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Cheshire and Merseyside AHP Faculty Project Manager

NHS AfC: Band 7

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Project Manager
NHS AfC: Band 7
Fixed term: 6 months ((Secondment opportunity will also be considered))
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Whiston Hospital
£40,057 - £45,839 per annum
Salary period
22/10/2021 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen to work strategically across the Cheshire and Merseyside region to support the AHP Faculty Lead to project manage a portfolio of workforce projects as part of the delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan. Current projects are focussed on Early careers/Preceptorship; Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Return to Practice; Apprenticeships; AHP support workforce.

The C&M AHP Faculty is the operational aim of the C&M AHP Council. The Faculty membership consists of a small project team and a blend of stakeholders from health, social care, Higher Education Institutions, primary care and private, independent and voluntary organisations volunteers. Its purpose is to support and deliver a collective approach to workforce initiatives by increasing placement capacity, supporting continuing professional development (CPD), developing Advanced Clinical Practice (ACP) roles, building partnerships with education providers and addressing other local training and education priorities. The aim is to develop sustainable innovative approaches to recruitment and retention in order to provide high quality care, as well as offer training and development opportunities to support staff to realise their potential.

Main duties of the job

The post will initially be for a 6 month period on a secondment/fixed term contract basis, and would be open to application from anyone who is interested in supporting and gaining experience of working strategically across multiple organisations. This is a great opportunity for your CV and as a stepping stone for future career opportunities and it offers opportunities to network across a wide range of stakeholders.

Interviews, medicals and DBS checks will be made prior to acceptance.

The successful candidate will have a valid DBS check with the Trust and will be required to pay for the cost of the DBS disclosure which is £44 for an enhanced disclosure, the cost of which will be deducted from their first salary.

Please note- it is the applicants responsibility to seek authorisation from their current manager to be released for the secondment before a formal application is made.

Interview date 10th November 2021

Working for our organisation

St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is the only acute Trust in Cheshire and Merseyside, and one of the few in the entire country, to achieve the title of OUTSTANDING, rated by the Care Quality Commission.

We provide a full range of acute adult services to our local population of circa 360,000 and provide tertiary services across a much wider area in the North West, North Wales and Isle of Man. We are a Major Trauma Unit and the Mersey Regional Burns Unit.

Our '5 Star Patient Care' strategy is at the heart of all that we do; supporting our vision to provide world class services for all our patients by getting it right for every patient, every time.

Our latest achievements include:

  • Acute Trust of the Year – HSJ Awards November 2019
  • Trust rates Outstanding by the CQC – Inspection August 2018
  • Top 100 places to work in the NHS (NHS Employers and Health Service Journal)
  • Best acute Trust in England for quality of care for the 3rd year running (NHS Staff Survey)

In the NHS Staff Survey 2020 the Trust scored the highest marks in the following areas;

  • Quality of care
  • Staff engagement
  • Support from managers

Detailed job description and main responsibilities


Manage a large, complex project from initiation to delivery to include: 

  • To use advanced problem solving skills, business skills, solid verbal and written communication skills, excellent relationship building skills, as well as strong leadership and team management skills to manage the project.
  • To produce fully costed option appraisals.
  • To undertake detailed project planning, developing and utilising a robust project plan that will incorporate multiple smaller project streams.
  • To implement and monitor agreed plans to ensure they are delivered within time, costs and the quality specified.
  • To identify, record and resolve project risks and issues, manage scope and budget, oversee design, development, and deployment activities.
  • Deliver timely, accurate, and comprehensive progress reports to achieve full project visibility.
  • To facilitate change management and issue resolution.
  • To manage each identified stage of each project ensuring all relevant milestones are attained and where necessary escalate deviations to the AHP Faculty Chair. When necessary to recommend and initiate remedial action to ensure the project remains on schedule, in budget and to quality specification.
  • To identify, recruit and liaise with key members of each organisation to ensure effective clinical engagement with the project.
  • Communicate the project, where appropriate to all levels of the healthcare community utilising excellent communication organisational and presentational skills
  • To negotiate, influence and resolve issues with key internal and external stakeholders, involving senior level negotiation, and/or third party suppliers, where appropriate, to obtain high level commitment to the project
  • To liaise with senior management, stakeholders, regulatory bodies, external agencies and everyone contributing to the project.
  • Lead and motivate cross-functional project teams
  • Coordinate work and resource allocation of the project
  • Implement and monitor proper usage of appropriate standard project management methodology
  • Liaise with other project managers to ensure dissemination of information; and adoption of best practice
  • To produce reports to update the Trust Board and the C&M AHP Council.
  • To manage the organisational change and development issues of a project and ensure appropriate training is identified and facilitated within project tasks.
  • To participate in and organise project reviews
  • To manage post project evaluation.
  • Process lessons learned from the  finished project and implement them in practice (methodology, deliverables, processes)
  • To manage the handover of the project to operational staff within the organisation. 
  • To ensure termination of the project is documented and signed off with the Project Faculty. 

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Degree or equivalent Qualification and /or equivalent experience in a relevant subject area
  • Management or project management qualification i.e. PRINCE 2 and /or equivalent experience

Knowledge & Experience

Essential criteria
  • Experience of managing a project in a similar environment
  • Experience of working with stakeholders to inform and implement change
  • Knowledge of project management methodologies
  • Production and delivery of reports and presentations
  • Detailed understanding of the dynamics and interface between primary, acute, community and social care provision and the commissioning landscape
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of service user involvement
  • Experience of working in healthcare
  • Experience of undertaking patient engagement events and evidence of service improvement change


Essential criteria
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to manage own workload, with minimal supervision in a high pressure environment
  • Presentation and facilitation Excellent skills
  • Excellent leadership and influencing skills with the ability to enthuse, motivate and involve individuals and teams
  • Ability to look beyond existing structures and ways of working to produce innovative and more effective ways of working
  • Ability to meet deadlines and complete tasks within agreed time scales
  • IT literate; proficient in the use of Microsoft Office packages
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment
  • Effective negotiation and persuasion skills
Desirable criteria
  • Sound judgement in knowing when to formally and informally escalate matters crucial to achieving outcomes
  • Understanding and working with complex policy, and diverse interest groups


Essential criteria
  • To remain calm and measured under pressure
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Applicant requirements

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

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Further details / informal visits contact

Nisha Agarwal
Job title
AHP Faculty Lead
Email address
Additional information

Viki Hunt, Head of Therapy Services (interim) – 0151 430 1131