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Head of Architecture and Design

£72079 - £77683 per annum

Head of Architecture and Design

Grade: AfC Band 8C

Salary: £72,079 - 77,683

Location: Glasgow / Edinburgh / Flexible

As a vital part of NHSScotland, NHS National Services Scotland's mission is to enable and support the delivery of better health and better care, working in partnership. We do this by providing a range of specialised support services that enable NHS Boards to focus their efforts on delivering health improvement and patient care.

As part of the development of NHSScotland Assure, a new strategic leadership role has been developed which will lead the existing Health Facilities Scotland Architecture and Design team. This is a highly professional, senior, and autonomous team comprising Principal Architects and National Fire Safety Advisors and is expected to also include a Principal Structural Engineer. This strategic leadership role will also be responsible for management of external consultants, research partners, and the further development of the team in terms of potential additional staff as required.

NHSScotland Assure is the new centre of expertise focusing on quality in the built environment through providing a suite of services launching on 1st June 2021 also encompassing the existing services provided by Health Facilities Scotland and ARHAI (Antimicrobial Resistance Healthcare Associated Infection). Health Facilities Scotland is part of NHS National Services Scotland and provides operational guidance to NHSScotland healthcare bodies on all facilities topics. We deliver and co-ordinate effective advice and support in relation to national facilities, equipping and technical matters which support and improve health and well-being services.

We are looking for an experienced and qualified professional who will be responsible for developing and implementing a strategy for the Architecture and Design team as well as providing professional leadership for NHSScotland and management of the team. The management of resources against capacity is a key priority for the role and a well-developed management skillset is required, as well as the ability to deal with stakeholders in prioritising workload. The post holder will also be responsible for overseeing the team in providing expert professional advice and leadership to NHSScotland and represent NHSScotland in dealings with other organisations through identifying key initiatives by researching best practice and innovative thinking in the field of healthcare design. The post holder will recognise that this is a leadership role and must have the ability to take a step back and manage strategically rather than being involved with the detail.

A good understanding and experience of healthcare design and technical issues is a key requirement for the role. Candidates should have an understanding of the role and work of HFS and Property and Capital Planning, as well as an awareness of the issues involved in providing assurance and compliance on healthcare projects, a key priority for NHSScotland Assure.

The post holder will be a qualified Chartered Architect (registered with the ARB), and will have extensive management and leadership experience, as well as a good understanding of the key issues and priorities in Healthcare Architecture, and an awareness of the key issues within Fire Safety and Structural Engineering.

The post holder will be expected to work with other professional leads within Property and Capital Planning including the Assistant Director, Capital Projects Manager, Head of PPP, Senior Digital Estate and Asset Management Advisor and Head of Operations (Equipping). The post holder will also work with colleagues from other areas of NHSScotland Assure / HFS including Infection Control, FM, and Engineering.

Our benefits package includes final salary pension scheme, comprehensive range of work life balance policies, occupational health services, learning resource centres and discounted leisure, financial and shopping benefits.

If you wish to enquire about this post, please contact Stuart Brown, Assistant Director (Property and Capital Planning) on to arrange a discussion.

To apply contact Sarah Gracie M: 07999 421314

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