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Head of Patient Safety

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a dynamic expert in the field of patient safety to lead our corporate patient safety team.

This role will support the strategic and operational delivery of our patient safety strategy, including the Patient safety incident review framework (PSIRF).

This role is also responsible for the line management of the Datix team and the Lead for Human Factors role.

For further details or an informal visit please contact Jane Nicholson, Deputy Director of Clinical Quality

Main duties of the job

  • To lead, manage, and develop the corporate patient safety team.
  • To lead on the operation and development of the patient safety incident management policies and procedures.
  • To lead on the corporate oversight of the Trust compliance with Duty of Candour requirements.
  • To lead on the delivery and development of the Patient safety incident response framework (PSIRF).
  • To act as the Trust's Patient safety officer to meet the requirements of the national central alerting system (CAS).
  • To lead on the delivery and evolvement of the Learning from deaths policy and procedures.
  • To deliver and evolve the Datix risk management system.
  • In collaboration with other experts within the Trust, lead on the design and delivery of patient safety educational programmes for the Trust
  • To support governance oversight and reporting on all aspects of corporate patient safety measurement and monitoring.

About us

Our Trust

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust comprises Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge. With over 13,000 staff and over 1100 beds the priorities of the Trust focus on a quality service which is all about people - patients, staff and partners. Recognised as providing 'outstanding' care to our patients and rated 'Good' overall by the Care Quality Commissioner, is testament to the skill and dedication of the people who work here. CUH's values - Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent - are at the heart of patient care, defining the way all staff work and behave. The Trust provides accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge, together with specialist services, dealing with rare or complex conditions for a regional, national and international population.

CUH is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves. We value our differences and fully advocate and support an inclusive working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential. We want to ensure our people are truly representative of all the communities that we serve. We welcome applications for all positions in the organisation irrespective of people's age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity status or social economic background.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Description and Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.

This vacancy will close at midnight on 16th July 2024

Interviews are due to be held on 29th July 2024

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases, alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

Person Specification



  • Educated to Degree level.
  • A relevant postgraduate qualification in patient safety science.
  • Trained in appropriate investigation methodology and techniques.
  • Evidence of continuous professional development relevant to this role.
  • A Masters in a relevant healthcare related field (or working towards).


  • Training in quality improvement



  • A relevant clinical background is considered essential, but evidence of experience that has developed an excellent understanding of clinical roles may be accepted as an alternative.
  • Experience of leading and supporting patient safety investigations.
  • Have worked in a clinical governance role at a senior level in a large and complex healthcare organisation.
  • Have a demonstrable track record of improving quality and managing change.
  • Experience of line managing a team.
  • Experience of financial management including workforce planning



  • An excellent understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of patient safety.
  • A good understanding of the national patient safety strategy, including the Patient safety incident response framework (PSIRF)
  • Understanding of key workforce policies and procedures.
  • An understanding of, or experience in, human factors science.


  • A good understanding of the regulatory environment in which NHS Trusts operate
  • Understand the NHS challenges and be able to translate these into operational changes



  • Excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Computer skills including competence with Microsoft Office and database systems, including risk management systems e.g. Datix.
  • Experience of formal and informal teaching.
  • Able to work to exacting standards, maintain focus and apply rigorous attention to detail


  • Trained After Action Review facilitator

Additional Requirements


  • The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of safe, kind, excellent
  • A strong commitment to the improvement of patient care and staff experience.
  • A high level of personal integrity and the capacity to be resilient, reliable and calm under pressure.
  • The post-holder will be required to maintain independence and impartiality, sometimes under very difficult circumstances, which will need an appropriate level of personal maturity and self-confidence.
  • The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of kind, safe and excellent. This behaviour is outlined on the final page of this person specification.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital-Division Corporate

Hills Road



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