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Clinical Commander

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Resilience Acute Flow and Transformation Directorate

We are looking for a Clinical Site Commander to join our team

The post holder needs to be an experienced motivated and dynamic individual, with an interest in patient flow and a passion for improving patient safety and experience.

They will need to have an understanding of ED government targets and current issues than can effect timely flow of patients through the hospital.

Good communication skills are essential to this role.

Main duties of the job

Facilitate the admission of elective and emergency patients within the principles of the Admission Policy and Waiting List Policy. Liaising with the General Managers and the relevant directorates to minimise waits in ED and prevent cancellations of elective procedures.

To participate inOPEL Site Meetings cross site using standard operating procedures to give accurate information on demand, capacity and to manage and take appropriate action, finding solutions to issues..

Liaise with the Clinical Site Commander and Clinical Site Matron across both hospital sites and external to the trust regarding bed resources, and coordinate the transfer of patients to and from tertiary centres in accordance with Trust policies and protocols.

To provide cover seven days per week, 365 days a year, with rotation onto nights to ensure continuity

About us

We employ more than 6,500 staffwho deliver compassionate care from our two main hospitals,Calderdale Royal Hospital and Huddersfield Royal Infirmary as well as in community sites, healthcentres and in patients' homes. We also are incredibly proud to have almost 150 volunteers here at CHFT.

We provide a range of services including urgent and emergency care medical surgical maternity gynaecology critical care children's and young people's services end of life care and outpatient and diagnostic imaging services.

We provide community health services, including sexual health services in Calderdale from Calderdale Royal and local health centres. These include Todmorden Health Centre and Broad Street Plaza.

We continue to modernise and invest in our health services to build on our strong reputation.Foundation trusts are public leaders in improving quality in health services. They are part of the NHS- yet decisions about what they do and how they do it are driven by independent boards. Boardslisten to their Council of Governors and respond to the needs of their members - patients, staff andthe local community.

Foundation trusts provide what the health service wants, yet are also free to invest quickly in thechanges to the local community needs, in striving to be the best, and in putting their patients first.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Efficient deployment of staff and resources as appropriate following a risk assessment and review of ward acuity/dependence to maintain patient safety.Liaise with the Matrons, General Managers and Clinicians regarding problems relating to their service and with the health care teams, patients and carers to ensure the patient journey is a good experience.To attend cardiac arrest calls and assist as required by the arrest team. To have the expert knowledge and skills required to fulfil this role.Attends mandatory study days, in-service training and meetings as required.

To have an overview of the Trust wide position and make appropriate clinical decisions to ensure safety of all patients is achieved and met.

Person Specification



  • Current registration with NMC
  • Relevant degree or working towards equivalent
  • Evidence of professional development


  • Must be willing to work towards further development



  • Experience in a clinical leadership/team leader role
  • Experience of coordinating a ward/clinical area
  • Experience of liaising with patients/carers
  • Previous experience of Site Management
  • Can demonstrate ability to work towards meeting key performance indicators
  • ALS accredited
  • Sufficiently competent in order to demonstrate expert clinical knowledge
  • Some understanding of the complexity of the NHS and the national picture and how this impacts on Site Management
  • Computer literacy
  • Knowledge of the NHS equality and diversity agenda


  • Experience in caring for patients in high risk categories and those requiring high dependency care
  • Knowledge of wider healthcare issues



  • Must be able to communicate effectively with a multi professional team and clients
  • Good leadership skills and able to influence sustained change
  • Self-awareness
  • Able to work under pressure and be resilient to meet performance targets
  • Proactive, takes own initiative
  • Can conduct own projects successfully and follow through with actions
  • Willing to undertake ownership and accountability
  • Team player and willingness to share responsibility
  • Flexible, responsive approach to work
  • Committed to patient centred decision making
  • Able to deal very sensitively and non-confrontationally with colleagues, patients and relatives
  • Confident to work assertively with multi-disciplinary team

Employer details

Employer name

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust


Calderdale and Huddersfield



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