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Assistant Programme Director

North East London NHS Foundation Trust
Rainham Essex
£70,417 to £81,138 per annum pro rata plus HCAS
Closing date
26 Nov 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8C
Contract Type
Part Time
AssistantProgramme Director - Band 8c

We are looking for a experienced assistant programme director to join us to support the development of our community collaborative in North East London. The role will involve support our programme director to deliver the community collaborative objectives and work programme as well as providing co-ordination and support this system wide transformation programmes to ensure oversight and coordination of delivery. This is an excising new post as we embark on building the NEL community collaborative.

Main duties of the job

Key elements of work will include the use of a project management approach following Trust / Collaborative PMO practices, ensuring provision of the support and direction for programme/ projects from conception to successful completion/delivery/implementation and hand over/close.

The post holder will lead work with key stakeholders to implement service improvements and service redesign utilising a flexible project management methodology, orientated toward supporting service redesign.

The post holder will ensure that portfolios and the programmes within them have adequate resource planning, risk and benefits realisation management systems in place, along with robust stakeholder engagement plans incorporating co-production principles.

The post holder will understand and contribute towards Trust/Collaborative achieving efficiency targets for their allocated portfolio, whilst removing waste, improving processes, outcomes, quality and inequalities for both staff and service users.

The role will involve the development and facilitation of workshops applying process mapping and lean methodology along with other service improvement tools to bring about significant increases in quality, efficiency, and productivity. The role will also ensure the capture of learning from the portfolio programmes by competing After Action Reviews (AAR) and sharing both the outcome of the portfolio and programmes of work with the lessons learnt to a variety of internal and external audiences.

About us

Probationary Period

This post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).

Starting with NELFT

NELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction of up to two weeks which will include mandatory training, systems training and the allocation of equipment. As part of the process new starters will have the opportunity to also meet the executive team, senior managers and attend a number of drop in sessions focussing in engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham, Essex.

High Cost Area Supplement

This post also attracts payment for High Cost Area Supplement of 15% of the basic salary (with a minimum of �4,313 to a maximum of �5,436).

COVID-19 Vaccination

We continue to encourage all staff to ensure that they have been double vaccinated and received their booster. We recognise that taking the vaccine provides the best defence against COVID 19 for our patients, our staff and their families.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Day to day management of the project management office for their workstreams including developing and managing the teams business plan, progress and dashboard reporting and risk and issue management and representation at delivery boards.
  • Liaison with partners across the multiple systems we operate within ensuring coordination of system wide programmes internally for oversight and assurance alongside system assurance
  • Ensuring that the transformation programme is led and progressed effectively.
  • Dealing with reporting and any relevant returns required by NHS E, regulators, partners and other reporting systems.
  • Leading specific programs of work aligned to the needs of the Delivering Value programme and ensuring appropriate engagement from all partners.
  • Maintaining with the SRO the monitoring dashboards to demonstrate progress and impact of the Delivering Value Programme internally and to support external reporting to system SROs as required. Ensuring these are updated and refreshed.
  • Ensure best practice is maintained across the T-PMO and supporting system scheme delivery providing training and support where required.
  • Identify opportunities to collaborate and apply quality improvement methodologies to deliver improvement programmes at scale in partnership with our quality improvement team.
  • Take a lead in the coordination of training, development and transformation programme implementation across the Trust.
  • Oversight and reporting on the progress of any Workstreams / Task & Finish Groups created by the Delivering Value Group.
  • To manage the delivery of the Transformation and Improvement and Delivering Value Groups reporting requirements and to provide through the T-PMO administration for the chair.
  • Participation in the relevant transformation groups or system transformation boards as required.
  • Identification, documentation, approval, mobilisation and monitoring of internal and system efficiencies to support the T-PMO delivery.

Please see the attached job description and person specification for further details on the vacancy.

Person Specification



  • Extensive experience, expertise and understanding of programme management, performance and change management, business planning, budget setting within a public sector setting
  • Track record of significant achievement in directing and managing the delivery and improvement of services within an organisation of comparable size, scale and complexity


  • Proven record or establishing constructive interagency partnerships



  • Ability to perform under pressure, quickly and effectively, making timely managerial decisions and following through agreed decisions
  • Outstanding leadership, in change, influencing, negotiating and interpersonal skills (relating to NHS Leadership Qualities Framework)
  • Ability to build alliances and secure ownership of proposals across organisational boundaries
  • Ability to evaluate and learn from outcomes, with clear commitment to innovation, learning and improvement


  • Ability to work independently and as part of the operational management team



  • Demonstration of Trust Values



  • Educated to masters degree level or equivalent level of experience (5 yrs at senior management level)
  • Professional Transformation, Project Management or QI qualification

Employer details

Employer name

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust


CEME West Wing

Marsh Way

Rainham Essex

RM13 8GQ

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