Programme Manager – Digital & TEC (Care Homes & Community)

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust


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Job overview

An exciting fixed term opportunity has arisen for a Programme Manager to join Wessex Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) to develop our approach to digital and Tech Enabled Care (TEC), broadening our engagement with care homes and the community as part of the primary care programme portfolio at Wessex AHSN.

About the team:

Now is a great time to join the AHSN. Were at an exciting time in our history: weve got a very successful seven 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

You can read an overview of the main duties of the role in the section below: Job Description and Main Responsibilities.

To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents attached.

Secondments will also be considered for the role.

About us

Wessex AHSN is a company limited by guarantee, owned by the NHS and hosted by University Hospital Southampton.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 newly-redeveloped caf area on site. 27 acres of the Science Park site are designated a protected Conservation Area and open to staff.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.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Your responsibilities:

Reporting to the Associate Director of Primary Care Innovation, this is an exciting opportunity to lead the delivery of a comprehensive programme to support our members in delivering their digital and TEC strategies in line with ambitions outlined in the Long Term Plan. This will involve working with health and social care partners across the Wessex region, including primary care, patients, local authorities, care home associations, research bodies, private sector, innovators and the voluntary & community sector to achieve common goals to address inequality.

What you'll do:

The post holder will be responsible for delivery of the AHSNs Digital & TEC programme with a focus on care homes and the community. Partnership working will be a critical part of the role to maximise the impact of shared learning, approaches and implementation. A key part of the role will involve co-production of digital inclusion approaches, tools and real world evaluations with our ICSs. A budget is in place to support this work and ensure that it informs service delivery and design in the future.

Working within a small team, along with a wider network of support, you will project manage digital and technology projects within the primary care programme portfolio for Wessex AHSN.

Joining us at a critical time in our journey, you will work with teams across Wessex to deliver a programme of continuous improvement and culture change and will also have the opportunity to contribute to the wider regional development agendas as well as working across the national AHSN network

What we're looking for:

We are looking for someone with demonstrable experience of addressing health inequalities and knowledge of digital and technology adoption with the health & care sector. You will have the ability to operate at a senior level within a fast-paced environment; a track record in achieving success and successfully implementing complex projects that may involve more than one partner.

The role would suit an individual who has well developed programme management skills with a health and social care background and who is also interested in developing real world evaluation skills in innovation adoption in the NHS. It is highly desirable that the post holder has some experience of business change activities. Skills in digital health are essential.

Person Specification

Values and behaviours


  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

Special requirements of the post


  • Ability to work flexibly, in a busy, open plan office or home working to meet business need
  • Occasional flexibility in hours worked e.g. may be occasional evening meetings
  • Car driver, with full driving licence, or ability to travel between hospital sites or for necessary patient visits

Personal qualities


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

Aptitudes and skills required


  • Knowledge of issues, trends and opportunities for delivering improved health and care services in the relevant programme area
  • Skills in leading and advising on the development of a project plan
  • Experience of planning and organising the development and implementation of new initiatives and activities within specialist area of work
  • Ability to exercise judgement in developing, implementing and revising project plans
  • Ability to analyse and present project findings and engage with partner organisations in supporting projects
  • Use professional knowledge and experience in managing project work
  • Be a good team player and interact effectively to build and sustain effective project teams
  • Proven staff management and supervisory skills
  • Demonstrates clarity and breadth in use of verbal and written communications in relation to our patient group
  • Capacity to prepare and deliver project reports and presentations
  • Able to prioritise work and manage time effectively and complete agreed objectives within agreed standards and deadlines with a high degree of autonomy
  • Confident and articulate
  • Strong problem solving capabilities
  • Ability to organise resources and establish priorities
  • Ability to develop, plan, and implement short and long range goals
  • Ability to develop and maintain record keeping systems and procedures
  • Understanding of Finance/ resource management
  • Proficient IT skills, with the ability to quickly adapt to new technologies, including demonstrating first class knowledge of MS Office Suite


  • Commercially aware
  • A good understanding of risk management practices
  • Experience in engaging managers and practitioners in project development
  • Able to work with people from a wide range of professional disciplines
  • Experience of promoting findings and outcomes through a range of media and communication channels
  • Experience of holding budgets for project portfolios; monitoring budgets, and responsibility for budget planning for projects



  • Relevant experience in community/ primary care/ healthcare/ care homes
  • Project management experience in an NHS or care service setting
  • Experience of integrated working across professional boundaries and involving several organisations
  • Experience of quality improvement projects and/or methodology
  • Experience of organising/ managing events
  • Scheduling, chairing and note taking at meetings


  • Effective leadership and team building skills
  • Experience in evaluating projects
  • Experience in other relevant clinical areas



  • Professionally qualified or a relevant degree, plus project management experience or equivalent experience in a relevant discipline
  • A Master's degree level or equivalent postgraduate qualification in relevant discipline
  • Knowledge of the specialist work practices and/ or professional guidelines relevant to the WAHSN area
  • Knowledge and experience of the NHS and local health and social care functions
  • Project Management training (e.g. PRINCE II)
  • Evidence of CPD
  • Understanding of current policy and national drivers e.g. STP/ ICS


  • Management/ leadership experience
  • Relevant professional qualification (e.g. RGN, registered with NMC, Social Worker, other AHP)

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

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Employer details

Employer name

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust


Southampton Science Park

Venture Road

Chilworth, Southampton

SO16 7NP

Employer's website

Date posted

28 April 2021

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 8a


£45,753 to £51,668 a year




12 months

Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations

Southampton Science Park

Venture Road

Chilworth, Southampton

SO16 7NP

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