Quality Improvement Leads

NHS AfC: Band 7

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Quality Improvement
NHS AfC: Band 7
Secondment/Fixed Term contract for 12 Months
Full time 37.5 hours per week
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Oak House/Quarry House
Leeds or Rotherham
£31,696 - £41,787 per annum
01/02/2018 23:59

NHS England leads the National Health Service (NHS) in England. We set the priorities and direction of the NHS and encourage and inform the national debate to improve health and care.

We want everyone to have greater control of their health and their wellbeing, and to be supported to live longer, healthier lives by high quality health and care services that are compassionate, inclusive and constantly-improving.

NHS England shares out more than £100 billion in funds and holds organisations to account for spending this money effectively for patients and efficiently for the tax payer. A lot of the work we do involves the commissioning of health care services in England. We commission the contracts for GPs, pharmacists, and dentists and we support local health services that are led by groups of GPs called Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). CCGs plan and pay for local services such as hospitals and ambulance services.

We have devised a strategic vision for the NHS, along with our partners in health, called the Five Year Forward View. And now, with our partners, we are delivering that vision. This vision shows that we are getting serious about prevention, identifying and delivering improvements in health care, redesigning the NHS so it continues to meet the needs of patients, ensuring the NHS is financially sustainable and engaging the public in this whole process.

We strongly believe in health and high quality care for all, now and for future generations.

Please note, if the advertised role is based in London on an Agenda for Change Pay Band, it will attract a High Cost Area Supplement. If this post is an Executive or Senior Manager (ESM) role or Medical Leader position this supplement is not applicable.


Quality Improvement Lead (QIL) Perinatal Mental Health (PMH)

Base: Oak House, Rotherham or Quarry House, Leeds

Secondment/Fixed Term Contract: 12 months from date of appointment

The Yorkshire and Humber Clinical Networks (CNs) work across Cancer, Diabetes, Mental Health and Dementia, and Children and Young Peoples Mental Health (CYPMH) and Maternity providing support to commissioners (in CCGs and NHS England) and to hospital based clinical/managerial staff. We also work closely with Local Authorities, voluntary organisations, charities, children, young people and their families and carers so the successful candidate will be exposed to a wide variety of NHS and non NHS colleagues when in post.

The Quality Improvement Lead (QIL) will be responsible for planning and managing network priority projects based on agreed work programmes. The QIL will use a range of service improvement techniques to deliver bespoke projects and monitor milestones and outcomes of work. The QIL will also co-ordinate the collection, analysis, synthesis and presentation of appropriate quantitative and qualitative data to support the commissioning process. The Quality Improvement Lead (QIL) will also have a key role in supporting the PMH work as a national priority for NHS England identified within the 5 Year Forward View for Mental Health and Dementia and the Maternity Transformation Programme resulting from ‘Better Births’.

In this role the QIL will support team members by facilitating discussions to encourage creative thinking, identify options and develop methods to test new ways of delivering services. The QIL will also develop and manage communication strategies across the network, ensuring that information and opportunities to actively engage others in the network projects are maximised. There are opportunities to share skills, knowledge base and learning from the quality improvement work with local, regional and national colleagues.

The successful candidate will be educated to degree level, or equivalent. They will have significant experience working in one or more of the following: secondary care, an equivalent operational role, a commissioning role and/or clinical role, where a number of wide scale quality/service improvement projects, in complex and challenging environments, have been managed. The successful candidate will also have excellent communication skills to develop mature relationships with CCGs, NHS England and non NHS partners and be able to demonstrate the ability to think strategically. Experience of working within PMH or a relevant mental health related service is essential.

The role will form part of a small PMH Team as part of the Maternity CN that spans the whole of Yorkshire and the Humber. Therefore, the post holder will need to be able to adapt to different styles and paces of working and be flexible to travel to meetings as required.

The Quality Improvement Lead will be based either in Oak House, Rotherham or in Quarry House Leeds and a car driver/owner is essential due to the travelling required in the role.

For a discussion about this post, and option for informal visit to meet, please contact:

Clare Hillitt, Clinical Network Manager (Children and Young Peoples Mental Health and Maternity) on clare.hillitt@nhs.net or Anna Downward – Fletcher, Quality Improvement Manager (PMH) on anna.downward-fletcher@nhs.net

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