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Band 8a Quality and safety advisor

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust
£56,388 to £62,785 per annum inclusive
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUT) is a large provider of acute services, serving a population of over 750,000 in outer North East London. The trust operates from two sites Queen's Hospital and King George Hospital. There are approximately 900 beds across both sites. Queens Hospital is the trust's main acute hospital and opened in 2006. It is the main hospital for people living in Havering, Dagenham and Brentwood. The hospital includes a hyper acute stroke unit (HASU), a large birthing centre, a renal dialysis unit and specialist neuroscience centre. The Emergency Department (ED) treats over 150,000 walk-in and ambulance emergencies each year. King George Hospital opened at its current site in Ilford in 1995 and provides acute and rehabilitation services for residents across Redbridge, Barking & Dagenham, and Havering, as well as providing some services to patients from South West Essex.

We are looking for a highly motivated, responsible person with a background in patient safety and quality to join our small but perfectly honed team.

Main duties of the job

To work as an integral part of the Clinical Group Management Team and lead the Clinical Group quality, safety and risk agenda. Working with the relevant teams the post holder will ensure clinical and quality governance and risk systems and processes are in place in their Clinical Group to support safer care, learning and continuous improvement.

To lead the development, co-ordination and implementation of effective risk management strategies and ensure the integrity of the Risk Register, working with colleagues to ensure an integrated approach to patient safety and embedding a risk management culture.

The post-holder will oversee the delivery of quality and safety initiatives providing assurance via the Clinical Group Director to the Trust Executive, Board Sub-Committees and Clinical Group Team Meetings. This will include ensuring the Clinical Group has in place an effective system for the management of serious incidents and other significant issues and implementation of their associated actions.

The post-holder will also undertake analysis of themes and trends from incidents, claims, complaints, audits, legal claims, etc., to identify lessons learned and ensure these are disseminated.

The post-holder will advise the Clinical Group Director and provide leadership and direction to frontline staff to ensure the organisation is prepared for compliance assessments both internally and via external agencies such as the Care Quality Commission.

About us

Under the leadership of our Chair Jacqui Smith and Matthew Trainer, our Chief Executive, we provide care for the residents of three of the most diverse London boroughs. More than half of our 7,500 strong workforce are from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and most live in Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge. We also provide healthcare services to people in south west Essex, and specialist neurosciences services to the whole of the county.

Our services include all the major specialties of large acute hospitals, operating from two main sites - King George Hospital in Goodmayes and Queen's Hospital in Romford. We also provide outpatient services at Brentwood Community Hospital, Barking Hospital, Loxford Polyclinic, and Harold Wood Polyclinic. We have two of the busiest emergency departments in London.

As we recover from Covid-19, we're proud to be leading the way nationally in reducing the time our patients wait to get the treatment they need. The pandemic provided the drive forour teams to innovate and change.

We know we have more work to do to improve waiting times for urgent and emergency care, and our performance against the four-hour emergency access standard remains challenged, in comparison to many other London trusts.

We are particularly proud of our regional Neurosciences Centre Radiotherapy Centre Hyper Acute Stroke Unit and dedicated breast care service at King George Hospital. We're also pleased to be part of the NEL Cancer Alliance.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further information on this role, please see the attached detailed Job Description and Person Specification.

The person specification listed below is not the full specification requirements for the role. Please ensure you review the full specification on the job description prior to submitting your application.

Applicants are advised to read all the information on the advert and the supporting information before completing and submitting an application. As you complete your application please ensure you clearly demonstrate how you meet the criteria in the person specification for this post by adequately completing the supporting information section of the application form.

All new staff appointed at the Trust are subject to a probationary period.

Applications should be made online, however, queries regarding the application process or assistance with completion of the form (for applicants with a disability) can be made to Miss Mothiga Chandrakumar, Recruitment Advisor, on 01708 435000 ext. 5934. Further details regarding the post may be obtained by contacting the manager as per the contact details above.

Person Specification



  • Experience of working as a senior manager in the NHS at Band 8 level


  • Preparation for CQC inspections and participation



  • Recognised Clinical Governance and/or Risk Management qualification or demonstrable evidence of significant knowledge and experience
  • Educated to first degree level in a health related, governance or management subject or a professional qualification


  • Professional clinical qualification
  • Master's degree or equivalent level of knowledge and skill

Employer details

Employer name

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust


Cross Site (Queen's Hospital and King George Hospital)



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