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Technical Workstream Lead New Hospital Project

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Bury St Edmunds
£70,417 to £81,138 per annum
Closing date
20 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8C
Contract Type
Full Time
The West Suffolk Foundation Trust, as part of the national New Hospital Programme, is planning a major rebuild of the West Suffolk Hospital.

With a current estimated capital budget of �1.3bn, the Trust intends to develop a facility that, through compliance with NHPs Hospital 2.0 is exemplary in its design and sustainability whilst providing wider societal and economic value.

Having acquired land, secured outline planning permission and proven the case for change, the next step is to develop the detailed designs to RIBA2 and 3 levels.

Consequently, the role holder is joining the project at a critical phase with an opportunity to inform, shape and drive the most significant investment in Suffolk healthcare infrastructure for a generation.

Leading the technical workstream, the successful candidate will be responsible for leading an established team of technical professionals in the task of translating clinical requirements into designs for state of the art, digitally empowered physical assets.

The role holder whilst leading design and planning will also play a central role in the wider project team comprising experts leading in fields of digital, workforce, engagement, clinical and operations.

The closing date for this vacancy may change if we receive a strong response. Please ensure that you apply for any post you are interested in as soon as possible.

Main duties of the job

The Technical Workstream Lead provides the overall technical leadership for the planning and design of the physical infrastructure that will support the associated clinical services, their pathways and their processes.

The role is responsible for leading the estates design and planning process that brings together the views of WSFTs clinical directors with those of its service uses and system wide stakeholders.

The outcome of the role is a physical design brief that complies with H2.0 and informs the shape and content of the new facility in a way that drives material strides in efficiency and efficacy, whilst addressing key issues such as sustainability, affordability and repeatability.

The output has to be delivered within the challenging time, cost and quality parameters of the New Hospital Program.

About us

#BeKnown at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. By us. By our patients. By our community

We are a busy, friendly, rural NHS Trust providing high-quality care and compassion to more than a quarter of a million people across west Suffolk. We care for, treat and support people in hospital, at home and in various community settings.

The West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds provides acute and secondary care services (emergency department, maternity and neonatal services, day surgery unit, eye treatment centre, Macmillan unit and children's ward). It has 500+ beds and is a partner teaching hospital of the University of Cambridge.

Adult and paediatric community services, provided in collaboration with West Suffolk Alliance partners, include a range of nursing, therapy, specialist, and ongoing temporary care and rehabilitation, some at our Newmarket Community Hospital.

We do our utmost to achieve outstanding clinical outcomes for patients and our values of fairness, inclusivity, respect, safety and team work guide how we work and behave as a team.

With nearly 5,000 staff, from all over the world, we strive to make our organisation a great place to work. Whatever your role or ambition, we want to help you be the best you can be.

We promote a diverse and inclusive community where everyones voice counts and you can #BeKnown for whoever you are.

Join us. What will you #BeKnown for?

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job responsibilities:

Key Tasks & Responsibilities:

1. Communication:

The role holder will represent the Trust in local, regional and national fora, presenting and discussing the technical aspects of our plans for a new hospital. Groups will include other technical experts (e.g. architects and designers from the national new hospital programme, environmental experts, highways experts etc.), senior stakeholders from across the Trust, Integrated Care Board, NHSE England Regional Team, National Estates Team etc. The role holder will also represent the Trust / project in meetings with patients, patient groups, staff , public and planning authorities. The nature of the role will mean that the content of communications will often be highly technical and will require translation for non technical groups, necessitating a deep personal understanding. Communications will often be controversial, contended and will require significant negotiation.

2. Analytical and judgemental:

This role requires clear and decisive leadership of the Projects technical team in the construction of designs and plans that underpin the realisation of a new hospital. The process of design is highly technical requiring higher order analytical skills and the complex nature of options will require constant problem solving and the application of sound judgement. With annual budgets exceeding �10m and a capital envelope for the new build in excess of �1bn, the role holder is expected to forecast, track and analyse significant budgets comprising hundreds of line items. Similarly, the multi faceted nature of the project will mean that several sub projects will be running concurrently requiring tight programmatic analysis and control. In all cases the role holder is the accountable leader for this workstream and will be expected to autonomously make timely, well reasoned and, ultimately, sound judgements and interventions that ensure momentum is maintained.

3. Planning and organisational Skills:

The role holder will be expected to produce and maintain a detailed and dynamic project plan throughout the duration of this multi-year, highly complex project. The project plan will utilise the latest project management software and will need to be fully integrated with the plans of other workstreams, ensuring all dependencies, risks and costs are understood and fully reflected. The Technical workstream will include a series of sub-projects that define the path through which deliverables such as planning permission, RIBA 2,3,4 designs, enabling works, Outline / Full Business cases, compliance with building safety act will be achieved. Each of these sub projects is highly complex in its own right and serve to illustrate the highly advanced planning and organisational skills required for this role. As well as planning and maintaining a dynamic project plan, the role holder will be accountable for delivering the associated outcomes, organising and leading resources across the Trust and its technical partners / stakeholders in the realisation of these highly challenging goals to time, cost and quality specifications. Planning, organising, leading, tracking and delivering a high volume of complex outcomes will be an everyday

Person Specification

Education & Qualification


  • Chartered Construction Professional to Member standard as a minimum (Arb, CIOB, RICS, CIBSE)
  • Educated to Masters level or equivalent level of demonstrable experience
  • Evidence of recent continued learning and professional development
  • Better Business Case Practitioner Qualified


  • Holds a recognised programme and project management qualification

Experience & Knowledge


  • Project Management experience with proven experience of using in a complex change environment.
  • Experience in a 9-figure programme of work to deliver healthcare/ infrastructure schemes .
  • Understanding of BIM as a tool Experience of dialogue with design teams and building contractors on the development of Government Soft Landings (GSL).
  • Successful record of managing the delivery of change and achieving benefits identified
  • Experience of leading stakeholder engagement on information in complex large construction Programmes
  • Experience in articulating and responding to a clients output developing this into a clear brief, informing clients of best-practice and acting as the Informed Client where required
  • Experience of delivering best value from all resources including external advisers/consultants
  • Able to demonstrate a working understanding of integrated governance and assurance within managing Complex Information Knowledge of financial and risk management.


  • Experience of working within the NHS

Skills & Abilities


  • Proven experience of using a problem solving approach to complex challenges
  • Proven experience of building a consensus around required solutions and creating the conditions locally in order to ensure their successful and sustainable implementation, leading this process for the client organisation.
  • Able to take an objective view, seeing issues from all perspectives, especially external and user perspectives
  • Able to recognise key influencers and the skills in engaging and involving them and leading on the outputs.
  • Able to communicate, listening to others and actively sharing information
  • Confidence to question information and explanations supplied by others, who may be experts in their field.
  • Communicate with a wide variety of stakeholders, internal and external
  • Use various and complex methodologies to test and articulate the brief
  • Experience of being a client side lead designer on complex projects/ programmes
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of the NHS, politically astute and able to identify key influencers to deliver the range of acute healthcare services
  • Resilience and perseverance to ensure delivery and implementation of key goals.
  • Ability to identify, plan and undertake research and development initiatives to inform strategic objectives.
  • IT literate with the ability to interpret and manipulate statistical data and produce management information


  • Experience of working with Estates and Facilities teams in large organisations

Personal Qualities


  • Self-belief
  • Drive for improvement
  • Drive for results
  • The ability to work remotely but visit WSH on a regular basis

Employer details

Employer name

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust


West Suffolk Hospital

Hardwick Lane

Bury St Edmunds

IP33 2QZ

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