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Wanted: Associates

We’re looking to appoint Associates with expertise in the healthcare sector.

Hello, we’re Kaleidoscope. We’re a consultancy of a different kind. We work to improve health and care. We’re looking to appoint a small group of Associates with expertise in the healthcare sector to support us on our projects with clients.

These roles are on a day-rate basis, with the amount of work dependent on specific projects arising. Our Associates are very much part of the Kaleidoscope family, and the role includes an annual payment of £1,000 to cover ad hoc advice across a year.

Who we are

Since we were established four years ago, we’ve grown rapidly but not lost sight of why we were set up. As a social enterprise, we use our earnings to further our mission: to work with others to create a future that is connected, kind and joyful.

We meet this mission by advising clients across public, private and voluntary sectors in health and care on their strategy and organisational development, supporting networks and partnerships, carrying out evaluations, and designing and using face-to-face and digital events to support learning.

What we’re looking for

Our first requirement is that you’re kind. Life is too short to work with people who aren’t. Second, you’ve got to be somewhere on our wavelength. We’re not a normal organisation. In fact, we think the basic template of energy-sapping, soul-crushing, computer-says-no, normal organisations is fundamentally broken.

We are committed to creating a company that ensures a diversity of voices in all parts of our work. We particularly encourage applications from groups that are currently under-represented at Kaleidoscope, including people from ethnic minority groups, disabled people, and people with gender-diverse identities.

The Kaleidoscope Associate role

We primarily resource our work through a team of permanent staff, based in and around our HQ in south London. Associates have always played a part in our work, often highly successfully, yet not in a formalised way.

Examples of how we have previously worked with Associates include:

  • a long-running partnership on a series of projects around ageing and loneliness
  • supporting a major strategy development programme for a large charity
  • working on multiple projects to engage communities across south east London.

We now want to agree a relationship with a small group of people to become a formal set of ‘Kaleidoscope Associates’.

The role has two aspects: by project, and overall for Kaleidoscope.

The primary focus of the role is supporting specific, time limited client projects. While the amount of time would be dependent on the specific projects, we are seeking (but cannot guarantee) a minimum of six days per year.

Associates will be paid on a day rate (agreed at the outset) with days per projects agreed on successful contracting of the specific project. We expect to agree day rates between £500 and £1,100 (exc VAT) dependent on experience.

We want our Associates to be part of Kaleidoscope and to be able to be involved in other aspects of our work and development. To support this, we offer an annual payment of £1,000 (exc VAT) to cover ad hoc advice.

This payment is not linked to specific deliverables other than the expectation that it might include 2 to 3 hours per month over the course of a year.

We are looking for skills and experience across our four areas of work:

  • strategy and organisational development (including coaching)
  • evaluation and research
  • network and collaboration support
  • learning partnership support.

In addition we are looking for a set of core skills across all areas, including:

  • Sharp analysis. Analytical rigour coupled with pragmatic problem-solving in addressing complex situations. You are able to see our clients’ challenges in the round, and join the dots between their objectives, their capabilities and their culture to support them to achieve their goals.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. The ability to build effective working relationships at all levels, particularly with senior and executive roles. You have sharply honed facilitation skills: you can read a room and channel its energies to secure a successful outcome.
  • Project management and coordination. Proven ability to work under pressure and manage high levels of ambiguity. Successful applications will have a high-quality approach to project management, using tools to deliver work on time and within budget. Successful track record of designing, delivering and leading multiple projects.
  • Expertise in the healthcare sector. You know what’s what in the health and healthcare world, and you can spot opportunities and identify issues even before our clients have.

The roles are open to clinicians and care professionals as well as those without a clinical or care background.

But I’m afraid if you’re not kind, well, we might as well part company now.

How to apply

To apply, please complete this form by 9am, Monday 13 September.

If necessary, we will conduct interviews during September, either over Zoom or at our offices in Surrey Quays, London.

While we expect there will be other opportunities to join our group of Associates, this is likely to be the main opportunity in 2021.


What questions do you have? Do look at our website and email us – – if you have specific queries we can help with.

Thanks very much – we hope to hear from you.