NHS National Director of Patient Safety

London SE1
£131,301- £146,450 (ESM2) plus equivalent of CEA’s where applicable
25 Sep 2017
15 Oct 2017
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

NHS Improvement is seeking to appoint an exceptional and inspirational clinical leader to the role of NHS National Director of Patient Safety. Leading the national patient safety function for the health service in England, the key responsibilities of this high-profile national remit include:

  • Implementing a patient safety strategy that provides a cohesive and co-ordinated approach and brings together the various national work streams including statutory functions, Carter recommendations and improvement activities.
  • Strategic oversight of the current National Reporting and Learning System, and delivering a new Patient Safety information system which integrates all current disparate systems (the Patient Safety Incident Management System).
  • Advising on the policy implications of health policy and emerging evidence, related to patient safety, on both a proactive and reactive basis.
  • Providing clinical and professional leadership and specialist expertise for patient safety in the NHS, including working with Ministers, the Department of Health, CQC, NHS England, HEE and the professional regulators to agree expectations in relation to patient safety across the health system.

Reflecting the system-wide nature of this key role, it is intended that the post-
holder, if appropriate, will also be appointed as a Deputy Chief Medical Officer (CMO) by the Department of Health and as a Deputy National Medical Director by NHS England.

NHS Improvement is responsible for overseeing foundation trusts, NHS trusts and independent providers. We offer the support these providers need to give patients consistently safe, high quality, compassionate care within local health systems that are financially sustainable. By holding providers to account and, where necessary, intervening, we help the NHS to meet its short-term challenges and secure its future.

NHS Improvement’s remit for patient safety, however, extends across all areas of NHS-funded healthcare in England, including primary care, community services, mental health trusts, ambulance services and acute trusts.

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For informal enquiries, please contact Dan Chinn, (daniel.chinn@nhs.net)

Closing date for applications: midnight on 15 October 2017.

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