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Quality Improvement Lead

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity to lead on quality improvement delivery within critical care. You will oversee and support all quality improvement projects that are being carried out within both NCCU and D3/D4. You will need a good understanding of QI approaches and models of change. You will work with the Education Lead and Matrons to address gaps in evidence base practice and key issues raised through QSIS. The roles aim is to engage all staff in QI and to raise the profile of critical thinking and questioning in practice.

This is a 12 month fixed term/secondment opportunity.

Main duties of the job

Lead the development and delivery of innovative approaches to critical care quality improvement (QI).

To work across Critical care areas contributing to the development of QI activities as a specialist resource.

Lead the delivery of nursing/AHP QI strategy within critical care.

To promote the work-based and academic learning of nursing staff through education and QI initiatives.

Promote the development and implementation of evidence based nursing practice.

To work in the clinical environment across critical care and to facilitate at clinical level, a continuous process of critically evaluating and improving service provision, ensuring effective patient focused care through promoting QI.

Act as a link with staff from other areas to share knowledge, best practice and clinical expertise.

This post carries a requirement to teach within a clinical setting and contribute to clinical care as service needs require.

About us

Come Nurse with us...

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest teaching Trusts in the country. It comprises Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital. We provide accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge and regional and national specialist services. It's a great place to nurse, work and live.

You will work on a vibrant hospital campus with a friendly community feel we have excellent facilities to practise your skills and abilities to support your career pathway and development. Our values of Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent support the delivery of outstanding care. We have a fully electronic patient record system that is improving health-care quality this is transforming services, improving patient safety and clinical outcomes.

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.

Please note:- Internal applicants on permanent contracts can only apply for this post as a secondment and must have the approval of your current line manager before applying.

If you require sponsorship for a Visa to work in the UK, to avoid disappointment, please check you are not applying from a Red list country - Code of practice for the international recruitment of health and social care personnel in England - GOV.UK (

Closing date is midnight on 14 July 2024

Interviews are due to be held on 25 July 2024

Why choose Cambridge University Hospitals?

Our values and reputation for outstanding care Opportunities to experience a range of specialities Career and development opportunities Preceptorship and mentoring programmes delivered by a dedicated clinical education support team Research experience and opportunities Lovely location and quality of life Excellent schools/colleges and transport links (road, rail and air)

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



  • Registered Nurse.
  • Post graduate critical care course - 60 credits
  • Evidence of evidence of relevant on-going professional development in research.


  • Working towards a MSc
  • Management or leadership qualification.



  • QI experience or Research Projects
  • Collected data for QI project either national or local.
  • Expereince working in critical care in the last 12 months as a band 6.
  • Experience of mentorship pre & post registration mentoring.
  • Evidence of leadership, management and/or team development.
  • Project management experience


  • Experience in critical care QI/research
  • Experience of lecturing/presenting. Running journal clubs or QI projects.
  • Experience writing reports and presenting findings.



  • Expert clinical knowledge in critical care.
  • Expert research/QI Knowldge
  • Ability to integrate education/professional needs with the needs of the service. Supporting research change models such as PDSA.
  • Knowledge of reflective practice in learning.
  • Ability to promote and introduce evidence based practices.
  • Ability to evaluate effectiveness of learning and research in the clinical environment.
  • Understanding of the wider nursing agenda including local, Trust and national issues related to Research. Knowledge of the Trust Research strategy.


  • Evidence of change management knowledge and experience.
  • Project led on large QI/ research project.



  • Good interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Motivation and innovative skills with engaging and inclusive approach.
  • Ability to use advanced clinical skills to educate, improve skills and promote QI.
  • Leadership/team working skills to effect changes in practice and improve care standards.
  • Able to challenge own and others practice in a facilitative manner.
  • Change agent
  • IT literacy, Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
  • Presentation skills.
  • Evidence of negotiating and influencing skills.
  • Ability to motivate others.
  • Able to manage own time and work autonomously
  • Ability to work collaboratively with the wider MDT and ot departments and other divisions.


  • Inclusive approach to research engagement
  • Able to ensure effective networking both within the Trust and Academic Institutions.
  • Networking outside the trust and representing CUH on Research platforms.

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.
  • High motivated and committed
  • Adaptable to changing situations due to both workload and colleague needs.
  • Approachable and supportive.
  • Able to promote an open learning culture.
  • Highly developed team work skills.
  • Committed to continuous professional development (both own and in others).
  • Evidence of both professional and personal development.
  • Willing to learn.
  • Able to prioritize workload.
  • Good decision making skills.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital-Divison A

Hills Road



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