Senior Programme Officer - Step into Health

We would love to hear from you if you want to work as part of a small, dynamic and values driven team using your creative and organisational skills
  • Home based with occasional travel in the future

  • Full time/flexible working considered

    Fixed term until March 2022

  • Grade D (£27,045-£29,170) 

About the role

As a Senior Programme Officer in the Step into Health team at NHS Employers you will:

  • Support the recruitment of members of the Armed Forces community into roles in the NHS through a range of activities including employer and candidate engagement.
  • Develop resources to support both employers and members of the Armed Forces community.
  • Lead specific projects and workstreams.
  • Analyse and interpret data to inform the programme and stakeholders.
  • Coordinate meetings, including preparing agendas, drafting meeting papers and minute taking.

About you

We would love to hear from you if you:

  • Want to work as part of a small, dynamic and values driven team using your creative and organisational skills.
  • Have excellent communication and engagement skills across a broad range of stakeholders.
  • Understand the significance of inclusive recruitment and have an interest in working with the NHS and the Armed Forces community.

About us

The NHS Confederation is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive environment for our staff. A place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. We offer a range of inclusive employment policies including family friendly policies and flexible working and we have range of channels to support staff from different backgrounds including our staff networks and a staff forum.

The NHS Confederation is committed to being a flexible employer. We understand the value and benefit to our employees being able to work flexibly and our agile working principles are designed to empower our people to work with optimal flexibility and minimal constraints to support a work life balance and take care of employee health and wellbeing.

You will receive an excellent benefits package, including 30 days annual leave (plus bank holidays), pension scheme, cycle to work scheme, salary sacrifice schemes and travel season ticket loans.

  • The Step into Health team comprises the programme lead and the senior programme officer and they are part of a wider Armed Forces team within the Development and Employment team.  You will support the delivery of the Step into Health programme through employer engagement, the development and coordination of online events and webinars, drafting of resources and web-based material. You will also be responsible for managing specific projects as required. Able to facilitate and lead events/networking activity, you will have the ability to build strong, effective relationships quickly.

    As a senior programme officer within our team some of your main duties will include: 

    • project managing allocated work streams in a way that supports and enables delivery.
    • researching potential topic areas, drafting key documentation, guidance, briefings and presentations.
    • working with NHS trusts and external organisations to source and write up case studies.
    • building effective relationships with both NHS organisations and external stakeholders.
    • maintaining, preparing and developing web-based materials.
    • coordinating meetings, including preparing agendas, drafting meeting papers and minute taking.
    • completing actions following meetings (including research, writing papers, contacting stakeholders).
    • ensuring effective and timely communication about latest developments in the current work areas.
    • providing accurate information on good practice and effectively communicating this to stakeholders.
    • providing signposting to relevant information and advice on all programme issues in response to requests from the NHS, and other stakeholders ensuring excellent customer service.
    • acting as moderator for relevant networks, online forums, contributing to discussion threads and topics for consultation and feedback.
    • championing the equality, diversity and inclusion agenda in accordance with legislation, policies, procedures and good practice both with NHS Employers and through the wider influence.
    • working in partnership with other teams across NHS Employers as workload demands and priorities dictate.
  • Personal Qualities

    • Acts with integrity, honesty and respect for others
    • Champions equality, diversity and inclusion, and fosters an inclusive culture
    • Positively engages with others in planning and decision making
    • Demonstrates alignment with the values of NHS Employers  
    • Self-motivated and able to act on own initiative with drive and energy
    • Constructively challenges and accepts constructive challenge from others
    • Has a can-do and problem-solving attitude
    • Excellent team player

    Knowledge and Experience

    • Understanding of employment issues affecting the Armed Forces community
    • Accuracy and good attention to detail when producing written briefings and reports
    • Confident at researching, analysing and summarising information
    • Ability to work independently
    • Proactive in driving forward initiatives or key pieces of work
    • An understanding of the key workforce issues facing NHS trusts
    • Competent in MS Office (particularly Outlook, Word, PowerPoint & Excel)


    • Competent user of the internet and email systems
    • Excellent problem-solving skills
    • Excellent verbal communication skills
    • Ability to establish effective working relationships with colleagues and external bodies 
    • Ability to work to tight deadlines
    • Ability to manage conflicting priorities
    • Experience of working with the Armed Forces community
    • Experience of working in an NHS environment.

To Apply

Complete the application form.

Please note we do not accept CVs. If you require the application form in another format please contact us.

Completed application forms should be emailed to job applications.

For an informal discussion about the post and the NHS Confederation before applying please contact Deborah Poneskis

Application deadline: 11.59pm on 8th September 2021

Interview date: 17th September 2021

All applications must be received by 11.59pm on the day of the closing date unless specified. If your application is late, for whatever reason, there is no guarantee that we will be able to consider it.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive we are unable to respond to each applicant in person. Therefore, if you have not heard from us within three week of the closing date, your application has not been successful.