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Programme Director - WY Community Health Services Collaborative

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
£83,571 to £96,376 per annum
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8D
Contract Type
Full Time
In 2021, the West Yorkshire Community Healthcare Provider Collaborative was created to tackle common healthcare issues together. Our goal is to improve care results, make the most of resources, and provide excellent care close to where people live.

The Community Collaborative is one of three operating across the West Yorkshire footprint and is made up of the following organisations:
  • Airedale NHS Foundation Trust
  • Bradford District Care Trust
  • Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust
  • Harrogate and District NHS Trusts
  • Leeds Community Healthcare Trust
  • Locala Health and Wellbeing
  • Mid Yorkshire Teaching Hospital Trust
  • Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

Following the continued successful development of the Collaborative we are looking to recruit a Programme Director who will be responsible for programme leadership and management of our large, multi-organisation community provider collaborative.

We want to offer personalised care for everyone, ensuring a good quality of life. We work with various community providers, like social care, GPs, hospices and mental health services. Our focus is on teamwork, making programmes better, and dealing with challenges like money, workforce, technology, data, and buildings together.

Main duties of the job

Key areas of work include:
  • Oversight of delivery and transformation programmes, for example virtual wards and community dental services
  • Working together to deliver efficiency and value,
  • Joint delivery of quality improvements

Every month, leaders from each organisation meet to make decisions together, and prioritise tasks.

We concentrate on issues like helping people leave the hospital, reducing wait times, supporting those in need, and contributing to urgent care plans.

About us

This role is hosted by Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.

The post-holder will be accountable to the Lead Chief Executive of the West Yorkshire Community Collaborative, and work in collaboration across the 8 members.

Job description

Job responsibilities

This role:
  • Is accountable to the Chief Executives of organisations belonging to the provider collaborative, delivering its extensive collaborative programme and managing relationships with the wider West Yorkshire Health & Care Partnership Integrated Care System (ICS).
  • Is a challenging and complex role operating with CEOs, and Executive Directors across all community healthcare providers in the region
  • Works at a strategic system level responsible for overseeing the delivery of large scale, system wide change to benefit the patients and population
  • Strategic leadership of a range of system wide significant programmes of work, with fully responsibility and accountability for the achievement of outcomes
  • Is responsible for the establishment and performance of the Collaborative, ensuring oversight and successful delivery of complex, multifaceted collaborative strategic programmes of work
  • Is responsible for ensuring the West Yorkshire Community Health Services Provider Collaborative has the required governance, structures, processes, capabilities, and resources to deliver effectively.
  • Directs and leads a strategic system programme approach which includes setting goals, objectives, managing resources, risk management, milestones and measures of success
  • Develops long term strategic plans, in a complex and emerging / uncertain environment. This role makes a major contribution to system wide plans, strategy and development
  • Provides strategic direction to the provider collaborative, realising the opportunities/benefits and mitigating risks.
  • Line management responsibility for a range of posts as the programme progresses, as well as matrix management.
  • This is a senior demanding role, working in an environment where the post holder must demonstrate outstanding communication skills and ability to influence at senior level. The role requires resilience and tenacity the ability to deliver under pressure, with urgency where needed, and under considerable scrutiny, as well as a strategic forward thinking approach.

Person Specification



  • Education to Masters degree or equivalent level of knowledge and experience.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Formal qualification in Programme Management (MSP) or significant equivalent programme leadership experience


  • Formal qualification in Lean management and change techniques.



  • Significant senior leadership experience in health or social care
  • Significant programme leadership and management experience within a complex large scale and multi-stranded programme, and complex environment
  • In-depth professional knowledge and expertise over a range of disciplines e.g. financial management, performance management, staff management acquired through experience over extended period
  • Experience of translating a vision into strategy, delivery plans and resource plans
  • Experience of overseeing and delivering large scale, multiple organisation/system change
  • Experience of participating in / co-ordinating formal meetings / Steering Board and associated governance arrangements
  • Budgetary and financial management expertise, including managing income and supplier contracts
  • Strong partnering and consultancy skills with a track record of building highly effective and trusting relationships, particularly at a senior level, collaborating across challenging agendas in a complex system


  • Experience of applying continuous improvement methods
  • Experience of business case development
  • Experience of working at ICS/system level or in a system leadership role



  • Experience of producing a range of strategic and operational documents and presentations including: programme plans, financial business cases and proposals for service innovation
  • Able to build credibility to win support, influence stakeholders and develop collaborative plans
  • Able to make sound decisions and judgements based on analysis of information available, including financial, risk, and programme information
  • Ability to analyse complex information and develop potential options and recommendations
  • Able to communicate effectively on issues in a variety of different ways.
  • Ability to prioritise conflicting demands and to work to tight deadlines. Able to work under pressure without compromising quality.
  • Ability to find solutions in complex situations that are acceptable to a number of stakeholders, experience of consultation, negotiation and influencing different stakeholders
  • Significant experience of managing and prioritising a large budget with solid knowledge of financial process requirements
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to work with people at all levels of teams and organisations
  • Strategic thinker with the ability to communicate a vision and engage followership.
  • Drive and enthusiasm
  • Personal integrity and commitments to ensuring openness and transparency
  • Well-developed negotiation, influencing and motivational skills
  • Ability to work autonomously and prioritise own workload
  • Holding people and teams to account


  • Extensive experience of delivering presentations to large groups of stakeholders in often pressured and politically sensitive environments

Employer details

Employer name

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust


Huddersfield Royal Infirmary



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