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UHN Programme Lead for Community Diagnostic Centre

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust
£83,571 to £96,376 Per Annum
Closing date
24 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8D
Full Time
As part of the national CDC programme University Hospitals of Northamptonshire Group which includes Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals, has successfully bid for funding for three Community Diagnostic Centres in Northamptonshire.

The project to deliver two of these centres is due to be completed in 2024, with work on the third now commencing.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and engaging leader to drive the design, delivery, and implementation of our CDCs, agreeing priorities with the SRO, Diagnostic Divisional Managers, Deputy Chief Operating Officers, and the CDC Programme Board.

Main duties of the job

Deliver the CDC implementation programme ensuring the programme delivers the objectives and benefits described in the business case

Ensure the programme delivers to the required quality and timescales

Resolve issues and problems which arise related to the programme

Engage the SRO, escalating issues as appropriate

Support all key stakeholders in the delivery of the CDC programme

Develop bids and business cases for both national and local schemes of work

Secure additional sources of funding as opportunities arise

Support the CDC clinical lead with the development of clinical pathways to support efficient diagnosis and treatment of patients

Working for your organisation

Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest employers in the area and we are on an exciting journey. Our mission is to provide safe, compassionate, and clinically excellent patient care, by being an outstanding employer for our people. We have entered into a Group Model with neighbouring Northampton General Hospital and have become University Hospitals of Northamptonshire.

About us

Northampton General Hospital is one of the largest employers in the area and we are on an exciting journey. All of our divisions are committed to doing things better, with more efficiency as we update, modernise, and advance. We have also entered into a Group Model with neighbouring Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and become University Hospitals of Northamptonshire.

Our Excellence Values






We want to recruit the best people to deliver our services across the University Hospitals of Northamptonshire and help to unleash everyone's full potential. As an organisation, we value how we communicate and promote our vacancies to all communities.

We are a Defence positive trust, supporting our reservists, veterans, spouses and partners.

The Hospital Group encourages applications from people who identify from all protected groups, especially those from BAME, Disabled and LGBTQ+ backgrounds as these are underrepresented in our hospitals.

We understand that we need to work with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and make sure the environment they work in is inclusive and collaborative.

We have active Networks that promote and support colleagues from all backgrounds.This ensures everyone feels supported and has a sense of belonging working for Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To support to support all key stakeholders in the delivery of CDC programme.2. To manage delivery of the CDC Implementation Programme (operationally and with a mobilisation focus).3. To ensure the programme delivers its objectives and benefits.4. To deliver this high value programme within the agreed time, cost, and quality constraints.5. To resolve issues and problems related to the programme.6. To engage and liaise with all key stakeholders to ensure harmonised implementation.7. Keep the SRO well informed, escalating as appropriate to maintain programme traction.8. To ensure escalation systems are developed, implemented, and regularly reviewed.9. Escalate issues to the SRO, and Programme Board as appropriate.10. To deliver within scope, agreed timeframes, cost and quality constraints.11. To develop bids and business cases for both national and system schemes of work as appropriate. These cases are of very high value (multi million �s) which influence the strategic direction of the services for Lincolnshire system.12. To secure any additional financial opportunities both nationally, regionally and system wide tofurther support the organisation in the delivery of patient care.13. To support and provide advice on the development of clear activity profiles for CDCs.14. To support the CDC clinical lead with the design of patient pathways to support efficient diagnosis and treatment of patients.15. To control and report progress.16. Manage relationships with all stakeholders and ensure effective working within the Trust, withthe ICS/ICB, regional and national teams.17. Represent the Trust at system and national level where required.18.Produce and provide appropriate documentation as required by the Programme Board, theSRO and the Deputy Chief Operating Officers for both Trusts.19. To deliver project management duties, including preparing reports and documentation so that progress is maintained to meet deadlines.

Person Specification

Educations, Training and Qualifications


  • Educated to masters level or equivalent level of experience of working at a senior level in specialist area
  • Extensive knowledge of specialist areas, acquired through post graduate diploma or equivalent experience or training plus further specialist knowledge or experience to master's level or equivalent
  • Understanding of the background to and aims of current healthcare policy and appreciate the implications of this on engagement

Knowledge and Experience


  • Extensive understanding of NHS national policy and capable of writing high quality reports setting out the key items of emerging policy changes for discussion at Board level
  • Extensive understanding of NHS national policy and capable of writing high quality reports setting out the key items of emerging policy changes for discussion at Board level
  • Experience of Integrated Care System working with system partners at a senior executive level, helping to drive system level discussions and decisions with partners across health, care, councils, voluntary and patient organisations
  • Proven ability and experience in leading Major Projects that require highly complex negotiations across organisations and deliver positive change for patients
  • Proven ability to work with clinicians and operational staff, to take strategic ideas and ambitions, through testing and evidence building, to writing successful highly complex business cases and delivering them to Trust Boards for approval
  • Demonstrable experience of leading successful change programmes with quality, workforce and finance outputs using best practice methodologies
  • Experience of developing and delivering highly complex cross provider and multi-organisation integration programmes
  • Experience of successfully working with multiple clinicians from a variety of backgrounds and seniority, bringing them together on shared visions and working plans
  • Experience of highly specialised project management within a complex NHS environment
  • Demonstrable experience of effective management of difficult/sensitive situations utilising conflict management techniques
  • Demonstrable experience of working with highly complex data and information requiring excellent analytical skills, ensuring both robust analysis and clear presentation to a wide audience
  • Experience of working across different parts of the healthcare system
  • Working knowledge and recent experience of working within NHF finance processes and understanding requirements, including pressures, payment mechanisms, frameworks, risks and implications, etc
  • Experience of working out of hours as part of a Senior Manager On-call Rota to support the wider organisation, including an understanding of Major Incident Procedures
  • Experience of effective partnership working with other organisations, managing political areas of reputational impact
  • Knowledge and understanding of the environment within which the Trust operates, including the complexity of the stakeholder relationships
  • Specific in-depth knowledge of the National agenda and future direction of travel, critical in the effective management of the portfolio
  • Expert knowledge of the NHS context and key development areas relating to areas within the portfolio
  • Skills Specialist knowledge of best practice standards in Strategic Planning and Delivery



  • Demonstrable skills as a well-respected, competent and professional manager, able to set direction, demonstrate drive, motivate and inspire others and deliver results to support ongoing learning, innovation and development
  • Highly developed oral and written communication skills, with an ability to prepare written documents, presentations and highly complex proposals that are clear and easily understood
  • Strong interpersonal skills to ensure effective building of relationships to support successful delivery of work, partnership working and development of trusting networks
  • A proven, credible and influential communicator with excellent networking skills, demonstrating an ability to influence others in a positive manner in order to achieve change and improvement
  • Demonstrable advanced IT skills across Microsoft standard and wider software packages e.g. Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint
  • Demonstrable ability to exercise independent judgement in a professional and competent manner and assimilate complex facts or situations
  • Demonstrates ability to self-manage workload and conflicting priorities in order to operate effectively, reach solutions and embrace decision making responsibilities within defined work areas
  • Ability to identify and assess risks and anticipate potential difficulties, developing plans to resolve proactively and personally

Employer details

Employer name

Northampton General Hospital


Kettering General Hospital

Rothwell Road


NN16 8UZ

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