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PALS Manager

Employer
St George's Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Sutton
Salary
£42,471 to £50,364 a year pa
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Profession
Other Health Profession
Grade
Band 6
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
The PALS Manager will be responsible for the leadership of the Patient Advice & Liaison Service (PALS) for Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust in accordance with national core standards. The PALS manager will be accessible to the public, the PALS team and other colleagues to receive, examine and resolve questions, problems, and concerns ranging from simple enquiries to complex issues and/or criticisms. In certain situations, the PALS manager will be able to refer to alternative means of resolution within the Trust or to other organisations for additional support of the patient's needs.

Main duties of the job

The PALS Manager will advise and make recommendations to staff at all levels that will influence best practice, promote quality improvement and outcomes of clinical care.

The PALS Manager will ensure that the patient perspective as presented to PALS contributes to the development of other Trust wide practices, strategies and policies to support patient centred healthcare.

The PALS Manager will encourage and support the training and education of all staff based upon the patient experience, through direct involvement in the development and delivery of the trust's patient experience training.

The PALS Manager is responsible for supervising the PALS team, induction of new staff members in line with Trust policies, managing absence reporting and performance issues in line with Trust Policies, ensuring all team members undertake statutory and mandatory training.

About us

St Georges, Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals and Health Group is a new hospital group, comprising St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (SGUH) and Epsom & St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, which includes Sutton Health and Care and Surrey Downs Health and Care. Sharing a single Chairman, Chief Executive and Executive team, The GESH Group is one of the largest healthcare providers in the country, with a combined annual turnover of around �1.5 billion, 16,000 staff, and serving a population of approximately 3.5 million people across South West London, Surrey, Sussex and beyond.

Vision and Values

The post holder is expected to have a clear understanding of how this post contributes to the achievement of the Group Strategy of Outstanding Care, Together.

Our Strategy is founded on four key priorities Collaboration and Partnership Affordable healthcare, fit for the future Right Care, Right Place, Right Time and Empowered, engaged staff.

All our staff are expected to share the values that are important to the Group and Sites and behave in a way that reflects these. As PALS Manager you will role model a can do attitude, demonstrate a passion for improving the patient experience and work as a valued member of the wider GESH team.

Job description

Job responsibilities

JOB SUMMARY

The PALS Manager will be responsible for ensuring the management and leadership of staff and operational day to day running of the PALS office for the Trust in accordance with national core standards. The PALS manager will be accessible to the public to receive, examine and resolve questions, problems, and concerns ranging from simple enquiries to complex issues and/or criticisms. In certain situations, the PALS manager will be able to refer to alternative means of resolution within the Trust or to other organisations for additional support of the patients needs.

The PALS Manager will advise and make recommendations to staff at all levels that will influence best practice, promote quality improvement and outcomes of clinical care.

The PALS Manager will ensure that the patient perspective as presented to PALS contributes to the development of other Trust wide practices, strategies and policies to support patient centred healthcare.

The PALS Manager will encourage and support the training and education of all staff based upon the patient experience, through direct involvement in the development and delivery of the Trusts patient experience training.

The PALS Manager will be directly responsible to Patient Experience Lead and accountable to Senior Patient Experience Manager liaising closely with Associate Directors of Nursing, Service Managers, Clinical Directors, Heads of Departments and Matrons and ward clinical and administrative staff. They will also develop working relationships across all departments and with voluntary agencies and/or outside bodies who provide services at the Trust.

The PALS Manager will be a proactive member of the wider patient experience team and will lead on key projects designed to improve the patient experience.

MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Maintain a high quality PALS for patients, relatives, members of the public, carers and staff seeking information, help, advice and assistance with enquiries and concerns relating to the trust services.
  • Act as a readily accessible and welcoming point of contact for patients who may need help with any aspect of their care, or the service they have received. Facilitate, wherever possible, a sympathetic resolution, causing minimum distress to all those involved.
  • Ensure the PALS environment presents a calm and welcoming atmosphere for those who seek help in person.
  • Be an ambassador for the Trust.
  • Provide a confidential service, led by the patients wishes, in order to resolve problems and concerns by conciliation and mediation.
  • Respond to requests and provide good quality information for patients and users. Empower and enable patients to exercise their rights and responsibilities.
  • Work collaboratively with patients, relatives/carers and colleagues to feedback from their experiences, invite comments and accept views to support service improvement.
  • Refer, as appropriate, patients and relatives/carers to NHS Complaints Procedures and Independent Complaints Advocacy Services. Steer patients and users to specialist services and external advocacy as required.
  • Maintain confidential records, ensuring patient confidentiality at all times, in accordance with Trust policy.
  • Ensure all PALS concerns are acknowledged and actioned to expectation of National Core Standards.
  • Ensure all PALS data is entered on governance reporting software in a timely and accurate fashion ensuring on-going training and accuracy of data entry to support themes and trends analysis.
  • Identification of learning outcomes, monitoring of action plans and identification of subsequent service improvements achieved directly through PALS intervention.
  • Support the development within the Trust of a strategic approach to obtaining patient and user feedback.
  • Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the PALS through quality evaluation and audit.
  • Identify and undertake projects to further the development of PALS as well as the wider patient experience agenda in the trust.
  • Raise staff awareness and sensitivities to patient experiences through the formal/informal teaching of trust staff at all levels ensuring successful reflective practice to ensure awareness of good practice.
  • Contribute to the development and delivery of the trusts patient engagement and experience training programme, specifically leading on the development and implementation of point of care resolution training and development.
  • Ensure patient experiences influence trust-wide culture & services globally, through the preparation and presentation of Patient Experience Reports at trust committees. Develop effective liaison with the PALS teams in neighbouring Trusts and CCGs.
  • Work with other agencies across the ICB to support a seamless service.
  • Ensure a close and effective working relationship with patient engagement groups and produce ad hoc, confidential reports at their request.

  • LINE MANAGEMENT/FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • To ensure the service is delivered within budgetary guidelines keeping in mind financial value of decisions made.
  • Responsible for personal duty of care in relation to equipment, staff, and resources.
  • To line manage PALS team members.

  • SPECIFIC ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Post holder will actively attend working groups and parties.
  • To ensure resolution of unaddressed issues is appropriately escalated to directorate business partners and patient experience lead.
  • To actively publicise PALS within and beyond the Trust at every opportunity.
  • To lead on key projects related to improving patient experience.


  • Person Specification

    EDUCATION, QUALIFICATIONS AND/OR TRAINING

    Essential

    • BSc/BA or significant experience to the equivalent
    • Post-graduate management qualification to diploma level or equivalent experience


    KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING

    Essential

    • Knowledge of the national core standards for PALS and understanding of best practice delivery.
    • Understands the different available approaches to resolution of patient concerns
    • Knowledge of the NHS Complaints Procedure
    • Knowledge of organisational policies and procedures


    EXPERIENCE

    Essential

    • Extensive experience working in an NHS environment
    • Experience of working in a public-facing, customer service based role
    • Experience of translating NHS practice and terms into plain language and easily understandable ideas.


    SKILLS/ABILITIES

    Essential

    • Able to use reliable judgement in relation to PALS services as well as advise on trust policy and procedure
    • Able to supervise the day to day running as well as the wider operational management of PALS.
    • Able to lead the PALS team ensuring effective staffing coverage of the PALS office
    • Able to analyse emotionally complex situations in order to provide supportive advice on ways to manage patient and relatives' concerns.
    • Able to propose policy or service changes across the organisation on the basis of patient feedback
    • Able to analyse departmental data, trends, and themes to develop reports regarding trust performance in relation to PALS


    Employer details

    Employer name

    St George's Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

    Address

    Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust

    Wrythe Lane

    Sutton

    SM5 1AA

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    200-NN-6401692-A&C-Y

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