Quality Improvement Lead

NHS AfC: Band 7

Main area
Project Management
NHS AfC: Band 7
Secondment/Fixed Term until 31 October 2019
Full time 37.5 hours per week
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£33,222 - £43,041 per annum
26/07/2018 23:59
Interview date

NHS England leads the NHS in England, setting the priorities and direction of the NHS and informing the national debate to improve health and care. We strongly believe in health and high quality care for all, now and for future generations and want everyone to have greater control of their health and 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 their spending. Our work involves the commissioning of health care services in England, and we support local health services that are led by Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). We have devised and are delivering a strategic vision for the NHS, along with our partners in health, called the Five Year Forward View.

If the advertised role is based in London on an Agenda for Change Pay Band, it will attract a High Cost Area supplement. This supplement is not applicable to Executive or Senior Manager or Medical Leader positions. For positions offered on a part time basis, salary and any allowances will be adjusted pro rata.

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Formally established in October 2012 as a new independent body with executive powers and exceptional responsibilities, the main aim of the NHS England is to get the best health outcomes for people in England.

Key to our approach is making sure that the needs and wishes of those using our services are at the heart of everything we do and every decision we make, driven by clinical leaders to help transform health outcomes in their local communities.

The South West Maternity Clinical Network supports clinicians and stakeholders to work together to improve outcomes and achieve consistency in the delivery of effective, high quality, person-centred services.  The geography that the SWMCN currently covers six Local Maternity Systems (LMS) aligned to Sustainable Transformation Plan (STP) footprints.  These are:  

  • Bath, Swindon and Wiltshire
  • Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire
  • Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
  • Gloucestershire
  • Somerset
  • Wider Devon

The National Maternity Transformation Plan:  Better Births outlines the national expectation for improvements to maternity services, and each LMS has its own localised Transformation Plan which sets out their ambitions and trajectories for improving maternity care and experience.

We are looking for a Quality Improvement Lead to support the South West Maternity Clinical Network in delivering a range of improvements for LMS and their stakeholders across the South West of England. Working with hospital trusts, GPs, Clinical Commissioning Groups and the wider community, this is an exciting opportunity to assist clinical networking and work flexibly on discreet projects. It is envisaged that the post will be based in Taunton, (although an alternative such as Saltash, Taunton, Bristol or Chippenham may be negotiable, depending on the context of the successful applicant). However, the South West is a very large area and you will need to be able to travel as required. 

You will have excellent communication skills, are a quick learner and clear thinker, have managed projects, be committed to building a learning environment and will know how to make change happen. You will need to use these skills to contribute to improving quality and outcomes, supporting and enabling clinical leadership and encouraging patient, carer and public involvement. The ability to work across organisational and professional boundaries is critical.  You will also need to ensure that network activities promote transformational and sustainable change and support commissioners to achieve outcome ambitions for patients whilst ensuring value for money.

You will have a good deal of autonomy and will be expected to organise and plan a demanding workload and manage conflicting priorities that deliver improvements. You will have specific responsibilities for supporting the team relating to the digital aspects of the work, including oversight, administration and support to users of the valued South West Maternity Dashboard, including analytical support as required.

This post is a maternity cover that will be on a fixed term/secondment arrangement until 31 October 2019.

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For a discussion about this post please contact Becky Applewood

Email: rebecca.applewood@nhs.net

Mobile: 07730380398