up to £60,000
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

The South West Academic Health Science Network (South West AHSN) is one of 15 AHSNs across the country set up by NHS England to spread innovation at pace and scale across the country. We are uniquely placed to connect NHS and academic organisations, local authorities, the third sector and industry, using our position to drive the adoption and spread of innovative ideas and technologies across large populations.

Our remit covers Somerset, Devon, and Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, taking in urban areas and tackling the challenges associated with pockets of deep, long-standing and increasing deprivation, an aging population, children living in poverty, and a dispersed and sometimes isolated population.

The major focus for us over the next five years is improving health equity through innovation, and a critical workstream of this is our Mental Health Programme.

As Programme Manager (Mental Health) you will manage the development and delivery of our Mental Health Programme which includes work to improve safety across several different health and care settings, using quality improvement methodology.

Reporting to the Programme Director (Clinical), your key responsibilities will include:

  • Co-designing, developing, and delivering of our portfolio of mental health programmes work
  • Building partnerships between the NHS, innovators from the academic, commercial and third sectors to accelerate the adoption and spread of solutions that improve the mental health outcomes for the region.
  • Ensuring all delivery programmes and projects are developed in recognition of national and international best practice and adopt the latest thinking on healthcare improvement
  • Providing coaching, training, advice and guidance in patient safety and quality improvement to individuals and project teams
  • Ensuring effective governance and oversight of the programme of work in the design and delivery phases and ensuring lessons are captured and learnt.
  • Building strong relationships with other AHSNs and contributing to the success of the national AHSN Network.

To succeed, you’ll need experience of leading improvement projects and programmes within a mental health setting. You’ll have good knowledge of change methodologies, with expertise in Quality Improvement (QI) frameworks and their application to service improvement and spread. We are looking for someone with a strong focus on impact who is passionate, determined and goal focused with commitment to delivering excellence. You’ll be a strategic thinker, able to effectively manage a complex range of competing priorities. You’ll also need to be a strong communicator with the ability to communicate convincingly to wide range of audiences.

In return, we offer a highly stimulating, challenging and rewarding environment with variety and professional development. If you are passionate about improving mental health services, there can be few opportunities that offer a platform for you to have such a tangible impact at a population level.

For a recruitment pack with further information about the role and how to apply, please contact James Stephens at Morgan Law.

Posted on: 12 October 2021
Closed date: 01 November 2021
Job ref: JS/SWAHSN
Tags: Policy/Research, Project Management