Managing Consultant

Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit

The closing date is 10 July 2022

Job summary

Job Title

System Support Lead, Midlands Decision Support Network (Managing Consultant)


£54,764 - £75,874 [NHS Agenda for Change band 8b/c]


Strategy and Change

Accountable to

Strategy and Change Team Leader

Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit recognises the value serving personnel, reservists, veterans, and military families bring to our business and would encourage people from the armed forces community to apply for our vacancies.

Main duties of the job

Each ICS in England is developing a 'cross-system intelligence function' to support decision-making, described in NHSE/I's Integrating Care, the ICS Design Framework and forthcoming guidance to be published in 2022/23.

We are seeking to recruit a Managing Consultant to act as a system support lead for the Midlands Decision Support Network - an arrangement that brings together 11 Integrated Care System (ICSs) and NHSE and Improvement (NHSE/I) across the Midlands, connecting the emerging Intelligence Functions in each that support decision-making across the region.

About us

The NHS is the biggest employer in Europe. It's a world-renowned institution and an exciting place to work, full of challenges and opportunities.

NHS Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit (MLCSU) is one of the biggest and best-performing commissioning support units in the country, with among the highest levels of staff and customer satisfaction. We work together as a team of over 1,600 expert staff based across the Midlands and North West to make a difference - for our customers, patients and communities.

Offering a full range of professional services to clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), hospital trusts, local authorities, integrated care systems (ICSs) and other public bodies\ across the country, our NHS values underpin everything we do.

About us

The Strategy Unit is leading research, analysis and change from within the NHS.

Our services are in high demand, as the NHS and its partners face significant challenges. We work with healthcare providers, commissioners, universities, charities, and government organisations. Supporting them to solve complex problems by providing evidence-informed analysis and advice. Our basic proposition is simple: better evidence leads to better decisions and therefore better outcomes.

For more information about our work including recent and current projects, please visit our website:

Job description

Job responsibilities

In our role as development centre for the network, we deliver a major educational programme to build the competencies to support strategic decision-making, a regional analytical programme that leaders across the region prioritise and various activities to promote knowledge exchange between systems.

As system support lead for the MDSN, you will:

  • Establish and lead on relationships with staff responsible for Intelligence Function development across the Midlands region
  • Proactively support Intelligence Function development providing advice and guidance and delivering interventions to help these arrangements to flourish
  • Support the strategic management of the overall MDSN programme
  • Build engagement in the work of the MDSN with staff both in and outside of Integrated Care Board roles
  • Lead on the shaping, design and delivery of other projects for organisations, systems, partnerships or clinical groups on behalf of the Strategy Unit

We offer a competitive remuneration package, flexible working arrangements, and all the benefits associated with NHS employment driven by the desire to offer an excellent work-life balance.

We are committed to your ongoing professional development and you will be provided with support to develop your skills through formal training and hands-on experience.


If you have any queries relating to specific areas of our work or what its like to work at the Strategy Unit, please get in

Person Specification



  • Experience of leading relationships with staff in senior roles across a range of stakeholder groups (e.g. NHS, public health, local authority)
  • Experience of working in a role relevant to Intelligence Function development e.g. including complex commissioning/strategy/analytics/population health management activities
  • Experience of leading project design and delivery in complex environments e.g. supporting health and care system development
  • Knowledge of current and emerging policies and dynamics in health and care systems, particularly in relation to health and care analytics



  • Able to work as an expert advisor to support intelligence function development e.g. drawing on experience from either acting as an analytical leader or supporting analytical team development
  • Understands analytical concepts and able to interpret and apply findings from health and care analysis
  • Able to support clients and colleagues in understanding their context and defining, developing and appraising options for action
  • Able to initiate and build partnerships to support programme delivery
  • A clear communicator, able to bring together significant amounts of complex information and create a meaningful and compelling story.
  • Able to constructively challenge clients and colleagues at all levels
  • Ability to manage own workload and that of others ensuring projects are completed to deadlines and to the agreed quality and cost.

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

Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit


Strategy Unit

4th Floor, Cornwall Street


B3 2DX

Employer's website (Opens in a new tab)

For questions about the job, contact:

Simon Bourne


Date posted

20 June 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 8b


Negotiable .



Working pattern

Full-time, Home or remote working

Reference number


Job locations

Strategy Unit

4th Floor, Cornwall Street


B3 2DX

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