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Cancer Project Manager

Wirral University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic Cancer Project Manager to join our Cancer Services Team, within the Corporate Division of Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Trust.

The Cheshire and Merseyside Cancer Alliance (CMCA) leads the delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan ambitions for cancer across our local system through collaboration with partners with the aim of improving outcomes for patients and improving performance against key operational standards.

The Cancer Project Manager for Wirral University Teaching Hospital will provide leadership and high level project management skills to enable system wide change to support implementation of Rapid Diagnostic Services (RDS) delivery across the organisation in line with priorities identified within NHS England's Long Term Plan.

The Cancer Project Manager is a senior leadership role. The role will require extensive project management skills/experience and close working with external partners (including providers, commissioners, patients and carers) to deliver programme objectives in accordance with the aims and ambitions of the Trust and the CMCA. This requires a level of political awareness, personal influence and skill.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be pivotal to the communication and progress reporting regarding RDS to the CMCA. The post holder will work with colleagues at all levels including senior clinicians, executives, project managers and teams across Wirral University Teaching Hospital and CMCA and act in an autonomous capacity.

The Cancer Project Manager will be responsible for scoping compliance, identifying priority areas and the development, management and implementation of key RDS projects across the organisation. The post holder will have experience of managing projects involving clinicians and a track record of successful engagement with leaders. In addition to the ability to lead transformation a background in cancer care and a motivation to develop and implement effective change is essential to the role.

About us

All new colleagues can expect to receive a warm and friendly Wirral welcome from the very first time they make contact with us. We are described as competent and caring staff by our patients.

Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is situated on The Wirral peninsula which has a stunning coastline and beautiful countryside surroundings, with great activities for its residents.

We are one of the largest and busiest acute Trusts in the North West of England, comprising of the Wirral's only Emergency Department. We provide a high quality range of acute care services and employ over 6,000 staff, who serve a population of approximately 400,000 people across Wirral, Ellesmere Port, Neston, North Wales and the wider North West footprint.

We have approximately 855 beds trust-wide and our financial turnover is in excess of �337m.

The Wirral is easily accessible with excellent transport links including motorway, train, bus or ferry and within easy reach to the major cities of Liverpool, Chester and Manchester as well as neighbouring North Wales.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the job description and person specification for further information about the Cancer Project Manager position available with WUTH.

Person Specification

Qualifications, Specific Experience and Training


  • Masters level qualification or equivalent management experience
  • Project management qualification (Prince 2 or equivalent)
  • Evidence of continuous professional development


  • Recognised management qualification
  • Experience of working in an acute trust
  • Acute NHS and cancer specific experience
  • Experience of managing complex change projects across organisational boundaries

Knowledge and Skills


  • Knowledge and experience of project management within an acute setting and change management
  • Ability to prepare high quality written reports for senior internal and external audiences
  • Effectively utilise a range of IT office systems including MS Project, PowerPoint, Word, spreadsheets and web browser technologies


  • Working knowledge of Cancer Somerset Register
  • Knowledge and experience of line management e.g. recruitment, development, appraisal and HR processes

Other Requirements


  • Required to travel within Cheshire and Merseyside

Qualifications, Specific Experience and Training


  • Extensive experience of managing improvements and projects in the NHS environment engaging clinical staff, patients and other key stakeholders in collaborative projects
  • Experience of developing systems to allow reporting against project milestones and benefits
  • Strong track record of multi-professional working and developing and fostering professional working relationships
  • Ability to challenge stakeholders about delivery and to hold to account where project targets have not been met


  • Experience of supporting others to lead complex change projects including coaching and mentoring
  • Experience of managing significant change and developing services in difficult or sensitive environments, involving situations of conflict

Knowledge and Skills


  • Knowledge of the national cancer policy agenda and the opportunities for improvement
  • Knowledge of strategic challenges currently facing secondary care and how this impacts upon project delivery
  • Knowledge of secondary care cancer services, organisational structures and procedures
  • Ability to communicate to all levels of staff
  • Personal integrity, commitment to high quality services, honesty and working in support of colleagues
  • Ability to chair meetings effectively
  • Ability to work under pressure to agreed timescales and in a busy environment
  • Ability to organise own workload effectively and efficiently
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships


  • Understand (and use) different forms of decision making and management styles appropriate to context

Personal Attributes


  • Diplomatic
  • Calm and objective
  • Assertive, confident yet approachable
  • Demonstrates enthusiasm
  • Flexible attitude to working
  • Ability to deal with difficult emotional situations
  • Strong interpersonal, negotiation and persuasion skills

Other Requirements


  • Able to demonstrate the Trust core values and behaviours in day to day approach to work

Employer details

Employer name

Wirral University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Clatterbridge Hospital

Clatterbridge Road


CH63 4JY

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