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Clinical Director

South West Academic Health Science Network
Exeter, Devon
Annual salary range £55,000 - £72,000 (FTE £110,000 - £120,000)
Closing date
29 Oct 2021
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Clinical Director – Executive Team

Regional & national role based in Exeter

Permanent, part time (0.5–0.6 FTE)

The Opportunity

Are you passionate about creating a more equitable health and care system? Do you share our belief that innovation has the potential to improve health equity? We’re looking for a clinical leader with experience leading improvement and change to join our Executive Team.

Our appointed Clinical Director will be a member of our Executive Team and report to our Chief Executive Officer. They will be responsible for clinical leadership and oversight across our portfolio of work focused on the adoption and spread of innovation to improve health equity. They will sit on our Board and bring clinical expertise to our Board and Executive Team.

If you are committed to improving health equity, have knowledge of clinical improvements and change methodologies, and are able to build trusted relationships with clinical and operational stakeholders of all levels, please see our website for a full job pack, and details of how to apply.

The organisation:

The South West Academic Health Science Network (South West AHSN) is one of 15 AHSNs in England, established by NHS England in 2013 to identify and spread innovative practice to improve population health and generate economic growth. Based in Exeter and working across Devon, Somerset, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, we support the health and care system to identify and adopt innovation, build the capability to innovate and evaluate the impact of improvements. We focus our efforts on improving health equity – identifying and spreading innovative practice that helps close health equity gaps in access to care, quality of care and individual opportunity for a healthy life.

We are a regional organisation with a national reach. Working in collaboration with the AHSN Network, our work transforms lives through health innovation and plays a critical role in supporting the health and care sector across England. The combined work of the AHSN Network has benefited over 258,000 people and leveraged over £462m of investment into the health and life science sector.

For example, in the last year our work has enabled 100% of Clinical Commissioning Groups in England to launch the national COVID Oximetry @home model of care and helped our partners to support 2,339 children to receive objective ADHD assessments.


We are working hard to ensure we recruit great people and minimise unconscious bias in our selection process. To support us to do so we use the Applied recruitment platform, which anonymises applicants.

If you’d like to know more about the role or selection process, or to arrange an informal conversation with Jon Siddall (Chief Executive Officer), please contact Sam Horne, HR Advisor, by emailing:

Please see our website for a full job pack, and details of how to apply.

Closing date for applications is: 9am on 8 November 2021


What we do

At a glance

Here are some examples of work our core team currently provides to meet the needs of the Network’s members:


• An ‘honest broker’ service – making introductions, facilitating meetings and acting as a secretariat across the network of organisations


• Expert information and business intelligence which yields fresh insights into the challenges facing the system


• Opportunities for NHS members to work more closely with university members


 • Opportunities for members to collaborate with non-member organisations, such as industry


• A mechanism for strengthening relationships with commissioners in order to influence strategy


• Expert evaluation of service models which are recognised nationally – we work collaboratively with NIHR CLAHRC on this work


• Support for finding new solutions to healthcare system sustainability, including new sources of social investment


• Support for the development of NHS originated innovations – our database of NHS concepts for inventions now exceeds 100


• Improvements to clinical research activity by supporting delivery reliability, capacity and capability


• Project matched funding and co-funding opportunities for the region which will double NHS England’s investment into the region via the AHSN • A South West Patient Safety Collaborative for the region – to date our collaborative has received local and national acclaim and delivered world-leading training to 80 frontline NHS staff


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