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ODN Director

Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
Yorkshire and Humber
£70,417 to £81,138 per annum
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8C
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

The post holder will manage the Y& H NCC, PCC & SiC ODNs to deliver whole system work programmes for each Network. The post holder will work as part of dynamic ODN teams ensuring each ODN aligns and works with established and evolving NHS organisations in the delivery of these programmes, to improve joint working and to achieve better outcomes and service access. The post holder will collaborate with regional & national level programmes of care leads as well as commissioning quality teams and national outcomes leads. The post holder will ensure that each ODN:

Main duties of the job

Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust hosts the Y& H NCC, PCC & SiC ODNs on behalf of the provider units which make up the networks. The geographical area of Y& H includes 19 units within 15 provider trusts and 5 ICBs/LMNS' footprints.

The post holder is accountable to both the Host Organisation, who performance manages the ODNs on behalf of Yorkshire and the Humber through contractual relationships, and the Regional (NEY) NHSE team.

The post holder will use expert knowledge and specialist management skills to carry out core duties and responsibilities on behalf of the ODNs to enable them to deliver and measure the core objectives as defined within their service specifications.

About us

Sheffield Children's is one of three independent, specialist paediatric hospitals in the country, providing dedicated healthcare for children and young people across community, mental health and acute specialist settings.

We have three overarching aims that set the direction for the Trust in our vision to create a healthier future for children and young people.
  • Outstanding patient care
  • Brilliant place to work
  • Leader in children's health

Our commitment to rewarding colleagues is demonstrated through our brilliant reward and benefits offer including generous annual leave entitlement and pension scheme and access to salary sacrifice schemes such as cycle to work and lease cars.

We are committed to supporting colleagues from different heritages and lifestyles while at work. This is supported through the offer we have in place for flexible working and the three equality network groups we have in place. Colleagues are encouraged to join these groups and request flexible working.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Delivers effective clinical flows through the provider system through clinical collaboration for networked provision of services.
  • Takes a whole system collaborative provision approach to ensuring the delivery of safe and effective services across the patient pathway, adding value for all its stakeholders.
  • Improves cross-organisational multi-professional clinical engagement to improve pathways of care.
  • Enables the development of consistent provider guidance and improved service standards, ensuring a consistent patient and family experience.
  • Focuses on quality and effectiveness through facilitation of comparative benchmarking and auditing of services, with implementation of required improvements.
  • Fulfils a key role in assuring providers and commissioners of all aspects of quality as well as coordinating provider resources to secure the best outcomes for patients across wide geographic areas.
  • Supports capacity planning and activity monitoring with collaborative forecasting of demand and matching of demand and supply.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • oEducated to masters degree level or equivalent professional development


  • oManagement qualification
  • oExperience of budget management/financial management
  • oCurrent and relevant HR / Business skills within an NHS Organisation



  • oMinimum of 3 years previous experience of working at a senior level in a commissioner and/or provider organisation in a clinical lead, commissioning, business management or service development role.
  • oEvidence of continuing professional development including Leadership courses
  • oDetailed understanding of the NHS including NHS policies and procedures relating to commissioning healthcare service and local delivery planning
  • oDetailed understanding of strategic planning and reporting processes
  • oUnderstanding of political and public context for services


  • oFormal IT qualification ie ECDL or equivalent
  • oExperience of working in a complex and changing environment
  • oExperience of working with clinical staff
  • oKnowledge and understanding of NHS finance and costing regime
  • oKnowledge of service improvement tools and techniques
  • oKnowledge and understanding of principles of health economics and critical appraisal
  • oPatient and carer awareness and experience

Knowledge and Skills


  • oRequires extensive knowledge across many functions clinical and operational service delivery and policy research commissioning service delivery and planning NHS planning and strategy data collection governance and management finance.
  • oKnowledge/understanding of the corporate and statutory duties of NHS Commissioning bodies
  • oEvidence of strategic planning
  • oUnderstanding in and use of Transformational processes
  • oPeople management experience
  • oExperience of multi-disciplinary team work
  • oProven success in project management

Personal Attributes


  • oEmotional intelligence to deal with clinicians, managers and commissioners with potentially conflicting objectives
  • oWorking with people, including effective influencing, enabling others to perform and holding to account collaborative working within Y& H and national teams.
  • oHighly effective interpersonal and communication skills including listening skills
  • oAbility to facilitate and manage change effectively, with strong organisational skills and ability to plan/implement effective projects and workstreams.
  • oVerbal, written and presentation skills
  • oStrong negotiation, persuasion and influencing skills
  • oAnalytical and conceptual skills
  • oProblem solving ability
  • oAbility to deal with conflict and challenge
  • oAbility to manage change in a complex environment
  • oAbility to manage complex issues where high degree of judgement required
  • oAbility to produce strategic plans
  • oAbility to work in a team
  • oAble to work under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • oA requirement to travel either via train and /or in a car i.e. driving on a frequent basis.

Employer details

Employer name

Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust


Yorkshire and Humber

Yorkshire and Humber

S10 2TH

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