Deputy Programme Director

Band 8d

Main area
Transformation - Projects Team
Band 8d
Full Time 37.5 hours per week
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King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
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King's College Hospital
Denmark Hill, London
£73,716 to £89,727 per annum inc HCAP
22/10/2017 23:59

King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK’s largest and busiest teaching hospitals with a turnover of nearly £1 billion, 1.5 million patient contacts a year and more than 11,500 staff based across 5 main sites in South East London. The Trust provides a full range of local hospital services across its different sites, and specialist services from King’s College Hospital (KCH) sites at Denmark Hill in Camberwell and at the Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH) site in Bromley.

King’s plans to invest £11.5m across the next 3 years (FY16/17 to FY18/19 inclusive) toward the transformation programme. This investment will enable the Trust to achieve upper quartile levels of efficiency on key metrics such as day case rates, theatre utilisation and length of stay, thereby generating some £50-60m of recurrent savings as a contribution towards our overall savings targets. It is clear that a step change is needed if the strategic vision is to be achieved, and equally evident that it will not be achieved through “business as usual” approaches to quality improvement and financial control.

Whilst recognising that this is part of a longer term journey, significant progress can nonetheless be made within a 2 to 3-year timeframe, and thus can contribute towards the sustainability challenge outlined in the 5 year forward plan. This will require:

• significant early changes to how the Trust is organised and managed, so as to achieve real strategic clarity and alignment at all levels of the organisation;

• the design and launch of a major programme of clinical transformation to redesign our services and pathways, embed continuous improvement at the front line, and build continuous improvement skills broadly across the organisation.

To deliver the productivity and quality improvements required, a fundamental redesign of each of the Trust’s services will be required. The aim is to develop a replicable, overarching project methodology and templates that can be rolled out not only across specialities but also across key functional areas such as theatres, outpatients or diagnostics


The Deputy Programme Director (DPD) is a key senior post supporting the Executive and Programme Directors of Transformation in the development and delivery of the Trust’s transformation programme. The post will be pivotal in shaping and delivering a wide range of transformation projects and in driving productivity and value for money within the Trust.The post holder will lead on reporting the activity of the programme and will be responsible for engagement with service staff, business planning and management.

The DPD will contribute to programme planning, identification of opportunities and savings, project start-up and delivery; promoting an understanding of the King’s Transformation Programme and championing the professional discipline of project and change management with King’s.

The DPD will be accountable for specified programmes of work and will be responsible for the full programme/project life cycle and project budget for the duration of time he/she is allocated to a given project.

The DPD will be responsible for the design of training materials and will maintain key relationships with the Trust’s Learning and Development department, ensuring that continuous improvement skills are built across the organisation.

The DPD will support the Programme Director with the overall management and governance of the transformation programme and team, and ensure that reporting of the transformation programme progress against milestones and targets are completed to schedule.

The DPD is accountable to the Programme Director for Transformation PMO for working in a professional manor and in accordance with the Trust’s defined methods, governance and reporting. The DPD will be responsible for budget, CIP and quality expectations, which includes the production and maintenance of all relevant plans, controls, management and effective transition into operational service provision.

Closing date: 22/10/2017

Interveiw date: 03/11/2017

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Margaret Spence
020 3299 1272

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