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Sands is Hiring image for Head of Research and Prevention (Job-Share)

Sands is the leading stillbirth and neonatal death charity and exists to reduce the number of babies dying and to support anyone affected by the death of a baby, before, during or shortly after birth.

Sands is seeking a Head of Research and Prevention on a job-share basis to develop and implement effective strategies for our Research and Prevention activity. This role is vital to Sands’ strategic objective of reducing the numbers of babies dying before, during and shortly after birth.

In this exciting and high-profile role you will be responsible for leading on change programmes, ensuring that Sands’ activities are evidence-based and increasing the profile of our research and prevention activity both internally and externally.

Working at a strategic level, you will collaborate with key influencers in Government, Royal Colleges and the NHS to ensure the delivery of safer maternity and neonatal care. This will enable Sands to increase understanding of why babies die and how to save babies lives through research, audit and review. You will ensure that the diverse experiences and views of bereaved parents and families are represented to decision-makers and researchers.

We are looking for an inspirational person who has the ability to make change happen, lead a high-performing team and provide creative solutions.

With extensive senior leadership experience, you will have significant subject knowledge and expertise in current research, policy and guidelines in perinatal health care.

The ability to manage complex projects from start to finish is essential, as well as being able to create and implement departmental strategies and develop effective partnerships with key external stakeholders.

An excellent communicator and influencer, you will be able to communicate complex messages to a wide range of audiences and translate the diverse experiences of bereaved parents into relevant initiatives and resources. Additionally, you will be highly diplomatic with the ability to discuss challenging issues in a sensitive way.


To apply:

Please submit your CV, together with a supporting statement that demonstrates how you meet the criteria in the person specification to  Please also complete the Diversity and Equality Monitoring Form and send this with your application.

Closing date for applications:           31th October 2021                                           

Interview Date:                               w/c 9th November 2021                  

As we have limited staff resources we are unable to provide candidates with feedback about their applications.   Interviews will be held online.

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