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Head of Transformation - Talent Management

NHS AfC: Band 8d

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Talent management
NHS AfC: Band 8d
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3 Embankment, Sovereign Street, Leeds
£67,247 - £83,258
22/04/2018 23:59


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The NHS Leadership Academy, part of Health Education England (HEE), has grown its professional portfolio to enable delivery of the conditions set out in Developing People: Improving Care, the National Improvement and Leadership Development Strategic Framework.  As part of our role in this, we are embarking on a transformation programme which intends to improve talent management practice across the whole NHS in England – in effect implementing the NHS’s first national talent management (TM) strategy. This work will support organisations to develop and implement their own TM strategies, enable local health economies to develop their own best practice, establish regional talent boards and lead or support a range of high profile national initiatives.

The newly forming and growing TM team is responsible for this expanding programme of work. We work as part of a network with ten Local Leadership Academies that are located across England and, as the national team, we provide programme and project leadership in collaboration with the network.

We plan to appoint a Head of Transformation - TM to lead forward a critical and substantial component of the national TM strategy.  While effective TM is based around systems, processes and technology, the most crucial element of the NHS national TM programme is ensuring that we achieve a shift in culture across the entire NHS workforce.  Underpinning this shift in culture will be the delivery of a complex and long term portfolio of transformation work.  This role will be responsible for both these key areas of work as well as:

  • Ensuring that the NHS’s national approach to TM is fit for the future.
  • Ensuring that the NHS’s national approach to TM is identifying, testing, evaluating and as appropriate adopting innovative and ‘industry gold standard’ TM practice.
  • Leadership of the LLA TM national programme of delivery.
  • Recruitment and line management of the national TM programme management office and administration team.
  • Design and implementation of the Network of Academies’ own TM strategy.
  • Other workstreams as identified as the overall programme continues to evolve.


The Head of Transformation - TM will be an expert in their field with depth of professional and technical subject matter expertise and the experience to inform the design, delivery, development and evaluation of a complex TM programme of this nature.  The postholder will be able to develop and maintain high quality relationships at senior levels and will have the personal qualities required to lead, shape and influence change at scale.  Knowledge of the NHS and an appreciation of the issues that will impact on the delivery of a programme of this nature – and how they could be overcome – will be advantageous.

As well as playing a key role in the leadership of the national TM team, the post holder will also be expected to work closely with colleagues in the local and national leadership academies as well as Health Education England, NHS Improvement, NHS England, the Department of Health and Social Care and provider trusts and clinical commissioning groups.  The post holder will need to have high calibre interpersonal and organisational skills and be comfortable working with a level of autonomy and in a context of ambiguity - they will also be motivated by playing a leading role in the delivery of one of the most ambitious talent management programmes ever seen in the NHS.

Intended interview date: 10th May 2018

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Martin Hancock, National Head of Talent Management (