Skip to main content

This job has expired

Head of LDA/Strategic Programme Lead

Woodrow Mercer
South West England
Closing date
21 Dec 2022

Job Details

Head of LDA, Strategic Programme Lead

Start ASAP. 12 month role. Hybrid. Mainly remote working. Some on-sites visits needed. Inside IR35 

Woodrow Mercer are currently looking for an experienced Head of LDA/Strategic Programme Lead to support an ICB in the South, starting as soon as possible. 

This is a role leading the delivery of the South's ICB Learning Disability and Autism Programme. The programme supports delivery of the NHS Long-Term Plan Learning Disability and Autism Commitments across primary, community and secondary health services working in close partnership with local councils, people with lived experience, providers and the voluntary and community sector.


The role will lead the provision of an efficient, effective and high quality, professional and co-ordinated programme management function for the Learning Disability and Autism Programme, capable of meeting all statutory, regulatory and NHS requirements.


The initial list of functional areas within scope are the programme leadership for: 


  • Health Inequalities - Learning Disability and Autism  Community support for people with learning disabilities and autism Reducing the number of people with learning disabilities and/or autism in mental health patient beds.

Key duties and responsibilities




Leading transformation and Sussex-wide programme management

  • Supporting the Director of the Learning Disability and Autism Programme to secure delivery of the NHS Long-Term Plan commitments for people with learning disabilities and/or autism. Secure quality, safe, robust and appropriate programme management of services within scope, which provide value for money for the local population and promote integration, working with and through local place-based teams, as appropriate, to ensure this is achieved. Coordinate and oversee the development of wide strategies and implementation plans for delivery of the LTP commitments. Ensure delivery of the all relevant components of the strategy and annual operating plans and ongoing programme management functions, working within locally agreed processes, procedures and to PMO standards.

Leading Wide programme management


  • Provide clear direction for the delivery of the Learning Disability and Autism programme through the co-ordination of and, where appropriate, the development of strategies, commissioning plans, performance reporting tools and co-production plans.
  • Provide dynamic leadership and guidance to the team, creating a compelling vision for the future and communicating this within and across organisations.
  • Working with the Executive MD to create a robust and sustainable organisational structure with the capacity and capability to meet statutory obligations of the CCGs in terms of quality, effective use of public funds and effective performance management of commissioned services.
  • Support the development of, and embed collaborative and effective partnership working across all stakeholders

Operational requirements

  • Working within the overall strategic objectives, devise, implement and monitor the strategy.  Evaluate, interpret and locally implement best practice.
  • Provide overall management to the function.
  • Develop and implement qualitative and quantitative measures to determine performance against the organisational strategy. Report progress against the strategy through personal representation at senior management forums and by written reports to appropriate boards and groups of staff.
  • Present complex information on all aspects of function practice in a clear, understandable and audience-appropriate manner to senior management and board level groups.
  • Ensure that best practice is developed and delivered at organisational and departmental levels. Challenge ways of working and persuade, motivate and influence other senior managers to realign their practice where necessary.
  • Ensure a smooth transition through decision making process to local implementation.
  • Ensure that an appropriate strategy is in line with business objective and are fully cascaded.
  • Personally lead, support and contribute to formal negotiations with senior level staff from external stakeholders, providing a high level of negotiating expertise to secure the most advantageous arrangements.
  • Advise on innovative opportunities and support all departments in their strategies and programmes to maximise service benefits.
  • Oversee the tracking of progress against plans and transition milestones, ensuring appropriate processes are in place to flag issues, risks and concerns with the relevant stakeholders.

​​​​​​​If you are a strong leader (with a background in LD and autism) with a passion to make a change; as well as enthusiasm and drive, with the willingness to go the extra mile to achieve what is required the staff and the services then we would love to hear from you.


Woodrow Mercer Healthcare have made thousands of placements of skilled, dedicated and expert interim consultants into the NHS.

What makes us different is our commitment to transparent commercials, long term relationships and being the most knowledgeable recruitment team in the market.

Our Healthcare Recruitment Consultants are unmatched in our experience and track record in this market. 

Company info
0121 720 3955
55 Colmore Row
United Kingdom
B3 2AA

Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert