Recruiting! TJBCM is hiring a Programme Manager for the Academy


Published 21st December 2022

Programme Manager (Academy)

A unique opportunity to join a fast-growing health organisation working on national transformational programmes, backed by the UK government and major cancer charities. We are looking for a personable and highly organised individual to manage the Academy programme, a free national learning and networking platform with nearly 800 brain tumour professionals. The individual will join the role at a crucial point of growth, launching and delivering exciting content and features alongside expert committee members and partners. The role will take an active approach in driving the improvement of NHS brain cancer treatment, care and research across the UK. This is the ideal opportunity for an individual looking to work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment, with a tight-knit supportive team on varied work with measurable impact. Experience in project management and excellent communication skills are essential. 

Salary: £37,000-40,000 for 37.5 hours a week based on experience

Contract type: Full-time

Start date: From mid-Feb (negotiable)

Location: Office is based in leafy Highgate, North London – hybrid working offered

Main duties of the job

About us

The Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Mission (TJBCM) is a national organisation delivering transformative programmes to improve brain tumour research, treatment and care in the UK.

TJBCM designs and delivers a national portfolio of eight transformational programmes focused on: accelerating research, building state of the art clinical trial infrastructure, improving care for today’s patients and connecting and training NHS staff through a novel digital platform. Our transformational work is funded and supported by the government through the National Institute of Health Research, as well as 8 different cancer charities. Over 80 NHS doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and scientists from across the UK work daily with the Mission to design and deliver its programmes, which are jointly delivered with its partner organisations. The Mission currently employs five full-time employees and a pool of Research Assistants to support the core team. By joining the Mission, you will have the opportunity to become a key member of successful, fast-paced, growing public health start-up, with a unique purpose of improving brain cancer treatment, care and research outcomes nationally.

In 2018, Dame Tessa Jowell, after being diagnosed with a brain tumour, led a call to action to tackle brain tumours, recognising that too little progress has been made in the treatment of patients. The Government responded by convening members of the brain tumour community to design a new national strategy. Today, the national effort has grown is scale and size and the Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Mission has become an independent Community Interest Company with backing of the NIHR, CRUK, the Department of Health and Social Care and many other major organisations.

The TJBCM is currently focussed on brain tumours in the UK. The aim is to extend the Mission in the future by building out the current programme offering and grow its impact by branching out internationally and supporting other hard to treat cancers. The successful candidate will be offered the opportunity to help shape this growth.

 Job description

  1. Programme Summary

The Tessa Jowell (TJ) Academy is a free national digital learning and networking platform, connecting all NHS brain cancer professionals and centres to share excellence and support each other to close gaps and drive innovation in treatment, care and research. Features include monthly virtual workshops, peer support services, national networks, an extensive resources library, a clinical trials finder and more.

This programme follows on from TJBCM’s first large-scale programme, the Tessa Jowell Centre of Excellence designation. This initiative aims to recognise NHS neuro-centres which offer a high standard of treatment and care, whilst offering bespoke recommendations and on-going support. To date, 27 centres across the UK have applied to be designated as a Tessa Jowell Centre of Excellence, of which 11 centres have received designation. The designation process does not end once the application process concludes but rather starts a journey of continuous learning and collaboration. To this end, all centres and their staff, irrespective of designation status, are invited to join the Tessa Jowell Academy.

By connecting centres from across the UK that differ in size and expertise, the TJ Academy aims to promote excellence in brain tumour care through a multidisciplinary network of knowledge. Through membership of the academy, centres will be able to share their areas of expertise, develop their services by learning from exemplar practices and collaborate on new initiatives to further improve clinical and patient care.

Since launching in February 2022, the Academy has seen significant membership engagement from all specialties, with nearly 800 members from 28 hospitals. In the last year there have been: 21 workshops delivered with 1300 attendees, four national networks set up, 36 peers matched through a virtual connect service to support each other and more! The next year is expected to be even bigger for the Academy, with new national courses, resources, networks and partnerships.

  1. Job summary

Project management

Stakeholder management

Content/platform development and management  

Other programmes and overall TJBCM strategy support

Person Specification

We are looking for an adaptive, driven and creative Programme Manager who will lead an exciting and impactful programme in its second year of running. The ideal candidate will be a highly organised team player, with excellent verbal and written communication skills and a clear growth mindset. An interest in health and education is ideal, as well as a proven track-record in managing complex projects with a range of stakeholders.



If you do not fit every requirement, we still encourage you to still apply noting your other experience relevant to the role. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds.

What we offer:

Equal Opportunity and Diversity Statement:

The Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Mission is committed to achieving a working environment which provides equality of opportunity and freedom from unlawful discrimination on the grounds of race, sex, pregnancy and maternity, marital or civil partnership status, gender reassignment, disability, religion or beliefs, age or sexual orientation. We work hard to remove unfair and discriminatory practices within the Mission and to encourage full contribution from its diverse community. The Mission is committed to actively opposing all forms of discrimination. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds.

How to apply:

Please send an up-to-date CV (2-page max) along with a cover letter (1-page max), addressing the following:

Application deadline: 15th January, although we will interview strong candidates on a rolling basis and therefore applications may close early if a suitable candidate is found.

Email application to: Olivia Burton, Senior Programme Manager:

Please note that TJBCM is unable to offer sponsorship and therefore candidates will require the right to work in the UK.

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