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Associate Quality & Governance Lead

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
23 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Full Time - 37.5 Hours Per Week

We have an exciting opportunity to work with us as an Associate Quality and Governance lead. Are you already experienced in working within quality and governance? This role will provide you with growth and development. We are open to applications from clinicians with a keen interest in this field and will offer in service support and training to enable you to develop.

Wakefield CAMHS is a forward thinking service focused on high quality and continuous improvement. We have strong links with our community partner agencies and work in a collaborative way that places the young person at the centre.

The ability to apply quality improvement standards and raise governance and safety issues within the trust is essential as is building strong working relationships.

We are a friendly, welcoming and supportive service and strive to achieve the best outcomes for young people and their families.

Main duties of the job

As a key member of the senior leadership team you will contribute significantly to the service quality and governance agenda through joint working, training, audit and will work alongside the teams in Wakefield CAMHS to embed practice linked to National Guidance.

You will have a vital role in ensuring that effective clinical and quality governance, risk systems and processes are in place to ensure that we provide safe care. You will be involved in incident management, delivering and implementing quality and safety initiatives.

The post holder will support CAMHS Head of Quality and provide advice and direction to frontline staff to ensure the service is prepared for compliance, both internally and via external agencies such as the Care Quality Commission.

If you would like to make a difference to children and young people then we would like to hear from you. Informal visits and enquiries are strongly encouraged. Please contact Claire Sidebottom, Interim Service Manager on 07766 994685.

All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients.

About us

We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.

Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.

We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.

Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.

Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will support and assist practice governance coaches to engage with operational managers and a number of key stakeholders to coach clinical teams in the achievement of clinical excellence, patient safety and regulatory assurance.

Leading, innovating and supporting the development of improved clinical performance and compliance in service delivery across a range of healthcare services provided by South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust.

Main tasks / principal duties and responsibilities

Support Practice Governance Coaches in the development of a culture of high quality clinical practice that both meets the needs of the service users and provides assurance across all services, ensuring that quality and governance is owned by all staff. For example, implementation of NICE guidance to support practice.
  • Assist in establishing and maintaining an effective communication and relationship system with BDU key stakeholders, colleagues, service users and partners relevant to the work being undertaken.
  • Contribute to the development of a practice governance framework that fosters a culture of ownership and accountability whilst encouraging innovation and staff empowerment.
  • Contribute to and influence the development of Trust policies and procedures both to ensure governance issues are fully represented in policy and assist professional staff to interpret policy into practice.
  • Contribute to the overall financial management of the Trust, utilising influence to ensure services are delivered efficiently, effectively and represent good value for money. This will include deploying financial and other resources to achieve maximum benefit for patients and applying principles of financial governance.
  • To support the Trusts commitment to patient, service user and carer and public involvement in the way services are planned, developed and provided and to incorporate this approach in a way which respects issues of equality and diversity in all aspects ofwork.
  • Make recommendations to Practice Governance Coachs on training needs as appropriate.
  • For full job description, please see attached supporting documents

Person Specification

Special Knowledge and Skills


  • Detailed understanding of clinical governance within the NHS. Understand and translate national directives and agendas into appropriate local strategies and plans.
  • Ability to prioritise and demonstrate effective time management and organisational skills, working Detailed understanding of clinical governance within the NHS.
  • Understand and translate national directives and agendas into appropriate local strategies and plans.
  • Ability to prioritise and demonstrate effective time management and organisational skills, working autonomously.
  • The ability to analyse complex issues, identify potential solutions and reach sound judgments and decisions and deal with difficult situations that may arise.
  • Committed to Continuous Professional Development of self and others.
  • Able to demonstrate commitment to collaborative partnerships between practice and regulation.
  • Ability to create and produce reports, excellent presentation skills
  • Demonstrate advanced people management skills including:
  • Motivation of staff and team building
  • Development of positive interpersonal relationships
  • Negotiation
  • Decision Making
  • Leadership
  • Staff development
  • Conflict resolution and problem solving
  • Initiating and managing change
  • Creativity
  • Understanding of current NHS issues and initiatives.
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written.
  • Ensures that own actions support equality, diversity, rights and maintain quality,pan Trust working.
  • A Current driving licence and access to a car during the working day is essential (reasonable adjustments will be considered for any applicants who are unable to drive due to a disability)
  • Ability to make things FUN.


  • IT Skills use of email, word processing, Power Point, excel, internet searching.



  • 1st level degree in health care.
  • Professional qualification, for example Nurse, Occupational therapist, Social worker.



  • Recent clinical leadership experience.
  • Evidence of developing staff.
  • Setting and monitoring of standards.
  • Ability to work as part of a large multi professional team.
  • Experience of developing and delivering projects



  • Masters degree or equivalent experience at masters level


  • Post registration clinical qualification in relevant area that has enhanced clinical practice.
  • Post registration management/leadership qualification, or willingness to undertake same.
  • Post registration leadership qualification.
  • Coaching qualification or willingness to undertake same.

Employer details

Employer name

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust


Wakefield Health & Wellbeing Centre

Back Lane


West Yorkshire


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