As a Deputy Director within the team, the post holder will help lead and work as part of a dynamic team at the heart of decision-making at NHS England and Improvement; leading the development of national programmes, often working closely with local health systems; and solving cross-cutting system issues which are not limited to a specific clinical area or policy.
The post holder will:
Ensure that intervention-level policy documents are in place and periodically updated to reflect ongoing learning and developments in the sector, and that these are underpinned with necessary evidence base (including but not limited to Public Health data & analysis)
Contribute to definition & implementation of health inequalities improvement policy, legislative frameworks and institutional arrangements.
Through engagement with internal and external stakeholders, seek to influence policy alignment and buy-in to the health inequalities improvement vision, strategic objectives and intervention strategy.
In collaboration with the Director, Deputy Directors, Head of Policy, Senior Clinical Advisor, clinical and operational leads, monitor the implementation of the 5 strategic priorities for narrowing health inequalities as set out within the NHS 21/22 Operational & Implementation Guidance
In addition to the specific responsibilities outlined in the assignment brief, the post-holder will require the following skills and capabilities:
• Experience of leading strategic partnership reviews, including outstanding problem-solving skills and the ability to develop solutions which can be rapidly
• Existing and extensive strategic networks across local and central government, Integrated Care Systems, other Arms Lengths Bodies, community groups, voluntary sector organisations, Think Tanks and
• Previous experience of successfully managing a high performing team, including developing talent and helping shape an overall team direction.
• • Excellent analytical skills and a first-rate intellect, including qualitative and quantitative skills. The post-holder will show mastery of these skills and be able to impart them to more junior team
• Excellent influencing and stakeholder skills and the ability to operate autonomously at the most senior levels, i.e. CEOs, ministers, board
• The ability to manage conflict and negotiate difficult relationships, always treating others with respect but equally ensuring that programme objectives are not unduly compromised.
• The experience to help oversee the implementation of strategy
• Have experience of health and care strategy and policy and a strategic understanding of the levers for national health system
• Experience of other industries/sectors and international exposure would be an asset.
• Be resilient and approach work with a ‘can-do’
• Be receptive to other perspectives and to well-founded arguments, no matter who voices
• A positive and optimistic attitude, commitment to the values of the NHS as well as of equality and
• Have demonstrated ability to inspire and influence leadership, policy, and practice.
• Ability to strategically plan, ensuring 'golden thread' between strategic and operational plans
• Ability and confidence to have difficult conversations
• Ability to think flexibly and innovatively
• Be jointly accountable for developing and leading health inequalities improvement programmes/initiatives.
• Demonstrate strategic leadership.
• Ability to lead co-production with communities ensuring a person-centred approach to service design.
• Ability to work independently on sensitive and contentious issues
• Ability to collaborate and develop partnerships, managing relationship complexity across multi-agency settings and build professional alliances across the system.
• Highly developed communication skills particularly influencing, persuading, negotiating, empathy and excellent written skills
• Ability to interpret and present complex information into understandable workable plan
This advert closes on Tuesday 28 Sep 2021
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