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IT Programme Manager

NHS AfC: Band 8a (subject to Agenda for Change)

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IT Programme Management
NHS AfC: Band 8a (subject to Agenda for Change)
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Ormskirk District General Hospital
Ormskirk, Lancashire,
£47,126 - £53,219 per annum (Subject to Agenda for Change)
Salary period
26/01/2022 23:59

Working for Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust offers all the benefits of coast and country living with the convenience of big city life.

We have miles of unspoilt coastline on our doorstep, attractive commuter towns, picturesque villages and stunning countryside all within easy reach. Excellent transport links mean the vibrant, historic city of Liverpool is only a short journey away. Shops, bars, restaurants, museums, galleries, a World Heritage listed waterfront and, of course, two Premiership football teams makes this a destination for travellers from across the world.

The University of Liverpool has awarded us the status of University Clinical Education Centre in recognition of the high standard of training provided for students on placement to the Trust.

We pride ourselves in providing safe, clean and friendly care, and recruit to our SCOPE values. We also offer a range of family friendly options to staff.

Please note that all successful applicants to non-medical positions will be subject to a six-month probationary period.

The Government have announced their intention to introduce the need for mandatory COVID vaccinations for frontline patient facing roles (and those staff working in patient areas). This will come into effect from 1st April 2022. This role may be in scope and as such if you are appointed it is likely that your COVID vaccination status (or proof of any exemption) will form part of your pre-employment checks. If you would like further information on the vaccine and for ways to book this please visit www.nhs.uk    

Job overview

This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic IT Programme Manager to join our team and lead on our transformation programme. The successful post holder will have a key role in the delivery of the digital agenda across the Trust and with our partners.

We are looking for someone with significant understanding and experience of improvement and transformational project / programme management with excellent organisational and relationship skills.

You will have a professional, positive attitude and flexible approach as well as sensitive and effective communication skills. You will function well in a pressurised environment, confidently dealing with demanding situations

You will take a whole-systems approach, working closely with clinical and operational teams and corporate services to identify opportunities to improve services, then organise, plan and ultimately deliver key transformational work-streams, through developing and implementing appropriate programme management and digital systems.

The successful applicant should have a good understanding of the strategic aims and objectives of the healthcare system through the Long Term Plan especially related to digital.

Main duties of the job

The Trust has come a long way in a short space of time and needs to maintain this momentum. This role will be key to ensuring the Digital Programme is delivered and the benefits are realised. 

The IT Programme Manager will be responsible for leading the design, development, management and delivery of programmes and projects; supporting the delivery of multiple strategic solutions across the Trust.

Working for our organisation

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust provides healthcare in hospital and the community to 258,000 people across Southport, Formby and West Lancashire.

Acute care is provided at Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk District General Hospital. This includes adults and childrens accident and emergency services, intensive care and a range of medical and surgical specialities. Womens and childrens services, including maternity, are provided at Ormskirk hospital.

The North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre at Southport hospital provides specialist care for spinal patients from across the North West, North Wales and the Isle of Man.

The Trust also provides sexual health services for the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust is undergoing a Digital Transformation programme both within the Trust and as part of our Shaping Care Together sustainability programme. 

The IT Programme Manager will be responsible for leading the design, development, management and delivery of programmes and projects; supporting the delivery of multiple strategic solutions within the Trust and across our partners.

The post-holder will lead project staff that provide an efficient, effective, high-quality, professional and co-ordinated service in line with strategic objectives and the approved digital programme of work.

The post-holder will work closely with senior managers and their teams within the IT Department, across the Trust and external partners. 

Take a lead responsibility in service delivery in relation to all aspects of transformational change related to digital and informatics. 

Programme manage and lead the development, implementation and use of informatics solutions to ensure delivery of high quality health and care services.

Work collaboratively with key stakeholders to ensure successful integration of information systems into clinical practice

The post holder will need to be an excellent communicator and influencer, allowing them to build and maintain strong relationships within the IT Team, and with the wider team, as well as play an active role in the National migration programme, and collaboratively work with 3rd party suppliers. 

Advertising date: 05/01/22

Closing date: 26/01/22

Shortlisting date: 27/01/22

Interview date: 04/02/22


Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Educated to Masters level or equivalent level of experience of working at a senior level in a specialist area
  • PRINCE 2 Practitioner
  • Evidence of Continued Professional Development in Programme\Project Management specialism


Essential criteria
  • Demonstrable success in the planning and delivery of complex, multi-stakeholder programmes
  • Highly developed experience of managing a range of complex project and programme activities to formulate plans and strategies that have effect across multiple organisations.
  • Highly developed experience in the development of complex business cases
  • Highly developed experience of applying budgeting, benefits tracking and demand management principles to large scale and complex programmes and projects
Desirable criteria
  • Experience in leading change projects and programmes in health and/or social care environments


Essential criteria
  • Extensive understanding of change management processes and procedures, having led changes arising from upgrades to or implementation of a Trust wide clinical system.
  • Highly developed implementation experience of programme and project management methodologies that support significant organisational change
  • Demonstrable success in the planning and delivery of complex, multi-stakeholder programmes
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Paul Chadwick
Job title
Associate Director of Digital
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Additional information

Paul Chadwick, Associate Director of Digital via Paul.Chadwick5@nhs.net