The Strategy Unit exists to improve outcomes. We believe that clear thinking and applied analysis improve decision making and implementation. This leads to better results. We work on complex challenges. Our support is most valuable where the need for innovation is high and the suitability of standard approaches is low. Our clients, who are at the forefront of UK healthcare, value us as a trusted partner to provide advice, based on the best possible evidence.

We are expanding.

The NHS faces significant financial and clinical challenges, so our services are in high demand. Our customers need support to define their challenges, to design and deliver solutions. So they require high quality advice and analysis, backed by hands-on support to build consensus and translate this advice into action. The Strategy Unit’s customers operate in multi-professional, multi-institutional and highly dynamic systems; they need support to do this effectively.  

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 for Analysts and Consultants to provide us with additional capacity to support clients and build our pipeline of talented individuals. 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:

  • Healthcare Analysts (£23,023 - £36,644)
  • Senior Healthcare Analysts (£33,222 – £49,969)
  • Consultants (£23,023 - £36,644)

Common to all the roles is the need for insightful and unbiased analysis to help our customers make big decisions and understand the associated risks.  The Strategy Unit needs people who can understand the context within which our customers operate and assist them to identify and structure the problems they need to address.  You will have a good knowledge of the National Health Service, its organisational structures and operational processes and an appetite to learn more.

Healthcare and Senior Healthcare Analysts

These two roles will report to the Strategic Analytics team, led by Steven Wyatt. You will:

  • Select the most appropriate analytical techniques and apply these to large and complex datasets.  You will bring excellent analytical skills grounded in an appropriate academic discipline such as epidemiology, data science, health economics, statistics or operational research.
  • Interpret and explain the results of analyses to senior managers, conveying both the key findings and the critical uncertainties that remain.  Having conducted your analysis you will be keen to share it, highlighting the significance of your results to those that can make use of them.
  • Take advantage of the wealth of data that the Strategy Unit has secured to address the big questions that face the health service of today and tomorrow. 
  • You will keep pace with new developments in data science and develop your own ideas about the best way to support the health services through novel analyses.

Consultants

These roles will report to the Strategic Change team, led by Fraser Battye. There are three distinct roles related to i) applied qualitative methods, ii) evidence reviews, and iii) strategic planning/complex improvement. In all roles you will:

  • Support the delivery of multifaceted consultancy assignments using your skills and experience.
    • In the applied qualitative methods and evidence review 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 the strategic planning/complex improvement role 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 for multiple projects, 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. The Strategy Unit encourages its staff to proactively seek out opportunities where they can add value to the team and its clients through a firm commitment to training and development.

 

Our Story: in the NHS, for the NHS

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, 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.

The Strategy Unit is a team of around thirty highly experienced NHS managers, analysts and consultants. We are profoundly multi-disciplinary. Our staff come from varied professional and personal backgrounds. Their academic backgrounds include maths, economics, history, natural sciences, medicine, sociology, psychology and political science. Their career histories are just as varied.

Drawing insights from this variety is where our strength lies. Our multi-disciplinary teams are experienced in: policy and strategy development, consensus building, programme design, assurance and implementation, capacity building, evaluation, analysis, evidence review, trusted advisor support for senior leaders, transformational change, intelligent commissioning, and supporting innovation.

Growing the NHS’ advisory and analytical workforce is at the heart of our mission. To enable the Strategy Unit to have the required flexible workforce required to meet the needs of our customers, we work in accordance with our competency framework. You will note that each job is being advertised over two Agenda for Change bandings, the applications will be shortlisted against the specification and the selection process will take into consideration the areas set out in the competency framework. As a result, the banding offered will depend on the current competency level of the applicant.

 

Benefits

The Strategy Unit is based in West Bromwich, a short journey from Birmingham City Centre. Over the last decade, we have worked hard to build a national reputation for the standard of our work, and for the quality of our recruitment. Our people are our brand, so we’ve created a supportive environment that offers our team freedom to shape their roles, and let their talent shine.

Our talent management process helps us to find – and keep – the industry’s best people. We offer them an outstanding opportunity to learn new skills, develop their ideas and accelerate their development. We have a clear career pathway underpinned by our competency framework. By joining The Strategy Unit, you will have the opportunity to work with our industry-leading customers. You will also work with our partners, including the NHS Transformation Unit, ICF, HSMC, Horizons, e-Innovation, WMQRS and others.

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.

 

Application and Selection

  • Please submit your application through the NHS Jobs portal. We do not accept CVs.
  • The selection process will comprise of two stages of shortlisting:
    • Candidates satisfying the criteria for the first stage will be invited to complete an online assessment. The assessment will take place between 26th April and 3rd May 2019.  
    • Candidates achieving a qualifying score in their assessment and shortlisted for interview will be notified on the 10th May 2019 and will then be invited to interview on the 21st May 2019.

Contacts 

If you have any queries relating to specific areas of our work, please contact the following individuals:

For general queries please contact Lucy Hawkins, lucy.hawkins4@nhs.net, 07715 046144