Head of Funding Programmes at ELHF

Location: Edinburgh, Waverley Gate

Job closing date: 29/05/2020

Salary: £59,539 *This is not negotiable*

Employment type: Permanent

Reporting into: Foundation Manager / Senior Managers

Hours of work: 37.5

Department: ELHF/Finance

Employer (NHS Board): NHS Lothian

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Everything we do is to improve people’s health and wellbeing. We work in partnership with NHS Lothian and other health-related organisations. Together we enhance the experience of patients, families, carers and staff across Edinburgh, Midlothian, East Lothian and West Lothian.

We award grants to wards and hospitals to help save lives, improve the quality of life, support education, innovation and equipment.  We support some of the best researchers in the world who are working hard to fight, treat and cure many health conditions through innovative new ways.

We also have three main programmes throughout all the healthcare settings:

  • Tonic arts – We support live music, patient workshops, exhibitions and artworks and therapeutic design throughout all our sites. We know how much our environment and surroundings can have an impact on how we feel but did you know that it can also help patients recover more quickly?
  • Green health – Fresh air, open spaces and places to sit and walk help all of us in our emotional and physical wellbeing. We support green health activities including therapeutic gardening, community gardens, public greenspaces and health walks across all sites.
  • Volunteering well – We are the main funder of NHS Lothian’s Volunteering Well programme. This supports all the amazing volunteers who give their time, expertise and compassion in many ways including befriending, transport, and giving information and support to patients and their loved ones.

Main Responsibilities

Working closely with the Director and Senior Management Team (SMT), take a lead in forging strong working relationships with key stakeholders and ensuring the Foundation’s funding priorities are closely aligned with the strategic priorities of NHS Lothian.

To be responsible for the effective development and delivery of the Foundation’s Grantmaking Strategy and the management, development and evaluation of the portfolio of funding programmes.
Oversee the effective management and control of Specific Funds in close liaison with the finance and fundraising teams, and NHS Lothian’s senior management and clinical leadership.
Develop and direct an appropriately skilled staff resource, and provide support and effective management of the funding and grants team to deliver funding objectives and impact measurement and reporting.

The dimensions listed below are based on the Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation 2018/19 Annual Report and Financial Statements:

Financial Activities

Total funds £81.412m
Total income £5.565m
Total expenditure £5.676m

Staffing Responsibilities:

Line management responsibilities for a small team of programme managers / administrators (plus programme delivery contractors), representing generic and specialist funding programmes.

Financial Responsibilities:

Responsible for the oversight of delivery of funded programmes, including the £2m Grantmaking Strategy, to a total of c.£5m / year, and of approximately 500 Specific Funds, valued at c. £30m.
To deputise for the Director as and when required in all matters relating to the Foundation to Trustees, to the NHS Board and staff, and to the public.


  • Educated to degree standard or equivalent professional experience.
  • MBA or other relevant professional qualification or equivalent levels of experience.


  • Senior level experience required in the following areas: project management / delivery, grants management and administration, developing and implementing effective grant programmes or projects, report writing, impact evaluation.
  • Experience of and confident in using / managing online grant application and project management software.
  • Experience of recruiting and managing staff teams, and working with contracted staff and agencies.


  • Strong leadership and management skills, able to negotiate, collaborate and work constructively across organisational boundaries.
  • Excellent literacy, communication and presentation skills.
  • Creative thinker and problem solver, able to horizon scan and spot and nurture innovative and good ideas.
  • High degree of numeracy and analytical skills (specifically proposal assessment, project evaluation and grant programme statistical analysis).
  • Excellent report designing and writing skills, and able to coach others in writing quality proposals and evaluation reports.
  • Strong organizational skills to manage a varied workload and ensure competing priorities are achieved to agreed timescales.
  • Good IT skills.


Please click on this link to the microsite which provides further information about this vacancy. Please note you must have an initial conversation with Alan Surgeon (07795954029) who is the retained consultant for this position and he will advise on the next step of the application process.