AHSN Director

Innovation · London, London, City of
Department Innovation
Employment Type Fixed Term
Minimum Experience Executive

**REVISED 10th June 2021



At UCLPartners we accelerate scientific discovery and innovation into practice for the benefit of patients and the public. Working across our partnership of NHS providers and universities, we improve health through research, innovation and education.

We work across a broad and diverse geography. Our member organisations cover a population of more than six million across parts of North and East London, Essex, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire. We also work across London, nationally and globally to co-create, test and implement solutions that improve health.

Our approach is entrepreneurial and flexible, so that we can respond to the most pressing needs of our population. Our strength comes from the quality of our team and our ability to convene and draw on the considerable strengths of our academic and healthcare partners, facilitating collaborative working across their organisations to the benefit of our population.

Our approach is strengthened by the six commissioned research and innovation designations that sit within the partnership and that, separately and in combination, underpin our work. By harnessing the power of working across these commissions, we influence national policy to the benefit of our partners and the national interest.

We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and seek to support our staff to be positive role models for equality and diversity.  You can read more about our commitments here.

Read more about us here. 

Academic Health Science Network

We are one of 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) across England, commissioned by NHS England/Improvement and the Office for Life Sciences to spread innovation at pace and scale.

As the AHSN for north east and north central London and parts of Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Essex, we connect the NHS and academic organisations, local authorities, the third sector and industry, creating the right conditions to facilitate change across health and social care economies to improve outcomes for patients.

As an AHSN our strength lies in our ability to operate locally because of the trust our member organisations have in us. We understand the needs of our health systems and are well placed to broker innovative solutions, while collaborating across England to take what works best and quickly spread it nationally.

Read more about our AHSN here.

Role description

Accountable to the UCLPartners Managing Director, the AHSN Director will work with key stakeholders including the provider organisations, community organisations, local councils and many other partner organisations to ensure we help to maximise innovation into practice in the partnership, and in particular catalyse cross partnership approaches. It is essential that the AHSN Director is comfortable and credible working with a broad range of partners both clinical and academic, with medical staff and other health professionals/managers, most crucially with patients and the public, and can promote connectivity across all parts of the discovery to practice continuum.  

The AHSN Director will work very closely with the Director of Innovation to ensure our innovation into practice initiatives are closely integrated.  The AHSN Director will also attend the designation directors meeting representing the AHSN.

Key responsibilities

The AHSN Director will be the accountable officer for the delivery of UCLPartners AHSN including the 3 commissions for the Office of Life Science, NHS Improvement and NHS England.

The key elements of this role are summarised as:

  • Focus on the needs of patients and local populations: support and work in partnership with commissioners and public health bodies to identify and address unmet medical needs, whilst promoting health equality and best practice.
  • In the context of the AHSN, speed up adoption of innovation into practice to improve clinical outcomes and patient experience - support the identification and more rapid spread of research and innovation at pace and scale to improve patient care and local population health
  • Build a culture of partnership and collaboration: promote inclusivity, partnership and collaboration to consider and address local, regional and national priorities.
  • Accountable for assurance for all of the AHSN commissions including team and commission reporting requirements
  • Work with and participate in all AHSN network activities, including leading on network programmes and sharing information with the senior leadership team at UCLPartners
  • Create wealth through supporting partner organisations in co-development, testing, evaluation and early adoption and spread of new products and services; ensure AHSN programmes are considering and evaluating their delivery through “health is wealth” and the value of better health outcomes
  • Provide visible leadership and role modelling in the development and maintenance of a positive culture, standards and values for education, research and innovation
  • Work closely with the senior leadership team including the Director of Innovation to ensure that we are offering partners a wide range of expertise in the implementation of new ways of working
  • Ensure there is robust engagement mechanisms with ICSs around the AHSN commission
  • Lead and develop the team working on the AHSN commission

Terms and conditions relevant to this employment

Job Details

This role is part time, approximately 2-3 days/week.  This role is initially for 1 year, reporting into the UCLPartners MD either a fixed term contract or secondment.  The remuneration for this post is competitive depending on skills and experience.  Secondments are welcome.

As part of benefits package employees are entitled to 27 days of annual leave (plus bank holidays), company pension (employer contribution 10% of annual salary), life assurance coverage and childcare vouchers.

As this job description is a reflection of the current position of the service development, the post holder is expected to view it as a guide, rather than an exact description of all duties and responsibilities as it may be subject to change as the service develops.

Health & Safety

Employees must be aware of the responsibilities placed upon them under the Health & Safety at Work Act (1974), to ensure that the agreed procedures are carried out to maintain a safe environment for employees and visitors.

Data Protection

Personal data is protected under the Data Protection Act (2018) and the post holder will ensure that it is securely held and that the requirements of the Act are followed.

Equal Opportunities 

UCLPartners is committed to equal opportunities and all people acting on its behalf must perform their duties in a manner that supports and promotes this commitment.


The confidentiality of information relating to patients/clients and staff must be safeguarded at all times in accordance with the Information Security Policy. Disclosure to any unauthorised person or misuse or failure to properly safeguard confidential data will be regarded as a disciplinary offence.

Person specification


  • Demonstrable clinical leadership enabling delivery of programmes of work at regional, national and international level
  • Previous experience of leading the successful adoption of high profile healthcare innovations into practice across different domains
  • Track record of leading clinical trials and evaluating cost effectiveness
  • Track record of leading programmes of work across more than one clinical specialty
  • Track record of working successfully with the voluntary sector or other patient organisations, and of actively involving patients in programmes of work
  • Ability to communicate complex and challenging issues to stakeholders in science and healthcare and more widely across academia, the NHS and government.
  • Ability to collaborate with and influence a wide range of individuals and groups in professionally based organisations whilst remaining sensitive to the autonomy and individual accountability of the partner NHS organisations and Universities.
  • Relevant clinical qualifications plus a higher academic degree, e.g. MD/MS or PhD or evidence of an equivalent level in research publications.
  • National and International profile from existing clinical and academic work providing personal credibility within the healthcare and academic communities
  • Understanding of the role and remit of the NHS; awareness of relevant NHS policy; and understanding of the importance of both clinical and research governance in clinical service delivery.
  • Possessing the highest ethical and professional standards in research, education and clinical practice and flexibility to different ways of working



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  • Location
    London, London, City of
  • Department
  • Employment Type
    Fixed Term
  • Minimum Experience