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Deputy Lead for Clinical Pathways

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per annum
Closing date
12 Mar 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Clinical Directorate for the position of Deputy Lead for Clinical Pathways. Reporting to the Lead Paramedic for Clinical Pathways (currently the Lead Clinical Pathways Manager), the post holder will be responsible for the development, maintenance, and review of clinical pathways across the Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) area. In this role, you will work with teams across the organisation and with external stakeholders to support both service and clinical care changes, within established clinical governance frameworks, using project management and quality improvement methodology. This role is key to ensuring people who contact YAS for help are given the right care and support, in the right place at the right time.

Subject to discussion and agreement, there may be options for flexible and hybrid working, and base location is negotiable. Please note that you will be expected to travel within the Yorkshire region to meet with internal and external stakeholders.

This role requires current healthcare professional registration, as an in-depth understanding of clinical practice is essential, you will regularly be working with sensitive patient information, and from time-to-time may be required to work in a patient-facing capacity.

Main duties of the job

The Deputy Lead for Clinical Pathways will support the central Clinical Pathways Team in the development, monitoring and improvement of clinical pathways and referral pathways across the organisation. This will involve using and interpreting data to identify gaps and opportunities for improvement, representing the team and organisation in a range of meetings and working groups, leading on specific projects or workstreams related to clinical pathways (for example, falls pathways, CPD programmes, digital initiatives, or quality improvement programmes), and providing expert support for YAS area leadership teams in the development of local referral pathways.

The post-holder will work closely with the Lead Paramedic for Clinical Pathways (currently the Lead Clinical Pathways Manager) to oversee and assure the safety and quality of clinical pathways across the Trust, including improvements to trust-wide acute pathways such as STEMI and stroke pathways.

The Deputy Lead for Clinical Pathways should be a credible clinical leader able to work on their own initiative as part of a wider team, ideally with experience of clinical pathway development, clinical education, quality improvement and project management approaches.

About us

Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) NHS Trust geographically covers nearly 6,000 square miles of varied terrain, from isolated moors and dales to urban areas, coastline and inner cities.We serve a population of over five million people across Yorkshire and the Humber and strive to ensure that patients receive the right response to their care needs as quickly as possible, wherever they live.We employ more than 7,100 staff, who together with over 1,300 volunteers, enable us to provide a vital 24-hour, seven-days-a-week, emergency and healthcare service.Our ambition is to be an employer of choice, and we are continuously working across our partnership to improve our collective offer to staff in areas like health and wellbeing, benefits and flexible working incl. hybrid working.Benefits:o Flexible working including part-time hours, job shares and flexible hours, agile working (role dependant)o 27 days annual leave, increasing to 33 with service.o Contributory Pension.o NHS Discounts including shops, restaurants, gyms etc.o Car lease and other salary sacrifice schemes.o Dedicated employee assistance and counselling service.o Opportunities for research participation, career progression and ongoing development.o Well respected, committed and supported staff networks for our workforce.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

Core Responsibilities
  • To identify the need for new clinical pathways and work with team members and key stakeholders to define, develop, implement, and sustain these pathways.
  • To provide expert input to clinical pathway design, development, and implementation, and to other areas of clinical development or governance as required.
  • To ensure pathway development is aligned to YAS, ICS and national NHS strategies, priorities, and guidelines.
  • To establish close working relationships with key internal and external stakeholders relevant to clinical pathway development and governance
  • Responsible for creating and spreading key messages relating to clinical pathways within own area of expertise.
  • To communicate information about operational or clinical performance, clinical or system change, and investigation or audit outcomes related to clinical pathways both within and outside the organisation.
  • To represent the Trust and the clinical directorate in a professional manner at internal and external meetings, such as: pathway development steering groups commissioning meetings clinical governance meetings and presentations to various stakeholder groups.
  • To provide expert clinical input to the development of the electronic patient care record and other digital initiatives related to clinical pathway development.
  • To ensure clinical pathways within own remit are safe and well-governed, in line with YAS policies and procedures.
  • To employ effective communication skills - including active listening, negotiation, influencing and relationship-building - across departmental and organisational boundaries.
  • To participate in and contribute to clinical audits, by planning and providing clinical leadership to audit programmes, gathering, and analysing data, and producing audit reports relevant to clinical pathways.
  • To work with the clinical audit team to promote and disseminate the results of clinical audits.
  • To investigate untoward incidents using established investigation systems and ensure appropriate action is taken or escalated as appropriate.
  • Act as a role model with professional clinical leadership behaviours recognised by others, especially frontline staff. It is expected the post-holder's level of clinical knowledge and skills are current and relevant both in terms of practice and pathways.
  • Maintain own professional registration in line with the requirements set by the regulating authority for their profession.
  • Maintain current clinical knowledge and skills within own scope of practice.
  • Respond to emergencies as required, within own scope of practice - provide expert clinical care working as part of clinical teams responding to patients.
  • To participate in and to provide cross-cover to other clinical workstreams as required.
  • To work effectively as part of the Clinical Directorate team, and work in partnership with other departments to achieve trust objectives and key performance indicators.
  • Deputise for the Lead Paramedic for Clinical Pathways as required.

See attached Job Description and Person Specification for further detail.

Person Specification



  • Experience leading disperse and varied clinical teams


  • Experience of leading working groups, meetings and forums
  • Evidence of participation in research and development activities or audit
  • Experience in the delivery of educational programmes, learning and CPD
  • Experience providing remote clinical advice and supporting decisions about patients with complex care needs
  • Experience of leading service investigations, root cause analysis and risk assessment
  • Experience in influencing change across organisations



  • Ability to analyse complex information and data
  • Proficient in the use of digital technologies, including Microsoft Office
  • Developed time management skills, working to strict deadlines, delegating and prioritising workload as required



  • Healthcare professional with current professional registration
  • Relevant degree or diploma (Paramedic, Health)
  • Holds or is working towards a relevant Master's degree (or able to demonstrate equivalent knowledge, skills and experience)
  • Successful completion of the national NQP Consolidation of Learning portfolio (where applicable)



  • Expert understanding of current clinical practice guidelines, evidence and policies relating to the out of hospital arena

Employer details

Employer name

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust


Yorkshire Ambulance Service Headquarters

Brindley Way



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