Innovation and Improvement Manager

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


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Job summary

Do you want to shape the future of health policy and practice, supporting the development of a more psychological NHS?

We are looking for a dynamic, self-motivated, high performing and committed individual to support policy development and implementation to maximise the impact of the psychological professions for the public.

Main duties of the job

You will manage streams of work that enable delivery of the Vision for the Psychological Professions in England, working directly to the National Lead for Psychological Professions at NHS England and Health Education England. You will manage our lead for expert by experience involvement and senior assistant psychologist, creating work flow and team processes that enable an effective and healthy team.

You will have a good knowledge of NHS policy and the implications for the psychological professions workforce. You will be an excellent communicator, both verbally and in writing. You will be able to manage a complex set of stakeholder relationships where there might be significant differences of opinion.

About us

The post is hosted by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, with accountability to both NHS England and Health Education England's national mental health teams. The post holder will work primarily be from home and could be based anywhere in England. This is a fixed term role to 31st March 2022.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will have responsibility for delivering a programme of innovation and improvement work commissioned by the National Lead for Psychological Professions: NHS England and Health Education England to support national workstreams enabling the development of the psychological professions. This function is currently hosted by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust on behalf of the National teams. The job will focus on:

  1. Carrying out detailed policy and practice research involving multiple stakeholders across England and multiple sources of evidence
  2. Producing high quality, evidence-based reports in a form suitable for presentation at a variety of national and regional forums
  3. Representing the National Lead in agreed meetings and negotiations with stakeholders
  4. Supporting the National Lead in designing interventions that enable the delivery of NHSE/NHSI and HEE policy, and help to shape policy
  5. Managing the National Lead for Expert by Experience Involvement in the Psychological Professions and the Senior Assistant Psychologist supporting the workstream
  6. Project managing the design and production of agreed publications
  7. Development and production of media and communications content to represent this programme of work

Person Specification



  • Educated to post graduate level in a relevant subject, or equivalent experience or competencies.



  • Knowledge of mental health workforce and education issues.
  • In depth knowledge of NHS including current key policies, priorities and their application.
  • Significant prior experience of implementing change across organisations.
  • Experience of communicating and engaging effectively with external agencies and stakeholders where priorities are conflicting.



  • Must be able to provide and receive highly complex, sensitive or contentious information; negotiate with senior stakeholders on difficult and controversial issues and present complex and sensitive information to large and influential groups.

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.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Aldrington House

35 New Church Road



Employer's website (Opens in a new tab)

For help with your application, contact:

Adrian Whittington


Date posted

21 April 2021

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 8a


£45,753 to £51,668 a year


Fixed term


8 months

Working pattern

Full-time, Part-time, Home or remote working

Reference number


Job locations

Aldrington House

35 New Church Road



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