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AHSN Director

Part time role, approximately 2-3 days/week for 1 year.
We are looking for an AHSN Director to work with key stakeholders including the provider organisations, community organisations, local councils and many other partner organisations to ensure we help to maximise innovation into practice in the partnership, and in particular catalyse cross partnership approaches.
Salary: £85k – £135k

Closing date:
18 June 2021

This role is part time, approximately 2-3 days/week.  This role is initially for 1 year, reporting into the UCLPartners MD either a fixed term contract or secondment.  

The remuneration for this post is competitive depending on skills and experience.  Secondments are welcome.

About this role

Accountable to the UCLPartners Managing Director, the AHSN Director will work with key stakeholders including the provider organisations, community organisations, local councils and many other partner organisations to ensure we help to maximise innovation into practice in the partnership, and in particular catalyse cross partnership approaches. It is essential that the AHSN Director is comfortable and credible working with a broad range of partners both clinical and academic, with medical staff and other health professionals/managers, most crucially with patients and the public, and can promote connectivity across all parts of the discovery to practice continuum.  

The AHSN Director will work very closely with the Director of Innovation to ensure our innovation into practice initiatives are closely integrated.  The AHSN Director will also attend the designation directors meeting representing the AHSN.

Key responsibilities

The AHSN Director will be the accountable officer for the delivery of UCLPartners AHSN including the 3 commissions for the Office of Life Science, NHS Improvement and NHS England.

The key elements of this role are summarised as:

  • Focus on the needs of patients and local populations: support and work in partnership with commissioners and public health bodies to identify and address unmet medical needs, whilst promoting health equality and best practice.
  • In the context of the AHSN, speed up adoption of innovation into practice to improve clinical outcomes and patient experience – support the identification and more rapid spread of research and innovation at pace and scale to improve patient care and local population health
  • Build a culture of partnership and collaboration: promote inclusivity, partnership and collaboration to consider and address local, regional and national priorities.
  • Accountable for assurance for all of the AHSN commissions including team and commission reporting requirements
  • Work with and participate in all AHSN network activities, including leading on network programmes and sharing information with the senior leadership team at UCLPartners
  • Create wealth through supporting partner organisations in co-development, testing, evaluation and early adoption and spread of new products and services; ensure AHSN programmes are considering and evaluating their delivery through “health is wealth” and the value of better health outcomes
  • Provide visible leadership and role modelling in the development and maintenance of a positive culture, standards and values for education, research and innovation
  • Work closely with the senior leadership team including the Director of Innovation to ensure that we are offering partners a wide range of expertise in the implementation of new ways of working
  • Ensure there is robust engagement mechanisms with ICSs around the AHSN commission
  • Lead and develop the team working on the AHSN commission

Person specification


  • Demonstrable clinical leadership enabling delivery of programmes of work at regional, national and international level
  • Previous experience of leading the successful adoption of high profile healthcare innovations into practice across different domains
  • Track record of leading clinical trials and evaluating cost effectiveness
  • Track record of leading programmes of work across more than one clinical specialty
  • Track record of working successfully with the voluntary sector or other patient organisations, and of actively involving patients in programmes of work
  • Ability to communicate complex and challenging issues to stakeholders in science and healthcare and more widely across academia, the NHS and government.
  • Ability to collaborate with and influence a wide range of individuals and groups in professionally based organisations whilst remaining sensitive to the autonomy and individual accountability of the partner NHS organisations and Universities.
  • Relevant clinical qualifications plus a higher academic degree, e.g. MD/MS or PhD or evidence of an equivalent level in research publications.
  • National and International profile from existing clinical and academic work providing personal credibility within the healthcare and academic communities
  • Understanding of the role and remit of the NHS; awareness of relevant NHS policy; and understanding of the importance of both clinical and research governance in clinical service delivery.
  • Possessing the highest ethical and professional standards in research, education and clinical practice and flexibility to different ways of working

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