About The Role

Head of Cancer and Palliative Care
Hertfordshire - Main site is at Watford General Hospital
£63,751 - £73,664 per annum
Enhanced DBS

Spinwell is recruiting for a Head of Cancer and Palliative Care for an excellent opportunity within the public sector.

Core responsibilities to develop and support delivery of the Cancer strategic priorities aligned to the Trust strategic objectives. This will include.

  • Supporting delivery of cancer services in accordance with national waiting time standards
  • Identifying need for improvement and support clinical and operational teams to develop and deliver recovery/improvement plans and services change, ensuring they are fit for purpose.
  • Engage with clinical and operational staff to recover performance and deliver improvement programmes.
  • Proactively drive the strategic agenda for Cancer, acting as a subject matter expert
  • Have oversight and a detailed understanding of the national planning and performance objectives that fall within the annual planning guidance. Interpret the ask and translating into delivery plans in conjunction with Clinical and Operational Service Leads.
  • Remain up to date with the national agenda and drivers for cancer including the intentions set out in the NHS long term plan, horizon scanning for future initiatives and priorities.
  • Maintain a close working relationship with the Cancer Alliance, ICS and external partners.
  • Represent the organisation at key internal and external stakeholder meetings.
  • Work autonomously, acting a senior leader within the organisation. This will involve motivating and empowering clinical and operational teams to deliver Cancer improvement, negotiating and influencing others on a broader level than the Cancer Team.
  • This is a cross divisional role that will also include links with tertiary centres. Creating and maintaining cross relationships across the organisation and outside of the Trust will be essential.
  • Daily, direct management and oversight of the MDT coordinator service


  • Management degree or equivalent (or in exceptional circumstance - able to demonstrate significant level of equivalent experience)
  • Demonstrate a strong understanding of multidisciplinary issues and commitment to multidisciplinary working
  • Detailed knowledge and understanding of NHS cancer targets, waiting time rules, stratified pathways, COSD and national audits.
  • A clear understanding of the components of Clinical Governance and how these contribute to an integrated and quality driven service
  • Experience within Cancer services
  • Senior level management experience within the NHS or similar environment. Experience of service
  • Ability to identify, scope and challenge service improvements and change initiatives
  • Ability to solve complex and multidimensional issues.
  • Able to react quickly where decisions are required urgently.
  • Able to produce comprehensive reports using data that meets requirements of key stakeholders at all levels.

If you are a Head of Cancer and Palliative Care, apply now or send your CV to Spinwell!

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