Senior Programme Manager

Job reference: 003936

Location: Edinburgh/Glasgow

Job closing date: 30/08/2019

Job posted date: 16/08/2019

Salary: Band 8A (£45,446 - £51,883)

Employment type: Fixed-term or Secondment

Job Type: Administrative Services

Hours of work: 37.5

Department: Specialist & Screening Srvces (Sub-Dept)

Employer (NHS Board) : NHS National Services Scotland

NHS Scotland is currently planning for the implementation of a Thrombectomy Service for Scotland. A Senior Programme manager is required to work with the Thrombectomy Advisory Group (TAG) and the NHS Scotland National Planning Team (NPT) to implement this service with the wider network of Scotland’s Health Boards. This post is offered as a 12 month secondment or fixed term post at band 8a.

Stroke is the third commonest cause of death in Scotland and the most common cause of severe disability amongst adults. Around 8,000 people each year in Scotland have a stroke severe enough to require emergency admission to hospital. Stroke has been a clinical priority for NHS Scotland for over 15 years and stroke care in Scotland is underpinned by a national strategy, the Better Heart Disease and Stroke Care Action Plan, a Stroke Improvement Plan, Scottish Stroke Care Standards, Scottish Stroke Care Audit and SIGN Guidelines.

Thrombectomy supplements the effects of clot dissolving medications (thrombolysis) and is a minimally invasive neuroradiological procedure performed by interventional neuroradiologists (INRs) with the patients’ before and after care provided by the stroke team. The process of mechanical clot retrieval aims to rapidly remove the obstructing blood clot or other material from arteries in the brain to prevent or limit damage caused by the stroke.

The establishment of a Thrombectomy service is a priority area for Scottish Government and NHS Scotland, and as such this post offers a very exciting opportunity to work at the forefront of a major implementation in Scotland.

This post would suit an experienced band 8a with strategic and operational programme/project management experience who is looking national work to add to their experience; or a band 7 with strong project management skills who wishes to progress into senior experience. The post holder will be supported by the Programme Associate Director for the NPT, by the Co-Chairs of the TAG and wider TAG expert group. The post holder will work with health boards that will provide a thrombectomy treatment centre (x3), Scottish Ambulance Service, SG and all health boards in Scotland – to project manage the establishment of the service.

This post holder can be based within NSD offices in Edinburgh or Glasgow, but will have frequent travel throughout Scotland. A pool car is available for business use. 

Our benefits package includes pension scheme, comprehensive range of work life balance policies, occupational health services, learning resource centres and discounted leisure, financial and shopping benefits.

For an informal discussion on the post, please Karen Grieve on

Further information on NSS is available from:

Closing date for completed applications is 30 August 2019.

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NHS National Services Scotland is an equal opportunities employer and as committed participant in the disability confident scheme, guarantees to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for our vacancies


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