Project Manager for the Women and Children's Hospital Programme

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
3 Dec 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Be part of our journey to outstanding care and join us on the construction of our new Women and Children's Hospital. Working within the Major Capital Projects team, your role will be to assist in developing new and refurbished estates to support the delivery of healthcare in modern environments designed to comfort, calm and delight our patients, our staff, and our communities.

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust now has a vacancy for an experienced construction trained Project Manager to join our Major Capital Projects team, working on our Women and Children's Hospital Programme a Cohort 2 scheme within the national New Hospital Programme. If you have experience of managing estates capital projects, ideally within the NHS, and can demonstrate initiative, positive energy, and a track record of delivering successful estates projects, then this could be the role for you.

Over the next 10 years health services in Cornwall will undergo major transformation which will require sustainable, fit for purpose, and digitally supported estates. Our exciting major capital estates plans include the new Women and Children's Hospital , a new outpatient facility at West Cornwall Hospital in Penzance a new Patient and Family Hotel and further reconfiguration of the rest of the acute hospital site in Truro. There will also be several smaller, but individually magnificent, redevelopment projects which will support the continuous improvement of our acute hospital infrastructure.

Main duties of the job

As we enter the Full Business Case stage of the Women and Children's Hospital Programme we now require a Project Manager to provide advisory and management services for the delivery of part of the main scheme and some of the enabling works. The work includes the appointment and management of professional project and design teams working to agreed procurement and contract strategies and managing large and complex stakeholder groups (both internal and external to the Trust).

An interest in the development of the digital estate environmental sustainability in construction and a willingness to help manage large and complex stakeholder groups (both internal and external to the Trust) are required .

The post holder will be expected to work to best practice project management methodology, and the internal project management governance framework ensuring agreed benefits are delivered within agreed timescales and within the budget set. A thorough knowledge of Procure 22, Government Soft Landings guidance, and the NHS Business case process for major capital investment is also desirable however further training will be provided, as required, for successful candidates.

About us

Sustainability is integral to the Trust achieving the NHS Net Zero target. All staff are therefore actively encouraged and supported to implement new ways of working within their field of expertise.


Job description

Job responsibilities

Manage multiple capital projects at any one time and allocate sufficient resource to ensure the level of scrutiny applied to each project is proportionate to the outcome. The post holder should have the ability to act with a high degree of autonomy, managing own workload and overseeing highly technical work streams.

Provide supervision and support to more junior, members of the strategic estates team.

Develop effective partnerships with the Clinical Care Groups, and individual specialties, as required, to progress projects. This may involve presenting complex project information, that may at times be contentious, to a wide range of stakeholders.

Provide relevant, and accurate, information (as required) on strategic estates projects to support the work of the Strategic Estates Communications and Engagement team. This duty includes representing the Strategic Estates Department at events / meetings and on social media, from time to time, to promote the work of the Department both within the Trust and to external stakeholders.

Take general responsibilty for people and resources make balanced decisions with the information available and lead and support colleagues in a positive and proactive manner. This duty includes managing the project budgets, ensuring best value for money and the delivery of project objectives within the agreed allocation.

Take responsibility for overseeing budgets allocated to projects on the annual Trust Capital programme, and NHS centrally funded major capital projects (such as the New Hospital Programme funded Women and Childrens Hospital). The post holder will have Level D revenue sign off / Level C capital sign off.

Work in partnership with the Finance Department to prepare business cases for major capital schemes (as required) and manage Capital Programme resources to ensure that each aspect of a scheme is delivered on time and within budget.

Ensure compliance with statutory obligations and directives this includes liaison with external parties (such as local government departments) as required. The post holder will support the wider Strategic Estates team in working effectively with external contractors, and with the management of the construction supply chain.

Use professional judgement to determine when to intervene and instruct changes to the project for the betterment of the quality, budget, and programme requirements

Understand the logic and critical path that underpins the projects to make informed decisions about instructions made now, and the impact they may have later in the project.

Manage and direct professional consultants and contractors to ensure the daily, weekly, and monthly workload is well planned and meets the strategic programme requirements.

Network, as required, with professional and construction industry organisations to ensure that the latest thinking, and best professional and commercial practice is introduced, and delivered, to optimise the work of the Strategic Estates Team.

Maintain and update the Trusts Strategic Estates Master Plan, as relevant to the project(s) being managed ensuring that these documents remain aligned to latest clinical and business strategies, and current with best practice.

Ensure, through design management, that strategic estates project solutions achieve best practice in the control of infection for patients and staff, and within clinical areas.

Participate in relevant Project Boards, the monthly Building Brilliance Board, and relevant NHSE meetings, as required.

Investigate and deliver best practice solutions in respect of the environmental sustainability agenda, as it impacts the work of the Strategic Estates Department. Ensure, through design management, that strategic estates project solutions achieve best practice in respect of meeting local and national environmental sustainability targets. Sustainable construction, and the attainment of the best possible Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) rating, will be a requirement of all projects, and the post holder is required to be familiar with the Trusts Sustainable Development Plan.

Help identify opportunities for improvement and efficiency for site utilisation and space allocation across the full Trust Estate.

Identify and implement specific procurement and contract delivery strategies for projects. This duty may include working on technical and high value commercial issues with contractors. This may require understanding of complex construction and project issues and need prolonged concentration.

Track and monitor project progress against agreed timescales, financial parameters and quality standards, and lead on specific change projects which are likely to be cross organisational and complex in nature.

Be accountable for all aspects of estate design and construction for designated strategic estates projects within the Trust, with due regard for statutory obligations.

Commission and monitor contracts for professional consultancy services, and the performance of work on the estate for designated strategic estates projects.

Make use of the latest digital information systems, including the use of the Tractivity stakeholder analysis and management software, CAD (computer aided design) and MS Office and MS Project packages.

Work with the PO Business Administrator to establish and refine information systems to monitor the strategic estates projects. Provide necessary reporting data, as requested. This duty will include the completion of project records in line with the Trusts Project Gateway Reporting framework (Smartsheets) , building regulations, legislation, and Department of Health requirements.

Demonstrate exemplary communication skills. This includes developing and maintaining effective working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders as required by the projects. The post holder must work to adhere always to Trust values and behaviours.

Participate in an annual individual performance review meeting, where objectives will be discussed and agreed individual performance monitored, and personal development needs discussed. The post holder will be required to conduct annual individual performance review meetings for their direct reports.

Always act responsibly in respect of the health, safety, and welfare of others in the workplace. This includes following safe working practices and complying with the Trusts Health and Safety policies.

Attend Departmental and project meetings, as required, taking the Chair if requested.

Adhere to all Trust policies as applicable, and undertake any other duties requested as appropriate to the seniority of the post.

Facilitate and co-ordinate internal and external teams to ensure successful implementation of projects and be responsible for producing robust delivery plans and risk management strategies to deliver project benefits.

Person Specification



  • Minimum degree level (or equivalent) qualification in a building services and/or construction related discipline (design, health planning, construction, building services, engineering, surveying and/ or similar themes)
  • Evidence of, and commitment to, Continuing Professional Development (CPD).


  • Membership of an appropriate professional body (e.g., Institution of Chartered Surveyors or Engineers).
  • Post Graduate management or project management, qualification (e.g., PRINCE 2 or Managing Successful Programmes)



  • Able to act with a high degree of autonomy, managing own workload and overseeing highly technical projects.
  • Able to lead discussions, and gain agreement, from a wide range of stakeholders, often with differing priorities.
  • Excellent time management skills with the ability to prioritise multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills adept at analysing complex data, drawing out key points and summarising effectively
  • Effective budget management skills, and experience of managing high value project budgets on time, and within allocated resources.
  • Good at conveying complex messages to the level of the relevant audience - both via written reports and verbally
  • Able to provide detailed, and regular, financial management and budgetary reporting, for key strategic estates capital projects.


  • Demonstrable ability in developing and drafting strategic, outline and full detailed NHS business case proposals, as require.
  • Strong technical skills in standard business systems (e.g., Microsoft Office, MS Project).

Employer details

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Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust


Royal Cornwall Hospital



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