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Job reference: 141518
Salary: Band 8C (£75,711 - £81,426)
Job closing date: 23/03/2023
Job Type: Senior Managers
Location: Flexible Location
Employment type: Permanent
Hours Per Week: 37.5
Job posted date: 09/03/2023
Employer (NHS Board) : NHS Education for Scotland
Department: Optometry

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Head of Programme – Foundation Year Optometry  

Hours: Full Time, 37.5 hours per week 

Duration: Permanent  

Flexible Location: NES is a remote friendly employer supporting office, remote and hybrid working.  We’re happy to talk about how you want to work. 

Who We Are  

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) is the national health board with statutory responsibilities to effect sustainable change through workforce development, education and training across the health and social care system in Scotland, while working at UK level with partner organisations. 

What you'll do   

Key tasks will include but are not restricted to; 

  • Postholder will line manage and project manage the Foundation Year workstream. 

  • The postholder will lead ongoing quality improvement and assurance of the agreed training programme: this will require robust impact measurement, with performance indicators identified  

  • The postholder will be responsible for the detailed management of budget associated with this new workstream. This will include close working with financial colleagues, as well as regular reporting to SG around spend and deliverables. 

  • The post holder will be required to maintain close relationships with, and learn from, teams delivering foundation level training to other related professions – both internally and externally to NES. 

  • Postholder should have robust academic experience around delivery of qualifications; preferably with experience of approvals processes within HEIs and with the professional regulator.  

What you'll bring  

These will include but are not restricted to; 

  • Masters’ qualification or equivalent in relevant discipline 

  • Registered with the General Optical Council 

  • Significant leadership experience working with executive and senior management teams in complex environments. 

  • Experience and understanding of educational quality assurance and the healthcare / education sector in the UK 

  • Experience in developing and delivering a range of training programmes 

  • Significant experience of managing large and complex projects/programmes. 

  • The Post holder must have the skills necessary to develop and utilise an extensive and complex professional network of contacts and relationships with government agencies, funding bodies, professional regulatory bodies, other education providers and the Service 

  • Proven and demonstrable ability to function and support others within the context of a rapidly changing environment 

  • Experience of budget management, financial forecasting and control. 

Informal enquiries may be directed to Lesley Rousselet – Programme Director;  

For further information please refer to the Job Information Pack below. 

Unless otherwise stated the deadline for applications is 23:59 hours on the closing date.  

Closing date:  23rd March 2023 

Interview date: 2nd May 2023 via MS Teams 

You must have eligibility and entitlement to work in the UK which is required to be maintained throughout your period of employment. Evidence of this must be produced upon request.  

We actively encourage applicants from a range of backgrounds, regardless of gender, age, disability, race, sexual orientation, religion or belief. 


If you have any queries regarding the application portal or the recruitment process, please contact us at:  NES HR Recruitment:  ​​​​​​​

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