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Programme Manager

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Full Time
Wessex Cancer Alliance is delighted to offer a fantastic opportunity to work with us.

Please see below for a detailed job description of the role.

Main duties of the job

This role offers an exciting opportunity to be part of transforming the cancer workforce across Wessex, integrating, and upskilling the generalist and specialist cancer workforce to improve patient experience.You will work closely with the project leads across the Alliance leading on the operationalisation of the ACCEND framework with Nursing teams across our partner organisations in Wessex, develop and support the role of cancer nursing legacy mentors and bring partnership expertise to our clinical work programmes. You will be part of the wider Wessex Cancer Alliance team who together provide expertise and support across all facets of cancer services across all stakeholder groups locally and working with regional and national colleagues as part of the wider cancer agenda.The WCA team work flexibly and you will be able to blend working from home, and office-based working along with the requirement to build sustainable relationships through face-to-face visits with professionals within their workplaces across Wessex.

About us

The WCA team work flexibly and you will be able to blend working from home, and office-based work, along with the requirement to work on-site with our service delivery providers which is an important part of our approach.

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated 'Good' by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

Specific to this role is the suitability for agile working which is a mixture of on-site and remote working. In addition, we are open to discussing flexibility in the hours that you work. Please talk to us at the interview about the flexibility you need, and we will explore what's possible for the role and service. UHS employees can access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key Responsibilities
  • Use your expert knowledge of health care services and non-medical workforce to develop and lead specific workforce transformation projects related to integration and development of the workforce across primary, secondary and community cancer care leading to improved patient experience evaluating the impact of transformation and sharing this locally, regionally and nationally.
  • Encourage and enthuse others to implement change at many levels, from local department improvements to broad implementation of national initiatives and directives. Developing positive and effective relationships and building trust will be a key part of being successful in this role. You will have experience across primary, secondary, community and voluntary services, have a clear understanding of clinical processes and pathways and be able to support a wider integration programme to include all of our partners.
  • Ensure that the patient and our population at large, remain at the heart of all the transformation work you do, explicitly seeking feedback, co-designing, and collaborating with the public and the WCA patient and public group to shape the project work.

The successful candidate will:
  • Be able to work with a high degree of autonomy, shaping transformation projects and supporting and enabling colleagues to do the same. You will have a history of working with nursing teams at a strategic level to influence and develop clinical services. Also the insight and understanding in relation to the ACCEND work and understand the components of operationalising the work across Wessex.
  • Be a strong leader, with a sense of vocation and a strong value set, driven to improve cancer services for our population.
  • Have a high degree of personal resilience when working with our stakeholders and can proficiently navigate challenging discussions and mitigate risks and issues working with our partners.
  • Need to be able and happy to travel as part of this role as a requirement is to work across the cancer services in Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
  • A track record of successfully working in partnership with an extensive knowledge of the local healthcare system.

For additional information, please refer to the job description and person specification.

Person Specification

Qualifications, knowledge and experience


  • Educated to masters level or equivalent level of experience of working at a senior level in a health care setting.
  • Member of relevant professional body - where appropriate.
  • Knowledge of project management /improvement skills across a range of disciplines, with a track record of managing successful change.
  • Knowledge of project management /improvement skills across a range of disciplines, with a track record of managing successful change.
  • Presenting and communicating to a variety of different audiences.
  • Experience at a senior level in industry or healthcare sector.
  • Evidence of leading and implementing change, influencing behaviour, collaborative working with others.
  • Evidence of significant structured project management skills and experience.
  • Previous experience in quality / service improvement environment.
  • Able to work across boundaries forming effective working relationships with a wide range of staff.
  • A self-starter, able to work with minimal direction. Knows when to take the lead in situations and when to encourage others take lead roles.
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyse and interpret technical, sensitive or contentious information and present this to a variety of audiences
  • Knowledge and application of quality improvement and service redesign tools and techniques
  • Project management: Ability to scope, plan and manage a suite of projects


  • QSIR college associate
  • Coaching qualification.
  • Previous experience in healthcare setting
  • Coaching experience
  • Teaching experience
  • Experience of working with and influencing clinicians



  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust


Wessex Cancer Alliance

Oakley Road


SO16 4GX

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