Non-job of the week

August 30, 2012 12:41 PM

It was reported in the Daily Telegraph this week, the new NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB) is struggling to recruit staff. The NHS CB is the new body that will replace primary care trusts and strategic health authorities next year. Even a recent drive to find nine 'local team directors' paying £140K a year, is struggling to find candidates of the right calibre. One of the reasons for this is blamed on the location of the board's head office in Leeds.

Imagine my surprise then to read that despite these recruitment problems, NHS CB is advertising for an expensive non-job - a new Director of Insight, paying £102,500 per year. Here are some highlights from the job description:

  • To develop an innovative and lead edge insight approach for the NHS CB and ensure all policies and processes for the NHS CB are based on robust insight.

  • To create an inclusive working environment where diversity is valued, everyone can contribute, and everyday action ensures we meet our duty to uphold and promote equality.

  • To develop and implement innovative approaches to the use of insight to shape the delivery of public services.


I am sure you get the gist. It seems as if the NHS still has money to burn. Remember this non-job the next time you hear of operations being cancelled and wards closing. It seems despite reorganisation, the NHS is still enormously top-heavy on senior management. Some things never seem to change.

 It was reported in the Daily Telegraph this week, the new NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB) is struggling to recruit staff. The NHS CB is the new body that will replace primary care trusts and strategic health authorities next year. Even a recent drive to find nine 'local team directors' paying £140K a year, is struggling to find candidates of the right calibre. One of the reasons for this is blamed on the location of the board's head office in Leeds.

Imagine my surprise then to read that despite these recruitment problems, NHS CB is advertising for an expensive non-job - a new Director of Insight, paying £102,500 per year. Here are some highlights from the job description:

  • To develop an innovative and lead edge insight approach for the NHS CB and ensure all policies and processes for the NHS CB are based on robust insight.

  • To create an inclusive working environment where diversity is valued, everyone can contribute, and everyday action ensures we meet our duty to uphold and promote equality.

  • To develop and implement innovative approaches to the use of insight to shape the delivery of public services.


I am sure you get the gist. It seems as if the NHS still has money to burn. Remember this non-job the next time you hear of operations being cancelled and wards closing. It seems despite reorganisation, the NHS is still enormously top-heavy on senior management. Some things never seem to change.

 

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