Project Lead

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


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Job summary

Sussex CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) is at the beginning of a crucial and innovative expansion, which will see a substantial amount of growth in a variety of teams across East & West Sussex.

We are seeking to recruit to a newly developed Project Manager post, which will lead on managing the mobilisation of services as a result of additional funding that has been allocated to Sussex CAMHS. This will involve the implementation of our new neurodevelopmental pathway, a focus on developing our anxiety/ depression pathway and supporting the establishment of our Sussex Digital Team.

We are open to hearing from individuals from a variety of backgrounds for this role, however you will need experience in managing projects and a track record of delivering service developments/ implementations.

This role is offered on a 12-month Fixed Term contract and is expected to work through the full recruitment and mobilisation phase, to a business as usual state.

Main duties of the job

As Project Manager, you will work with colleagues across Sussex CAMHS to co-ordinate the recruitment and service development in these areas. This will involve working with colleagues in CAMHS, our Acute Trust partners, IT services, Estates, Commissioners and Local Authorities. You will work closely with the Head of Service, Clinical Lead, General Managers and Service Managers to implement clinical models of delivery, including standard operating procedures, recruitment and resource allocation.

You will be responsible for the service development and mobilisation of the extended community service, with an initial focus on the neurodevelopmental and anxiety/ depression pathways. As further funding agreements are reached, the you will be leading on these areas, as well as contributing to any associated business cases.

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who wants to play a crucial part in developing services that are fundamental to improving the lives of young people in Sussex.

About us

We provide mental health and learning disability care for children, young people and adults across Sussex and for children and young people in Hampshire.

Working in Sussex:

  • Travel easily between coast and countryside, with a blend of picturesque villages and seaside towns
  • Embrace the city life with great access to visit Brighton and London
  • With easy access to Gatwick and Heathrow and excellent railway links across the UK there is plenty of opportunity for adventure

Wed love you to join our organisation that is rated good overall and outstanding for caring by the CQC. Our staff agree, in our recent staff survey 82% told us that they recognise that care for patients is our top priority.

Key staff survey results include:

  • 70% highlighting flexible working opportunities as a key point for satisfaction at work
  • 79% reporting feeling able to make suggestions to improve the work within their team
  • 77% identifying the opportunities to show initiative in their roles

Job description

Job responsibilities


To be a successful Project Manager in Sussex CAMHS you will have:

  • Significant relevant project management and improvement experience, with a track record of delivery
  • Knowledge of project principles, techniques and tools, such as PRINCE2, AGILE and Microsoft Project
  • Experience within senior operational or project roles
  • A passion for improving mental health services for young people in Sussex

It would also be desirable if you have:

  • Experience working in the NHS
  • A project management qualification such as PRINCE2 (Practitioner level) or Managing Successful Programmes (MSP)

See attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details.

SPFT staff have the capacity to work from home remotely where applicable and in agreement with your line manager.

This role is currently banded at 8a but is subject to a job evaluation.

Please apply using the link in this advert, or for more information explore the attachments or contact:

Jodie Olliver Head of Service at

(We strongly encourage informal discussions before applying)

(We are happy to arrange informal visits currently Covid dependant)

Person Specification



  • Significant relevant project management and improvement experience, with a track record of delivery
  • Experience within senior operational or project roles, ideally within the NHS
  • Experience of complex stakeholder management
  • Knowledge of a range of specific project areas, acquired through post graduate diploma or equivalent experience or training
  • Experience of devising and managing project/programme budgets
  • Experience of reporting programme progress to Programme Board
  • Demonstrated experience in a Healthcare environment
  • Knowledge of project principles, techniques and tools, such as PRINCE2, AGILE and Microsoft Project
  • Experience of applying quality improvement and programme management skills across multi-provider pathway
  • Experience of creating and giving presentations to a varied group of internal and external stakeholders
  • Experience of managing a team without direct line management



  • Educated to masters level in relevant subject or equivalent level qualification or significant experience of working at a similar level in specialist area



  • Able to concentrate for prolonged periods with regular interruptions.
  • Rare exposure to emotional circumstances.
  • Required to use VDU for most of the day.
  • Able to travel to other sites when required. Must have the ability to respond promptly to the need to travel and be flexible in terms of prioritisation of tasks and developments
  • Able to work at home



  • Ability to effectively communicate unwelcome news to stakeholders at all levels
  • Credible to internal and external stakeholders
  • Good influencing and negotiating skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Experience in completing complex audits, surveys and data collection related to the programme
  • Able to interpret, present and make decisions on highly complex facts or situations requiring analysis, interpretation and comparison of a range of options
  • Ability to present information logically and concisely both verbally and in writing, including the ability to write reports and policies/procedures with clarity to ensure that complex messages are put across effectively
  • Good presentation skills and the ability to convey complex information and concepts in a way which is understandable to all
  • Ability to draw information from a range of sources in order to make a contribution to service development
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Confident with Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel, Visio and MS Project with good keyboard skills
  • Decisions on a range of complex/highly complex project issues where there may be more than one course of action
  • Plan and organise a broad range of complex activities, formulating and adjusting plans accordingly
  • Develops a range of plans for performance and service improvements in new areas across the organisation
  • Managing and updating programme records, risk registers, trackers, project plans and documentation
  • Expert in project management, interpreting national guidance and implementation of best practice
  • Experience of effective budget management, managing programme budget
  • Able to make sense of conflicting priorities and reach effective and efficient solutions
  • Experience of managing project governance
  • Provider leadership to high performing teams to drive results
  • Can motivate, inspire and support innovative thinking in others
  • Demonstrated capabilities to manage own workload and make informed decisions in the absence of required information, working to tight and often changing timescales
  • Ability to secure resources for services Programme across all projects, negotiating with colleagues across the Trust and external partners for the release of resources
  • Comprehensive knowledge and experience of Microsoft Office
  • Knowledge of project tools, such as Microsoft Project
  • Requires advanced keyboard skills with a high degree of accuracy including Microsoft Office, Excel and MS Project.

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

Applications from job seekers who require current Tier 2/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.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2/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.

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Sussex wide



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Date posted

16 July 2021

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 8a


£45,753 to £51,668 a year


Fixed term


1 years

Working pattern

Full-time, Part-time, Job share

Reference number


Job locations

Sussex wide



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