Interim Programme Manager

Discipline: Finance

Sector: NHS

Location: London

Type: Temporary

Date posted: 18/03/2019

Start: ASAP

Duration: 6 months

Salary: £350 per day


My Client a London Trust is looking to recruit a Programme Manager for a period of 6-12 months. The Programme Manager is a senior manager with subject matter experience in project, programme and portfolio management. They will manage stakeholders up to executive level.

Within the Trust’s Cost Improvement Programme (CIP) there are a number of work streams that require programme management expertise to ensure implementation is both successful and sustained. Typical work streams include reduction in occupied bed days, back office costs, mobile working, temporary and agency pay cost controls, Pharmacy & Medicines Management, Diagnostics, Procurement, Clinical Coding, Corporate and Estates and Facilities.

The CIP programme is divided into portfolios of differing value containing various numbers of work streams. The Programme Manager is responsible for managing a portfolio of up to

£10M of change projects for which the post holder will develop actionable planning documentation and co-ordinate implementation that will drive efficiency improvements across operational teams.

In addition to CIPs, QIPPs, CQUINs and other transformational change programmes are included in the remit of the PMO team.

The post holder will generate improvement opportunities, use their previous experience to influence teams to work in new ways and be able to effectively communicate with staff at all levels in the organisation.

The post holder will work within the embedded assurance structure managed by the Programme Management Office.

The post holder will demonstrate a methodical and structured approach along with extensive project management skills and the ability to manage all aspects of the full project lifecycle:

  • Identifying and managing programme dependencies
  • Identification and management of project risks and issues. Ability to share project management knowledge and experience to project/scheme leads across the organisation.
  • Provide timely programme progress updates on status of projects as required by the assurance system.
  • Attend regular work stream meetings to provide progress updates and highlight key risks/issues.
  • Work with project teams to ensure project documentation (e.g. Savings Scheme Outline, delivery plan, finance plan, comms plan, routine reports) is completed to appropriate standards.

Key Responsibilites:

Project Management

  • To lead, manage and coordinate delivery of high complex or high value work streams within a portfolio.
  • To lead development and implementation of an articulate and robust plan for a work stream working with key stakeholders.
  • Develop well-defined financial savings logic using clinically and/or financially validated assumptions.
  • Implement efficiency improvements through operational delivery teams
  • Working with service managers and clinicians, proactively identify quantifiable opportunities to improve operational delivery and productivity, and support the development and implementation of associated project plans.
  • Facilitate the timely resolution of ‘bottlenecks’ in the critical pathways of designated improvement programmes.
  • Produce as required and to agreed deadlines regular reports to the respective Programme Board updating on progress and requirements
  • Deliver to agreed deadlines, the production of high quality project documentation


  • Produce key communications materials associated with the respective work stream for Executive Directors and Senior Managers in the Trust

Training & Development

  • Support the development of programme management skills and related competencies within the organisation.
  • Ensure robust project management methods (e.g. Prince 2) are applied to the development and implementation of all existing and new cost improvement programmes.
  • Support the development of the skills and abilities of the PMO and facilitate appropriate links with other teams, to encourage knowledge sharing and learning, with respect to transformation, innovation and improvement

Line Management

  • To effectively manage up to two band 7 Senior Project Managers


  • Support work on wider aspects of CIP management e.g. reporting and demonstrating progress to regulatory and external bodies e.g. NHS Improvement, commissioners and STP.
  • The post holder is required to adhere to the standards of conduct expected of all NHS managers set out in the Code of Conduct for NHS managers.


All employees are required to work in a confidential manner in all aspects of hteir work.

This job description is an outline of the key tasks and responsibilities of the post and the post holder may be required to undertake additional duties appropriate to the pay band. The post may change over time to reflect the developing needs of the Trust and its services, as well as the personal development of the post holder.

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