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Assistant Director, REAL Centre (job share partner)

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Part-time, 3 days per week (0.6 FTE), permanent

Central London with hybrid (min 1 day per week in the office) and flexible working, core hours 10am – 3pm. The post holder would be expected to work Tuesdays (their team corporate day).


The Health Foundation

The REAL Centre

The NHS and social care are experiencing unprecedented pressure and, in the news almost every day.  How do we ensure that the health and care system are able to meet population needs and affordable in the longer-term?  These are critical questions that the Health Foundation’s REAL Centre (Research and Economic Analysis for the Long-term) was established to address.  The REAL Centre has a team of 15 people based at the Health Foundation and has just awarded long-term funding to 2 academic research units in UK universities to work as partners.  They are now looking for an assistant director to work as a job-share partner with Dr Elaine Kelly to lead the in-house team.


The assistant director of the REAL Centre is a senior role at the centre of the team. Together with the AD job share partner the role is to:

  • Lead the in-house team of economists who deliver the core analysis and outputs of the REAL Centre, ensuring that the programme of work is aligned with the strategy, is of high quality and achieves impact
  • Lead the team to ensure that there is positive, supportive and developmental culture where people can thrive, and the team works effectively as a group
  • Oversee day to day operations of the REAL Centre (including project & data management, corporate reporting, team administration) working with the senior programmes, strategy & governance manager to ensure the team can operate at a high standard and be responsive to changes and challenges
  • Line manage staff to support their development
  • Personally lead the long-term programme of work on funding projections and finances, bringing together our wider work on demand & supply to ensure analytical coherence and communicate a clear message to external stakeholders
  • Work as part of the senior leadership team (consisting of the Directors and Assistant Directors of policy, REAL, data analytics, research and communications) for the Health Foundation’s strategic priority, ’evidence and analysis to improve health and care policy’
  • Act as a senior representative of the REAL Centre and wider Foundation, including on external working groups, panels and roundtables, conferences and as a spokesperson for the REAL Centre, including in print and broadcast.


Direct Reports:

3 lead economists and the senior programmes, strategy and governance manager.


They are looking for someone with a flair for using economic analysis and research to answer public policy questions.  They need someone who relishes the opportunity to use research and analysis to influence decisions and inform public debate.  At the REAL Centre they believe that better evidence and better-informed debate are fundamentally important for the future of the NHS and social care system.  If you share their vision, want to use economics to have an impact and enjoy the freedom an independent foundation offers to do innovative, high-quality work focused on the long-term, working with highly motivated and talented colleagues, this could be the role for you. Interested applicants should be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Experience of leading a team of economists or analytical staff, with experience running a complex programme of work
  • Experience of applying economics and analysis to major national public policy challenges (health and social care experience would be desirable but not essential)
  • Experience and understanding of how to use economic and analytical insights to influence strategic decisions in public policy
  • Experience of presenting and communicating complex issues in public policy to a variety of audiences including to the most senior policymakers
  • Excellent economics and analytical skills:  a very good understanding of economic theory and the research and analytical methods used across a wide range of micro-economics (industrial organisation, theory of the firm, labour markets, demand, health economics)
  • Ability to apply economics to the long-term drivers of demand and supply in health and social care and draw out the potential implications for policy
  • The core of the REAL Centre’s work is projections modelling in health and care.  Experience of the development and / or use of projections models for public policy would be an asset but not essential. An interest in using projection modelling to inform health and care policy is essential.
  • Ability to develop strategic plans of work that achieve impact.


As specialist recruiters we are committed to building inclusive and diverse organisations, and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Please see the full Job Description for further details.

To be considered for this role, please email your CV to

Closing date: Friday February 17th (5pm)

Interview date: Wednesday 1st March (in-person panel interview and workshop with the team). Please note, applicants must be available to attend on this date.

To apply for this job email your details to


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