Programme Assistant – Industry and Innovation Team

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A fantastic opportunity has arisen at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) for a Programme Assistant – Industry and Innovation Team in the Wessex Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) on a 24 month contract.

At AHSN, we connect the NHS, universities, research, innovators and industry to help drive innovation into the health service, which benefits patients, saves the NHS time and money, and helps to grow the health sector economy.

Now is a great time to join the AHSN. We’re at an exciting time in our history: we’ve got a very successful six years under our belt, and an exciting future ahead – working to grow and support health innovation across Dorset, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Southern Wiltshire; and also working with our fellow AHSN colleagues, NHS England, NHS Improvement and the Office for Life Sciences as we look to have national impact.

We work to support development and adoption of health innovation across Dorset, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Southern Wiltshire.  Commissioned by the Office for Life Sciences, NHS England and NHS Improvement we also work with colleagues in other AHSNs as we look to have national impact for NHS patients.

We are seeking a programme manager to help innovators get their products to patients faster; to improve outcomes, lower costs and build the UK’s health and life science economy. Joining a team of five, the post holder will manage a range of projects to support clinical, academic and commercial innovators to prepare their products for widespread scale and adoption.

The successful applicant will have good influencing and networking skills, experience of the health and life science sector within the UK, and an understanding of the innovation landscape within the UK health sector. We are looking for a well organised, inquisitive individual, who can catalyse relationships, build networks and deliver measurable outcomes.

For more about the AHSN and our work, follow us on @WessexAHSN

You will work with the Industry and Innovation Team (and other AHSN teams) to support our ‘Innovation Exchange’ commission from the Office for Life Sciences. We ensure innovators understand the needs of the NHS, signpost to appropriate resources, generate Real World Evidence on the impact of innovation and support the spread and adoption of new ideas and products. All this needs to be planned, tracked and reported on in line with our quarterly assurance process.

You will be based at the Wessex AHSN offices (Southampton Science Park) and most core team meetings will be held here.  You will be expected to travel across Wessex to meet with project teams and member organisations across the region. Occasional travel to evaluation sites across the UK may be required.

This is a full-time position.

This role would suit an individual who is proactive and organised and who enjoys working in a fast paced, project-based environment. You will need to have strong verbal and written communication skills. You will be confident with managing and reporting data and organising events. Knowledge of the UK health system would be advantageous.


Wessex AHSN is based in Southampton Science Park in Chilworth, in a bright modern office. Easily accessible from the M3, M27 and Southampton Parkway train station, the location offers free parking with a café on site and 27 acres of the Science Park site are designated a protected conservation area.

This is an interesting and varied role in a fast moving environment.

Wessex AHSN is keen to ensure that staff have a successful work/ life balance and offers flexible working dependant on the requirements of the role.


Wessex AHSN is a company limited by guarantee, owned by the NHS and hosted by University Hospital Southampton.

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Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if large numbers of applications are received.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to acknowledge receipt of your application. If you have not heard from us within four weeks of the closing date of this post, please presume that you have not been selected for interview.

Applicants from University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust whose posts are considered to be ‘At Risk’ will be given prior consideration for this post

Our Trust runs the return to practice course each year for nurses who have been out of the profession and wish to return.  To find out more please visit our website:   Information on Southampton as a place to live and enjoy   See what fantastic training and development we have on offer at UHS   learn about the Trust through visiting our YouTube channel 

Getting to Work

Application can be made for parking on site at UHS or through one of the park and ride schemes.  This will be based on specific criteria to determine eligibility for site parking as this can be very limited.  UHS encourages staff to utilise other green methods of getting to work such as cycling or walking where possible.   UHS is well connected through bus services to the city centre and other areas.

Please note that we will not accept any applications or queries via agencies, under any circumstances.

Our staff are positive about working at UHS and rate us above average compared to other NHS Trusts in the  Staff Attitude Survey. We are rated strongly on a number of areas including teamwork, communication and engagement.

Equality remains at the centre of all Trust policy making, service delivery and employment practice with all employees being given equality of opportunity to develop, apply for promotion and have working arrangements that enable them to achieve a manageable work-life balance.

The Trust actively promotes a work environment free from harassment and discrimination and provides training for managers and staff to ensure this happens. The Trust also closely monitors recruitment activity, training and development and employment practices to ensure equality of practice with regard to race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status and age.

As a service provider the Trust ensures equality of access and delivery of our services through the provision of interpreter services, facilities for the disabled and sensitivity for patients ethnic and religious differences and needs.

Relocating to Southampton

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University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Southampton, Hampshire (United Kingdom)

Phone: +44 123456789

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5 February 2020
Location: United Kingdom Hampshire Southampton
Salary: £30,401 - £37,267 pa GBP per year
Work type:
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Healthcare and Medical
Medical Administration
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