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Strategy and Planning Manager

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum
Closing date
5 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity to join the strategy and planning team at University Hospitals Sussex - helping to shape the future direction of one of the largest providers in the NHS through the development and implementation of our Trust Strategy. The post will also have oversight of the management of one of the Clinical Networks we host, and will coordinate and influence the Trust's involvement in Clinical Networks in a changing commissioning landscape.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will play a key role in the design and delivery of the future strategy and 5 year road map for University Hospitals Sussex, and must be committed to improving services and outcomes for patients and their families. The role requires an individual with highly developed leadership skills, understanding of strategy development and implementation, as well as collaborative working. The role will require experience in the development and delivery of complex strategic work programmes in large scale organisations and managing integrated programmes of work in a highly complex environment. You will be a strong communicator both orally and in writing, and able to work effectively with stakeholders at all levels: patients, colleagues, senior leaders, and senior partners. You will have a track record of working effectively with written and numerical evidence to support good decision making. The role will work flexibly across the Strategy and Planning portfolio, with a specific focus on the development and implementation the Trust's strategy. It will also have a focus on system working, including the development of Clinical Networks within the Trust and oversight of the management of our Hepatitis C network.

About us

Join us atUHSussex, every day is different, you can be the change, better neverstops

AtUHSussexwe're proud to be at the heart of the NHS. As one of theUK's largest acute Trusts, we're a leading example of the excellence, the ambition and the values that have embodied the NHS for over 70 years.

Improving lives:We are a vibrant and inclusive organisation, with hardworking, talented and dedicated individuals, who work together towards a common goal, to always put ourPatient First.Our mission is summed up by our 'where better never stops' motto and no matter the role atUHSussex, you will play a part in driving us forwards and in improving the lives of patients across Sussex.We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in ourwellbeing programmefor staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need itbecausewe know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

Build a career with us:As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosingUHSussexyou are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that youdo.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and deliver mechanisms and approaches that secure clinical engagement, ensuring commissioners, partners, patients, carers and the general public are engaged in an open and transparent way.
  • Contribute to the development of constructive working relationships with local commissioners to ensure that strategic plans, change programmes and delivery plans in relation to the strategic programme are aligned to and informed by local commissioning intentions and the commissioners are aware of the impact of their plans on the Trust, in the context of strategy development.
  • Develop constructive working relationships with other providers to contribute to ensuring that strategic plans, change programmes and delivery plans in relation to the strategic programme are informed by their plans and that opportunities for joint working are understood and capitalised on.
  • Develop and maintain appropriate links with other networks and organisations whose activities impact on the Hepatitis C network.
  • Ensure the co-ordination of regular Hepatitis C Network meetings with all relevant stakeholders to report key areas of success, improvement, changes in National/local objectives and future development plans.
  • Ensure the implementation of appropriate mechanisms designed to develop and deliver a communication for the Hepatitis C network, as well as collating and disseminate good practice.

Service Delivery and Improvement
  • Work in partnership with the wider Strategy and Planning Team, Clinical Divisions and Corporate Services with a particular focus on developing and implementing strategic plans that will deliver improved services for patients, families and the communities we serve.
  • Work closely with the Head of Strategic Planning to support the prioritisation and implementation of the Trusts Clinical Strategy, ensuring that this is fully represented in Divisional Plans.
  • In a changing commissioning environment, oversee the development of network strategies, advising on the implications of the changing commissioning landscape, impact of the clinical reference groups and service specifications, the National Service Frameworks and other relevant policies and guidance. To work within national guidance and strategic policy and to help ensure that these translate into service development plans.
  • Work flexibly across the Strategy and Planning Team portfolio as required, to coordinate and drive forward key elements of the teams workplans including annual planning, strategic deployment and business case development.
  • Work in partnership with commissioners, trusts and other stakeholder organisations, managers and clinicians to ensure good working relationships. Lead on the development and implementation of service delivery plans that will encompass the development of workforce, training and education, facilities and services, information and IT strategies.
  • Design and development of the processes, mechanisms and structures that will achieve collaborative working across the Trust and wider partner organisations. Find practical solutions to any potential barriers, blockers or issues restricting the ability achieve key objectives.
  • Contribute to identifying mechanisms to ensure the development of equitable systems of care, which effectively reduces inequalities whilst maintaining access and choice to services.
  • Engage external stakeholders when required and present information internally to senior audiences.
  • Establish and oversee multi stranded work required to maintain an effective project board with project teams presenting complex or sensitive information for consideration and agreement.
  • To lead defined service reviews, seeking to utilise best practice and standards whilst pro-actively embracing the local and national modernisation agenda.
  • To identify and implement initiatives to support continuous quality improvements and modernisation of service delivery, to include the Trusts Specialty Review process.
  • To ensure continuous improvement of services for patients across the whole of the pathway.
  • Identify and secure funding streams and have ideas ready to submit for new service development areas.
  • Develop, coordinate and submit bids for the Trust in response to funding opportunities that may present and coordinate the implementation of any successful proposals.
  • Responsible for reporting to commissioners on the progress of any investments.
  • Provide and receive sensitive information (non-clinical) to large groups/stakeholders (including members of the public and other organisations).
  • Ensure any Service Level Agreements, Memorandums of Understanding or contracts with external organisations are up to date and reviewed regularly.

People Management and Development
  • Ensure the involvement of all staff through open and direct communication.
  • Contribute to the production of workforce plans that provide a staffing complement which is qualified and able to meet service requirements.
  • Responsible for the recruitment, retention and line management of the support team for the Hepatitis C Network.
  • Practice an inclusive and adaptive leadership style ensuring involvement from all stakeholders, at all levels.
  • Maintain and develop an environment and culture that improves health, safety and security of the work place, ensuring effective risk management strategies are implemented.
  • Act as a Champion for collaborative working models and processes to ensure buy-in from relevant local stakeholders.

Patient Care Delivery
  • Contribute to transformational and pathway improvements that enhance the quality, effectiveness and accessibility of patient care.

Learning and Development
  • Attend mandatory training updates as required.
  • Undertake training as necessary in line with the development of the post and as agreed with the line manager as part of the personal development process.
  • Achieve and demonstrate agreed standards of personal and professional development within agreed timescales.
  • Identify own learning needs and jointly plan training requirements with your line manager
  • Participate in the Trusts appraisal process to discuss how your role will help deliver the best possible care to our patients and help to deliver any changes in service.

Person Specification



  • Years of relevant experience



  • Masters or equivalent experience



  • Proven ability to manage complex functions
  • Success in leading change
  • Analyse complex problems


  • Development of business cases
  • Knowledge of NHS

People Management


  • Able to lead and motivate
  • Understanding of working within HR policy
  • Facilitating good working relationships


  • Development of business cases

Freedom to act


  • Identify and adhere to best practice and national/local guidance

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


St Mary's Hall, Royal Sussex County Hospital

Eastern Road



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