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Associate Director of Governance

Barts Health NHS Trust
£75,853 to £86,574 per annum pro rata inc
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8C
Full Time
We require a highly inspirational, influential, and strong leader to take on the role of associate director of governance for Newham Hospital.

This is an exciting opportunity for an inspiring leader looking to develop into a senior hospital leadership role, to work within four triumvirates to provide leadership to the teams and to work in collaboration at all levels across the hospital to deliver our Patient Safety Incident Response Framework and our hospital strategy.

You will be expected to demonstrate an ability to maintain morale and resilience within our multidisciplinary team but also to continue to drive, sustain and deliver further improvements.

Newham Hospital takes pride in teamwork and inclusivity. Therefore, we would like this post-holder to demonstrate that they can work across boundaries to give and receive support that enables improved efficiency of patient pathways and patient experience.

Main duties of the job

This role is the lead professional for clinical governance, risk, and safety at the hospital. Following negotiations, you will also be expected to be the hospital lead for a corporate subject which will also include representing the hospital on that subject across Barts Health NHS Trust.

We're looking for an individual who can contribute to the on-going implementation of both National and Bart Health NHS Trust strategy, ensuring achievement of its objectives and proactively modernising the delivery of hospital governance. You will also proactively support the division to meet its over-arching aims around quality and safety, recovery, performance, efficiency, and financial stability.

About us

Barts Health is one of the largest NHS trusts in the country, and one of Britain's leading healthcare providers.

The Barts Health group of NHS hospitals is entering an exciting new era on our improvement journey to becoming an outstanding organisation with a world-class clinical reputation. Having lifted ourselves out of special measures, we now have the impetus and breathing space to chart a fresh course in which we are continually striving to improve all our services for patients.

Our vision is to be a high-performing group of NHS hospitals, renowned for excellence and innovation, and providing safe and compassionate care to our patients in east London and beyond. That means being a provider of excellent patient safety, known for delivering consistently high standards of harm-free care and always caring for patients in the right place at the right time. It also means being an outstanding place to work, in which our WeCare values and behaviours are visible to all and guide us in how we work together.

We strive to live by our WeCare values and are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment.

We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates as they are underrepresented within Barts Health at this band.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience, and knowledge required. For both documents, please view the attachment/s below.

Person Specification



  • Degree or equivalent experience in relevant discipline
  • Masters in relevant discipline or the equivalent comparable industry experience.
  • Evidence of recent and ongoing continuous professional and personal development action and activity
  • High level of technical knowledge of risk management assurance and clinical governance
  • Has current broad knowledge of the national NHS context



  • Extensive senior management experience relevant to the role in an NHS or other healthcare organization
  • Experience of leading organisational risk management to support delivery of Trust objectives
  • Can demonstrate successful project management including project planning, project implementation and project evaluation


  • Business planning, objective setting and performance management experience



  • Understanding of PSIRF and its role in patient safety
  • Knowledge of key statutory and legislative requirements, e.g. Duty of Candour and surrounding complaints management
  • Knowledge of the role of healthcare regulators
  • Broad understanding of the NHS and social care, including key policy issues which affect improvement, safety and patient experience
  • An understanding of quality management frameworks



  • Strong management skills - must be able to self-manage and manage teams in order to collate and analyse information from both internal and external sources and present findings to senior managers and the Executive
  • Significant experience in Clinical Governance and risk management.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills to deal with complex issues and with senior management.
  • Skilled negotiator and ability to challenge, bringing positive influence to bear.
  • Excellent organisational skills - must be able to prioritise a changing and variable workload to meet deadlines.
  • Sound knowledge of the purpose and function of clinical governance, risk, audit and assurance processes
  • Experience of analysing and design, practical implementation and effectiveness of structures and processes to provide evidence-based opinion and recommendations for improvement.
  • Scoping, planning and project management skills
  • Can evidence innovative and strategic thinking ability
  • Can lead, motivate and inspire others
  • Is credible to internal and external stakeholders
  • Have strong analytical, numerical and critical reasoning skills. Capable of effective problem solving
  • Able to translate strategic goals into effective and achievable operational plans and capable of monitoring their progress and outcomes.
  • Able to make sense of conflicting priorities and reach effective and speedy solutions
  • Highly developed negotiating and influencing skills
  • Well-developed communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Able to assess risks, anticipate difficulties and successfully address them
  • Able to handle detail in strategic plans and make informed decisions and judgments


  • Politically astute with knowledge of national and regional decision making and influencing bodies.



  • Is a role model for openness and inclusion
  • Encourages innovative thinking in others.
  • Demonstrates resilience, confidence and self-belief when under pressure.
  • Demonstrates self-awareness which includes awareness of impact on others.
  • Has personal integrity

Employer details

Employer name

Barts Health NHS Trust


Newham University Hospital


E13 8SL

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