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Network Deputy Workforce Lead

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata
Closing date
27 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Full Time
Are you ambitious, welcome a challenge and are willing to promote and embrace change?

Over 2 years our portfolio has expanded from 2 to 4 diagnostic networks therefore it's an exciting time to join our team and proactively support various workforce projects. The networks are formatted as a collaboration and we are extremely passionate about supporting our trusts.

Diagnostic networks are an advocate in creating an environment to support all staff to develop and grow, share skills and knowledge, embrace innovation, deliver excellence and value within our network activities. The team supports 4 pillars: Pathology, Imaging, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and Physiological Sciences.

You will use your knowledge of diagnostics and the challenges these areas face to provide a wide range of workforce expertise to a range of stakeholders. You will be involved in a variety of projects including recruitment, retention, training and apprenticeships. You will attend, participate and present at various events across the East England, representing the workforce domain and the relevant network, and will be required to travel.

If you have a background in HR, recruitment or training, or if you are currently working within one of the diagnostics pillars with experience in workforce or training in your specialism, we want to hear from you. We would consider a Band 6 developmental role

This post is until 31st March 2025. Internal applicants employed by ESNEFT will be offered on a secondment basis only

Main duties of the job

  • Work across all four networks supporting the workforce domain leads. Providing advice and guidance on a full range of workforce related issues.
  • This role is integral to developing, implementing, reviewing a range of initiatives and projects that have been identified within the workforce domain.
  • Working with key stakeholders to shape and deliver identified projects across the networks to improve and challenge the current situation within our diagnostic workforce teams.
  • Support the network workforce leads to meet various local, regional, and national agreed deadlines.
  • Present at various forums on progress, findings, and recommendations as and when required.
  • Provide support to member trusts with identifying issues around workforce.
  • Collation of various key data to then discuss with the workforce leads on relevance and identify potential issues.
  • Ensuring all projects are reviewed and on track to deliver.
  • Support the other domains with interdependent workforce issues.

About us

We are ESNEFT and we provide hospital and community health services to almost one million people across east Suffolk and north Essex. Our dedicated staff deliver care from acute hospitals in Colchester and Ipswich, community hospitals, surgeries, community clinics and in patients' own homes

We are one of the largest NHS organisations in England, employing more than 12,000 staff

We pride ourselves on supporting our staff. We offer a wide range of training and development opportunities, as well as flexible working options

Along with supporting you to achieve your career goals we offer a generous pension scheme, unsocial hours payments (where applicable), 27 days annual leave on commencement (pro rata) and access to a range of NHS discounts. Our Staff Health and Wellbeing programme offer a variety of services.

Our philosophy is that Time Matters to everyone. Across the Trust, we concentrate on improving the things we do and removing those which cause time delays for our staff and patients

We are investing in our commitment to Time Matters with a partnership with leading electronic patient record (EPR) supplier Epic. This digital transformation will bring what's widely regarded as the world's best EPR system to ESNEFT, transforming life in hospital for staff and patients

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge, then we want to hear from you

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Job description

Job responsibilities

For full details of theresponsibilitiesand dutiesof this role please see the attached job description.

Person Specification



  • Significant experience of successfully operating in a politically sensitive environment
  • Evidence of continued professional development
  • Demonstrated experience of co-ordinating and delivering projects in complex and challenging environments
  • Experience of managing risks and reporting
  • Experience of drafting briefing papers and correspondence
  • Ability to interpret complex data, carry out gap analyses and develop recommendations for consideration including report writing skills.
  • Demonstrated capability to act upon incomplete information, using experience to make inferences and decision making.
  • Numerate and able to understand complex data combined with deep analytical skills.


  • Demonstrated experience in a Healthcare environment/NHS experience



  • Educated to degree level in relevant subject or equivalent level qualification or significant experience of working at a similar level in specialist area



  • Demonstrated capability to plan over short, medium and long-term timeframes and adjust plans and resource requirements accordingly
  • Experience of setting up and implementing internal processes and procedures.
  • Knowledge of change management tools and techniques gained in a healthcare setting or similar large organisation


  • Comprehensive knowledge of project principles, techniques and tools, such as Prince 2 Foundation and Microsoft Projects
  • Knowledge and understanding of education and workforce issues in an NHS setting.

Personal Skills


  • Demonstrated capabilities to manage own workload and make informed decisions in the absence of required information, working to tight and often changing timescales
  • Ability to prepare and produce concise yet insightful communications for dissemination to senior stakeholders and a broad range of stakeholders as required
  • Experience of creating and giving presentations to a varied group of internal and external stakeholders Ability to work collaboratively and lead and sustain effective working relationships both internally and externally to the organisation

Employer details

Employer name

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust


Colchester Hospital

Turner Road



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