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Deputy Head of Mental Health Programmes

We want someone with a passion for improving services and working with partners from across the system to support people’s wellbeing to join our Mental Health and Behaviour Change team.
Salary: £50,000 to £65,000

Closing date:
27 June 2021

Introduction – Mental Health Programme

UCLP’s mental health (MH) programme works through its partner members  the development of sustainable, high-impact solutions with a focus on children and young people; those with dementia and their carers; new ways of providing health care; integration between mental and physical health services; and workforce diversity. Under the leadership of Professor Peter Fonagy, we are building a dynamic and creative team to support our members to improve the mental health of our population.

Job Summary

A key part of this team will be the new Deputy Head of Programmes (DHoP). We want someone with a passion for improving services and working with partners from across the system to support people’s wellbeing. The DHoP will be responsible for the delivery of the MH related ASHN National programmes, AI and digital MH innovations projects & the scoping and set up of MH new projects. Current projects to get excited about include:

  • Improving student mental heath by making IAPT access easier
  • Supporting mental health trusts with the early diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders
  • Working with CAMHS services to introduce new tech onto the ADHD pathway

Key Relationships


  • The entire mental health team including all Project Managers, Programme Leads, Support Officers and Programme Directors.
  • Colleagues within the commercial innovation team, patient safety and improvement and assurance.


  • Mental health trust patients, clinicians and managers from across our membership.
  • University and academic partners, including students, academics and researchers.
  • CCG/ICS strategic leaders and commissioners
  • Commercial partners, including project leads and executives within our partner companies

Key Responsibilities

  • Oversee the operational management of the MH projects.
  • Be accountable for the coordination of all project documentation, including effective record keeping and version control of project documentation.
  • Be responsible for the delivery of all MH related AHSN National Programmes.
  • Take the lead on AI and digital MH projects.
  • Ensure that regular reporting arrangements are in place to ensure that partners and key stakeholders are kept
  • Work with the clinical and project leads to develop and maintain robust governance and reporting structures for the projects, including budget management and reporting to funders.
  • Work with the clinical and project leads to develop and evolve the strategies for national dissemination and implementation.
  • Work with the UCLPartners MH comms lead to develop and deliver the communications strategy for the MH programme.
  • Build and maintain effective relationships with colleagues and other stakeholders from partner organisations, ensuring clear and effective channels of communication.
  • Working alongside the Head of MH, develop our strategy and offer to mental health providers in our population
  • Manage contracts and service level agreements to ensure provision of support for projects.
  • Advise the clinical and project leads on the identification and resolution of issues that might hinder or reduce the impact of the project’s goals and objectives.
  • Work with the UCLPartners Project Support Officer to manage meeting arrangements including the taking and distribution of minutes, action logs, project plans
  • Represent the UCLPartners MH team at external meetings and events.
  • Line manage the MH Project Manager and Project Support Officer.
  • Responsibility for acting up to cover for the Head of Mental Health Programmes.

Person Specification



  • Educated to degree level or equivalent vocational qualification(s)


  • Mental health related qualification



  • Experience of end-to-end project and programme management in a health care or academic health research setting.
  • Experience of managing several projects at the same time, ideally within the NHS/Public Sector/ Primary care/ Secondary care.
  • Experience of creating and managing project plans, project reports and budgets.
  • Experience of developing and implementing national dissemination and implementation strategies.
  • Experience of communicating with staff at all levels in large and complex organisations.
  • Experience of building relationships with local teams to manage project implementation.
  • Experience of using a range of Microsoft office applications, including Project, Word, Power point, Excel.

Skills, Abilities and Knowledge  


  • Have a passion for mental health and wanting to improve services for staff and patients alike
  • Be highly pro-active and able to manage multiple projects at any one time.
  • Have problem solving skills and ability to respond to sudden unexpected demands, excellent time management skills with the ability to re-priori ti se.
  • Have knowledge of administrative procedures, communications and information analysis.
  • Be extremely organised and be able to prioritise workload.
  • Carry out duties in a way that supports equality and values diversity. This responsibility includes your actions in relation to service users, carers, work colleagues, people in other organisations and members of the public.


  • Previous line management experience.
  • Understand the national long-term plan for mental health.
  • Recent experience of working in NHS mental health services.
  • Experience of developing Communities of Practice and clinical network

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