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Innovation Adoption Programme Manager

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pa pro rota
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Full Time

Job Details

Are you fascinated by change and innovation? Can you help the NHS adopt innovation faster to help deliver better care to patients?

At Health Innovation Wessex we improve people's health, achieve excellence in healthcare and boost innovation and growth in our region's life sciences and healthcare sector.

As one of 15 Health Innovation Networks across England, we connect and support academics, NHS, industry and others to bring fresh energy to old problems, inspired thinking to new ones and to adopt innovative practice at scale.

Join our Innovation and Adoption Team where you will be responsible for an evolving portfolio of programmes which support innovation adoption across Wessex. With programme and project management experience in a relevant setting, we welcome applicants with an interest in digital, mental health, health inequalities, workforce, patient and public involvement and engagement and environmental sustainability.

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the 'Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

About us

Health Innovation Wessex is a company limited by guarantee, owned by the NHS and University members, hosted by University Hospital Southampton.

Based at Southampton Science Park in Chilworth in a bright modern office easily accessible from the M3, M27 and Southampton Parkway train station, the location offers free parking with a caf area and networking spaces on site. 27 acres of the Science Park site are designated a protected Conservation Area and open to staff.

We are keen to ensure that staff enjoy a successful work/life balance and offer flexible working dependent on the requirements of the role. Health Innovation Wessex endorses personal development and provides training allowances to help you deliver in the role and meet your career goals.We also have a proactive approach to wellbeing in line with our core values of being Innovative, Inclusive and Collaborative, with staff engagement groups shaping the organisation's culture and driving initiatives to allow our people to flourish despite times of challenge, change and high demand.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Programme Manager - Innovation Adoption will be responsible for one or more innovation adoption programmes, putting in place appropriate programme and project collaborative arrangements, actively seeking appropriate funding, and promoting dissemination of the Health Innovation Wessex programmes. The programmes that the programme manager is responsible for will change as the Health Innovation Wessexs portfolio of programmes evolve throughout the year.

Key Responsibilities include:
  • Proactively managing Innovation Adoption Project(s) to deliver the Health Innovation Wessex overarching Innovation Adoption Programme
  • Identifying and evaluating the impact of innovative service developments and technology solutions on patient outcomes and NHS services
  • Gathering data on quality improvements and efficiency savings and evaluating and advising on potential impact of system wide implementation
  • Developing implementation models in collaboration with appropriate stakeholders, evaluating feasibility of project implementation across Health Innovation Wessex partner organisations
  • Co-ordinating a set of key stakeholders and supporting the development of a programme or project, providing direct project management for all or some elements of a project as necessary
  • Working with partners to understand and agree the appropriate roles for all parties involved to ensure added value and maximum impact

To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents attached.

We are an ambitious organisation, looking for passionate and motivated people to join us with a proven track record of delivery. You will need a tenacity to succeed, great communication and project management skills, an ability to build new relationships quickly, and the capability to adapt and work flexibly, with a high degree of autonomy to deliver project outcomes in a timely manner. Able to prioritise work and manage time effectively and complete agreed objectives within agreed standards and deadlines.

We welcome applications from people with a wide range of past experiences whether that be clinical, NHS management or from industry/private sector an appreciation of the challenges involved with innovation deployment and transformation in the NHS is an advantage to succeed in this role. Past experience of commissioning, transformation and project management are also advantageous.

Person Specification

Qualifications / training required


  • Professionally qualified or a relevant degree, plus project management experience or equivalent experience in a relevant discipline
  • A Master's degree level or equivalent postgraduate qualification in relevant discipline or equivalent experience in a relevant discipline
  • Knowledge of the specialist work practices and/ or professional guidelines relevant to the Health Innovation Wessex area
  • Knowledge and experience of the NHS and local health and social service functions


  • Project Management training (e.g. PRINCE II)
  • Management experience

Previous or relevant experience necessary


  • Programme and Project management experience in an NHS or care service setting or equivalent experience in a relevant setting
  • Experience of integrated working across professional boundaries and involving several organisations
  • Experience of organising/ managing events


  • Effective leadership and team building skills
  • Experience of quality improvement projects and/or methodology
  • Experience in evaluating projects

Values and behaviours


  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Health Innovation Wessex values and behaviours policy Quality - People - Together
  • UHS Trust Values: Patients First / Always Improving / Working Together

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust


Health Innovation Wessex

Innovation Centre, Southampton Science Park, 2 Venture Road


SO16 7NP

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