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Strategic Programme Manager – Research, Education and Innovation

Band 8b

Main area
Strategy & Improvement
Band 8b
12 months, Fixed term.
Full time, 37.5 hours per week
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Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust
£53,906 - £64,628 per annum inc.
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The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust (RNOH) is the largest orthopaedic hospital in the UK, and is regarded as a leader in the field of orthopaedics both in the UK and world-wide.

The RNOH provides a comprehensive range of neuro-musculoskeletal health care, ranging from the most acute spinal injury or complex bone tumour to orthopaedic medicine and specialist rehabilitation for chronic back pain sufferers. This broad range of services is unique within the NHS.

As a national centre of excellence, the RNOH treats patients from across the country, many of whom have been referred by other hospital consultants for second opinions or for treatment of complex or rare conditions. 

Patients benefit from a team of highly specialised consultants, many of whom are nationally and internationally recognised for their expertise and experience. Consultants are supported in their work by nurses, therapists and other specialist clinical staff who are trained and are experts in their particular fields of orthopaedic care. 

The RNOH plays a major role in teaching, 20% of all UK orthopaedic surgeons receive training here. Our teaching and clinical effectiveness are enhanced by our work in research and development and our academic links with University College, London. Research departments at Stanmore include the Institute of Orthopaedics, the Centre for Disability Research and Innovation, the Institute of Human Performance and the Centre for Biomedical Engineering.

The RNOH works closely with other hospitals and trusts, with whom we have joint appointments to ensure maximum availability of specialist skills for patients. Our patients benefit from access to Aspire Leisure Centre which is located on site and hosts first-class facilities for able-bodied and disabled people.


The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital is looking for someone to join and work closely with the Chief Executive, Director of Workforce and Improvement (who also oversees Strategy) as well as Non-Executive Directors and senior clinicians. The programme manager will support and where appropriate lead a core working group of Trust Board members in a review of the Trust’s Research, Education and Innovation strategies.

The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital has undertaken significant work to develop a comprehensive strategy. A further important step in this development is a major programme to review the Trust’s fifth strategic pillar and aim – achieving world-leading Research, Education and Innovation.  The programme manager will have significant programme and project management experience, Quality Improvement methodology knowledge and experience, have used leading expertise and thinking in the development of strategies i.e. logic models, driver diagrams etc.

They will coordinate an essential review of the Trust’s current activities and lead the development of a strategy and implementation plan to detail and then deliver the Trust’s fifth strategic aim from the current position.

The post holder will be a dynamic and charismatic leader with proven expertise in delivering complex programmes of strategy review, development and delivery.

They will need to deliver this review and development in line with the Trust’s values and drive and maintain enthusiasm and momentum through to delivery and benefits realisation. 

They will also be a key leader in helping to develop and embed a culture of continuous quality improvement across the organisation where all improvement is underpinned by a consistent, recognised quality improvement methodology.

Reporting directly to the Deputy Director of Strategy and Improvement, the successful candidate will need to have effective interpersonal skills, a creative approach to problem solving and a sincere enthusiasm for delivering tangible benefits to patients. Accountable to the Director of Workforce and Improvement, and working very closely with various senior managers and Executive and Trust Board Directors across the Trust, this is a role that will have a real impact on the success of the Trust’s Academic future for its staff, for orthopaedic clinicians nationally and most importantly for patients.

If you are interested in the role which will help shape the way the Trust delivers its Research, Education and Academic Strategy, we’d be delighted to hear from you. Call Tom Nettel (Director of Workforce and Improvement) for an informal chat by booking an appointment to speak with Tracy Ward, Executive Assistant, Tel:  0208 909 5278 | Email:

Closing date:               20th February 2019     (midnight)

Interview date:            1st March 2019



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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 (Exceptions Order) 1975 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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Tracy Ward, Executive Assistant, Tel:  0208 909 5278,

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0208 909 5397