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NIHR (RRDN) Strategic Development Director (XN11)

Employer
Leeds Teaching Hospitals
Location
Leeds
Salary
£83,571 to £96,376 a year
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Profession
Other Health Profession
Grade
Band 8D
Hours
Full Time
The Regional Research Delivery Network Yorkshire and Humber (RRDN Y& H) will be one of 12 Regional Networks that will replace the existing Local Clinical Research Networks from 1 October 2024 and will support the effective and efficient initiation and delivery of funded research across the health and care system in England for the benefit of patients, the health and care system and the economy.

We are looking for a highly motivated, experienced and enthusiastic leader to undertake a newly created senior role for the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Research Delivery Network (RRDN).

Expected Shortlisting Date: 29 May 2024

Planned Interview Date: 06 June 2024

Main duties of the job

The RRDN Strategic Development Director is senior officer responsible for the development, delivery and implementation of RRDN strategic plans to build research capacity and capability at organisational and regional level in Yorkshire & Humber.The RRDN Strategic Development Director will also work with the RDN Coordinating Centre in the strategic oversight of the RDN Portfolio to ensure that the Portfolio is maintained as a cohort of high-quality, fully-funded, viable and deliverable studies that are important to health and social care. Alongside their regional responsibilities the RRDN Operations Director will co-develop and lead national programmes of work in collaboration with the RDN Coordinating Centre .

If you wish to discuss the role further please contact Amber OMalley, Network Director, Yorkshire and Humber RRDN (amber.omalley@nihr.ac.uk).

This vacancy is only available to the current senior leadership team members of the NIHR Clinical Research Network Yorkshire and Humber and current employees of the host organisation (Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust).

Interviews for the post will take place in person Wc 3 June 2024 and the successful candidate must be able to commence in the post by 1 July 2024.

About us

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Employer details

Employer name

Leeds Teaching Hospitals

Address

St. James's University Hospital

Beckett Street

Leeds

LS9 7TF

Employer's website

https://www.leedsth.nhs.uk/ (Opens in a new tab)

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Job description

Job responsibilities

The RRDN Strategic Development Director is the senior officer responsible for the development, delivery and implementation of RRDN strategic plans to build research capacity and capability at organisational and regional level with particular emphasis on addressing the needs of the life sciences industry (across both commercial contract and commercial collaborative research). They will develop strong working collaborations and partnerships with organisations and leaders in health and care research and services in the RRDN region and seek to improve efficiency and effectiveness wherever possible.

The purpose of the RDN is to support the effective and efficient initiation and delivery of funded research across the health and care system in England for the benefit of patients, the health and care system and the economy. The RRDN Strategic Development Director will be responsible for creating and leading a 3-year RRDN Strategic Implementation Plan in line with the RDN strategic aims. The RRDN Strategic Implementation Plan will be developed in conjunction with regional partners, including NHSE regional offices, ICSs, AHSNs, patients and the public and should

include measures to tackle health inequalities, and

deliver the objectives of the NIHR Best Research for Best Health and Saving and Improving Lives: The Future of UK Clinical Research Delivery March 2021, Lord OShaughnessys review, and any subsequent national reviews and policy directives.

The RRDN Strategic Development Director will also work with the RDN Coordinating Centre (RDNCC) in the strategic oversight of the RDN Portfolio. This function will ensure that the Portfolio is maintained as a cohort of high-quality, fully-funded, viable and deliverable studies that are important to health and social care. The RRDN Strategic Development Director will maintain expert and in-depth knowledge of the capacity and capabilities of the infrastructure, settings, sites and investigators available to support and deliver research in the region (particularly in respect of commercial research).

Regionally the RRDN Strategic Development Director will line manage and coordinate the work of the teams established to support strategic development of research delivery capability and capacity, Portfolio oversight, and RRDN support functions. Alongside their regional responsibilities the RRDN Strategic Development Director will co-develop and lead national programmes of work in collaboration with the RDNCC.

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Masters level qualification or equivalent
  • Management qualification


Experience

Essential

  • Comprehensive understanding of research, the NHS and the wider health and care system including associated responsibilities to the public and patients
  • Experience of working in the health and care research sector, the health and social care service sector or academic environment at a senior level
  • Comprehensive understanding of the UK research pathway and funding
  • Experience of co-creating and implementing strategies to build capacity and capability for the delivery of health and care research
  • Experience of contributing to the develop of national policy or strategies and translating those into regional plans
  • Professional research leadership, both strategic and operational at a senior level
  • Experience of working across complex organisational structures and effective matrix management
  • Significant experience of managing a large budget with solid knowledge of financial process requirements
  • Direct experience of business planning and robust financial management at appropriate scale
  • Knowledge of national systems, structures and processes for supporting clinical research in NHS and non-NHS settings
  • Experience of working collaboratively and in partnership with other organisations, with demonstrable experience of delivery across organisational boundaries
  • Evidence of managing effective collaborations and partnerships
  • Good understanding of performance management techniques
  • Knowledge of utilising Business Intelligence solutions to work within a performance management framework
  • Political astuteness and understanding of the health & social care context


Desirable

  • Comprehensive knowledge of programme sponsorship and management
  • Experience of leading continuous improvement
  • Understanding of governance and legislative framework for clinical research in the NHS
  • Executive level experience


Skills & Behaviours

Essential

  • Highly developed leadership, strategic thinking and planning skills with the ability to demonstrate these in highly political environments
  • Proven leadership skills in the management of change
  • Demonstrable ability to use autonomy to undertake actions as a result of own interpretation of policy and guidance, providing a source of expert advice to the organisation
  • Ability to make decisions autonomously, when required, on difficult issues
  • Proven interpersonal skills to work with clinical and management colleagues at all levels across a range of organisations and the ability to develop strong working relationships with senior stakeholde
  • Ability to deal with challenging situations in a formal setting
  • Strong external communications skills in a politically sensitive environment with knowledge of and experience in handling media relations
  • Ability to communicate highly complex, highly sensitive & highly contentious information where there are significant barriers to acceptance both orally and in writing, both internally and externally,
  • Extensive experience of delivering presentations to large groups of stakeholders in often pressured and politically sensitive environments to a high standard (Board level quality)
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Ability to grasp critical issues and distil them into clear arguments/cases and be able to articulate these verbally or in written form
  • Ability to plan, manage, adjust and deliver complex projects involving multiple agencies and individuals and a broad range of activities to tight deadlines
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to understand the long term or widespread implications of decisions
  • Willingness to challenge existing practice


Desirable

  • Good IT skills, particularly in use of Web applications and MS Office applications
  • Ability to travel to different locations across the region and nationally to attend meetings and conferences, representing the RDN
  • Ability to use Google Suite products
  • Consistently looks to improve what they do and seeks out innovation
  • Self-awareness with regard to emotional intelligence, biases and sensitivities
  • Demonstrates honesty and integrity and promotes organisational values


Other Criteria

Essential

  • Highly motivated with the ability to lead and inspire others
  • Appreciation of the impact of organisational culture on service delivery
  • Lives by values which include openness, collaboration, responsiveness, inclusion, personal integrity and creating positive cultures where these values thrive
  • Commitment to supporting the development of staff and understanding of workforce planning
  • Flexible approach to working Attention to detail Outcomes focussed
  • Acts as a champion for patients and their interests, ensuring the patients voice has an impact on RDN activities
  • Commitment to and focused on quality, promotes high standards in all they do
  • Able to make a connection between their work and the benefit to patients and the public
  • Works well with others, is positive and helpful, listens, involves, respects and learns from the contribution of others
  • Able to fulfil Occupational Health requirements for the post


Employer details

Employer name

Leeds Teaching Hospitals

Address

St. James's University Hospital

Beckett Street

Leeds

LS9 7TF

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