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Deputy Chief Scientific Officer for Workforce, Training & Education – NHS TCS 2023: Band 9

Deputy Chief Scientific Officer for Workforce, Training & Education

NHS TCS 2023: Band 9

Main area

Workforce Training and Education


NHS TCS 2023: Band 9




Full time – 37.5 hours per week

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Wellington House (London)


London, Wellington House (London) / Birmingham


£99,891 per annum

Salary period



30/05/2024 23:59


Job overview

The Deputy Chief Scientific Officer for Workforce, Training and Education is responsible for supporting the Chief Scientific Officer for England by providing professional, clinical, and scientific leadership, advice, and contribution to champion, establish and deliver WT&E programmes across NHS England, and in a cross-system capacity. They are responsible for the strategic leadership and delivery of the National School for Healthcare Science as well as supporting the Cancer and Diagnostic programme deliverables in the context of national policy, including the Long-Term Workforce Plan (LTWP).


Main duties of the job

The post holder will have responsibility for providing leadership and overseeing the delivery of all aspects of the work of the National School of Healthcare Science including recruitment, assessment, trainee management support, curriculum maintenance and development, accreditation, development of new educational programmes and strategic direction. The role extends across all healthcare science specialisms and themes, with a focus on ensuring high quality education and training. This role will provide professional, clinical, and scientific leadership, advice, and contribution to champion, establish, and deliver scientific education and training, and in a cross-system capacity where necessary working within the newly formed NHS England workforce, training, and education directorate and closely with the Chief Scientific Officer (CSO)

As Deputy to the CSO, the post holder will work as part of a dynamic team in delivering an effective service, supporting managers and staff across the Medical Directorate and within the workforce, training and education directorate to support the delivery of NHS England’s objectives by providing expertise and professional leadership both to and from the scientific and diagnostic community

The post holder will deputise for the CSO, with delegated authority to make decisions and should have significant, credible and relevant experience of working in a cross-system capacity at national level and within the context of workforce, education and training.


Person specification

Essential Criteria:

  1. Registered Healthcare Science Professional
  2. Educated to masters or higher equivalent level or equivalent experience of working at a senior level in specialist area.
  3. Member of relevant professional body and/or royal College (Fellowship level or equivalent anticipated) able to evidence CPD.
  4. Experienced scientist/educationalist with management responsibility for relevant services at a senior level (e.g., Trust Lead Scientist, Head of Academic Department or equivalent)
  5. Experience of managing national educational and training programmes in Healthcare Science.

Desirable Criteria:

  1. Educated to Doctorate level in Healthcare Science


Working for our organisation

In April 2023, NHS England, NHS Digital, and Health Education England merged to create a new, single organisation to lead the NHS in England. This new NHS England is designed to create a simpler, smaller, high performing, organisation that leads the NHS more effectively and is a better place to work. Speaking with one voice to the service.

The new NHS England board have set out the top-level purpose for the new organisation to lead the NHS in England to deliver high-quality services for all, which will inform the detailed design work and we will achieve this purpose by:

  • Enabling local systems and providers to improve the health of their people and patients and reduce health inequalities.
  • Making the NHS a great place to work, where our people can make a difference and achieve their potential.
  • Working collaboratively to ensure our healthcare workforce has the right knowledge, skills, values and behaviours to deliver accessible, compassionate care
  • Optimising the use of digital technology, research, and innovation
  • Delivering value for money.

If you would like to know more or require further information, please visit https://www.england.nhs.uk/ .

Colleagues with a contractual office base are expected to spend, on average, at least 40% of their time working in-person.


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

You can find further details about the job, in the below Job Description and other supporting documents.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Professor Dame Sue Hill, Chief Scientific Officer for England, sue.l.hill@nhs.net

Phil Carver, Regional Director of Workforce, Training and Education, phil.carver1@nhs.net

Read the full vacancy listing here: NHS England » Working for us

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