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Lancashire and South Cumbria Clinical Lipid Lead

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience
Closing date
28 Sep 2023

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The Innovation Agency is supporting Lancashire and South Cumbrias Cardiac Network to implement the ICBs CVD prevention, detection, and management strategy, to reduce morbidity and mortality associated with CVD using a population health approach.

We welcome applications from healthcare professionals experienced and interested in lipid management (GP, nurse, AHP, pharmacist, consultant, chemical pathologist or other appropriate clinical background), to work with us and provide strong clinical leadership for our national and regional lipid programmes. By providing a clinical voice, the post holder will promote the best possible standards of healthcare for our population in support of NHS Englands Business Plan, Five Year Forward View, CVD National Ambitions and the locally agreed CVD Transformation Strategy. The post holder will be instrumental in the successful delivery of the NHS ambitions for lipid management and diagnosis and treatment of Familial Hypercholesterolemia, and will actively support the delivery of Lancashire and South Cumbrias CVD prevention, detection and management workplan and related ICS ambitions. The post holder will support implementation of the NHS/AAC lipid management pathway, help to scope and deliver quality improvement projects and foster supportive relationships between primary and secondary care, to ensure that patients have access to all NICE-approved lipid lowering therapies, in the right place, at the right time.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work as part of a dynamic cardiovascular (CVD) team, supporting the development of services and improvements across Lancashire and South Cumbria (L& SC). They will support the strategic and operational development and delivery of coherent and effective network arrangements, ensuring activities are aligned to and support the L& SC Integrated Care Board (ICB) in achieving local and national outcomes and ambitions for patients, whilst supporting improvements across population health.

Working closely with the Innovation Agency (IA) and Cardiac Network CVD teams, and ICB Population Health team, the post holder will be responsible for clinical leadership, advice and engagement.

Key responsibilities:

To provide clinical and professional leadership to primary care and support improving quality and improving cholesterol management, particularly in primary care.

To provide clinical advice to constituent organisations (commissioners and providers) in line with NHS/AAC lipid management pathway (Summary of National Guidance for Lipid Management).

To communicate ICS/ICPs focus on quality and outcomes from regional through to local level, allowing local networks to develop sustainable local programmes and operationalise innovation and quality improvement.

To adopt a population health approach where possible.

To provide reporting on lipids optimisation activity through local reporting/governance structure

About us

The Innovation Agency is part of the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN).

The AHSN Network is the collective voice of the 15 local Academic Health Science Networks. AHSNs operate simultaneously as a single AHSN Network and as fifteen locally embedded and integrated organisations with strong partnerships at place and Integrated Care System level. Their strength comes from the ability to work at local, regional and national levels, and the interplay between them.

The AHSN Network exists to transform the way the NHS identifies, adopts and spreads innovation and is driven by three imperatives: improving health improving productivity and generating economic growth.

This is achieved by accelerating access to innovation, transforming patient experience and health outcomes, driving down the cost of care, supporting safer systems of care, and enabling economic growth through AHSNs unique support for the life sciences sector.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key job-specific responsibilities

Improving quality and outcomes

To work with the L& SC ICB, Cardiac Network, IA and other stakeholders as a clinical leader and champion.

To foster a culture of multi-professional engagement in the improvement of care across integrated pathways. This will include collaborating and engaging with clinical and non-clinical colleagues to deliver quality improvement as well as working with industry where appropriate.

To ensure quality improvement programmes benefit from the best clinical expertise and evidence available.

To promote programmes of quality assurance and improvement which support individual professional development and also inform commissioner and provider organisations.

To maintain credibility with all key players within the network community, fostering a culture of collaboration for the delivery of equitable, high-quality care. At times this will include acting as an honest broker, reconciling conflicting views and interests.

To understand, communicate and support the implementation of clinical policy relating to lipids, including the NHS/AAC lipid management pathway for therapy optimisation and national outcome strategies, in accordance with local and national CVD plans.

To work with partner organisations to expand access to genetic testing for Familial Hypercholesterolemia and embed this into a regional pathway, enabling us to diagnose and treat patients appropriately.

To promote a culture of innovation and trust and help to develop strong partnerships with stakeholders and other academic and education structures.

Enabling clinical leadership

To ensure that clinical leadership is central to the ongoing development and delivery of the lipids work programme supporting existing projects/activities and developing new activities across the region.

To foster and promote a culture of clinical engagement and ensuring activities are clinically supported.

To create and maintain network structures that support widespread multidisciplinary involvement, including doctors, nursing staff, allied health professionals and clinical pharmacists.

Engagement with national audits and data (e.g. CVDPREVENT) to identify and convey clinical need and communicate effectively to inspire colleagues to embrace and engage with improvement programmes, particularly in areas of health inequalities.

Enabling patient and public involvement

To encourage and support appropriate public and patient voices as part of programme delivery.

To embed public and patient voices within lipids activity at every level.

Promoting equality and reducing inequalities

To uphold the principles of, and encourage the promotion of equality, diversity and inclusion.

To create an inclusive working environment where diversity is valued, everyone can contribute, and everyday action ensures that we meet our duty to uphold and promote equality.

To support the CORE20PLUS5 strategy across the region.

To have equality, diversity and inclusion as one of the core components of need, when designing and implementing programmes of improvement for lipids.

Partnership and cross-boundary working

To effectively engage or develop links with other networks and regions where synergies exist.

To engage and develop collaborations for quality improvement across whole health communities and care systems, for the realisation of equitable access to quality care and the achievement of outcome ambitions for patients.

To work with other structures, aligning innovation, education, informatics and quality improvement

Using insight and evidence for improvement

To work with primary care to raise awareness, identify opportunities and collect data (e.g. CVDPREVENT audit) to inform programme development and monitor improvement.

To inform the development of a quality improvement approach using insight and evidence from a range of sources.

To promote the systematic application of the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF), Network Contract Directed Enhanced Services (DES) and Investment and Impact Fund (IIF) in line with appropriate lipid indicators.

Developing an excellent organisation

To support ICS delivery models and values and champion the NHS Constitution.

To ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of all staff within associated networks.

To ensure compliance with confidentiality and governance requirements within associated networks

To adhere to relevant professional codes of conduct

Key Accountabilities

No specific staff or financial accountabilities.

Person Specification



  • Educated to degree level in a clinical or scientific discipline
  • Postgraduate or management qualification
  • Registered medical practitioner with current GMC registration or nursing/AHP/pharmacy equivalent



  • Experience with supporting/implementing activities in primary care which lead to quality improvements
  • Good working knowledge of lipid management and collaborative partnerships between primary and secondary care
  • Experience of operating across primary and secondary care pathways
  • Experience with scoping/leading/delivering service improvements in primary care
  • Clinical leadership at a strategic level or aspirations to achieving this is desirable
  • Clinician who has the ability to communicate effectively with clinical and non-clinical professionals
  • Experience of developing, applying and reviewing an evidence-based approach to decision making



  • Knowledge and experience of working in and/or with primary care, with specific knowledge and/or interest in lipid management
  • Good understanding of health system dynamics and the NHS Long Term Plan
  • Knowledge and commitment to improving quality
  • A good understanding of how to use data and incentives to improve quality and improve patient outcomes

Values & Behaviours


  • Demonstrable commitment to and focus on quality promotes high standards to consistently improve patient outcomes
  • Demonstrably involves patients and the public in their work
  • Consistently puts clinicians and patients at the heart of decision making
  • Values diversity and difference operates with integrity and openness
  • Works across boundaries, looks for collective success, listens, involves, respects and learns from the contribution of others
  • Uses evidence to make improvements and seeks out innovation
  • Actively develops themselves and others
  • Demonstrable commitment to partnership working with a range of external organisations

Skills & Abilities


  • The ability to build excellent collaborative networks
  • The ability to deal with ambiguity and complexity
  • Able to navigate and negotiate the NHS and the wider health, social care and political landscape.
  • Commitment to developing excellent leadership skills and the ability to build and work with high performing teams
  • Commitment to highly developed interpersonal skills, negotiation, feedback and partnership working
  • Able to assimilate complex and lengthy information and make decisions in an ambiguous and fast-moving environment
  • Ability to communicate with stakeholders and convey complex messages to different recipient groups
  • Able to develop effective and mutually supportive relationships with key partners within and between organisations
  • Strong intellectual, strategic, and systemic thinking skills, with the ability to think creatively and laterally to achieve outcomes

Employer details

Employer name

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital


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