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Head of Partnerships

Band 8d (Indicative)

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Band 8d (Indicative)
37.5 Hours per week
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Strategy & Communications Directorate
£76,839 to £91,966 pa Inc HCA
26/09/2018 23:59

London Ambulance Service NHS Trust is the busiest emergency ambulance service in the UK with over 5,000 staff who works across a wide range of roles. Our service operates over an area of approximately 620 square miles across London based in 70 ambulance stations. 


We serve more than eight million people who live and work in the London area. Our main role is to respond to emergency 999 calls, getting medical help to patients who have serious or life-threatening injuries or illnesses as quickly as possible.


However, many of our patients have less serious illnesses or injuries, and do not need to be sent an ambulance on blue lights and sirens. Often these patients will receive more appropriate care somewhere other than at hospital and so we provide a range of care to them, recognising that many have complex problems or long-term medical conditions. We also provide clinical assessments over the phone to more callers with less serious illnesses and injuries. 


As an integral part of the NHS in London, we work closely with hospitals and other healthcare professionals, as well as with other emergency services. We are also central to planning for, and responding to, large-scale events or major incidents in the capital. 


In everything we do, we are Respectful, Professional, Innovative and Collaborative. 


Respectful - Caring for our Patients and each other with compassion and empathy. Championing quality and diversity. Acting fairly.


Professional - Acting with honesty and integrity. Aspiring to clinical, technical and managerial excellence. Leading by example. Being accountable and outcomes orientated.


Innovative - Thinking creatively. Driving value and sustainable change. Harnessing technology and new ways of working. Taking courageous decisions.


Collaborative: Listening and learning from each other. Working with partners. Being open and transparent. Building trust.



Head of Partnerships Band 8d


Our vision for the LAS is to build a world-class ambulance service for a world-class city.



An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Head of Partnerships position to lead the new partnership and stakeholder engagement function/team within the LAS.  You will play a key role in raising the level of the LAS engagement with key external organisations, ensuring delivery of the Service’s own strategic objectives and external partner ambitions. 



We are embarking on a new and exciting Trust strategy that will put the LAS centre stage for Emergency and Urgent Care in London’s Health System. 


To support the successful delivery of the strategy, you will have demonstrable experience in leading new partnerships, supporting transformation programmes with a proven track record in delivering strategic objectives, performance targets and fostering a culture of continuous improvement.


You will be an excellent communicator and have the ability to create impact and demonstrate building of proactive partnership relationships.


You will work closely with the Interim Director of Strategy, the Chief Executive, Chairman, Directors and senior staff across the service to build strong, credible and consistent two-way relationships with key external organisations including the Department of Health, NHS Improvement, NHS England, MPs, the Mayor’s office, the London Assembly, the GLA, local, regional and national government and with individuals across London to enable improved service delivery.



You will brief senior leaders within the LAS to enable them to build relationships with senior decision-makers and opinion formers.  You will also work closely with the five London Sustainability Transformation Partnerships, London CCGs, the emergency services and operational colleagues to identify priorities for the development of new services. 


This includes Alternative Care Pathways that the service interacts with across London and you will work with commissioners and service providers building and developing the necessary partnerships to ensure their successful delivery.



You will manage six local sector based stakeholder engagement managers, providing them with leadership, support and development within a fluid and evolving environment and have budget management responsibilities.



The role will require resilience, stamina and the ability to think strategically whilst managing complex operational challenges but it also offers an exceptional opportunity to define and shape the LAS’ partnership and stakeholder engagement function.



In return and in addition to a competitive salary we offer:

  • High Cost Area Supplement
  • NHS Pension Scheme membership
  • Generous holiday entitlement
  • Personal development and excellent career prospects


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Applicant requirements

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the resident labour market test. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UKVI website. From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks for Overseas Applicants.

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Angela Flaherty (Interim Strategy Director)

Contact: 0207 783 2224 


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