The Strategy Unit is an independent consultancy, hosted within the NHS, established to improve outcomes. We work with our clients to deliver clear thinking and applied analysis that improves decision-making, implementation and results.

We are expanding. The NHS and its partners face significant financial and clinical challenges and The Strategy Unit’s services are in high demand. We support organisations and systems to define their challenges, and design and deliver solutions. They need high-grade analytical and technical support – and help translating this into practical action. They operate in multi-professional, multi-institutional and highly dynamic contexts, with support tailored to their system. We also work with Government, think tanks and patient charities to provide them with the leading-edge analysis that they need.

This is where you come in. You will have a passion for improving services and patient outcomes. You will believe that the NHS is a world class healthcare system – and that your enthusiasm and problem-solving skills can make it even better. You will care deeply about evidence and you will believe that complex problems require clear thought and strategic decision-making.

We are recruiting at the Research Assistant, Consultant and Senior Consultant level to provide us with additional capacity to support clients and build our pipeline of work. We are seeking individuals with an analytical mindset, who understand the value of evidence and can take responsibility for the day-to-day delivery of project outputs. There are multiple opportunities available for each of the following roles:

  1. Research Assistant (£19,737 - £24,157)
  2. Consultants (£24,907 - £37,890)
  3. Senior Consultant (£38,890 - £51,668)

All of the roles will be within our Strategic Change team, led by Karen Bradley. There are four distinct specialisms although they are not mutually exclusive: i) applied qualitative methods, ii) evidence review and synthesis, iii) strategic planning/complex improvement and iv) mixed method evaluation. In all roles you will:

  • Support the delivery of multifaceted consultancy assignments using your skills and experience.
    • In the applied qualitative methods, evidence review and evaluation roles you will apply your established technical knowledge. Your academic background will be in a relevant discipline such as sociology, psychology, human public health, human geography or you will have experience of working within knowledge and information management.
    • In strategic planning/complex improvement roles you will use your established analytical, creative and relationship skills to help transform client behaviours, thinking, and planning. Your academic background could be in any field but our work will introduce you to the disciplines of strategic management, complexity, improvement science and the insights of cognitive and behavioural insights theory.
  • Manage multiple tasks across multiple projects in a dynamic environment, taking responsibility for the day-to-day delivery of project outputs. You will exhibit high degrees of initiative and autonomy, be calm under pressure and able to juggle competing priorities.
  • Contribute to multi-disciplinary project teams. You will work under the direction of the project director, taking advice from other team members as required and independently keep pace with new knowledge that can be applied in health services.  

Please review the Job Descriptions for more detailed information.

Successful candidates will be provided with the chance to develop their skills, both through formal training and hands-on experience, working in high performing, multi-disciplinary teams within diverse project environments. You will receive support, mentoring and training to develop your skills according to your interests and client needs.

The Strategy Unit was established in 2006, as a small specialist team within a Strategic Health Authority. Today, we are hosted by NHS Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit (MLCSU), operating as an autonomous consultancy with an annual turnover of around £3 million. We are in the NHS, for the NHS. Our staff are NHS employees and they are animated by NHS values. MLCSU is committed to a workforce that is diverse, equal and inclusive. Applications are encouraged from individuals in currently under-represented groups; BAME, LGBT+ and disabled candidates. We are a Disability Confident Employer and guarantee to invite disabled applicants to assessment when the minimum criteria for the job vacancy is met. MLCSU is part of the Step into Health initiative and welcomes applications from Armed Forces Veterans and service leavers.
We are committed to training and development and have an annual performance development programme. You will be provided with all the opportunities you require to develop your skills and build your career.

In return for your talent, energy and commitment, we will reward you with a competitive remuneration package and all the benefits associated with NHS employment – driven by the desire to offer an excellent work/life balance and provide flexible working arrangements.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the majority of The Strategy Unit team are temporarily working from home. We anticipate moving to a base in central Birmingham during 2021 and provide all equipment necessary to ensure our staff can work flexibly from home.  We provide workspace for those where home working isn’t possible.

Please submit your application through the NHS Jobs portal. We do not accept CVs.

The selection process will comprise of two stages of shortlisting:

  1. Candidates satisfying the criteria for the first stage will be invited to attend on online interview which will take place week commencing 14th September 2020 
  2. Candidates who are successfully shortlisted following the first interview will be invited to attend second online interview with different members of the team week commencing 21st September 2020.

If you have any queries relating to specific areas of our work or what it’s like to work at the Strategy Unit, please contact the following individuals:

For general queries please contact Lorna Crofts (