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Programme Manager for Cancer Care

Band 8a

Main area
Hosted service – Wessex AHSN
Band 8a
Fixed term: 24 months
Full time: 37.5 hours per week
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Wessex AHSN
£45,753 - £51,668 per annum
Salary period
13/08/2020 23:59
Interview date

Wessex AHSN have an exciting opportunity for a Programme Manager to join the Cancer Care team, this is a 24 month fixed term contract. The NHS long term plan (LTP) that sets out ambitious aims for improving cancer care in  the UK. The Wessex Cancer Alliance (WCA) is funded by NHSE to deliver against these targets with a focus on earlier diagnosis and improved five year survival.

These ambitious targets will be achieved by a strategy of rapid adoption of appropriately evidenced innovations.

The WCA is therefore partnering with Wessex Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) to recruit and co-employ a Programme Manager to advance the strategy of accelerated innovation adoption across Hampshire, Dorset, the Isle of Wight and parts of Wiltshire.

You will be co-employed by Wessex AHSN and Cancer Alliance with one aim; to support the strategy of accelerating the adoption of innovation in order to achieve the cancer targets in the LTP.

This is an interesting and varied full time role.

Wessex AHSN brings specialist knowledge on spread and adoption methodologies, with contacts across the other 14 AHSNs to ensure we build on what has gone before. Wessex Cancer Alliance brings the commitment to achieve world class cancer outcomes, and clinical networks across the region.

You will bring programme and change management skills and proven ability to influence across networks to drive the uptake of innovative pathways and technology where evidence suggests they will have impact on earlier cancer diagnosis and improved survival.

Working closely with a part-time Clinical Champion, and other staff from the AHSN and Cancer Alliance you will drive the uptake of new pathways and new technologies across Wessex. Experience in change management, QI, pathway re-design and business case preparation will all be useful.

We are looking for someone with detailed experience of driving change across NHS networks in either a commissioner or provider setting.               

Success will mean more than reaching targets. This role offers an exceptional opportunity to drive regional change and save lives. 


Wessex AHSN is based in Southampton Science Park in Chilworth, in a bright modern office. Easily accessible from the M3, M27 and Southampton Parkway train station, the location offers free parking with a café on site and 27 acres of the Science Park site are designated a protected conservation area.

This is an interesting and varied role in a fast moving environment.

Wessex AHSN is keen to ensure that staff have a successful work/ life balance and offers flexible working dependant on the requirements of the role.


Wessex AHSN is a company limited by guarantee, owned by the NHS and hosted by University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS).

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than those in London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and 13 nearby green spaces to enjoy.


Interviews will be held on Friday Sept 4th

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Frank Ratcliff
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Associate Director – Industry and Innovation
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