Senior Programme Manager Insight

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust

The closing date is 06 December 2021

Job summary

At Wessex Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), we connect the NHS, universities, research, innovators and small businesses to help drive innovation into the health service, which benefits patients, saves the NHS time and money, and helps to grow the local economy.

Now is a great time to join the AHSN. Were at an exciting time in our history: weve got a very successful eight years under our belt, and an exciting future ahead working to grow and support health innovation across Dorset, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Southern Wiltshire; and also working with our fellow AHSN colleagues, NHS England, NHS Improvement and the Office for Life Sciences as we look to have national impact for NHS patients in England.

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.

About us

Wessex AHSN is based in Southampton Science Park in Chilworth, in a bright modern office. Easily accessible from the M3, M27 and Southampton Parkway train station, the location offers free parking with a caf on site and 27 acres of the Science Park site are designated a protected conservation area.

Wessex AHSN is keen to ensure that staff have a successful work/ life balance and offers flexible working dependant on the requirements of the role.


Wessex AHSN is a Trust hosted organisation based in Chilworth.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than those in London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and there are 13 nearby green spaces to enjoy.

Job description

Job responsibilities

What youll do:

As a senior member of the Insight Team, the Senior Programme Manager will co-ordinate delivery of the programme of work and provide senior programme management support to a large portfolio of work. They will scope work requests with clients, put in place collaborative arrangements to deliver each programme or project and manage the end to end process from specifying a new piece of work to dissemination of findings. They will provide advice and guidance to innovators who are seeking to undertake an evaluation.

What were looking for:

The Senior Programme Manager will have excellent knowledge of health and care systems to understand the context in which Insights will be required to facilitate the adoption of proven innovations. They will have extensive programme and project management experience in an NHS or care service setting. Experience of designing or undertaking evaluations in a health care setting is highly desirable.

The post holder will need to be adaptable and flexible to work in a fast-paced changing environment, often with ambiguity. They will be able to demonstrate the Trust and AHSN values in how they approach their work and relationships.

The post holder will be based at the Wessex AHSN offices (Southampton Science Park) and most core team meetings will normally be held here. The post holder will be expected to travel across Wessex to meet with project teams and member organisations across the region. Occasional travel to evaluation sites across the UK and overnight stays may be required. N.B. At the current time, all systems are set up for remote working while restrictions are in place due to Covid-19.

For an informal conversation about the role, please contact Philippa Darnton, Associate Director Insight, Wessex AHSN on 07736 896708.

Person Specification

Qualifications / training required


  • Professionally qualified or a relevant degree
  • At least 5 years project or programme management experience
  • Knowledge of the specialist work practices and professional guidelines relevant to evaluation in health care
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development


  • Masters' degree or equivalent postgraduate qualification in a relevant discipline
  • Project Management training (e.g. Agile,PRINCE II)
  • Management/leadership qualifications or training
  • Understanding of current policy and national drivers, e.g., STP/ICOs

Previous or relevant experience necessary


  • Knowledge and experience of the NHS and local health and social service functions
  • Extensive programme and project management experience in an NHS or care service setting and involving the co-ordination of multiple team members
  • Experience of working with commissioner and provider organisations
  • Experience of working closely with others to specify project analysis and outputs


  • Experience of planning, organising and/or undertaking evaluations of health care
  • Experience of quantitative or qualitative service improvement projects and/or methodologies
  • Experience of working with business intelligence teams, commissioning support units and/or Trust information leads to specify information requirements
  • Experience of bid writing
  • Experience of patient and public involvement in data collection design about the experience of users of health care services
  • Experience of the development and implementation of new initiatives and activities within specialist area of work

Aptitudes and skills required


  • Effective leadership skills
  • Ability to build and sustain effective programme teams
  • Ability to engage and co-ordinate others (e.g. stakeholders in an evaluation, technical experts, researchers) in programme development and programme delivery
  • Ability to engage clients and help them to specify their evaluation requirements, manage expectations and nurture client relationships
  • Well-developed influencing skills across hierarchies and disciplines demonstrated through representation of influencing, negotiating and presentation activities
  • Ability to organise resources and prioritise for the Insight programme, and to support other team members to do this for their areas of work
  • Ability to exercise judgement in developing, implementing and adapting programme plans
  • Ability to interpret patient activity data, represent the data in a format that is accessible to the evaluation client, and create the narrative for reporting purposes
  • Ability to interpret the results of qualitative analysis and synthesis
  • Proficient IT skills, with the ability to quickly adapt to new technologies, including demonstrating first class knowledge of MS Office Suite and data analysis software
  • Ability to translate issues, trends and opportunities for delivering improved health and care services into the relevant programme area
  • Proven staff management and supervisory skills
  • Budget preparation and management experience, evidence of effective budgetary control skills
  • Experience of holding budgets for programme portfolios; monitoring budgets, and responsibility for budget planning for programme portfolios
  • Strong oral and written presentation skills, including examples of delivery
  • Ability to develop and maintain record keeping systems and procedures


  • Experience of promoting findings and outcomes through a range of media and communication channels to promote dissemination and spread
  • Experience of economic analysis for health services
  • Demonstrable understanding of risk management practices Commercially aware

Special requirements of the post


  • Able to travel independently. This will include some travel across the UK to participating sites in national evaluation programmes (preferably with driving licence and car) and some overnight stays
  • Occasional flexibility in hours worked (e.g. may be occasional evening meetings) Ability to work in a busy, open plan office

Personal Qualities


  • Effective communicator, team player and leader
  • Self-motivated, proactive and innovative
  • Adaptability/flexibility to work in a changing environment, often with ambiguity
  • High levels of resilience
  • Able to work with a high degree of autonomy to deliver programme outcomes in a timely manner
  • Responsive and flexible attitude and approach


  • Able to communicate new and complex information enthusiastically, both verbally and in writing, to engage interest from different audiences

Values and behaviours


  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

Certificate of Sponsorship

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Employer details

Employer name

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust


Southampton General Hospital

Tremona Road


SO14 2AA

Employer's website (Opens in a new tab)

For help with your application, contact:

Philippa Darnton


Date posted

16 November 2021

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 8b


£54,764 to £63,862 a year pa


Fixed term


24 months

Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations

Southampton General Hospital

Tremona Road


SO14 2AA

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