition)
  • Experience of working for or within a programme / project environment
  • Experience of implementing wide scale change using recognised methodologies
  • Strong experience of working with a wide range of stakeholders and balancing competing priorities
  • Extensive experience of managing improvements and projects in the NHS environment engaging clinical staff, patients and other key stakeholders in collaborative projects
  • Experience of developing systems to allow reporting against project milestones and benefits


  • Acute NHS and cancer specific experience

Skills and abilities


  • Ability to communicate to all levels of staff
  • Ability to chair meetings effectively
  • Ability to work under pressure to agreed timescales and in a busy environment
  • Ability to organise own workload effectively and efficiently
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships
  • Ability to prepare high quality written reports for senior internal and external audiences
  • Ability to deliver presentations to senior audiences

Employer details

Employer name

The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHSFT



Clatterbridge Road


CH63 4JY

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