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Head of Accreditation and Harm Free Care

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
31 May 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

We are seeking to appoint a Head of Accreditation and Harm Free Care.

You will lead on and oversee the Trust Wide accreditation process, review the embedding of the accreditation process and will oversee and line manage the Harm Free Care Team.

Provide timely reports and assurance against all areas of responsibility as detailed in the job description.

Main duties of the job

  • Lead on the embedding & further development of a Trust-wide accreditation process, working in partnership / alongside the improvement and transformation and patient safety teams.
  • Ensure all clinical areas have systems in place to support monitoring of compliance and standards of practice.
  • Ensure a robust nursing audit programme is in place and work with the improvement and transformation and patient safety teams to ensure QI projects are led at ward/department level.
  • Support the Trust to develop and implement systems for performance monitoring and performance improvement programmes for patient safety at ward/department level.
  • Provide expert, strong and professional nursing leadership and advice across the organisation.
  • Be responsible for engaging nursing and midwifery staff across the divisions in taking forward the nursing priorities and lead Trust wide nursing and midwifery quality improvement initiatives.
  • Provide visible leadership in clinical areas.
  • Oversee the Harm Free Care review process and associated Quality Improvement commitment.
  • Oversee the roll out of national agenda in harm free care, Quality Improvement and issues pertaining to patient safety, setting standards and guidelines for best practice
  • Provide line management and leadership for the Harm Free care team.

About us

Come Nurse with us...

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUH) is one of the largest teaching Trusts in the country. It comprises Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital. We provide accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge and regional and national specialist services. It's a great place to nurse, work and live.

You will work on a vibrant hospital campus with a friendly community feel; we have excellent facilities to practise your skills and abilities to support your career pathway and development. Our values of Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent support the delivery of outstanding care. We have a fully electronic patient record system that is improving health-care quality; this is transforming services, improving patient safety and clinical outcomes.

CUH is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves. We value our differences and fully advocate and support an inclusive working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential. We want to ensure our people are truly representative of all the communities that we serve. We welcome applications for all positions in the organisation irrespective of people's age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity status or social economic background.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Description and Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.

Closing date is midnight on 31 May 2023

Interviews are due to be held on 22 June 2023

Why choose Cambridge University Hospitals?
  • Our values and reputation for outstanding care
  • Opportunities to experience a range of specialities
  • Career and development opportunities
  • Preceptorship and mentoring programmes delivered by a dedicated clinical education support team
  • Research experience and opportunities
  • Lovely location and quality of life
  • Excellent schools/colleges and transport links (road, rail and air)

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

Person Specification



  • First level Registered Nurse with NMC registration Qualified to Masters or equivalent level Postgraduate management qualification or substantial relevant experience at senior level Evidence of strong and recent commitment to continuous development



  • Extensive senior clinical and management experience Experience of working across other NHS organisations (or beyond) for benchmarking purposes or to identify best practice/areas for improvement Experience of overseeing Trust-wide initiatives; leading successful change management; service redesign processes; leading cost improvement programmes. Experience of providing clinical advice to, and liaising with, managers and staff at all levels, including working with Executive Directors and senior clinicians Leadership of multidisciplinary teams


  • Evidence of engaging in research activities



  • A broad and highly developed understanding of nursing and midwifery policy and its implications for the workforce and future health care delivery Knowledge of NHS practices, policies and procedures and experience of implementing new policies across multiple services Understanding diversity and equality issues and how they impact and translate at Divisional and Trust level



  • Highly developed analytical and problem solving skills; capable of interpreting and evaluating complex, multi-faceted information; ability to summarise complex information; ability to make judgements and advise on the best course of action Ability to present highly complex/controversial information to a wide range of audiences, with differing levels of understanding, in a suitable format and with appropriate explanation Ability to influence, persuade and motivate others Ability to collaborate constructively with all key stakeholders (internal and external) and to create the conditions for successful partnership working Ability to provide a clear vision for change which is a source of inspiration and motivation for others. Skilled in all aspects of managing change, including supporting staff Ability to monitor and act to improve and deliver performance and establish high levels of quality and to hold others to account for delivery Highly-developed leadership and influencing skills with the ability to enthuse, motivate and involve individuals and teams across the trust A strong commitment to openness, honesty and integrity Highly developed communication skills to resolve complex, high-impact situations in highly complex environments High level of work organisation, self-motivation, drive for performance and improvement and flexibility in approach

Additional Requirements


  • Committed to continuous service development and quality improvement Reliable and supportive The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of safe, kind, excellent. Able to participate in a senior nurse and the on call manager rota

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