Health Network North Engagement Manager

Working across North East England

Full time, with part time or flexible working options possible

Engagement work with The Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria

Fixed-term contract to 31st March 2021, with possible extension.

£40,000 (pro rata) per year, plus pension

Deadline: Monday 5th August 2019

Our Ideal Candidate

The Health Network North Engagement Manager will be co-located with the AHSN NENC. The role is high profile, externally focussed, and brings the potential to have a huge impact upon our region.

The ideal person will be a confident communicator with considerable stakeholder engagement and management experience.  They will have a track record of working with organisations in both the public and private sector and be confident establishing relationships with large corporate organisations and SMEs. The ideal candidate will be experienced in working with industry networks or cluster groups, determining sector needs, identifying shared goals, and delivering successful projects that meet stakeholder and sector requirements. A track record in seeking out and securing funding for new initiatives is also required.

Knowledge and understanding of the healthcare landscape and the challenges associated with accessing the NHS is extremely desirable.

The candidate must have a strong understanding of innovation from first-hand experience. They must be able to spot opportunities for projects and be able to function effectively in a fast moving, multi-stakeholder environment. Strong communication skills are essential and some experience of account management would be useful in working with partner organisations.

The key responsibilities of the role are to work with the AHSN NENC to support their Innovation Exchange model, as well as growing and developing the Health Network North Initiative.

Background to Innovation SuperNetwork

The Innovation SuperNetwork is a unique regional programme, helping to cultivate a stronger innovation eco-system in the North East of England and support innovative businesses.

The programme is expanding to include support delivered through cluster organisations and business groups, ensuring that innovation support is available to a much wider range of businesses than is currently the case.  In addition, we are working closely with partners on increasing the level of support available in the region for open and collaborative innovation projects.

Background to The Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria

The Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC) is one of fifteen AHSNs set up with the aim of spreading innovation at pace and scale across the healthcare system, in order to achieve the ultimate goals of improving health and generating economic growth. 

The AHSN NENC is a membership-based organisation that provides bespoke services to its Member Organisations, which include local Foundation Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), and local universities.  In particular, the AHSN NENC supports the identification, harvesting, protection, commercialisation, adoption, and dissemination, of healthcare innovation originating from within its Member Organisations.

Further, the AHSN NENC provides support services to industry wishing to access the NHS with new and improved products and services.

During the course of the last few years, the AHSN NENC has been funded by both NHS England and NHS Improvement.  Recent alignment of the national network of AHSNs to the Industrial Strategy and in particular the Life Science Strategy has resulted in The Office of Life Sciences additionally providing funding to support the creation of fifteen regional Innovation Exchanges, each of which will sit within a regional AHSN.  With the ultimate aim of driving economic growth, the Innovation Exchanges have five areas of focus, which can be summarised as follows:  –

  • Identify needs and communicate regional priorities
  • Act as a first point of contact to signpost innovators to areas of need, further support, or market access opportunities
  • Broker regional partnerships for validation of products in real world settings
  • Support scale up of innovations to spread at a national level and beyond
  • Better co-ordination and sharing between the fifteen AHSNs

The post of Health Network North Engagement Manager is currently available to support the delivery of our Innovation Exchange with a particular focus upon supporting challenge-based project calls that focus upon regional unmet needs, as well as driving our Health Network North initiative.  Health Network North works in partnership with the regional heath economy, including the Integrated Care System and the NHS England Clinical Networks, to address unmet needs in the NHS and facilitate the co-creation of solutions, between industry and the NHS.  Support for the adoption of appropriate solutions across the North East and North Cumbria region and wider area is also provided.

If this opportunity is for you, the first step is to forward your CV and a covering letter to by Monday 5th August 2019.

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