Job Vacancy: Head of Leeds One Workforce Programme

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Leeds Health and Care Academy and One Workforce as Head of Leeds One Workforce Programme.

This is a key partnership role for the city, acting as a strategic workforce business partner, and leading a small professional team to enable delivery of the One Workforce Programme in collaboration with health and care organisations across Leeds.

In an innovative partnership model, the City Council and NHS organisations across Leeds have come together with the voluntary sector, independent sector and educational partners to develop and support the workforce needed to underpin the Leeds Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

As part of the Academy’s senior leadership team, this role is responsible for co-designing, facilitating, assuring and evaluating a coherent programme of collaborative city-wide projects relating to workforce planning, resourcing, training, diversity and staff experience. Providing professional insight and analysis, the post-holder will maintain strategic focus on the ‘One Workforce’ goal and will work with senior leaders and HR&OD professionals across organisational boundaries to advance effective workforce strategies which realise the city’s shared ambitions; improving health and wellbeing for all and narrowing health inequalities.

The post-holder will identify opportunities, navigate barriers and stimulate partnerships, ensuring compliance with employment law, health and care regulations and partnership governance arrangements. Expertise in strategic workforce management is essential, as is excellent relationship management, but critically the post holder will share the city’s passion to transform health and care for our citizens.

In this role, no two days are the same. Much of the work can be done from home, however it’s not unusual to have a day or two a week in Leeds meeting with the team or with partners for more detailed planning or engagement.

A typical week in the life of the Head of Leeds One Workforce Programme could look like…

Chairing a workforce project review, meeting with the team to check in on progress, agree priorities and plan resourcing / Drafting an insights report into Leeds health & social care workforce retention strategies / Reviewing and assuring plans for a joint health and social care recruitment event.
Preparing for a ‘deep dive’ at the Leeds One Workforce Board into the impact of the Narrowing Inequalities project / Holding a contract management meeting with one of your service providers.
1-to-1 update meeting with the executive sponsor of the Leeds Health and Social Care Workforce Mobility Project / Meeting direct reports 1-to-1 to discuss objectives and development / Tracking programme finances.
Strategic planning session with the Academy’s management team in Leeds / Facilitating a workshop with partners to develop a joint funding bid for workforce mental health support.
Giving a virtual presentation at the West Yorkshire Workforce Group on the Leeds One Workforce Programme / Researching Leeds third sector workforce challenges through the pandemic / Discussing an approach to funding evaluation with NHS England.

This is a continuing, full time position but applications are also welcome from colleagues considering a secondment. Applications from job-share partners will also be considered. Please make sure the basis for your application is clear on your application. For further information, please contact

Closing date: Thursday 12th May 2022

For further information about Leeds One Workforce and Leeds Health and Care Academy, please take a look at this presentation.

The full job description can be found here