Group Director of Clinical Governance

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience Attractive Remuneration Package
Closing date
31 May 2023

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Other Health Profession
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

Whatever you're looking for in your next career move, you'll find it all here for you at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, England's largest Acute NHS Trust. And, as we implemented our innovative Electronic Patient Record, 'Hive' in September 2022, we're transforming the care within our thriving city & further for our patients & their families. This means more opportunities for you to advance your specialism, progress your skills & take your knowledge to another level.

Right now, we're seeking a talented, passionate & strategic professional to take up our next Group Director of Clinical Governance, providing visible leadership & expert advice on all matters quality, patient safety, regulation & risk management across MFT; an undoubtable career changing opportunity.

In a nutshell, as an experienced, highly motivated & influential leader, you'll lead our clinical governance agenda & our regulatory compliance. Building relationships with stakeholders at all levels will come naturally to you with a sense of purpose & commitment to achieving excellence first time, every time. This is a unique opportunity to place yourself at the centre of an amazing team who'll provide you with both support & challenges to complement your drive & ambition.

So, let's tell you more, if you want to thrive in an organisation united in its values, purpose & commitment to patients & a drive for continual innovation & improvement with the right skills knowledge & experience to match.

Main duties of the job

  • Importantly, you'll be educated to Masters level in a healthcare field or equivalentwith sound understanding of NHS policy, legal & inspection frameworks.
  • Reporting to the Joint Group Medical Directors & Group Chief Nurse & using your substantial experience in clinical & corporate governance at a sub board level, you'll be accountable for the delivery of the Patient Safety & Quality Strategy. Providing leadership & direction on the Trust's first strategic objective -To improve patient safety, clinical quality & outcomes.
  • Working across the entire Group, you'll support the nine Hospital/Managed Clinical Services/Community Services Executives & their teams on all areas of clinical governance so that high standards are consistent across the organisation & learning is shared. You'll report on progress at Board level, throughout the organisation & externally to regulators & our partners.
  • What's more, as a meticulous subject matter expect with a can-do attitude, you'll lead on the Trust relationship development with several healthcare regulatory agencies including but not limited to the Care Quality Commission.
  • Lastly, with a breadth of skills in managing external regulation & response & highly capable in preparing reports & presentations for both a local & national level, you'll lead oversight & assurance processes for compliance with the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014.

About us

MFT is England's largest NHS Trust with a turnover of �2.5bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We've also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research, and innovation through the introduction of Hive; our Electronic Patient Record system which launched in September 2022.

We're proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What's more, we're excited to be embarking on our Green Plan which sets out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.

At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open, and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

Candidate Information Pack

To support this vacancy, we have developed a bespoke Candidate Information Pack for both roles which provides specific information about the Hospitals/MCS, the role and the Assessment and Selection Process. To request a copy of a pack, please contact Talent Attraction & Senior Acquisition Service Manager, Sinad Gamble via email at

COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not currently a condition of employment, we do encourage our staff to get vaccinated. If you are unvaccinated, there is helpful advice and information available by searching on the NHS England website where you can also find out more about how to access the vaccination.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification

Knowledge and Qualifications


  • Masters level education in a healthcare field or equivalent experience
  • Statistical knowledge, data-handling and research skills
  • Good understanding of NHS policy, legal and inspection framework
  • Sound understanding of health and social care legislation and practice


  • Broad knowledge of healthcare regulation to include the Human Tissue Act
  • Nursing Qualification (RGN) and registration with professional body (NMC)



  • Substantial experience of clinical and/or corporate governance at a sub-board level
  • Proven track record in delivering measurable improvement
  • Substantial experience of the management of external regulation and response
  • Extensive experience of preparation of reports and presentations at an organisational or national level
  • Proven credibility with external stakeholders


  • Experience of successful project delivery
  • Evidence of publication or presentation at a national level

Computer Literacy


  • Word processing skills
  • Database skills
  • Spreadsheet skills
  • Presentation package skills


  • Literate to intermediate/advanced level in statistics, trend analysis

Interpersonal skills


  • Written and oral communication skills
  • The ability to negotiate and communicate complex information influencing change to senior individuals within and out with the organisation
  • Ability to make presentations and deliver training to diverse groups including those at Board and sub Board level.
  • Self-reliant and results focused

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