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Deputy Director – NHS Innovation Accelerator Interim

1 year Fixed Term Contract
We are looking for an interim Deputy Director to work alongside the National Director for the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) – a initiative which invites leading healthcare pioneers from around the world to bring tried and tested innovations for adoption and scaling across the healthcare system.
Salary: £55,000-£75,000 pro-rata

Closing date:
2 November 2020


UCLPartners, 170 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7HA (although all teams are predominantly working from home at this time)

Closing date

Monday 2 November 5pm

The programme/ project

The NHS Innovation Accelerator is an NHS England initiative delivered in partnership with the country’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks, hosted at UCLPartners.

It was launched by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS England National Medical Director, alongside (year one) host organisations the Health Foundation (THF) and UCLPartners, on 7 January 2015.

The aim of the NIA is to deliver on commitments detailed within 2014’s Five Year Forward View and now the NHS Long Term Plan. This means delivering examples of innovation that show proven benefits for patients and populations and creating the conditions and culture necessary for such innovations to be adopted faster and more systematically throughout the NHS.

The role

The Deputy Director will work with the National Director for the NIA to co-lead delivery of the accelerator in partnership with NHS England and Improvement (NHSE/I), AHSNs and other key stakeholders.

The post holder will take on operational responsibilities, including but not limited to; co-lead on supporting recruited innovators to diffuse selected innovations, build and maintain effective relationships with all stakeholders (fellows, mentors, sponsors, test sites, co-hosts and partners), be a named contact point for Fellows, manage and support the generation of resources for the NIA and its sustainability, oversee the annual NIA selection process, collaborate closely with the NHS England and Improvement, AHSNs and others in organising and coordinating the Fellowship learning programme and events (e.g.: quarterly meetings, annual launch of new Fellows), help promote the NIA , in particular achieving international reach and visibility, and work with co-hosts to arrange for evaluation and research associated with the NIA.

This is a very hands-on role within a small, non-hierarchical team and as such, the Deputy Director will be directly involved in day to day delivery.

The person

This role would suit an individual with a passion for implementation of innovation in to practice for patient and population benefit that has an excellent track record of collaboration and establishing constructive inter-agency partnerships across a range of stakeholders.

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Interviews will take place as follows

  • Stakeholder panel: 11th November 1 – 5pm  
  • Interview: 13th November  11–2pm

If you are interested in this role, please read the full job description found here.

If you have any questions about this role, please contact