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Senior Programme Manager Pharmacy
NHS AfC: Band 8c
Secondment: 12 months
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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NHS England and NHS Improvement
Employer type
London and Leeds
London and Leeds
£65,664 - £75,874 per annum
Salary period
07/07/2022 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy Senior Programme Manager – Pharmacy

NHS AfC: Band 8c

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 April 2021, the Government established an Antivirals Taskforce (ATF) with the aim of identifying new COVID antiviral medicines. New oral antivirals could be an important part of the long-term response to COVID-19. If deployed rapidly, they have potential to reduce symptoms, disease progression, hospitalisation rates and onward transmission, as well as helping to reduce mortality.  

The first of the new medicines received was approved for use in the NHS in December 2021.   The NHSE&I antivirals wider deployment programme has been established to provide oversight and drive deployment of the new COVID antivirals in primary care and community settings in the NHS.

The programme reports jointly into the ATF and to the national medical director in NHSE&I.  Antivirals Wider Deployment Programme Aim is to extend access of approved COVID oral antivirals from a small very high-risk group to wider patient cohorts, subject to clinical evidence, including from the PANORAMIC trial. 

Please note that the reason for the fixed term of this contract is because it is a short-term project due to funding 

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Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Educated to masters level or equivalent level of experience of working at a senior level in specialist area.

Knowledge and experience

Essential criteria
  • Subject matter expertise across policy and strategy
  • Evidence of post qualifying and continuing professional development
  • Demonstrable senior management experience
  • Experience of delivering against competing priorities and deadlines while also directing the work of teams/individuals.
  • Management of staff/ functions
Desirable criteria
  • Must have an understanding of the background to and aims of current healthcare policy and appreciate the implications of this on engagement
  • Should have an appreciation of the relationship between the Department of Health, NHS England and individual provider and commissioning organisations.
  • Member of relevant professional body
  • Experience of budgetary responsible, including budget setting with evidence of working knowledge of financial processes

Skills Capabilities & Attributes

Essential criteria
  • Provide and receive highly complex, sensitive and contentious information, negotiate with senior stakeholders on difficult and controversial issues, and present complex and sensitive information to large and influential groups
  • Negotiate on difficult and very complex and detailed issues.
  • Strategic thinking – ability to anticipate and resolve problems before they arise.
  • Problem solving skills and ability to respond to sudden unexpected demands.
  • Ability to analyse complex facts and situations and develop a range of options
  • Plans and organises a broad range of complex activities, formulating and adjusting plans to reflect changing circumstances.
  • Inputs to strategic plans across NHS and within the specific teams.
  • Demonstrable ability to deliver at pace in complex environment.
  • Works with stakeholders to develop performance improvement plans and to develop plans for innovation and opening up the market.
  • Ability to build effective cross functional working relationships across a diverse range of stakeholders to drive organisational agenda
  • Persuade board and senior managers of the respective merits of different options, innovation and new market opportunities.
  • Takes decisions on difficult and contentious issues where there may be a number of courses of action
  • Demonstrable experience of delivering results through the development and management of teams to ensure success and use a range of levers in the absence of direct line management responsibility

Values and behaviours

Essential criteria
  • Commitment to and focused on quality, promotes high standards in all they do. Able to make a connection between their work and the benefit to patients and the public.
  • Consistently thinks about how their work can help and support clinicians and frontline staff deliver better outcomes for patients.
  • Works well with others, is positive and helpful, listens, involves, respects and learns from the contribution of others
  • Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of equality of opportunity and diversity taking into account and being aware of how individual actions contribute to and make a difference to the equality agenda
  • Ensures staff for whom the post holder has line management responsibility uphold and promote the equality and diversity agenda, and act in accordance with the equality, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace policy.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of equality of opportunity and diversity.
  • Self-awareness in terms of emotional intelligence, biases and personal triggers with cultural sensitivity and awareness.
  • Values diversity and difference operates with integrity and openness
Desirable criteria
  • Consistently looks to improve what they do, looks for successful tried and tested ways of working, and also seeks out innovation
  • Demonstrable commitment to partnership working with a range of external organisations.


Essential criteria
  • Ability to travel across sites where required

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Tara Johnson
Job title
Business Support Officer
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07540 883390
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