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Head of Patient Safety & Learning - Band 8b

Gloucestershire Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking a senior professional with extensive experience of current NHS patient safety management in mental health, community physical health and learning disabilities care settings. The potential candidate must also have sound experience in clinical quality governance, healthcare regulatory and legal compliance and assurance alongside quality improvement to join our team.

The Head of Patient Safety & Learning will report to the Associate Director of Quality Assurance & Clinical Compliance. The post holder will lead the Trust programme of work to enable excellent patient safety stewardship and learning throughout the Trust. This will include leadership and responsibility for our patient safety investigations, mortality review programmes and patient safety incident reporting systems.

The post holder will lead work on improving learning from incidents and support the Trust Medial Director and Nurse Director in the implementation of the National Patient Strategy in the Trust, inclusive of duties associated with the named Clinical Safety Officer role.

The post holder will need to be highly motivated, have the ability to work autonomously, encourage innovation in the field of patient safety practice development and have a track record of achievement in this domain. The post holder will promote the delivery of safe and compassionate care and deliver their work in way that supports colleagues to improve services.

Main duties of the job

The Head of Patient Safety and Learning will report to the Associate Director of Patient Safety, Quality & Clinical Compliance. The post holder will coordinate the Trust programme of work to enable excellent patient safety stewardship and learning throughout the Trust to be achieved .

Coordinate the stewardship and development of patient safety activity throughout the Trust via

Ensuring high standards of patient safety issues are identified , reported and investigate. Enable the patient safety team to provide Board to Ward level patent safety assurance though reports, presentations and workshops ( amongst other methods) using reliable data, patient and staff experiences alongside benchmarking and stakeholder feedback to inform reporting and assurance

Fulfil and develop the role of Clinical Safety Officer as required within the Trust. Ensuring safe adoption of clinical information systems by implementing the safety standards, DCB0129 and DCB0160.

Support the Trust Medical Director and Director of Nursing Therapies and Quality with the development, implementation and delivery of the National Patient Strategy. This will include leading the administration of the Trust patient safety group and its work plan.

About us

At Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, we are supportive of the people we care for in the community and aim to provide a fully responsive service to everyone who needs it. This is the same approach we take for our employees. We look to value the skills and experiences of those we work with, whether they are service users, carers, families or those looking to work with us.

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust is part of the NHS. We treat NHS patients according to NHS principles and standards. The difference is the Trust is accountable to local people, rather than to Government, and so we are able to work closely with our community to develop services in the way that best suits the needs of local people.

Our Staff Survey results showed people at our Trust feel they are engaged, part of a team and work for a compassionate and inclusive organisation.

Our overall scores were better than average in eight of nine themes and level in one - the best overall results for a community, mental health and learning disabilities Trust in the south west and first equal amongst all sector NHS providers within the region too.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Gloucestershire Health and Care is committed to embedding and providing personalised care through all of its services as part of our high-quality care strategy. The purpose of personalised care is to empower people to lead the lives they want to live. Personalised care starts with a conversation with people about what matters to them. It builds on what people can do, as well as addressing their health needs. Including new ways of working and delivering care, emphasising that we need to make effective use of the full range of our peoples skills and experience to deliver the best possible patient care. So we want to know What Matters to You and that you will share our values and join us on this very important journey.

The qualification, training & experience requirements for the role are underlined in the Job Description/Person Specification.

Please refer to the Additional Information attachment before submitting your application.

Person Specification



  • Legal qualifications or knowledge and skills in patient safety associated legal matters
  • Educated to Degree level or able to demonstrate equivalent knowledge and skills
  • Post-graduate management qualification or suitable senior management experience


  • Advanced qualification in patient safety and/or Quality Improvement or related area



  • Extensive experience as a Senior Manager within the NHS, Social Care or Third Sector organisation
  • Experience at a senior level in Quality management, assurance, patient safety, patient experience service delivery or health and safety within a Healthcare organisation
  • Experience in developing and implementing improved care and process pathways.
  • Experience of leadership, developing and assuring services within NHS community physical health, mental health care , learning disabilities health case across adults and children services


  • Experience of applying NICE and other national/international healthcare guidance to practise.

Employer details

Employer name

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust


Edward Jenner Court

1010 Pioneer Avenue



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