Contract Project Manager required to lead the implementation of Practice Based Commissioning for our Manchester-based PCT client. Reporting to the Director of Public Health and Health Strategy you will provide continuity and maintain project momentum during a 3 month handover transition between permanent candidates.

Candidates will be experienced project managers complemented by a post graduate academic qualification or equivalent experience. This role focuses on Managing Service change and as such you should have demonstrable experience of delivering change within the public sector. This role requires someone who can work with little direction and to some extent ambiguity; although a cliché “thinking outside of the box” is very much a characteristic of this role.

This role would suit an individual who, perhaps between major assignments, is looking for a short term contract where they can quickly add value.

If you are available for immediate start and feel you have the right blend of knowledge, skills and experience I would very much like to hear from you.


  1. To create a coherent strategic plan that will deliver a robust integrated Practice Based Commissioning model for the PCT
  2. To identify Directorate leads for key result areas for PBC (Practice Based Commissioning)
  3. To establish interim arrangements for PBC including the delivery of the following primary care support products:
    • Budget setting and financial management to deliver finance reports that reflect referral practice and medicines management
    • Patient management information & Public Health data (including public health toolkits)
    • Pathway redesign
  4. GP guide to providers (based on specialty, performance and responsiveness)
  5. To ensure and establish a robust governance and accountability framework by development of the following PCT products:
    • Practice and cluster engagement in priority setting and commissioning plans
    • PBC is linked to the Effective Use of Resources function
    • A process to agree practices’ commissioning plans and business cases
    • A performance management framework in line with the Annual Health Check
  6. To support maximum clinical engagement and sign-up by GP practices to PBC
  7. To develop and agree a commissioning footprint e.g. clusters/consortia
  8. To involve all key stakeholders in production and delivery of the strategic plan working through the Director of Public Health and Health Strategy to engage with the Commissioning Board (PEC) to drive the strategy
  9. To provide reports to the PCT’s Commissioning Board (PEC) and the PCT Board, on progress

The post holder will be highly visible throughout the PCT and is expected to contribute to the development of the PCT’s strategic planning.

Area: North West England

Region: Manchester

Location: Manchester

Type: Contract

Industry/Sector: Health Authorities, Trusts, Hospitals

Salary Guide: Up to £450 per day

Start Date: ASAP


  • Senior management experience
  • Significant demonstrable experience of working across acute and primary care sectors
  • Significant experience of managing change across health and service sectors
  • Experience of motivating and engaging clinicians in service redesign, demand management and care pathways
  • Senior commissioning and strategic planning
  • Demonstrable experience of performance and financial management of service plans
  • Successful project management
  • Project management qualification e.g. PRINCE2
  • Delivering PBC

Person Specification:

  • Demonstrable understanding of the underlying social, political and historical factors shaping local and national realities of health services, and uses this understanding to get things done
  • An ability to identify key influencers and involve them in shaping and delivering change across the wider health and social care system
  • Credible and able to develop and gain agreement on a new method of operation where stakeholders may have alternative views, can demonstrate resilience, confidence and self-belief when under pressure
  • Ability to find creative solutions to complex problems
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills (written, verbal, presentations)
  • Excellent Team Player
  • Excellent Interpersonal skills
  • Ability to balance competing demands and work to tight timescales
  • Ability to work through others and hold to account
  • Proven ability to lead and motivate others
  • Ability to establish strong working relationships
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines and deal with enquiries from bodies such as the SHA

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