Help make a difference to Motor Neurone Disease

Published: 26 Jun 2014 By Motor Neurone Disease Association

The Motor Neurone Disease Association is currently searching for four Regional Delivery Managers. Its Chief Executive, Sally Light talks to Third Sector Careers Content Editor, Antje Derks, about the disease, the role and her ideal candidates.

Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a fatal disease for which there is no effective treatment and no cure, affecting up to 5,000 people in the UK at any one time.

The MND Association is the only national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland that funds and promotes global research into the disease, provides support for people affected by MND and campaigns on their behalf. Its vision is for a world free from MND.

Changes in the way healthcare is commissioned have had a significant effect on the Association, which needs to respond in order to ensure its activities are joined up and effective in achieving positive outcomes for people living with MND.

This, combined with increasing demand for services, has resulted in the decision to invest in care and support through a new regional structure. That’s where the Regional Delivery Managers come in.

Sally says: “This is an incredibly important role for us. The successful candidates will manage the delivery of the Association’s services in their region and play a vital role in working with statutory services.  They will lead the development of a regional plan that ensures the delivery of the outcomes in our Strategy in a way that is responsive to local needs and priorities.

“They will line manage our regional care teams and coordinate the work of our other regional staff and volunteers.  They will lead on the on-going development of a range of data sources – internal and external – to support local decision making and influence NHS commissioners and statutory services in their region.

“My ideal candidate for this role is an exceptional leader who is comfortable with a high degree of autonomy.  I want to see a proven track record of managing and delivering strategic change in complex environments. They must be able to show how they have built successful relationships in a multi-disciplinary environment.

“They must be confident and able to present their case in a clear and compelling manner in order to show how they will leverage influence with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.

“I expect that they will have experience of NHS/public sector commissioning and whilst experience of the Third Sector is not essential, an understanding of the unique challenges of the work that we do to support people living with complex health and social care needs is vital.

“This is an exciting time for the Association and if you would like to play a part in its future I would be delighted to hear from you.”

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