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Strategy and Partnership Manager

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year
Closing date
30 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Full Time
We are seeking to employ a Strategy and Partnership Manager (12 month fixed term, secondments considered) to influence and shape the future direction of travel of our organisation and its services in conjunction with key stakeholders, including patients. The role covers a diverse agenda, working internally and across the wider health and social care system to support development of our partnerships and integrated working. The role includes the following:
  • Development/implementation of the Trusts Strategy
  • Partnership working, including system, place and provider collaboration
  • Large scale service developments and innovation required to take forward the Trusts strategic objectives

This is a great opportunity for either a highly motivated senior manager with a demonstrable track record of successful partnership and strategic working or for someone who is ready for the next step in their career. The post holder will work as part of a supportive team who are passionate about having a positive impact on the work of the trust and the care provided for patients. If you are someone who is committed to making a difference, we would love to hear from you.

Main duties of the job

Job Purpose:
  • To participate in the development of local and regional partnership arrangements, including development of the ICS, Worcestershire place and bespoke partnership arrangements with other organisations.
  • To support the development of strategic partnership working to ensure sustainable implementation of ICS strategies and plans.
  • To support the formation and development of new partnerships with external organisations, including provider collaborative arrangements.
  • To support the development and delivery of the Trusts Strategy, Clinical Services Strategy and operational plans, working to ensure that these plans are achieved through effective service planning and partnership
  • To support the development of specialty and directorate level clinical service plans and transformation programmes to enable delivery of the Trusts overarching strategy by working closely with clinical and non-clinical staff across operational and corporate divisions.
  • To support the development and implementation of complex business cases
  • To oversee large scale service developments, transformation and innovation required to take forward the Trusts strategic objectives

About us

Our purpose is simple - Putting Patients First. We are looking for exceptional colleagues who can help us achieve this.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is a large acute and specialised hospital trust that provides a range of local acute services to the residents of Worcestershire and more specialised services to a larger population in Herefordshire and beyond.

The Trust operates hospital-based services from three sites in Kidderminster, Redditch and Worcester

Our workforce is over 7,000 strong, and our caring staff are recognised as providing good and outstanding patient-centred care. You could be one of them.

We are committed to recruiting the best people to work with us to achieve our Vision - working in partnership to provide the best healthcare for our communities, leading and supporting our teams to move 4ward. Our 4ward behaviours, which we ask all staff to demonstrate, underpin our everyday work and remain firmly at the heart of all we do.

Our objectives are simple:
  • Best services for local people
  • Best experience of care and best outcomes for our patients
  • Best use of resources
  • Best people

Better never stops, and our Clinical Services Strategy provides a clear future vision for our Trust, our hospitals, our services and our role in the wider health and care system.

We are proud to have achieved Timewise accreditation - this means we are committed to embedding flexible working within our organisation as a flex positive employer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key Duties:

  • Support the Director and Deputy Director of Strategy & Planning to develop the Trust strategy and Clinical Services Strategy so that they reflect national health and care policy, the aspirations for the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Integrated Care System (ICS) and internal priorities. In doing so, support work with key stakeholders to identify clear objectives, priorities and programmes of work.
  • Support the development of specialty and directorate level clinical service strategies, plans and transformation programmes to enable delivery of the Trusts overarching strategy by working closely with clinical and non-clinical staff from across operational and corporate divisions.
  • Develop and implement quantitative and qualitative measures to determine and report performance against the strategy.
  • Work with corporate and operational colleagues to ensure strategies and associated plans are underpinned by an evidence base that promotes and demonstrates business benefits, return on investment and value for money, whilst also securing improvements in quality, safety, operational performance and improved patient and staff experience.
  • Support the development of underpinning and supporting strategies and plans (e.g. Workforce, Estates, Digital), ensuring that they are aligned with the Trusts overarching strategy.
  • Engage with internal and external stakeholders (including patients, their carers and familes), facilitating their participation in development and implementation of the trusts plans.
  • Develop processes that enable identification of business development opportunities (e.g. through on-going market assessment , identification of tendering opportunities) and engage with divisions to manage the Trusts response to such opportunities.

  • Support the development of the Trusts business plans ensuring that they are aligned to the Trusts strategy, clinical services strategy and underpinning strategies.
  • Work closely with planning leads from partner organisations to enable triangulation and alignment of relevant plans.
  • Manage the development of an annual plan for the Strategy, Improvement and Planning Directorate.
  • Maintain the Directorate Risk Register and any relevant risks on the Corporate Risk Register and Board Assurance Framework.

Business cases
  • Manage the ongoing development and implementation of the trusts process for developing, approving and monitoring business cases, ensuring emphasis on identification and realisation of business benefits and return on investment. Act as the key point of contact for advice and guidance provided to business case authors.
  • Manage the writing of complex strategic business cases (including capital cases), liaising closely with internal service and corporate leads as well as external organisations, including those providing advice and consultancy.
  • Manage assigned complex projects, including robust management of interdependencies to ensure delivery on time and budget.

Partnership and wider health system
  • Build and maintain positive and constructive relationships with staff from all Herefordshire and Worcestershire ICS partner organisations and wider partners.
  • Support the Director of and Deputy Director of Strategy and Planning to develop strategic partnerships which ensure sustainable implementation of ICS strategies, plans and operating model.
  • Participate in and maintain an overview of the Trusts involvement with ICS work streams, as appropriate
  • Support the formation and development of new partnerships with external organisations, including provider collaborative arrangements.

Section 106 Agreements
  • Support the Deputy Director to develop and oversee the Trusts approach to Section 106 (Town & Country Planning Act) applications, working closely with local planning authorities, specialist planning and legal advisors.

General Duties:
  • Chair and facilitate a range of meetings, networks and other events to support achievement of the job role. Actively participate in meetings which require communication with a variety of audiences.
  • Produce and develop reports for Trust Board, Board sub-committees, Trust Management Executive, Chief Executive Team Meeting and other relevant internal and external groups to keep them appraised of developments associated with the portfolio of work.
  • Lead on the recruitment process for any assigned roles, including developing JDs/PS, the ATR process, interviewing and completion of the recruitment and induction process.
  • Manage, motivate and inspire assigned or matrix managed staff and provide professional development and training. Undertake day to day management, annual leave approval, sickness absence management, regular supervision and performance development reviews/plans in line with Trust policies and procedures. Ensure that mandatory training for assigned staff is up to date. Use the internal online staff systems for all HR processes.
  • Take a collaborative approach to leadership, working with and influencing others to achieve the best outcomes for patients. Contribute to an inclusive working environment within and beyond the Strategy, Improvement and Planning Directorate.
  • Actively promote and support the drive for continuous improvement via the trusts Improvement System
  • Be a nominated budget manager/holder as required, taking responsibility for budget setting and ongoing monitoring of pay and non-pay expenditure. This will also include i) checking and authorising staff expenses ii) monitoring timesheets and pay for zero hours, bank, agency and contract staff iii) approving orders on iproc or similar systems iv) payment of invoices.
  • Constantly strive for value for money and greater efficiency in the use of assigned budgets to ensure that they operate in recurrent financial balance and in a way that is compliant with the Trusts Standing Financial Instructions.
  • Be responsible for procuring specialist advice and services from third party organisations when required and agreed for specific pieces of work. This includes responsibility for development of service specifications, the procurement process, overseeing the selection of preferred provider, contract monitoring and payment, in conjunction with supporting services such as the finance and contracts teams.
  • Responsible for day to day proactive and responsive decision making to ensure the efficient running of the team in line with existing Trust policies, processes and guidelines
  • Freedom to act independently to meet the role requirements, deciding when it is necessary to escalate items to senior line management
  • Take responsibility for own continued professional development and mandatory training
  • Deputise for the Chief Strategy Officer and Deputy Director of Strategy and Planning when required.
  • Be flexible in working hours to accommodate late evening or weekend meetings when scheduled

Improving Diversity and Inclusive Recruitment:

As part of the Trust's aim to improve diversity across the Trust, positive action is being taken and all applications for this post from BAME, Disabled and LGBT+ candidates can request to be considered under an expanded Guaranteed Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum criteria as specified in the person specification for this role.

Applicants will be prompted in the application form to declare if they wish to be considered under this expanded Guaranteed Interview Scheme, and their response would be visible to the Shortlisting Panel.

If you have any queries about expanded Guaranteed Interview Scheme, please contact Rob Saunders (HR Manager - Recruitment) in confidence via email

Person Specification

Other Job Requirements


  • Able to travel by car within and outside Worcestershire.
  • Willingness to occasionally undertake tasks that fall outside the remit of this role from time to time



  • Degree or equivalent
  • Masters level qualification or equivalent experience in a field relating to strategy and planning
  • Evidence of and a commitment to CPD


  • Leadership / management qualification or equivalent experience



  • At least 3 years experience of working in strategy and planning or a closely related area
  • Experience of working with senior clinical and non-clinical colleagues, providing professional advice in matters relating to the job role
  • Experience of supporting the development, implementation and monitoring of strategies and plans within a complex organisation
  • Experience of supporting planning and service development across complex health economies
  • Demonstrable experience of interpreting and supporting implementation of national policies and strategies within a large, complex organisation
  • Experience of working on complex transformation, change and service review/development projects
  • Experience in supporting identification and realisation of business benefits, value for money and return on investment
  • Experience of partnership working and of building cross functional working relationships
  • Experience of supporting engagement with patients, their families/carers and the public, including on contentious issues
  • Experience of budget responsibility, including budget setting and monitoring in line with organisational Standard Financial Instructions
  • Experience of successfully developing and implementing complex business cases in partnership with a range of stakeholders
  • Experience of managing staff, including matric management, management of bank, agency and contract staff
  • Programme and project management / service improvement experience
  • Experience of articulating an agreed vision and galvanizing support to meet such a vision


  • Experience of development and implementation of
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