Job Description

Our Organisation

NHS England and NHS Improvement came together on 1 April 2019 as a new single organisation. The NHS Long Term Plan focuses on delivering integrated care to patients at the local level and we can best support the NHS to deliver this as a single integrated organisation.

At the NHS, we are reminded every day of how important life is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us and for our patients, and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement whether that’s job share, part time or another flexible pattern. In addition,  although the role advertised may have an ‘home’ office base indicated, we remain committed to supporting flexibility around workplace locations. If it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

Our new operating model represents a strong shift to regional delivery supported by expert corporate teams. Local health systems are supported by our integrated regional teams who play a major leadership role in the geographies they manage.

We are jointly committed to creating and maintaining a fair and supportive working environment and culture, where contributions are fully recognised and valued by all and staff feel empowered to carry out their duties to the best of their abilities. As employers we are committed to promoting and protecting the physical and mental health and well-being of all our staff. This underpins our values as set out in the NHS Constitution, supports us to be an Employer of Choice and ultimately enables our employees to support the effective care of our patients.

In January 2019, the NHS published its Long-Term Plan (LTP) which sets out an ambitious 10-year vision for healthcare in England. The plan is clear in setting out a new service model in which more action is taken on prevention and health inequalities, where we improve quality of care and health outcomes across all major health conditions, where the NHS harnesses technology to transform services, and where we get the most out of tax payers’ investment.

Alongside the LTP the NHS has published  We are the NHS: People Plan 2020/21 – action for us all, along with Our People Promise. This sets out what our NHS people can expect from their leaders and from each other.  It focuses on how we need to  continue to look after each other and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, as well as take action to grow our workforce, train our people, and work together differently to deliver patient care.

The plan sets out practical actions for employers and systems, as well as the actions that NHS England and NHS Improvement and Health Education England will take, over the remainder of 2020/21. It includes specific commitments around:

  • Looking after our people – with quality health and wellbeing support for everyone
  • Belonging in the NHS – with a particular focus on tackling the discrimination that some staff face
  • New ways of working and delivering care – making effective use of the  full range of our people’s skills and experience
  • Growing for the future – how we recruit and keep our people, and welcome back colleagues who want to return

Delivery of the objectives set out within the People Plan will be fulfilled under the leadership of the Chief People Officer within the People Directorate and the retention objectives achieved through the Looking After Our People-Retention team working in collaboration with regions and STPs/ICSs.

This role offers a very real and exciting opportunity to play a vital role in the delivery of this plan and specifically the adoption of the people promise in every NHS organisation across England – representing over 1.3M people.

The People Plan supports the Long-Term Plan a key component of which is to enhance the experience of all staff, slowing the number of people choosing to leave the NHS from Primary and Secondary Care and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and specifically supporting the national commitment to deliver 50,000 more registered nurses in the NHS in England by September 2025.

This role will be part of the Looking After Our People – Retention team which was formed in April 2020 and the postholder will report into the national Head of Retention.

Our friendly team work very closely together across national, regional and local systems with a single focus – we pride ourselves in living the values within the People Plan and being able to work together flexibly to deliver the best outcomes for our people.

Please refer to the Assignment Brief for more detail about the duties for this role.

As a National Team, the location for the vacancy will be regionally office based with home working and travel in England.

NHS improvement/NHS England offices, London, Leeds (flexible)

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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