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Group Head of Risk Management

St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£78,163 to £88,884 per annum
Closing date
26 Apr 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8C
Contract Type
Full Time
The Group Risk Management team is a new function supporting the St George's, Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals and Health Group, its constituent Trusts, and the three Sites with professional risk management advice and support in relation to the Group Board Assurance Framework, the two Trusts' Corporate Risk Registers, and clinical and non-clinical risks across the Group. This is an exciting time to join the Group in this pivotal role as we build a new central risk management team, develop a new Group-wide approach to risk management, and seek to become an exemplar of good risk management practice within a hospital group.

The role requires an experienced, senior, highly qualified and competent professional with broad experience and a highly developed skill-set in risk management. The individual will be able to proactively negotiate and influence at senior levels within the organisation, linking closely to executive functions, senior management and staff in the provision of the Trust's risk management agenda.

Main duties of the job

The Group Head of Risk Management is responsible for leading the newly established Group Risk Management function for GESH, promoting the principles of good risk management, and ensuring a new risk management strategy and policy is developed and embedded across the Group. The Group Head of Risk Management will lead in creating a culture and environment in which risk management is embedded at all levels to ensure the delivery of high quality, safe, patient-centred services. In this critical and high profile role, the Group Head of Risk Management will be a visible, accessible and authoritative leader on all risk management issues and, working with the Group Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, will lead on the preparation of risk reports to the Group Board, Board Committees, Executive and Site management teams. The post holder will ensure the effective governance of risk at all levels, promote effective risk management and embed structures and processes that contribute to this. The Group Head of Risk Management will support the Group Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Group Chief Executive, Board and Non- Executive Directors on risk matters. The role will have significant input to the Trust's strategic and business planning systems providing advice on all risk management aspects including risk appetite.

About us

The St George's, Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals and Health Group (GESH) is a recently-formed hospital group, comprising St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (SGUH) and Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust (ESTH), which includes Sutton Health and Care Partnership and Surrey Downs Health and Care Partnership. Sharing a single Chairman, Chief Executive and Executive team, the GESH Group is one of the largest healthcare providers in the country, with a combined annual turnover of around �1.7 billion, 16,000 staff, and serving a population of approximately 3.5 million people across South West London, Surrey, Sussex and beyond. The GESH Group provides a full range of local hospital services across its sites at St George's Hospital in Tooting, Queen Mary Hospital in Roehampton, Epsom Hospital and St Helier Hospital, and provides a range of specialist services from St George's.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Risk management strategy, policy, process and culture
  • Develop, implement and monitor the Groups risk management strategy and policy framework, and ensure these are in line with best practice. This will include reviewing regularly the risk management policy to ensure it remains fit for purpose
  • Ensure that there is a golden thread of risk management (assurance, escalation and de-escalation) from ward to Board
  • Act as a credible leader and role model for risk management by promoting a positive risk management culture across the Group and developing robust systems and processes for effective management of risk
  • Develop and deliver a culture of continuous improvement in risk management throughout the Group
  • Provide visible and effective leadership for the Group-wide delivery of the risk strategy and the risk management policy framework, with a focus on developing risk maturity across the Group
  • Promote the risk management strategy and plans within the Group, build understanding of, support for and action in embedding risk management as a means of improving governance, performance and decision making across the Group
  • Take a Group-wide approach to supporting risk management and ensuring governance arrangements support this
  • Provide advice on the inclusion of risk management practices into Group policies and procedures, ensuring that risk is owned at the appropriate level across the Group
  • Support the Group Chief Corporate Affairs Officer in the development and review by the Board of risk appetite
  • Maintain an effective and accessible risk management information system
  • Draft reports for the Audit Committee on the effectiveness of internal controls relating to risk management and on compliance with the risk management framework and policy
  • Establish priorities and action plans for implementation by the organisation to address any perceived weaknesses in the System of Internal Control with respect to risk and risk management
  • Lead on the implementation of actions to improve the management of risk identified by external and internal auditors.

Person Specification

Qualifications & Training


  • Masters degree or equivalent relevant experience working at a senior level as a risk professional.
  • Certified Member of the Institute of Risk Management or evidence of actively working towards CMIRM.



  • Substantial experience of leading a risk management function in a large and complex organisation, ideally in an NHS, regulatory or other public sector setting
  • Proven experience of working directly with Board members and senior executives in risk management role and of providing high quality and well-evidenced risk advice particularly to Executives and other senior directors
  • Significant experience of managing and motivating teams and individual members of staff.

Skills & Knowledge


  • Highly developed and extensive specialist understanding of risk management, underpinned by detailed knowledge of risk management theory and practice.
  • Outstanding report writing skills and excellent presentation skills, including the ability to present complex information at senior executive and Board level in a succinct and compelling way.
  • Well-developed communication and influencing skills, with the ability to gain consensus at all levels within the organisation.

Personal Qualities


  • Excellent organisational, planning and time management skills, enabling working on own initiative and prioritising workloads.
  • Results-oriented and high level of drive for performance and improvement.

Employer details

Employer name

St George's Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


St George's Hospital

Blackshaw Road


SW17 0QT

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