GMSA Programme Manager

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trusts


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Job summary

This is an exciting opportunity to transform the health and care of patients and communities through a fast-changing national Genomic Medicine Service.

The post holder will be based at City Campus within the Strategy and Transformation team at NUH, and will accountable to the Deputy Director of Strategy although cross-site working across the region will be required as well as home based working.

As this is a new post and team, there is an opportunity to shape and define this role as the new team is established and it is anticipated as the GMSA matures the role will need to evolve flexibly.

The role is also expected to be flexible across the Strategy and Transformation team at NUH team in a consultancy type model providing ad-hoc support where required to respond to urgent and high priority requests.

Main duties of the job

In particular, the post-holders will be responsible for:

  • Providing management and leadership of a portfolio of programmes across the East of England and East Midlands.
  • Providing management and leadership of a number of funded transformation projects including planning, reporting, managing risk with a strong focus on benefits realisation.
  • Work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to ensure effective management of interdependencies and delivery of objectives.
  • Acting as a main point of contact for the East GMSA at their respective NHS Trusts.

About us

In line with national priorities, we would be particularly interested in candidates who have experience in delivering one or more of the following across a large geography:

  • Workforce Transformation
  • Implementing new models of care and clinical pathways
  • Research and Innovation e.g. 100,000 Genomes Project
  • Building Networks within a Health and Care setting Transformation and improvement e.g. equity of access

Job description

Job responsibilities

Project management

  • Manage a portfolio of programmes across a large and complex geography. These may include some of the following deliverables:
  • Completion of the 100,000 Genomes Project (including the return of additional findings and re-consenting of participants)
  • Creation of a functional GMS Alliance Network across East of England and East Midlands
  • Equity of access to genomic testing
  • Nursing & Midwifery workforce transformation
  • Pharmacy workforce transformation
  • Funded transformation projects, including (i) embedding implementation of Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH) services in primary care, (ii) integration of genomics across Nursing and Midwifery practice, (iii) detection of Lynch Syndrome (iv) a pilot for Sudden Cardiac Death, (v) improving the clinical effectiveness of DPYD gene testing for patients with cancer and (vi) pathology transformation to support rapid cancer genomic diagnostics.
  • Support the Strategy Director and Clinical Leadership team develop a plan that delivers agreed programme milestones and objectives that are consistent with the overall Business Plan for the GMSA.
  • Plan, coordinate and initiate complex, long term and often interdependent projects.
  • Organise and monitor project resources to ensure their effective use while delivering against agreed objectives including the monitoring of spending profiles/budgets for individual transformation projects and allocation of human resources.
  • Design, facilitate and effectively lead programme management meetings with stakeholders; ensuring breadth in participation and a focus on action planning.
  • Champion the use of appropriate project management practices.
  • Proactively monitor progress and report performance to the Operational Board, reporting challenges and unmet needs across the geography.
  • Prepare internal and external monthly/annual reports on delivery against the business plan.
  • Maintain logs recording risks, quality and other issues and develop mitigation plans where appropriate.
  • Take ownership and maintain a central repository for all project documentation.

Strategy, change and service improvement

  • Work with the GMSA Strategic Director and Clinical Leadership Team to establish the long-term strategy of the East GMSA, including annual business planning and management/operational frameworks.
  • Support the development of project/improvement strategies including research and development to identify, develop and promote best practice.
  • Help oversee the testing and review of new concepts, models, methods, services and practices.
  • Act as the main point of contact for transformation project leads and ensure that reports are prepared for presentation to the GMSA Operational Board, GMSA Executive Board and external assurance reviews.
  • Facilitate project/programme meetings ensuring that actions agreed are delivered on time.
  • Provide specialist advice of a highly complex nature and negotiate / influence senior clinicians on how best to implement transformation projects.
  • Facilitate potential networks and collaborations in the development of transformation projects over a large geography.
  • Identify required infrastructure to support the delivery and embedding of transformation projects.
  • Lead workshops with admin, management and clinical teams. Produce presentation material and follow up information to introduce change projects and delivery plans.
  • Review and gather data and intelligence to inform and guide practice.
  • Analyse complex problems or situations, providing interpretation and offering a range of options and recommendations for project teams to take forward.
  • Regular horizon scanning of best practice and ways of working within the sector and within project management.
  • The post holder will also support the wider Strategy and Transformation teams priorities as required including business cases, annual planning, strategy development and other projects.

Communication, stakeholder management and strengthening partnerships

  • Act as one of the main points of contact for the East GMSA at NUH, coordinating activities and facilitating collaborations.
  • Engage with a wide range of stakeholders, from all levels, ensuring changes to working practices are benefits-focused.
  • Work closely with the GMSA Clinical Leadership team and other services such as the GLH and Clinical Genetics.
  • Be able to explain or simplify complicated issues, using highly effective communication skills.
  • Facilitate the development of networks and collaborations across a wide and complex geography.
  • Participate in promoting the work of the GMSA in the local, regional and national health economy in a wide variety of settings encompassing a variety of health care professionals.
  • Manage and help resolve issues that may arise in association with the work of the GMSA, i.e. where clinical / operational services resist the scaling and adoption of transformation projects.

Team management and membership

  • Manage significant numbers of individuals within project teams to ensure they deliver the objectives they are set, without the lever of direct line management responsibility for the individuals i.e. working in a matrix structure across teams rather than traditional direct management structure.
  • Where required, formally line manage individuals appointed to funded transformation projects e.g. project managers and other administrative staff supporting individual projects.
  • Work closely with leaders, senior managers, and clinicians across the East GMSA, GLH and wider network.
  • Be an active staff member of the East GMSA, building constructive relationships with others.
  • Contribute to the establishment of a culture in which innovation is promoted, best practice is actively shared and adopted and value all staff recognising and acknowledging achievement and success whilst actively addressing poor performance.

Person Specification



  • Highly effective leadership, people and project management skills.
  • Evidence of developing teams



  • Extensive experience of managing large scale complex programmes and projects
  • Significant experience in developing and coordinating teams over a large geography
  • Experience of change management with proven negotiating and influencing skills both internally and externally and at all levels


  • Significant experience in workforce transformation, service redesign, research (e.g. 100,000 Genomes Project), transformation, service improvement or developing networks within a Health and Care setting
  • Demonstrable knowledge of NHS operational pressures

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

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Employer details

Employer name

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trusts


City Hospital

Hucknall Road



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Date posted

30 June 2021

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 8a


£45,753 to £51,668 a year



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Job locations

City Hospital

Hucknall Road



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