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Head of Digital Transformation

Wrightington Wigan & Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£70,417 to £81,138 per annum
Closing date
21 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8C
Contract Type
Full Time
Head of Digital Transformation

Are you ready to spearhead a groundbreaking Digital Transformation Programme within the NHS? We are seeking a visionary leader to take the helm of delivering our comprehensive digital strategy, ensuring the delivery of top-tier healthcare through innovative technology.

Transform healthcare with your vision. Lead a dynamic team towards a digital future, where your planning and innovative leadership will revolutionise patient care and service delivery. Embrace the challenge, inspire change, and make a lasting impact in the NHS.

Ready to make a difference? Apply now and be the change.

Main duties of the job

Responsible for the development, implementation, and management of a comprehensive Digital Transformation Programme to include planning, scheduling, reporting, risk management, benefits realisation, assurance, budget management and quality standards.

Management of the Digital Transformation Programme Delivery Department who are tasked to ensure the designed and agreed Programme is delivered on time and to the relevant KPI's.

Management of the Business Analysis department that is responsible for maintaining relationships with clinical and non-clinical services across the Trust to understand system requirements and identify opportunities to deliver benefits through investment in Digital Initiatives

Reporting to the Deputy Director of Digital, the role will play a critical part in designing and delivering the Digital Strategy and the Trust Board Objectives by providing advice, support, guidance and escalation on the portfolio of projects within the Digital Transformation Programme.

To provide leadership and strategic planning to ensure effective service delivery by championing new and transformational ways of working.

To deputise for the Deputy Director of Digital as required.

About us

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are the proud providers of acute hospital and community services to the people of the Wigan Borough and surrounding areas. At WWL, we value our staff believing that 'happy staff, makes for happy patients'. We have a recognised track record in staff engagement, and living our values 'the WWL Way'.

WWL are committed to placing the patient at the heart of everything we do, and in the provision of safe, effective care that acknowledges and ensures dignity. With this in mind we are seeking to recruit people who share our values and beliefs.

At WWL we value the benefits a rich and diverse workforce brings to our community and therefore welcome applications from all sections of society.

Job description

Job responsibilities

A key strategic role within Digital Services that is focused on ensuring a robust Programme Management approach is taken to the delivery, assurance and oversight of the Digital Transformation Programme and the projects that support the Trusts Strategy, the Digital Strategy and other Trust Transformation programmes.

To develop and deliver Digital Transformation Programme, as agreed with the Senior Management Team and which will support the Trust to manage risks and achieve strategic objectives.

Provide leadership and strategic direction to Production & Modernisation teams by understanding their functions and working with Team managers to identify opportunities to improve service delivery.

Manage the Programme budget ensuring expenditure in line with any budget plans, constraints and or phased funding releases from external sources such as NHS England/HSCIC.

To maintain and develop specialist knowledge of methodologies to support development of the teams in achieving excellent service delivery to recognised professional standards.

To implement and contribute to the development of the Trust Digital Strategy.

Be responsible for all escalated issues within Production & Modernisation and liaise with other teams and suppliers to resolve.

Deputise for the Deputy Director of Digital to include representing Digital Services at key internal and external meetings.

Delivery of the Digital Transformation Programme to budget, agreed timescales and quality measures.

Timely escalation of Digital Transformation Programme risks and issues to the Digital Transformation Programme Steering Group.

Provide regular performance reports on progress, status and achievements for use by the Digital Transformation Programme Steering Group.

Person Specification



  • Master's degree in a related subject or demonstrable equivalent experience
  • Degree or equivalent level of experience within Digital Services function
  • Managing Successful Programmes Practitioner or demonstrable equivalent experience


  • Extensive experience managing operational Digital Services teams within the NHS



  • Substantial experience of delivering complex Digital projects within a Health environment
  • Experience of managing large scale change projects, including developing project plans and managing their implementation
  • Successful track record of achieving service improvements through initiating the use of new technologies and supporting the management of change


  • Significant experience in similar role both within and/or outside of the NHS



  • Excellent change management skills including major service reconfiguration
  • Ability to provide and receive highly complex, highly sensitive or highly contentious information, where developed persuasive, motivational, negotiation, training, empathic or re-assurance skills are required
  • Ability to formulate long-term, strategic plans which involve uncertainty, and which may impact across the whole organisation



  • Extensive experience of Programme Management and operating at a senior level in a complex organisation
  • Workforce and capacity planning, managing priorities
  • Experience of managing risk and developing strategies to minimise/overcome
  • Highly developed specialist Knowledge about how Digital underpins the transformation and delivery of Acute and Community clinical and operational services


  • knowledge of the workings of the NHS & wider healthcare systems within England
  • An understanding of the Digital Strategy of the NHS and its implications

Employer details

Employer name

Wrightington Wigan & Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Buckingham Row

Brick Kiln Lane



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