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Top job! Senior Strategic Planning Advisor

  • Full time
  • £50,965 – £55,016
  • Edinburgh or Glasgow – Hybrid working will apply for the foreseeable future
  • Closing 25th September 2022

  • Advertised from 9th September 2022
  • Permanent. 37.5 hours per week.
  • Ref: 118848


Do you enjoy planning outside of traditional boundaries, working with others on how health and care may look in the future? Are you driven by curiosity, and confident in employing a range of approaches to help others to connect the dots and plan for a future health and care landscape that isn’t about ‘more of the same’?

If leading a programme delivering strategic planning support for transformational redesign in health and social care excites you then this is the opportunity for you.

An opportunity has arisen to join the Transformational Redesign Unit (TRU) which forms part of the Improvement Hub (ihub) within Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS). The ihub supports Health and Social Care Partnerships with complex, system-wide change in order to improve outcomes for the people of Scotland. The Strategic Planning Portfolio (within TRU) aims to take a person-centred, collaborative approach to better understand and align population need with available resources across all sectors of health and social care.

The post holder will be a key member of a multidisciplinary redesign team, working alongside colleagues to provide specialist skills in strategic planning and knowledge of new models of health and social care which deliver quality and best value. The post holder will provide expertise across a range of programmes. The role is focused on embedding good practice in strategic planning across the health and social care system. This post will have a particular remit in relation to community-led approaches including our unpaid carers programme and programmes to support new models of care and support and innovative approaches to commissioning.

The post holder will have an engaging and authentic leadership style, political awareness, strong interpersonal skills and ability to challenge and work collaboratively with a range of partners.

Responsibilities will include:

  • delivering insightful quantitative and qualitative analysis on current state and strategic priorities to identify needs and inform decision-making, including the ability to understand and interpret the planning implications of emergent policies.
  • modelling and data analysis/interpretation (using internal and external data – including financial and resource data) to understand potential opportunities for improvement and potential impact on outcomes and budget. Forecasting and identifying trends in population need and healthcare advancements, and proactively identifying implications for planning.
  • creating high quality reports and presentations on strategic planning for senior stakeholders (including visualisation of complex data and concepts).
  • developing new approaches, methodologies and tools to deliver effective strategic planning support to a range of external stakeholders within the health and social care system.
  • direct and indirect engagement with people, families and carers with lived experience and service providers as an essential element of the co-design process to influence the model of service provision.
  • collaborating with other areas of the ihub and HIS to provide high quality strategic planning insights.
  • mentoring, coaching and line-management of junior team members in the Strategic Planning Portfolio.

Candidates are required to be educated to degree level and either hold a master’s degree in a relevant subject or demonstrate equivalent knowledge, skills and experience in using strategic planning to improve services. The ideal candidate will have experience in planning within integrated health and social care or other similarly complex systems. Experience of working at a national or regional level, is preferred but not essential.

Application notes

For further information about the role, please contact Zaid Tariq, Portfolio Lead for Strategic Planning,

To apply, please visit our website.

Closing date: Sunday 25 September 2022 at midnight​​​​​​​

It is anticipated that interviews will be held on Friday 21 October 2022.