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Quality Assurance Lead

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum
Closing date
28 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking to recruit a Quality Assurance Lead, who is knowledgeable, dynamic, and passionate about supporting the safe and effective care of the people we serve. You will be a key member of the Clinical Governance Team and support the critical functions aligned to regulatory requirements. This role reports to the Associate Director of Nursing Standards and Safety. The Quality Assurance Lead is responsible for the management and oversight of the Trust's interface and relationship with the Care Quality Commission. The postholder will support the systems and processes in place to review quality across services. The post holder will need to be experienced at Band 8a or above, in a leadership capacity.

The role is integral to our quality assurance processes, and you will work with our teams across the organisation to support compliance aligned to regulatory requirements. Candidates must be able to demonstrate a wide range of experience and ability in corporate and clinical governance, with a breadth of knowledge and understanding of quality assurance within health care or related area.

Main duties of the job

The Quality Assurance Lead is responsible for the systems and processes by which assurance is gained on the quality of safety, effectiveness and experience of care, aligned to regulatory standards. The postholder is responsible for the delivery and administration of an overall process improvement and assurance so that
  • All key concerns in respect of compliance are identified and acted upon.
  • There is a systematic approach to the collection and reporting of compliance information and associated risks.
  • Compliance is integrated with the Trust's Risk and Safety Management systems.
  • Escalation routes are clear and in place.
  • Scrutiny of compliance through Quality Reviews is programmed across the organisation.
  • Processes are subject to continuous improvement.

About us

This is an opportunity to join an organisation which sets a high priority on the development of services which are responsive to service user and carer's views and to work with dedicated and supportive colleagues. The trust is committed to strong integrated, collaborative leadership between managers and clinicians.

Working here offers continued training and development, variety and a rewarding challenge, plus the benefits of living in Sussex, by the sea, in the beautiful South Downs or in any one of the exciting towns and cities we have to offer.

We'd love you to join our organisation that is rated 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring by the CQC. Our staff agree, with 82% of people in our recent staff survey telling us that they recognise that care for patients is our top priority.

Other key staff survey results include:

70% highlighting flexible working opportunities as a key point for satisfaction at work.

79% reporting feeling able to make suggestions to improve the work within their team.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To lead on the development and on-going improvement of the compliance system across the trust, ensuring that all divisions and directorate have systems and processes in place to evidence they are providing safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led services.

To provide support to Executive Directors, Clinical Directors, Divisional Directors of Nursing and Managing Directors in assessing compliance against the fundamental standards of care (as set out in the Health and Social Care Regulations) with clinical and corporate teams.

To advise the Associate Director of Nursing of any identified compliance and quality risks identified.

To ensure there are adequate controls in place to manage compliance risks and recommend actions needed to address gaps in control.

To advise on assurance measures and monitor the effectiveness of quality controls.

Person Specification



  • Educated to degree level or equivalent.
  • Significant and demonstrable experience in regulatory and quality assurance, within the healthcare sector .
  • Evidence of CPD, acquired through attending relevant courses and conferences.



  • Excellent understanding and ability to apply the Fundamental Standards of Care (as set out in the Health and Social Care Act 2008) in clinical practice.
  • Knowledge of the quality agenda and levers for change in the NHS system.
  • Extensive experience of working within the health service or related area, in one or more of the following: - Leadership Role (8a or above), Clinical and corporate governance, Risk management, Internal and external audit.
  • Experience of adopting Quality Improvement principles to support the delivery of safe, high quality care.
  • Experience of change/project management.
  • Experience of developing, implementing and evaluating assessments and audits.

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Portland House

Richmond Road


BN11 1HS

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