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Resourcing Project Lead - One Gloucestershire - Band 8a

Band 8a

Main area
People & OD
Band 8a
Fixed term: 12 months
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust
Gloucester / Cheltenham
£47,126 - £53,219 pa
Salary period
13/12/2021 23:59

Join us at an exciting time for Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust! We have recently been awarded an improved CQC rating of Good and are proud of what we’ve achieved. We have an ambitious plan for our journey to Outstanding and are looking for aspirational, committed individuals to join us, making a real difference to both staff and patients.

As a former winner of England for excellence award: Tourism destination of the year, the beautiful city of Gloucester and the scenic regency spa town of Cheltenham are fantastic places to work and live.

As a hospital Trust we are currently involved in over 100 clinical trials and studies, whilst also providing acute elective and specialist services to a population of over 620,000.

By joining Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust new colleagues can look forward to a warm welcome and a future full of opportunities and support.


Job overview

The workforce across the Gloucestershire Integrated Health and Care system (ICS) is our greatest asset. The Gloucestershire ICS workforce teams have a strong vision to work collaboratively to meet our shared recruitment and retention needs, building on the momentum of our ‘Proud to Care’ campaign whilst recognising and responding creatively to the resourcing challenges that are unique to health and social care.

The role of Resourcing Project Lead is an exciting opportunity for an experienced leader and someone with a passion for attracting and retaining the very best talent to meet the health and care needs of Gloucestershire.

Main duties of the job

Our ideal candidate will have experience of leading a project autonomously and will have strong communication skills.  A key part of the role will be engaging with partners across multiple organisations to lead the development of a One Gloucestershire Recruitment and Retention Programme Plan.  

To succeed in this role you will rely on your experience of:  leading programmes of work, influencing stakeholders, identifying key risks and generating opportunities for development.     The ability to think creatively and a pragmatic approach to solving problems is essential and will ensure that the recruitment and retention project is grounded,  generating solutions that will make a real difference to how our different organisations collaborate and resolve shared challenges.

Working for our organisation

This role is initially a fixed term role/ secondment opportunity, funded by the Gloucestershire Integrated Care system and hosted by Gloucestershire Hospitals. 

The role presents an opportunity for the successful candidate to gain valuable experience in system working whilst developing a project across traditional organisational boundaries.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • With system stakeholders co-develop a Gloucestershire Recruitment and Retention Programme Plan to meet the ambitions set out in the Gloucestershire Long Term Plan (LTP) and People Plan that reflect the workforce priorities and enabling workstreams. This should include intended benefits and outcomes, key timelines and deliverables, costs and funding streams, interdependencies, risks and mitigations, with mechanisms in place to measure delivery.
  • Deliver the One Gloucestershire ICS Action Plan for implementation of the six key actions on the overhaul of recruitment and promotion agreed in principle at the ICS People Board in June 2021 (attached separately).
  • Support in the development of a One Gloucestershire Workforce Strategy and Workforce Plan.
  • Translate the One Gloucestershire Workforce Plan into implementation plans required to deliver the changes for service reconfiguration.
  • Design and deliver a gap analysis to identify opportunities for collaboration on our high-risk areas for recruitment and retention and propose system solutions to address identified gaps. Priorities already identified are Health Care Support Worker retention, Care of the Elderly and Stroke recruitment, temporary staffing, international recruits, agency/bank master vendor and supplier selection.
  • Provide innovative review and insight in to the Gloucestershire recruitment processes, including branding and values-based recruitment for inclusion, making recommendations for a One Gloucestershire approach.
  • Support, input and make recommendations into the ICB transition People and Culture workstream in relation to system recruitment and retention options.
  • Lead the system Recruitment and Retention sub group and attend to provide updates to the monthly Workforce Steering Group.
  • Actively network with, and review best practice from, other regions, NHSEI and HEE; i.e. Cornwall Proud to Care campaign and seek to implement best practice in Gloucestershire, in line with gap analysis.
  • Design and deliver a programme of work to address high priority/ risk area(s) establishing:
  • Organisational input and commitment required.
  • KPIs and measurable improvement outcomes at system and organisation level.
  • Measurable return on investment e.g. reduced bank/agency/turnover.
  • Connectivity to existing ICS work streams (i.e. widening access and apprenticeship hub, TNA programme).
  • Additional support to increase visibility and accessibility across schools and education providers, utilising ‘Proud to Care’ as a springboard for the promotion of opportunities and apprenticeships; and collaborating on the production of virtual careers events for students across Gloucestershire.
  • Maintain regular contact with ICS partners, updating and presenting the ICS HRD’s and People Board with key progress updates throughout the period of secondment.
  • Identifying solutions to overcome barriers to change and evidencing improved outcomes from quality improvements implemented.
  • Measuring benefits realised and releasing true efficiencies.
  • Championing others to make the changes and embed them and having an innovative approach to identify opportunities and ways to get others to support change.
  • Where benefits are identified, engage with clinicians, management and other stakeholders to deliver a single and consistent approach to recruitment and retention throughout Gloucestershire.
  • Persuade and motivate stakeholders to obtain buy in of the importance of a project management approach and delivery of the projects.
  • Effectively present and communicate project plans or associated project documentation to programme groups as required. 
  • The post holder will manage a Project Support Officer and Administrative assistant.   As such will be responsible for ensuring that individuals are supported to reach their full potential, developed and appraised in accordance with organisational policy and best practise.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Masters Degree or equivalent demonstrable level of experience
  • Relevant continuing professional development
Desirable criteria
  • CIPD


Essential criteria
  • Experience of leading and developing a service
  • Budget management knowledge and experience – including managing resources and meeting the challenge of increasing financial pressures
  • Extensive autonomous strategic leadership experience
  • Experience of working across organisational boundaries identifying opportunities for improvement and driving service change
  • Experience of using quantitative and qualitative information to stimulate innovation and opportunity for the development of improvement initiatives.
  • Proven track record of successful management of projects or complex programmes of work across professional boundaries.
Desirable criteria
  • Good knowledge of NHS and Health and Social Care regulatory frameworks, safety, financial procedures and statutory regulations – and how organisations deliver care within this

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

Essential criteria
  • Ability to support a wide range of stakeholders, with competing priorities, to ensure that all parties remain engaged, committed and aligned to the project objectives.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience of preparing and presenting reports to Board/ Board Subcommittee level.
  • Strong ability to lead, influence and negotiate at senior levels
  • A solution focussed approach to problem solving and relationship management.
  • Tact, diplomacy and emotional intelligence.
  • Ability to horizon scan, both local and national, developments, learning from and implementing best practise.
  • Well-developed sensitivity to stakeholder relationships with a constructive yet strong approach to challenge.
  • A thorough and up to date knowledge of employment law and demonstrable experience of its pragmatic application.
  • Tenacity and Resilience
  • Confidence and experience in making difficult decisions.
Desirable criteria
  • Ability to confront and manage difficult issues, resolve complex problems, manage conflict effectively and overcome resistance
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office applications
  • An understanding of the challenges across One Gloucestershire partner organisations
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Alison Koeltgen
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Operational Director of P&OD
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Name: Mel Murrell

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