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APC Head of Programmes

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
£70,417 to £81,138 per annum
Closing date
6 Dec 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8C
Full Time
APC Head of Programmes Band 8c Advert
  • Are you a highly effective programme manager with extensive experience managing change programmes?
  • Do you thrive working across organisational boundaries, bringing teams together to deliver benefits for patients and staff?
  • Are you looking for an opportunity to support other programme managers to develop their skills and deliver programmes to a high standard?

If the answer to the above is YES then we have a fantastic opportunity for you!....

In Bristol North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, the Acute Provider Collaborative brings together UHBW and NBT as two major acute trusts, to work collaboratively to deliver better care for patients, to support and develop staff and to be active partners to the wider community.

The Head of Programmes is a new exciting 2-year fixed term opportunity, working alongside the Programme Director and Trust Leadership Teams, to develop, coordinate and deliver key collaborative programmes across the Acute Trusts on behalf of the Acute Provider Collaborative.

This role is hosted by UHBW as part of the Acute Provider Collaborative but will work across NBT, UHBW and the wider system.

As well as supporting multiple programmes of improvement work, there will be plenty of scope to ensure your personal development needs are met.

Interviews for the post are due to take place on Monday 11th December/ Tues 12th December.

Main duties of the job

The Head of Programmes will be responsible for the development and delivery of work programmes across both clinical and corporate services, to achieve the aims and objectives of the APC, and aligning with the BNSSG Integrated Care System Approach.

The post holder will be responsible for guiding others through the challenges of service transformation programmes, ensuring the work is delivered to a high standard.

The role demands experience of delivering large scale, people-centred change programmes, working with clinical and management teams, to deliver change across the acute providers.

Candidates will also need technical programme management skills, managing all aspects of programme governance, programme planning and reporting, benefits and risk management.

The postholder will have exceptional leadership and management skills and will be expected to offer innovation and creativity to fully support the programme outcomes, including design and delivery of service transformation. They will also need to be politically astute and strategically aware to successfully oversee service reconfiguration and redesign. They will need to be able to manage multiple stakeholders and generate improvement opportunities, using their experience to influence teams to work in new ways.

It is essential that they demonstrate excellent negotiation skills and must be able to communicate effectively with staff at all levels to deliver practical improvements whilst producing financially sustainable services.

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England.

UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward-thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact.

Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people, and vulnerable adults.

As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a more detailed job description with main responsibilities and person specification, please refer to the job description document attached to this vacancy.

The APC is one of three Provider Collaboratives in BNSSG ICB. Hosted by UHBW but working across NBT, UHBW as well as the wider system.

The Acute Provider Collaborative purpose is to use our collective experiences, expertise, and resources, we will work together to ensure that we provide the best care for patients, support and development for our staff and that we are active partners to the wider community.

Person Specification

Knowledge, Training and Experience


  • Educated to masters level or equivalent level of experience of working at a senior level in healthcare settings
  • Extensive knowledge of large-scale improvement and change acquired through post-graduate diploma or equivalent experience or training plus further specialist knowledge or experience to masters level equivalent
  • Evidence of post qualifying and continuing professional development
  • Must understand the background to and aims of current healthcare policy and appreciate the implications of this on engagement
  • Should have an appreciation of the relationship between the Department of Health, the Strategic Health Authority and individual provider and commissioning organisations
  • Member of relevant professional body
  • Working knowledge of acute hospitals

Skills and Abilities


  • Provide and receive highly complex, sensitive and contentious information, negotiate with senior stakeholders on difficult and controversial issues, and present complex and sensitive information to large and influential groups
  • Persuade board and senior managers of the respective merits of different options, innovation and new market opportunities
  • Negotiate on difficult and very complex and detailed issues
  • Problem solving skills and ability to respond to sudden unexpected demands
  • Takes decisions on difficult and contentious issues where there may be a number of courses of action
  • Strategic thinking- ability to anticipate and resolve problems before they arise
  • Ability to carry out procurements for highly detailed, high value contracts that require analysis, comparison and assessment
  • Plans and organises a broad range of complex activities, formulating and adjusting plans to reflect changing circumstances
  • Inputs to strategic plans across NHS and within the specific teams
  • Good use of available information sources to enable efficient and effective planning
  • Ability to work under pressure and to tight and often changing deadlines
  • Skills for direct line management and job management
  • Skills for delivering results through managing through others and using a range of levers in the absence of direct line management responsibility
  • Skills for managing relationships with a range of different stakeholders
  • Ability to lead and motivate a team in challenging circumstances
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office with intermediate keyboard skills
  • Manages team within the constraints of NHS strategic plan
  • Ability to work on own initiative and organise workload, allocating work as necessary
  • Ability to make decisions autonomously, when required, on difficult issues
  • Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of equality of opportunity and diversity taking into account and being aware of how individual actions contribute to and make a different to the equality agenda
  • Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of equality of opportunity and diversity
  • Previously responsible for a budget, involved in budget setting and working knowledge of financial proces
  • An ability to maintain confidentiality and trust
  • Used to working in a busy environment
  • Adaptability, flexibility and ability to cope with uncertainty and change
  • Commitment to continuing professional development
  • Financial and Physical Resources

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Trust Headquaters,

Marlborough Street



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