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Head of Patient Safety Incident Management

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum
Closing date
21 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
The post holder is expected to be based at Trust Headquarters (The Lodge) but will be equipped and expected to work agilely across the whole of the organisation

Hours 37.5 per week

Band 8b

Main duties of the job

The post holder is responsible for ensuring the Trust has robust systems in place for the effective reporting, investigation and learning from patient safety and critical incidents including oversight of learning from deaths in order to comply with commissioning contracts and legal requirements.

The post holder will be responsible for high level briefing of Executive Directors, the Trust Chair, Chief Executive, Communications Department and Commissioners.

This post holder will be required to produce high quality reports using analytical skills for Trust committees including the Executive Team and the Trust Board.

The post holder will support the identification of contributory factors to ensure that learning responses are undertaken in accordance with Patient Safety Incident Response Framework (PSIRF) guidance, and reports are of an appropriate standard to evidence the use of Systems Engineering Initiative for Patient Safety (SEIPS) methodology. The post holder will be required to direct and assist investigating leads and will be required to participate in panel reviews to investigate high profile incidents, including homicides.

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work
  • Day One Flexible Employer

The Trust supports and actively encourages flexible working for all employees. We offer many options and you are encouraged to ask the recruiting manager what is possible for this role. If appointed, you will have the opportunity to apply for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment

Join our Staff bank

What is Staff Bank?

Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

If you are joining our Trust in a fixed term role, please indicate on your New Starter Paperwork that you wish to join our staff bank.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please take a look at the job description and personal specification form the full details of the post.

Any questions please contact :

Moriam Adekunle

Director of Safety and Patient Safety Specialist

Person Specification



  • Degree or equivalent experience Master's Degree or equivalent experience Evidence of post graduate training Evidence of relevant training on Quality Improvement Methodologies (e.g. QSIR)



  • Practical experience of Patient Safety Incident management under the Patient Safety Incident Response Framework Demonstrate an understanding of the practices of Just, Caring and Learning Culture in the delivery of this role. Evidence of embedding new learning into organisation Proven record of using Risk Management methodologies and processes. Knowledge of developing organisation strategy Knowledge of Safety Science / Human Factors Training. Understanding of the use of the Systems Engineering Initiative for Patient Safety (SEIPS) methodology Broad knowledge of NHS terminology, governance and structure A track record in producing and delivering training programmes for all disciplines of staff Excellent interpersonal, communication and listening skills to all levels of the Trust both written and oral including dealing with distressed and emotional family members. Ability to influence and motivate staff in order to deliver challenging targets Ability to manage conflict and build cohesion Able to analyse, interpret and report data Ability to work on own initiative, managing a team and supporting effective team working Evidence of systematic approach to the development of Risk Management Services Experience with working in a high pressure multi-functional/flexible team environment Understand the importance and implications of confidentiality compliance Evidence of ability to work strategically Practical experience in managing programmes/project Literate in advanced IT/Computer Skills Ability to produce accurate and timely reports and written information and the ability to present complex information in an accessible way Strong ability to interpret national advice, guidance and requirements and advise how these should be implemented Production and delivery of presentation's to staff across the trust Good oral communication skills Previously responsible for a budget with in-depth working knowledge of financial processes and understanding of the NHS financial standing instruction

Organisational Values


  • Able to demonstrate practical application of the Trust Values: We Care We Learn We Empower

Service Transformation


  • Willing and committed to developing expertise in all aspects of patient safety science such as human factors, systems thinking, investigation, quality improvement, change management, prospective and reactive risk analysis and management, error theory and just culture Ability to use established networks and create new ones to share good practice Practical experience in managing programmes/project

Personal Qualities


  • Shares the Trust's Beliefs, Values and models this in their attitude and behaviour: Ensures that the organisational values of We Care, We Learn and We Empower are demonstrated by self and others every day and that any matters of concern are addressed in a timely way, either directly or raised with the relevant Line Manager or through the relevant processes within the Trust as appropriate'

Additional Requirements


  • Fitness Analysis as appropriate Current driving licence Ability to travel across sites (organisation and external) and across Trust boundaries to attend meetings etc

Employer details

Employer name

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


The Lodge


SS11 7XX

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