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Senior Project Support Officer

Band 5

Main area
Southampton Children’s Hospital
Band 5
Fixed term: 12 months
Part time - 7.5 hours per week
Job ref
Southampton General Hospital
£24,907 - £30,615 pa pro rata
Salary period
15/04/2021 23:59

Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Children's Sleep Disorder Service for an enthusiastic 'sleep for health in hospital' (SHH) Project Support Manager for 7.5 hours a week on a 12 month fixed term contract with the potential for this to be extended.

SHH is a creative, novel approach designed to improve sleep for children and young people in hospital through education and bahaviour change.  The project started in Southampton and has been adopted by hospitals in the UK and Ireland and has also gained some interest internationally.

The project support manager will support the effective delivery of SHH locally through coordination of the ward champions and will work with paediatric intensive care in adapting the programme for their own setting.

The role will also include the dissemination of the project to NHS Trusts across the country. You will be responsible for arranging training days ensuring all necessary equipment and resources are shared within a timely manner. 

Main duties of the job

You can read an overview of the main duties of the role in the section below: Job Description and Main Responsibilities.

To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents attached. 

Working for our organisation

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care. 

We support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

As part of this role you will be:

  • Required to work with the Consultant and CNS leading on the project ensuring all education material is up to date.

  • Ensure training days are budgeted, planned and information shared to support booking whether this be a face to face or online training session

  • Liaise with external agencies with regards to equipment and ordering of supplies.

  • Be the first point of contact for queries regarding the project and responding as necessary

  • Ensure evaluation of training is completed in a timely manner

  • Provide updates on the project to the Trust on an annual basis

  • Support and develop the role of the ward champions to ensure the fundamentals of the project are being implemented on the wards

  • Collect data on noise levels across the wards using the equipment provided, analysing and reporting on this to the project team and wards.

We are looking for someone who has experience of running training /education programmes and project work.  You will need to have excellent written and verbal communication and organisational skills.  You will be required to work autonomously as well as part of a small team.  We are looking for someone who can analyse data appropriately as well as empower others to support the project and implement changes that will help improve the quality of sleep within hospital environments.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent experience of project management
  • Evidence of continual professional development
Desirable criteria
  • Level 2 registration for UK Council for Health Informatics (UKCHIP)
  • PRINCE2 Foundation, similar qualification or equivalent level of work experience and knowledge.


Essential criteria
  • Work experience with children and families
  • Participation in change management projects.
  • Experience of managing staff.
  • Ability to influence at all levels of the organisation.
  • Problem Identification and solving.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of hospital wards (this could be as a parent of a child who has been in hospital or from working in this environment).
  • Experience of managing successful change across professional boundaries.
  • Experience of working within a project structure, and managing change.
  • Experience of organising teaching and training courses

Aptitudes and skills required

Essential criteria
  • Ability to work on own initiative and organise/prioritise workload. Application, Interview X
  • Demonstrates clarity and breadth in use of verbal and written communications in relation to our patient group
  • Ability to work as part of a close knit team
  • Proven ability to analyse and appropriately present information so that it is easy to understand.
  • Ability to influence, persuade and negotiate with staff at different levels.
  • Ability to empower, coach and support staff.
  • Sound judgement, decision making and organisational skills.
  • A broad range of ICT skills.
  • An understanding of equality within the workforce and how it can impact on the post.
  • Awareness of safeguarding children.
Desirable criteria
  • Ability to work flexibly e.g the occasional evening work.

Special requirements of the post

Essential criteria
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Flexible and adaptable to meet all the aspects of the work.
  • Leadership qualities and able to motivate others.
  • Time management skills.
Desirable criteria
  • Understanding of sleep physiology and benefits of sleep to health and wellbeing
  • Understanding of children with special needs.

Values and behaviours

Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together
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Applicant requirements

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Joanna McCubbin
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