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Head of Clinical Planning

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trusts
£83,571 to £96,376 per annum
Closing date
2 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8D
Contract Type
Full Time
As Head of Clinical Planning you will be play a pivotal role in driving forward a once-in-a-generation programme to redevelop our hospitals - the Queen's Medical Centre and City Hospital.

We are one of the biggest and busiest NHS Trusts in the country and our teams at NUH make a difference every day.

We provide a range of national and internationally renowned specialist services and we are at the forefront of new surgical procedures and research programmes. We are home to the East Midlands Major Trauma Centre, Nottingham Children's Hospital and in partnership with the University of Nottingham we host a Biomedical Research Centre carrying out vital research into hearing, digestive diseases, respiratory, musculoskeletal disease, mental health and imaging.

Through the significant investment from the Government's New Hospital programme, we now have the opportunity to transform how - and where - we deliver our healthcare in the future. Tomorrow's NUH (TNUH), one of our biggest service change programmes, is not simply about investment in buildings and equipment, it is going to be central to how our health and care system works as a whole, in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. As Head of Clinical Planning, you will part of a team that will be instrumental in delivering a programme that will have a significant impact on our patients, staff and communities for many years to come.

Main duties of the job

In addition to the brief list above you must familiarise yourself with the full job description and person specification attached to this advert prior to applying.

As Head of Clinical Planning you will provide dedicated clinical planning leadership to support the delivery of Tomorrow's NUH. You will be responsible for overseeing and co-ordinating the clinical planning and clinical related design activities associated with the delivery of new healthcare facilities.

Specialist knowledge and experience of leading clinical/nursing teams in a clinical environment is a must as you will be responsible for the development and management of a team of clinical project managers. As a senior leader within the TNUH team, you will be strategically linked with other key roles within the Programme, across NUH and will develop meaningful relationships with stakeholders and partners across the system.

You will need to champion our design principles and values throughout the design briefing, design development and construction processes, ensuring that innovation and digital is embedded within the clinical solution. Whilst you will support technical design processes from a clinical perspective, you will not expected to be a technical design or commissioning specialist.

This is an exciting time to be joining NUH and the TNUH team, to help deliver the ambitions of the TNUH Programme.

About us

With over 19,000 staff, we are one of the biggest employers in the city with a central role in supporting the health and wellbeing of our local population. We play a leading role in research, education and innovation.

Come and join our wonderful team at NUH. We are big believers in diversity and welcome new ideas to help develop our team in order to deliver world class healthcare to the vast patient populations we serve. With endless personal development opportunities available, at NUH we will endeavour to turn your job into a career!

We particularly welcome applications from people who identify as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, or Disabled, as we are striving to be better represented at NUH.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the job description and person specification attached to the advert for the full details of the vacancy.

Person Specification



  • Masters Degree in relevant field or management or relevant subject or evidence of significant practical application of expertise at this level.
  • Postgraduate qualification within a leadership programme or evidence of practical expertise at this level
  • Evidence of continuing relevant professional and personal development.


  • Healthcare Planning related qualification, training or equivalent relevant experience



  • Demonstrable experience at a senior clinical / nursing level or professional leadership within the NHS
  • Knowledge and/or experience of capital projects in a clinical environment (new build/and/or refurbishment) which may have been gained through a variety of operational and/or other experiences


  • Experience of developing new healthcare facilities and/or healthcare related building changes from a clinical/nursing perspective.
  • Experience of leading successfully on a programme of work to improve health care service delivery and clinical practice within a capital projects environment.
  • Experience of transitioning to new or refurbished healthcare facilities and/or being involved in commissioning processes for new or refurbished healthcare facilities.



  • Experience of actively leading service improvements across multiple clinical areas.
  • Specialist knowledge and experience of managing budgets and financial resources, including the associated processes such as budget setting and financial planning.
  • Specialist knowledge and experience of human resources management, communicating highly complex and contentious information to individuals and large groups including Clinical and non Clinical Directors.
  • Experience of leading successfully on programmes of work to improve health care service delivery and clinical practice.

Communication and Relationship Skills


  • Proven leadership skills and development of a team.
  • Ability to work with clinical and nursing staff at all levels and be able to drive forwards improvements to clinical and non-clinical environments and develop business change plans.
  • Highly effective written communication skills including report writing, policy development and executive briefings.
  • Provide and receive highly complex, sensitive and contentious information, negotiate with senior staff and external stakeholders on difficult and controversial issues, and present complex and sensitive information to large and influential groups
  • Negotiate on difficult and very complex detailed issues.

Analytical and Judgement Skills


  • Ability to understand and challenge clinical accommodation requirements and the ability to think how services and activities can be delivered in a more flexible manner.
  • An ability to understand the relationships and interfaces between clinical planning and other building processes and requirements e.g. Facilities Management.
  • Excellent problem solving skills using team when appropriate and ability to respond to sudden unexpected demands.
  • Ability to think laterally, identify and evaluate options and present workable solutions.

Planning and Organisation Skills


  • Excellent organisation skills.
  • Ability to sustain high workload through times of service and organisational pressure.
  • Ability to diagnose and take remedial action where programmes are slipping from their targets.

Employer details

Employer name

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trusts


Nottingham University Hospital Trust

City Hospital, Trust HQ



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