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Head of Programme Management Office - LMNS

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Full Time
Local Maternity & Neonatal Systems (LMNS) were established to drive the transformation of Maternity and Neonatal services for the delivery of safer and more personalised care. This followed the publication of the Better Births Five Year Forward View (2016) for NHS Maternity services in England, which recognised the fundamental importance of locally led transformation with support from regional and national levels. The national Maternity and Neonatal ambitions were further built upon by the NHS Long Term Plan and the Maternity and Neonatal Three-Year Delivery Plan and remain a key part of ICS Operational Delivery Plans each year.

The post holder will work under the strategic direction of and be accountable to the LMNS Programme Director. They will be guided by national LMNS guidance, strategies, requirements and national programme deliverables, interpreting these at a local level and communicating those requirements to the organization. They will have the freedom to act within the national guidance, seeking advice where necessary. They will work autonomously as the domain expert on Programme Management methodology.

Main duties of the job

This role will beto manage and control the delivery of identified Programmes and projects that support the delivery of the national Maternity and Neonatal Three-Year Delivery Plan, Maternity Transformation Programme and the local LMNS programme of work.

The post holder will be required to work with the clinical and operational leads at the maternity and neonatal provider organisations within the system to support implementation of objectives which are robust and contribute to the system delivering consistent high-quality maternity and neonatal care.

The post holder will support the LMNS Programme Director in the delivery and management of the identified Programmes in line with the LMNS governance framework, to agreed metrics of time, cost, and quality, ensuring all associated risks and issues have been identified and actioned.

The post holder will deputise for the LMNS Programme Director as required.

About us

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust is the first of its type in the UK. Our Trust was formed in February 2017 to drive forward our commitment to provide the highest quality, world-class physical and mental health care for our women, children and families. Uniting our hospitals means more seamless care more investment to make greater advances in our specialist treatment and world-leading neo-natal and fetal work. Importantly, it also gives us a greater voice in shaping the future of family-centred care.

Birmingham Children's Hospital is a UK leading specialist paediatric centre with an international reputation in several areas.

Birmingham Women's Hospital is one of two dedicated women's hospitals in the UK, with the busiest single site maternity unit, delivering more than 8,200 babies a year offering a full range of gynaecological, maternity and neonatal care.

Forward Thinking Birmingham (FTB) Mental Health Services are a unique, innovative community and inpatient mental health partnership. Alongside partners FTB offers care pathways of mental health assessment and treatment for young people aged 0-25 years old.

Our Trust is committed to creating the best place to work. We believe in promoting and enhancing inclusion, diversity and equality and encourage applications from all areas of the community, who meet the criteria for the role, regardless of age, gender identity, disability, race, religion or sexual orientation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification to view the full details for this opportunity at Birmingham Womens and Childrens NHS Foundation Trust.

When completing your application, please ensure you have evidenced how you meet the job description and person specification to include transferable experience, qualifications, skills along with professional registration details (if applicable).

Occasionally we receive a large number of applications for our roles and when that happens we sometimes bring the closing date forward, so please apply promptly to avoid disappointment.

Person Specification



  • oMasters degree or evidence of equivalent academic qualification in related discipline (e.g. Transformation or QI)
  • oProgramme Management Qualification such as MSP, or equivalent experience
  • oProven commitment to CPD, research and academic study

Knowledge and Experience


  • oComprehensive experience of project and programme principles, techniques, and tools such as Prince 2 and MSP
  • oExperience working at system level across organisational boundaries
  • oThorough understanding of the background to and aims of current maternity policy
  • oBudgetary management and knowledge of financial processes
  • oExperience of working at a senior level in a large organization engaging effectively with stakeholders

Analytical and Judgement


  • oIndependent thinker with strong problem-solving skills, sound judgement, and ability to respond to sudden or unexpected demands
  • oAbility to analyse interpret and compare complex facts and situations and develop a range of options.
  • oHigh level analytical skills and the ability to manipulate and assess qualitative and quantitative data from a number of sources and draw appropriate conclusions.
  • oAbility to think strategically, anticipating and resolving problems before they arise

Professional/Managerial/Specialist Knowledge


  • oDetailed knowledge of issues specific to the NHS/health sector and a depth of understanding of NHS culture and sensitivities
  • oDetailed knowledge of issues specific to the NHS/health sector and a depth of understanding of NHS culture and sensitivities
  • oExcellent understanding of wider NHS agenda and drivers for change
  • oAble to critique evidence and apply to practice
  • oAutonomous practitioner who can act on own initiative, highly self- motivated, positive, and enthusiastic
  • oAbility to adapt behaviour to changing circumstances, flexible approach to meet demands of the service
  • oExcellent Interpersonal skills and assertive
  • oProven ability to motivate and lead, self-aware and able to develop this in others
  • Work creatively, innovate new ways of working, able to solve complex problems
  • oProven organisational and planning skills, ability to prioritise
  • oAbility to participate in the multi-disciplinary team with team building ability
  • oCommitment to personal development


  • oDetailed knowledge of current maternity issues at a local and national level

Abilities and Attributes


  • oCan use IT and presentation skills for report writing and public speaking
  • oLeadership skills and ability to motivate a team
  • oStrong interpersonal skills and ability to network across professional boundaries
  • oProvide advice, instruction, and support to the directorate teams.
  • oAble to empower and motivate staff, willing to challenge the status quo
  • oAble to present persuasive argument and influence others from a multi professional background
  • oAble to balance and prioritise conflicting demands
  • oAble to work across professional and organisational boundaries
  • oAble to interpret complex information
  • oAble to plan, organise and chair meetings ensuring action plans are in place



  • oAbility to write legibly, concisely, and accurately in the English language
  • oAbility to produce, analyse and comment on complex reports and policies considering their impact within the Trust
  • oAble to request, analyse, present, and interpret data and apply to practice situations and develop this skill in others
  • oDevelop policy and procedures documents
  • oAble to use computer software to develop reports and documents e.g., Word, Excel, and Publisher etc.
  • oAbility to develop effective communication plans to support the objectives of the Maternity Transformation Programme to overcome barriers to understanding
  • oAble to lead discussions with multiple stakeholders, across the Local Maternity System, including but not exclusively, the provider Trust's, the CCG, Birmingham HealthCare Community NHS Trust, Public Health England and NHSE in relation to the projects identified, negotiating to achieve shared aims and objectives, and resolving conflict
  • oAble to convey complex data, analysis, and evaluation to multiple stakeholders, including outcomes data within the LMNS Dashboard and Clinical Audit data and conclusions
  • oAble to competently represent the LMNS at expert local, regional, and national settings, developing networks of contacts
  • oParticipating in public speaking and development of conference presentations on behalf of the LMNS at local and national level
  • oEvidence of continued professional development to work across professional and organisational boundaries

Employer details

Employer name

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust


90 Vincent Drive


B15 2SQ

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