British Heart Foundation

British Heart Foundation

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the UK’s single biggest killer and is responsible for almost 74,000 deaths in the UK every year: the equivalent of an average of 200 deaths every day or someone dying of a heart attack every seven minutes. Environmental factors, increasing rates of obesity and excessive alcohol consumption are amongst the causes of over 750,000 people currently living with heart failure.

For over 50 years, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) has funded research, education, care and awareness campaigns to prevent heart and circulatory conditions; its vision is one where people do not die prematurely or suffer from heart disease. Its pioneering research has transformed the lives of people affected by these conditions, improving methods of prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

The charity provides vital information to help people reduce their own risk of heart disease and leads campaigns to encourage Government to implement policies that minimise the likelihood of developing heart conditions. Recently, the leadership team have reviewed the strategic approach of the BHF with the help of staff, supporters and stakeholders. A new strategic plan is being developed to give a powerful focus on the fight for every heartbeat, and enable the BHF to lead the fight against cardiovascular disease more effectively.

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Regional Development Manager, BHF Scotland

Contract: Permanent

Hours: Full time - 35 hours

Location: Edinburgh

Salary: c.£42,000 + car allowance + benefits

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is the nation’s heart charity - leading the fight against heart disease. We are committed to winning the fight against CVD and improving the lives of patients and carers living with CVD.

An exciting opportunity has arisen in the BHF Regional Service Development team within the Prevention, Survival and Support directorate. The successful applicant will lead a regionally based team in Scotland and be involved in engaging NHS strategic leads and influencing the NHS service provision of CVD services.

The Regional Development manager role is pivotal in driving improved CVD services and outcomes for patients and their families; having an understanding and experience of working within or with the NHS in Scotland is essential.

An innovative leader, you will maximise your clinical and leadership skills to:

  • lead the regional service development team in Scotland to engage and influence those in the NHS and Public Health who commission, plan and provide CVD services to deliver best practice
  • lead the development of CVD NHS /Public Health stakeholder engagement and influencing across Scotland
  • drive the spread and adoption of best practice, via the BHF Alliance and other platforms, promoting the BHF's evidenced based best practice portfolio for people at risk of or living with cardiovascular disease

However most of all, you will be inspired by the BHF's amazing work, and life-saving objectives, and be determined to take the BHF's influencing and engagement offer to the next level.

The post holder will be based in the BHF Scotland office in Edinburgh, although extensive travel across Scotland will mean the post holder will not be in the office 5 days a week; this post holder will also be expected to travel to London as well as to other parts of the UK requiring overnight stays occasionally.

If applicants wish to discuss the role further please contact Donogh O'Brien or Mhairi Higgins on - 0141 212 7555.

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Candidate Pack

How to apply

We trust that you have found the information on this site both useful and informative.

To apply, please send an up to date CV and covering letter / supporting statement (no more than 2 x A4 pages) to Hannah Birtwistle-Craine by email - or by post to Aspen People Ltd, 5th Floor, 78 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5UB quoting reference G965).

Applicants will be shortlisted for interview by matching the details given in their covering letter / supporting statement against the job description and person specification. We would therefore ask applicants to provide clear evidence to show how your experience, skills and knowledge match those requirements as well as why you are interested in the role.

We would also be grateful if you could include the following information

  • Current salary / package.
  • Current notice period.
  • Details of two referees (please note that referees will not be contacted until offer stage or without prior consent)

Please note that you will receive an acknowledgement of your application within 48 hours - if you do not receive this please contact Hannah Birtwistle-Craine.

For a confidential discussion on the role please contact Donogh O’Brien or Mhairi Higgins on 0141 212 7555.

Recruitment Timeline

We have provided below a note of all the critical dates within this recruitment campaign which will hopefully help you plan your diary:

Closing date for applications: Sunday 1st November
Provisional interview date: Wednesday 11th November