Deputy Head of Patient Safety

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
8 Dec 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity for enthusiastic, motivated candidates to join our passionate patient safety team as the Deputy Head of Patient Safety and Education Lead to take joint responsibility for the Trusts Patient Safety Agenda.

We are seeking experienced, self-motivated individuals with an understanding of clinical risk and patient safety.

The role will be responsible for overseeing the development and delivery of patient safety related induction training as part of the implementation of the PSIRF and National Patient Safety Strategy. They will support the Trust Patient Safety Specialist with the education and training programme.

The Deputy Head of Patient Safety will be key in supporting and developing professional leadership and supporting Trust processes for patient safety including the response to and management of incidents, investigations, never events and Duty of Candour compliance.

Main duties of the job

You will support the Trust in operationally managing the existing caseload of Serious Incidents to support the transition to PSIRF.

The Deputy Head of Patient Safety will be the lead expert overseeing the day-to-day response to the daily reported incidents.

The Deputy Head of Patient Safety will be responsible for overseeing the development and delivery of After-Action Review (AAR) within the organisation as part of the implementation of PSIRF and National Patient Safety Strategy, ensuring that AARs are effective and timely and leading by example with best practice and undertaking quality assurance and peer review.

The Deputy Head of Patient Safety will support the day to day operational management of the Patient Safety Team. They will develop the capability, knowledge and skills of the team through quality improvement methodology, the science of human factors and current views on safety.

Participating in deep dive thematic reviews of incidents and triangulating with other data sources to help inform the Trust's patient safety priorities.

You will also be required to provide leadership across groups of staff, within the Trust to inform the patient safety & quality improvements.

You will support the Head of Patient Safety in implementing national and local initiatives and improvements and enhancing a proactive patient safety culture.

About us

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust is a large acute hospital Trust in the county of Kent.

The Trust provides a full range of general hospital services and some areas of specialist complex care to around 760,000 people living in the south part of West Kent and the north part of East Sussex.

The Trust's core catchment areas are Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells and their surrounding boroughs. We work from two main clinical sites: Maidstone Hospital and Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury. Tunbridge Wells Hospital opened in 2011 and provides single rooms with en-suites for all in-patients - the first of its kind in the country.

We employ more than 7,000 full and part-time staff in a huge range of clinical and non-clinical roles across both of our hospital sites.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Once your pre-employment checks have been completed you will be contacted by Recruitment to arrange your start date which will be in line with one of our Corporate Inductions.

Please note that appointment to this post will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service Check at Enhanced Level. (Enhanced level now includes regulated checks against vulnerable adults and children)

At MTW, we seek to develop a culture where everyone can reach their full potential with opportunities to grow and develop their career. We recognise and value the unique contributions that each of our staff bring, delivering the best quality care and service to our patients. We are committed to being a diverse employer and strive to reflect everyone in our local communities. We welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences and celebrate the diversity of thought, viewpoints and ideas that will make our Trust the best place to work.

Interview Date:TBC

Person Specification



  • Educated to degree/ diploma or equivalent experience in a patient safety related role


  • Masters or equivalent level experience in patient safety or governance
  • Evidence of further professional development and current professional registration (where relevant)



  • Experience of working in a senior role within governance for at least 2 years
  • Experience of conducting thorough and complex investigations outlining the findings of investigations in a report.
  • Specialist knowledge and understanding of Patient Safety both nationally and locally.
  • Delivering effective training sessions
  • Experience of facilitating change, including ability to motivate staff and change behaviours and attitudes
  • Detailed working knowledge of the 2015 NHS Patient Safety Framework / 2022 Patient Safety Incident Response Framework
  • Experience dealing with complex and/or sensitive information and unpredictable situations


  • Teaching and education qualification
  • Trained in systems based approached to safety investigations and / or SEIPS 2.0 and / or After Action Review (AAR)
  • HSIB Investigation training level 2/3 (Formerly known as Bronze/Silver Award)
  • Experience and knowledge of inphase system
  • Experience of People management in the NHS Acute Sector



  • Excellent Communication and Interpersonal skills.
  • Confidence in formulating presentations
  • Public speaking skills
  • Ability to work independently and analyse complex problems as they arise
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Sound IT skills (Microsoft Office, Word, Excel), manipulation and extraction of key information from multiple source databases (Inphase, Inphase / Excel)nphase / Excel)

Employer details

Employer name

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust


The Roundall

Hermitage Court


ME16 9NT

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