Candidates sought for NIHR senior leadership posts

Do you want to work for an outstanding organisation at the forefront of Health and Care research delivery?

The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) is seeking individuals with extensive experience of senior leadership within a health or care specialty or setting for 30 National Specialty Lead and four National Setting Lead part-time roles to act as high calibre ambassadors for the NIHR Research Delivery Network and to provide senior leadership and strategic direction for matters of research delivery across the relevant specialty and setting.

The roles are available in the following Specialties and Settings on a 0.1 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) basis (more FTE may be available for several posts as detailed in the further particulars):


Ageing; Anaesthesia, Perioperative Medicine and Pain Management; Cancer; Cardiovascular; Children; Critical Care; Dementia & Neurodegeneration; Dermatology; Diabetes, Metabolic & endocrine; Ear, Nose & Throat; Gastroenterology & Hepatology; Genetics; General Practice; Haematology; Imaging; Infection; Mental Health; Musculoskeletal & Orthopaedics; Neurology; Ophthalmology; Oral & Dental; Palliative Care; Public Health; Renal; Reproductive Health & Childbirth; Respiratory; Social Care; Stroke; Surgery; Trauma & Emergency Care.


Hospitals; Primary Care; Community-Based; Residential Care.

These high-profile national roles will report into the RDN Strategic Development Director and form part of the RDN National Specialty and Setting Leadership team, and will proactively develop effective relationships with decision-makers in the public sector, charity and life science organisations (non-commercial, pharma, medtech, diagnostics and biotech) and other related external stakeholders to further the aims of the NIHR RDN. The posts will commence from April 2024.

To apply please submit a concise CV and a supporting statement (maximum of three pages of A4, font size 12) setting out your vision and suitability for the role. The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 25 February and virtual interviews are anticipated to take place during the period 11-22 March.

For further information about these roles and to submit an application, please visit the University of Leeds website or for any queries please contact

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