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Band 8a - Senior Improvement Lead, Corporate Nursing

West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£52,963 to £59,360 a year inc. HCA
Closing date
22 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a passionate quality improvement leader within a healthcare organisation?

Are you looking to join a dynamic quality improvement team?

An exciting opportunity has arisen at West Herts Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust to become the senior improvement lead for the team.

The team is leading the Trust on its quality improvement journey. This position offers an opportunity for an individual with experience in improvement to contribute to taking WHHT to a new level of achievement and to embed QI into the culture at WHHT.

The Senior Improvement Lead supports the development of the improvement leads within the team and deputises for the Lead for Quality Improvement.

The post-holder will be required to have experience of working in a Quality Improvement team, knowledge and experience of facilitating others to use Quality Improvement methodologies and teaching Improvement science. They will be an ambassador for Quality Improvement across the Trust and provide expertise, advice, education and support to ensure that improvements are delivered effectively and for the benefits of patients and staff.

If you are a highly motivated and dynamic individual, able to work flexibly in a fast-paced environment individually and as part of a team, this job is for you.

Main duties of the job

The post has a key role in supporting the Trust to meet its vision of incorporating quality improvement into our culture, our way of working, and supporting organisational change.

The team collaborates with the divisions to facilitate the use of QI methodology for improvement workstreams. The team is responsible for developing the Trust QI capability.

The post holder needs to be able to work autonomously and to support teams to deliver on project plans. Good communication skills, and the ability to build relationship with staff from across the Trust is essential. The ability to work with uncertainty and in changing circumstances is required.

The post holder will be the team leader and is required to have leadership experience demonstrating the ability to line manage, coach, and develop colleagues.

The Trust supports flexible working. This post holder is required to work on site at Watford and to travel to both St Albans and Hemel Hospital. This post is not suitable for home working.

About us

There has never been a more exciting time to join West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust! Major redevelopment works are planned as part of the New Hospital Programme. These will be most dramatic at Watford General Hospital where up to 90% of buildings will be new.

The trust has recently gained 'teaching hospital' status which reflects the dedicated work of many teams and individuals who have set the standard for delivering high quality training, learning and education at all levels of the workforce.

We are a flexible working employer

At West Herts we recognise the importance of a good work life balance and the ability to work flexibly. We are delighted to offer a variety of flexible working options for all staff. Please check out our web page for more information.

We encourage and welcome people with disabilities. If you need help, please ask.

We reserve the right to close this advert early due to the volume of applicants. Please apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

If you do not hear back within 3 weeks of your application, please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Act as leader, mentor and coach to junior members of the QI team.

Deputise for the Lead for Quality Improvement.

Take on a key role in liaising with teams across the Trust who are working to support improvement exploring new ways of working and supporting colleague to adapt in a fast-changing environment.

Champion, inspire and lead the development of a culture where improvement is a core component of every member of staffs daily routine

Develop and maintain effective working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, including senior stakeholders, across the divisions and services

Responsible for the operational management of the improvement projects with the nominated divisional leads

Contribute to the body of research in improvement science.

Responsible for developing and implementing systems and processes for tracking organisation wide QI work.

Responsible for analysing, reporting, and supporting performance of QI programs across the organisation.

Responsible for the ward accreditation and supporting the divisions to do this working with the Chief Nurse and Deputy Director of Nursing for Quality

Person Specification

Education and qualifications


  • BSC (HoNs) degree education or equivalent experience
  • Clinical qualification
  • Experience at band 7
  • Experience of working and dealing with patients and service users
  • Quality improvement methodology qualification or equivalent through study and extensive QI experience


  • Experience at band 7 with a Quality Improvement team
  • Coaching qualification
  • Teaching qualification
  • Advanced QI qualification such as relevant Master's degree or Institute for Health Improvement IA course.



  • Specialist knowledge of the science of quality improvement
  • Specialist knowledge of data for improvement.


  • Knowledge of improvement data



  • Experience of undertaking or facilitating teams to undertake QI initiatives using a scientific approach such as the Institute of Health Improvement methodology
  • Experience of managing change
  • Experience of analysing and presenting improvement data
  • Ability to present complex data in an understandable format


  • Advanced Excel experience- able to manipulate data and use pivot tables.
  • Experience of leading a team
  • Working across care settings

Employer details

Employer name

West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Watford General Hospital


WD18 0HB

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