AHSNs connect the NHS with academic organisations, local authorities, the third sector and industry, being catalysts that create the right conditions to facilitate change across whole health and social care economies, with a clear focus on improving outcomes for patients.

Kent Surrey Sussex AHSN’s (KSS AHSN) priorities are to deliver the Five-Year Forward View (FYFV) through working with Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) to implement their plans.  We are uniquely placed to identify and accelerate the spread and adoption of proven, beneficial and affordable innovations and support STPs in their improvement and transformation ambitions, maintaining the vitality and independence of older people for longer, as well as building safer systems of care for patients.

We deliver through a network of organisations and established clinical communities. We regard STPs and their localities as customers and are devolving more project management, strategy and oversight resources to STPs and offering support for innovation horizon scanning and measurement and evaluation.

KSS AHSN is working in partnership with the South London Genomic Medicine Centre (SL NHS GMC) and London South Genomic Laboratory Hub (LS GLH) with the aim of contributing to the implementation of the new NHS Genomic Medicine Service for this region. Building on the legacy of the 100,000 Genomes Project, the NHS Genomic Medicine Service aims to provide consistent and equitable access for patients to genomic and genetic testing across the country through consolidating existing services and delivering an integrated clinical service. This will include offering whole genome sequencing as part of routine clinical care which can potentially improve the diagnosis and treatment of some cancers and rare diseases.

KSS AHSN is seeking an experienced Programme Manager who will lead, initially, on the genomics alliance work with SL NHS GMC.  

The post holder will be supporting the delivery of this clinical workstream’s objectives, which is ultimately to embed the LS GLH operating model for clinical interpretation by reporting and providing access to testing into the region’s (Kent Surrey and Sussex) ordering entities and partner Trusts.  Specifically to: 

  • Develop detailed understanding of the new genomic medicine service, its objectives and the operating model for London South so that this can be shared with partners and stakeholders across KSS
  • Develop an effective communications strategy to signpost, promote and co-ordinate equitable access to training and education resources across KSS
  • Identify regional training needs analysis across KSS
  • Provide operational management support to Trusts within KSS to prepare for WGS go-live
  • Establish Clinical Genomic champions for relevant specialties and Trusts
  • Map current MDT structures relevant to genomics and support the establishment of new clinical networks and Genomic MDTs/Genomic Tumour Advisory Boards required for the new service
  • Provide progress updates and scorecards as required to report on progress to the management group/partnership board/clinical group
  • Utilise data on areas of reduced access to genomic testing to understand the cause and potential solutions to this. Support the collection of new data re genomic testing as required
  • Co-ordinate and organise clinical and public engagement and genomics educational activities across KSS.
  • Support the development of new partnerships and ongoing engagement with existing partners.
  • Contribute and attend national and local working groups

Significant recent operational management experience in the NHS, or other large organisation in a relevant sector, is essential as well as a proven track record of managing large scale projects, or programmes, in the public sector.  You will also be able to provide evidence of effective partnership working and stakeholder management. 

Experience in managing resources to support the delivery of projects and programmes on time, to budget and to deliver high quality outcomes is required, including some experience of financial and performance management. 

You should be self-reliant, enthusiastic, flexible and have highly developed communication skills. You should also be able to influence and persuade on highly complex matters and in difficult situations, with a flair for adapting tone and message for different audiences.

Please refer to the supporting generic Programme Manager job description and person specification (JD/PS).   The specific objectives and responsibilities of the role are highlighted at Appendix A of the supporting JD/PS.   It is strongly advised that you review this before making an application, to confirm suitability.


  • Due to the local needs and portfolio intended for this particular role, the post holder will spend a significant amount of time working across the Kent, Surrey and Sussex patch.
  • The post holder will be required to travel in and around the patch on a frequent basis.


If appointed on KSS AHSN terms and conditions, in return, we offer an attractive salary and generous annual leave, of 33 days per annum, plus UK Bank Holidays.  Details of Key Terms and Conditions can be found at the KSS AHSN website Careers page.


It is the desire of KSS AHSN to broaden diversity within its current workforce. KSS AHSN is an equal opportunities employer and ensures that all new, existing and prospective employees are treated fairly through the principles of equal treatment and promotion of diversity. This includes: 

  • ensuring that all individual who come into contact with the AHSN, whether as employees, stakeholders or in any other capacity, are treated with dignity and respect;
  • ensuring that the opportunities the AHSN provides for learning, personal development and employment are made available on a non-discriminatory basis;
  • and providing a safe, supportive and welcoming environment for employees, stakeholders, visitors and others.

Values and Behaviours

KSS AHSN’s has developed a clear vision for the direction of the company, in addition to an important set of values and behaviours created in consultation with the entire workforce.   Applicants and employees are expected to demonstrate an understanding of, and commitment to, these values and behaviours, which are assessed through recruitment, selection and appraisal processes. The values and behaviours framework can be found within the full job description for the advertised role.

NHS Agenda for Change Band 8a – (secondment basis ONLY) or;

Fixed-term appointment on KSS AHSN terms and conditions.   Remuneration package circa £50,000 per annum, pro-rata.  This package is inclusive of an 11% plussage, in lieu of public-sector pension or;

Consideration will also be given to applications made on a contract for services basis.

Appointment  to be made, on any of the above terms, initially, for 6 months and on a part-time basis (Approx. 2 days / 15-19 hours per week)  with the possibility of a permanent and full-time appointment, thereafter.

Please note:  KSS AHSN is NOT an AfC employer.

Closing date
Thurs 23rd January 2020

Shortlisted applicants will be advised by
Tues 28th January 2020

Interviews are anticipated to be held on 
Tues 4th February and/or Friday 7th February 2020

Based at
Wentworth House, Crawley Hospital, Crawley, West Sussex

To apply, please forward your CV, along with a one-page covering letter to Lisa Regan, Corporate Manager at: