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About the Role

St John Ambulance and the NHS are working in partnership to prepare young people to become health volunteers. 

As Regional Programme Lead, you will manage and support our Project Leads and their delivery teams within the wider St John Ambulance NHS Cadet programme across a broad geographical area. You will work with our partner NHS Trusts to explore new ways of working with young people in a volunteering setting and look to how local organisations can support this venture. You will be an essential part of our management structure, leading a cohort of NHS Cadet programmes and ensuring the health volunteering options for young people are consistently delivered. This role will be responsible for the recruitment of programme delivery teams in their region in what will be a fast-paced and dynamic environment.

As part of an NHS Cadet Youth Team, you’ll help create a safe, inclusive and open environment where young people can learn important life skills to prepare them for health volunteering.

If you’re interested in working with young people to realise their potential in health volunteering, join our NHS Cadet Youth Team.

Please see the job description for more detail (this can be viewed on our website or once you click apply)


Additional Information


Ideally the post holder will be based in the North West of England. We can potentially consider other locations for the right candidate, but you may need to travel to this area to meet staff and Trusts.

The NHS Cadets programme was created by St John Ambulance in partnership with the National Health Service. The programmes primary aim is to encourage young people from communities that are currently underrepresented in the NHS and St John Ambulance to consider volunteering or potentially a career in healthcare. Our target groups include but are not limited to those young people who are involved in the care system, are young carers, are from ethnic minority communities, those who are NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) or at risk of becoming NEET and those who would not previously have considered volunteering or a career in health care. It includes opportunities to participate in either volunteering experiences, social action projects or to volunteer within their local NHS Trusts, depending on the programme.

The Regional Lead is approx.12-month fixed term contract. This is a management level role and there will be limited interaction with young people. The post can be based in any permanently staffed St John Ambulance premises in the North West. It may on occasions be possible to work from home. As an NHS Cadet Regional Lead, you will join an experienced and supportive team in the development and implementation of this exciting and ambitious new project. You will work closely with current partners and develop new partnerships including but not limited to NHS Trusts, youth organisations and schools to recruit young people and staff.

You will ideally have previous experience of managing work with young people, working in or with the NHS or other social care projects and of successful partnership work with a range of organisations and individuals. Your ability to use this previous experience will be key to your and our success.

You will also recruit and manage a team of project leads and youth support workers comprised of a mixture of paid and volunteer staff. Together, you will recruit and deliver the Foundation and Advanced Pathways. Targeting specific groups of young people enabling them to develop skills and knowledge related to volunteering and opportunities in the NHS. You will also secure volunteering experiences and opportunities for the cadets in the relevant NHS Trusts and other social care facilities. Please note the role has limited contact with young people.

Please note that currently some sessions for young people are face to face while others are virtual, using Microsoft teams. Most meetings with inhouse and external stakeholders remain virtual, as Covid restrictions continue to lift, the role may involve a significant travel between allocated locations and Trusts.

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our team and making sure we best reflect the diversity of the communities we serve, so are particularly interested in applications from trans and non-binary people, as well as those from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds and those with different accessibility needs.

For an informal discussion on this post please contact Karen Dynan Project Manager (NHS Cadets) 07970 531 589.

About You

To be successful in this role you will have experience of working in a similar line management position and a passion for working with young people. You will ideally have experience of bringing together partnerships across voluntary and statutory youth provision aimed at increasing opportunities for young people from marginalised communities. You will have experience in recruitment and retention of staff and volunteers. Regional travel will be essential.

About Us

St John Ambulance works at the heart of communities, providing first aid, keeping people safe at events and working alongside the NHS in response to 999 calls.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people learn how to save a life through our training, education and youth programmes.

Over the next decade, we have bold ambitions to help transform out-of-hospital care, having a positive impact on the people we treat and the communities we serve.

We are a team of 1,600 employees and 18,000 volunteers, united by our goal of saving lives through first aid.

You will receive:

  • Competitive salary & pension scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Health and Wellbeing portal - access to financial, health and wellbeing support and an Employee Assistance Programme
  • Discounts – you’ll have access to Blue Light and NHS Discounts as well as discounts on mobile phones, gym memberships, cinema tickets, restaurants, holidays and shopping.

Interview Date: TBC

Application Review Date: 22/11/2021

We may review applications before the Application Review Date, however, if you apply after the Application Review Date, your application may not be considered. We will accept applications until we have successfully filled the role.

If you are a current St John Ambulance employee, please apply here: Click here

For all other candidates, or SJA volunteers wishing to apply, please click here


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