Sussex ICS Mental Health Programme – Macmillan Project Manager

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year PA
Closing date
14 Aug 2022

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Senior Manager
Band 7
Full Time
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Do you have a passion for making a difference to people who are living with Cancer and require Mental Health support?

An exciting opportunity has come up to combine working with Macmillan and the NHS to project manage some research into the need and current provision of psychological support. Identify gaps and ways these could be addressed.

Through Macmillan's investment the goal is to implement and embed integrated psycho-social support so that:
  • People have timely & equitable access to appropriate mental health support integrated with cancer care clinical pathways.
  • People experience improved coordination and more proactive & integrated psycho-social support across primary, community, social and acute settings
  • People have the knowledge, skills and confidence to actively manage their own psycho-social support needs.
  • Workforce across the system are upskilled and supported to deliver psychosocial support at the appropriate level.

We are looking for an experienced Project Manager who can come in and establish this work in Sussex. You will have responsibility of ensuring the project is delivered on time, to budget and in line with the objectives agreed. Ideally you will have working knowledge of the Cancer Care pathway and have some understanding of Mental Health services.

This role will sit within the Sussex ICS Mental Health Collaborative but work very closely with the Cancer Network and Macmillan.

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Main duties of the job

To project manage the scoping of current provision of psychological support services for people affected by Cancer (PABC) across boundaries and involving all stakeholders.

Systematically capture data to evidence existing psychological support provision across, primary, secondary and third sector providers within both local and regional localities and establish a working model for Sussex.

Report all services currently available, providing clear referral routes for both professionals and PABC
  • Report gaps in current provision
  • Work with stakeholders and PABC to facilitate closure of gaps where resource allows.
  • Work collaboratively identify recommendations for improvement where gaps persist
  • Provide robust evidence to inform a business case to support sustainable funding of dedicated psychological support services to all PABC within the Cambridge locality
  • To build strong relationships with those providers

To undertake any other duties which is deemed appropriate to the band when requested by senior staff.

About us

Mental Health Collaborative

The Sussex Health and Care Partnership is a maturing system that is leading a truly collaborative approach in its vision for, and investment in, mental health services.The approach aims to use our collective resources across Sussex to best effect, and should provide effective partnership arrangements for the continued development of a strategic approach to the implementation the Sussex-wide programme of mental health transformation and the ambitions described in the NHS Long Term plan.

We encourage flexible working. We know that a positive work/ life balance brings about huge health-related benefits, which has a positive impact on the care we provide. Please speak to us about flexible working, for example, home-working, part time hours, flexible start/ finish times or anything else. If it works for you and works for the role, we'll do our best to make it happen.

To protect the health and safety of our staff/workers, patients, and those attending our sites, we encourage our workforce to get fully vaccinated against COVID

Job description Job responsibilities

To initially identify all local and regional resources that provide elements of psychological support across any or all 4 levels of need, to better enable people affected by cancer equitable and timely access to support.

To explore with providers their longer-term vision for their services, to establish where gaps may arise, and duplication maybe avoided.

When identifying gaps in service, feeding this back into the steering group meeting for consideration of how to close the gap within existing resource or establish how approval of future funds might be best used to address unmet need, (all funding streams will need to be considered by the steering group).

To ensure that dedicated psychological support services for those affected by cancer have been co-produced and are reflective of all stakeholders views and aims to deliver a service that is sustainable and equitable.

To ensure all of the above, along with final recommendations for a vision and strategy are fed into a final business case to the CCG.

The post holder carries a personal responsibility to plan their time to ensure they complete allocated tasks within agreed timescales and within the budgetary constraints.

Actively engage with Macmillan Cancer Support and produce an annual report and participate in a service review for Macmillan summarising the progress of the project demonstrating the productivity and outcomes.

The project will require the post holder to use a variety of different communication methods to communicate the complexity of schemes to gain commitment co-operation and support from all stakeholders.

Collaborate with stakeholders and subject matter experts, to ensure integration with existing systems and support development of tools that are fit for purpose.

Develop relevant policies and procedures. Provide training to healthcare professionals to disseminate and support implementation of any new working practices.

Ensure the project follows proven project management methodology with attention to governance, risk assessment and management. Escalating any concerns to the Macmillan Cancer Quality and Experience Lead and the steering group.

Analyse complex data and evaluate work with stakeholders collaboratively to overcome barriers within the areas of work.

Undertake audit and benchmarking activities to aid evaluation of any service improvements introduced.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Educated to degree level in relevant subject or equivalent level qualification or significant experience of working at a similar level in specialist area
  • Demonstrated experience of managing projects in complex and challenging environments, including all stages: Initiation, startup, planning, execution, benefits realisation and closure.
  • Demonstrated experience in a Healthcare environment
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in writing and verbally with a wide range of people.
  • Ability to plan in detail projects within their remit, identifying activities required, timescales and resources.
  • Understanding and working knowledge of the Cancer Care Pathway
  • Understanding of Mental Health services

Certificate of Sponsorship
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Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
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