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Deputy Director of Patient Safety and Clinical Assurance

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
£91,317 to £104,122 per annum
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8D
Contract Type
Full Time
An opportunity has arisen within the quality and assurance team at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust for a Deputy Director of Patient Safety and Clinical Assurance.

We are proud to offer the opportunity to work in a progressive environment where we are committed to an ambitious transformation of our cancer services. The Post holder will be an exceptional leader who can demonstrate experience of working inclusively with diverse populations, good communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to think independently, challenge appropriately and work effectively as part of a team.You will also have an in-depth knowledge of governance and assurance mechanisms and will lead on monitoring standards of a range of clinical governance, clinical effectiveness and patient safety activity, in liaison with other multidisciplinary professionals and speciality leads within the Trust.We are a dynamic and fast-paced environment, that is always evolving, improving and encourages innovation. We are committed to your career development and offer a supportive, flexible and collaborative working environment.

If you are interested in applying for this post and wish to have an informal discussion / visit, please contact the Chief Nurse - Mairead Griffin via her EA Liz Tinson -

Closing date is the 26th April 2024 and Interviews on the 3rd May 2024

Main duties of the job

The post holder will have a leadership role, reporting to the directly to the Chief Nurse and working closely with senior leaders, clinicians and managers across the Trust to ensure that services are safe and effective. They will create an environment, which promotes and supports patient safety and high quality care. The role is responsible for the management of quality, risk and patient safety across the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust. This encompasses clinical effectiveness, risk and incident management, learning from incidents and compliance.The Deputy Director of Patient Safety and Clinical Assurance will provide strategic direction to the Trusts patient safety team providing expert advice and guidance throughout the Trust. The post holder will lead and deliver on a range of patient safety & quality projects and contributing to the wider Trust Quality Strategy, Risk Strategy and compliance with the Care Quality Commissions standards.Advise the Trust Board of any risk, patient safety concerns which would have the potential to impact on CQC compliance requirements.The role has direct management responsibilities of the Quality and Risk team consisting of Patient Safety, Risk, Complaints, PALS and Bereavement, Patient Information, Clinical Audit & Effectiveness, Quality Improvement, Accreditations & Compliance, Patient Experience, EPRR, Health & Safety, Document Control.

About us

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust is a world-leading cancer centre. Our role is to offer our patients the best cancer care available anywhere in the world, and to continue to make a global contribution to finding better ways of diagnosing and treating cancer. We employ over 4,500 staff in a diverse range of careers including nursing, medical, science, radiography, pharmacy, occupational therapy, finance and administrative services. We have two hospitals - one in Chelsea, London, and one in Sutton, Surrey - as well as a Medical Daycare Unit in Kingston Hospital.

At The Royal Marsden, we deal with cancer every day, so we understand how valuable life is. When people entrust their lives to us, they have the right to demand the very best. That's why the pursuit of excellence lies at the heart of everything we do.

At the heart of the hospital is our dedicated team. We offer a stimulating and dynamic working environment, a wide range of staff benefits, learning and development opportunities and clear career pathways. There are opportunities to work flexibly across a range of areas and specialities and we welcome flexible working requests from point of hire to support employees work life balance. We are looking for employees who aspire to excellence, share our values and can play a crucial role in our on-going achievements.

Job description

Job responsibilities

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

Take a key role in shaping the on-going direction/strategy patient safety in the Trust. Including the roll out of the Patient Safety Incident Response Framework (PSIRF). Develop systems to ensure that strategic risks are identified and reports to the Board through the assurance framework Lead the continual development of the clinical governance strategy, ensuring that each division continues to advance their clinical governance and risk management development plans and develop systems for monitoring progress through divisional boards In conjunction with and on behalf of the Chief Nurse and Medical Director, be responsible for the formulation and implementation of the Trusts strategic plans for quality, patient safety, clinical effectiveness, risk, and health & safety including implementing NHSi/NHSEs 2019/2020 National Patient Safety Strategy. Provide support, expert advice and overseeing the delivery of the clinical governance work programme, implementing governance and quality objectives at Trust and divisional level Ensure the quality, consistency and timeliness of clinical governance information provided to the clinical divisions, executive management team and the Trust Board is developed and improved Be responsible for development of the Trusts Risk Management Strategy, ensuring that it aligns to best practice and fosters and develops a culture of risk maturity within the Trust Ensure there is appropriate training and development in place with regard to risk management for Board, senior managers and frontline staff

Person Specification



  • Educated to Master's degree or equivalent level of experience working at a senior level in risk and assurance
  • Evidence of further professional, academic, business or management study to support delivery of senior role


  • Hold valid professional qualification and active registration with the NMC, GMC or HCPC
  • Patient Safety specialist course or willingness to work towards



  • Experience of managing high-level, Trust-wide complex regulatory functions.
  • Experience of managing high-level, Trust wide clinical risk and clinical audit.
  • Experience of leading large and complex teams who deliver on objectives.
  • Experience of medical legal processes.


  • Experience of working closely with colleagues in other agencies, such as the CGG/regulators/external auditors
  • Board level experience

Skills Abilities/knowledge


  • Extensive knowledge of key portfolio areas which must include quality improvement, risk management and assurance
  • A thorough understanding of good integrated governance
  • Understanding of PSIRF and Trust implementation
  • A comprehensive understanding of health and an appreciation of the broad social, political and economic trends influencing it
  • Extensive knowledge of clinical quality and safety strategies and implementation
  • Knowledge of a range of approaches to establishing evidence based practice
  • Evidence of designing systems to support governance
  • Evidence of auditing practice and implementing change
  • Evidence of presenting information
  • Evidence of developing and implementing systems to improve clinical and corporate performance and efficiency
  • Knowledge of research and development and innovation
  • Knowledge of key statutory and legislative requirements, for example, complaints regulations, Duty of Candour etc.
  • Capability to understand and analyse complex issues, drawing on the breadth of data that needs to inform decision making
  • Ability to provide an objective view, seeing issues from all perspectives, especially external and user perspectives and to recognise key influencers and the skills in engaging and involving them
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity and uncertainty and remain resilient in times of change
  • Ability to maintain a high level of performance, even when faced with opposition of when working under stressful conditions
  • Ability to act to improve and deliver performance and establish high levels of quality and to hold others to account for delivery
  • Evidence of effective verbal and written communication skills (including board papers and documents for publication)
  • ICT skills - using a range of programmes


  • Evidence of change/project management role

Other Requirements


  • Evidence of line management experience of groups/teams of staff
  • Highly skilled and able to influence and persuade others. Articulating a balanced no personal view and to engage in constructive debate without being adversarial or losing respect and goodwill
  • The ability to question information and explanations supplied by other, who may be experts in their field
  • Ability to provide a clear vision for change which is a source of inspiration and motivation for others
  • Skilled in all aspects of managing change, including supporting staff
  • Knowledge of key stakeholders and the issues facing them and experience of working in partnership
  • Highly skilled in identifying opportunities for partnership working, managing on-going stakeholder relationships and providing support to others in this area

Employer details

Employer name

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust


The Royal Marsden Chelsea



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