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Head of Strategic Workforce Transformation

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum, dependant upon experience
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
This is a pivotal leadership role working within our collaboration footprint of Stockport & Tameside, playing a critical part in shaping, and securing our future workforce capabilities. As the Head of Strategic Workforce Transformation, you will be responsible for developing and implementing comprehensive strategies to ensure we have the right people, in the right places, with the right skills, to deliver outstanding patient care and achieve our overall organisational goals.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will lead the strategic workforce planning agenda for both Stockport and Tameside, working closely with colleagues and wider stakeholders from across the collaboration footprint, supporting them to workforce plan effectively and bring to life the ambitions within the People and OD Plan.

Working closely with the Senior Leadership Team, the post holder will lead on the development of workforce plans within the NHS Operational Planning Cycle, offering scrutiny and support to service change and alignment of the education and commissioning agenda to effectively plan for future workforce requirements. Leading the strategic workforce planning function in terms of strategy, policy, team leadership and promotion of best practice resources.

About us

We hold a unique position in the Stockport community as the provider of healthcare and we are one of its largest employers.

We believe that the best organisations are those that reflect the communities they serve. We are therefore seeking to improve the diversity of our workforce to make it truly representative of our local population.

We actively encourage applications irrespective of race, age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage & civil partnership, or pregnancy or maternity. Recognising those communities that are underrepresented within our workforce, we would particularly welcome applications from you.

If you require support with your application please contact a member of the recruitment team, who can discuss alternative application methods.

We recognise that flexible working is important. We take requests for flexible working seriously, consider any request we receive and try to work with you, so we can explore if your request may fit with the needs of the service.

Benefits we offer to you:
  • Between 27-33 days of annual leave plus bank holidays
  • NHS pension scheme membership
  • Salary sacrifice schemes for lease cars, home electronics and more, to make your salary go further
  • NHS Staff discounts
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Salary finance - for loans, savings, budget planning and tips on managing debt
  • Stockport Credit Union- for local financial advice

Job description

Job responsibilities

Develop and lead the implementation of our strategic workforce plan, including the alignment of workforce plans with the Trusts overall strategy, conducting workforce analysis and forecasting, identifying skill gaps, and developing solutions, and ensuring effective resource allocation.

Partner with key stakeholders across the Trusts, including collaborating with clinical and operational leaders, HR professionals, and finance teams to ensure workforce planning is integrated into broader strategic decision-making.

Develop and implement workforce initiatives, including supporting talent acquisition and retention strategies, workforce learning and development programs, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and employee engagement programs.

Provide expert advice and guidance advising senior management on all aspects of workforce planning and strategy, taking a lead role in the coordination and production of the workforce elements of the operational plan.

Provide strategic, specialist advice on the workforce impacts and implications of short to long term plans, enabling the achievement of present and future business challenges and provide best quality patient care within financial parameters.

The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment and promote safeguarding by implementing the Trusts policies and procedures, acting promptly on concerns, communicating effectively and sharing information appropriately.

Person Specification

Education & Qualifications


  • MCIPD qualified or equivalent qualification/experience to Masters Level.


  • Post Graduate Management Qualification/MBA



  • Substantial recent management experience as generalist HR practitioner/business partner at a senior level
  • Experience of providing people management services to a wide range of staff from different professional or occupational backgrounds
  • Demonstrable experience of Business Planning and Service Redesign
  • Extensive experience of formalised workforce planning, key workforce information and delivery
  • Knowledge of the current strategic workforce agenda in the NHS.



  • Able to demonstrate a commercial and business acumen and an understanding of how high impact HR/OD can positively impact on the patient experience, quality and efficiency agenda and organisational goals
  • Demonstrable commitment to, and enthusiasm for facilitating change, cultural and behavioural change, service improvement, and team and individual development



  • Experience of training, coaching or facilitation in HR/OD


  • Project management experience with a range of Stakeholders, delivering to time, cost and quality

Employer details

Employer name

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust


Stepping Hill Hospital

Poplar Grove



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