Community Diagnostic Centre) Programme Manager

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
February 07, 2023
Offerd Salary:£48,526 - £54,619
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Community Diagnostic Centre) Programme Manager Band 8a

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Band 8a




Full time - 37.5 hours per week

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Southampton General Hospital




£48,526 - £54,619 pa

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07/02/2023 23:59

Interview date

Job overview

The creation of CDCs (Community Diagnostic Centre) was recommended following Professor Sir Mike Richards' Review of NHS diagnostics capacity. The recommendation was that NHS organisations across England move to providing diagnostic services in CDCs and all health systems are expected to include a network of CDCs as part of their health services offer.

The CDCs will allow patients to access planned diagnostic care nearer to home without the need to attend acute hospital sites. These services would be separate to urgent diagnostic scan facilities, which means shorter waiting times and a reduced risk of cancellation which can happen when more urgent cases take priority. Therefore, this would lead to improved patient experience and outcomes.

This post will support the development, for UHS, of the Southampton and Southwest Hampshire (SSWH) CDC. SSWH comprises a collaborative between Solent Health, Southern Health and UHS.

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the ‘Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

Working for our organisation What we can offer you

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.

All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. UHS employees are able to 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.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities Your Responsibilities What you'll do

Professionally lead the programme from UHS' perspective, day-to-day, with responsibility for effective planning, communications, coordination, and collective decisions (where appropriate) and managing developmental issues.

The role involves working closely with colleagues at senior levels, both clinical and non-clinical.

The incumbent will be responsible for leading and managing the CDC Programme day-to-day from a UHS perspective, noting that overall responsibility for the programme management lies with the Southampton and SW Hampshire (SSWH) CDC Programme Manager.

What we're looking for

The post holder must be able to encourage and motivate others to look beyond departmental objectives and identify opportunities to improve patient diagnostics by working across the SSWH collaborative.

Extensive experience of influencing others in often challenging situations when there are competing challenges.

Additional information

Interviews will be held on Thursday, 2nd March 2023

Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

Person specification Qualifications / training required Essential criteria
  • Master's degree or equivalent experience in a senior NHS management or clinical leadership role gaining specialist knowledge or managing service development programmes/ changes
  • Desirable criteria
  • Vocational qualification such a project management, change management, health economics or another related subject
  • MBA
  • Previous or relevant experience necessary Essential criteria
  • Detailed knowledge of acute hospital services, with significant experience of business and financial planning processes
  • Proven track record in project management experience
  • Production of NHS business plans or business cases
  • Facilitation of multi-professional groups
  • Presenting and communicating information at Board level
  • Desirable criteria
  • Experience in a similar capacity within the NHS
  • Experience in a CCG, clinical network or NHSE
  • Aptitudes and skills required Essential criteria
  • Analytical – Analysis of highly complex activity and capacity data, making independent judgements about service changes based on this data. This includes the comparison of a range of often complicated and conflicting options when planning service developments; able to navigate through ambiguity to resolve solutions uniquely
  • Analytical skills & knowledge - data analysis including activity, financial, capacity data, interpreting data
  • Advanced IT skills including PowerPoint : complex spreadsheets and manipulation of data, project management software, reporting capabilities
  • Ability to assimilate complex information from a variety of sources to understand current processes, systems & services
  • Developing plans – ability to establish for any given service, process or system, clarity about the strategic goal, objectives, and milestones for delivery within budget and timescales
  • Provide service change information to relevant parties
  • Ability to work independently with significant discretion within defined parameters
  • Managing change – ability to deliver, through leadership of teams from all partners, to achieve agreed goals, by providing direction and championing change. Address and overcome barriers to change, where there are barriers to understanding and conflicting interests. Managing expectations
  • Communication - outstanding written and oral communicator, able to gather and convey relevant ideas and information in ways that are effective, convincing and lead to clarity of understanding e.g., presenting to Trust Boards and to staff workshops
  • Ability to influence & negotiate by working with people through a decision-making process to reach an agreed outcome
  • Ability to challenge existing practice in a constructive way through influencing and negotiation. Ability to allocate work / review progress with others for whom there may be no direct management responsibility but who the post will indirectly need to provide leadership to achieve project aims and targets
  • Project management – ability to manage & plan a project from initial idea to implementation of new service/change/operational policy
  • Time management – Ability to plan & organise own workload effectively & efficiently together with that of the project
  • Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge of diagnostics and diagnostic pathways
  • Knowledge of diagnostic demand forecasting
  • Special requirements of the post Essential criteria
  • Flexible working arrangements to meet reasonable demands and deadlines of the post
  • Values and behaviours Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together
  • Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if we receive a large number of applications. We will not accept any applications or queries via agencies, under any circumstances.

    For more information about our Trust

    Head to our careers portal where you'll find information about:

    - Our values and vision - Our services and teams - Benefits we offer our staff - UK professional body registration - Information about our city - Relocating to Southampton - Our fantastic staff and their work

    To find out what our staff think about working here, you may also wish to look at our most recent friends and family test and NHS staff survey results, or our latest CQC report.

    Getting to work - our travel promise

    Getting to work should be as easy as possible and that's why we have introduced the UHS travel promise – a commitment from the Trust that we will provide reasonable travel options for every member of staff. Every member of staff can apply for a permit to use our park & ride facility. Eligibility for on-site parking is dependent on the nature and requirement of the role. All staff can also access a range of discounted benefits relating to travel including reduced price bus tickets, purchase of salary sacrifice bikes and ultra-low emission cars.

    Our commitment to equality

    Equality remains at the centre of our policymaking, service delivery, and employment practice, giving all employees equal opportunity to develop, apply for promotions, and have working arrangements that enable them to achieve a manageable work-life balance.

    UHS actively promotes a work environment free from harassment and discrimination and provides training for managers and staff to ensure this happens. We also closely monitor recruitment activity, training, development, and employment practices to ensure equality of practice with regard to race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status and age.

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