Director of Workforce Strategy

NHS England & NHS Improvement

Flexible with national travel expected on a regular basis between Leeds and London offices

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    Flexible with national travel expected on a regular basis between Leeds and London offices

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  • Expiry date

    17 January 2022

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    NHS England & NHS Improvement

Ref: GSe80449

People are at the heart of the NHS, over two thirds of spending in providers is on their people, with over 1.3m people currently working in the NHS in England. With staffing, recruitment, retention, and wellbeing regularly hitting the headlines, the role of NHS England and NHS Improvement in tackling these challenges and preparing the NHS workforce of the future has never been greater.

The People Function, led by our Chief People Officer, Prerana Issar, is responsible for championing people in the NHS. We have developed a new structure across the whole organisation, including integrated regional teams, and the NHS People Plan was published in mid-2020, with a major emphasis on compassionate and inclusive leadership, as well as wider delivery.

This newly created role sits at the heart of the team who are facing those challenges, with a specific focus on the development of workforce strategies for the NHS. A key part of the Deputy Chief People Officer’s senior management team, the role offers the chance to be at the core of NHS strategic decision making, shaping the nature of the future workforce.

We are looking for an inspirational leader and strategic thinker with extensive experience in leading complex strategy, policy and delivery programmes across healthcare. Previous workforce or HR experience is not necessary, but we need someone who understands how to tie together workforce and strategy, with the stakeholder management skills necessary to work at the very heart of one of the world’s largest employers.

If you are excited by the prospect of working in a high-profile team at the heart of the NHS, and by the opportunity to shape the workforce of the future, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Lucy Deane of GatenbySanderson at  


Recruitment Timetable

Closing date
Monday 31st January 2022

Preliminary interviews with GatenbySanderson
Thursday 10th February 2022

Stakeholder Sessions & Panel Interviews
w/c 28th February 2022

How to Apply

  • Please submit your CV along with a Supporting Statement addressing the person specification criteria, evidencing how you meet the criteria.
  • Detail any employment or education gaps.
  • Be ready to provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees; one should be your current or most recent employer. Referees will be contacted for those proceeding to final stages. We will always gain your permission before we contact referees.
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