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Associate Director of Quality & Effectiveness

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£79,592 to £91,787 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Feb 2023

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Senior Manager
Band 8D
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an experienced director to embed quality improvement across the Trust as the method for change is fully supported by our Executive board and equally by our staff, patients and partners, who are excited about the prospect of not only thinking about but doing things differently.

The post holder will work closely with the executive team to lead the quality management, improvement and assurance for the Trust, taking responsibility for incorporating effectiveness from across all services within their role.

The post holder will create the conditions where we truly embrace coproduction and become a real listening, learning organisation. They will provide supervision for colleagues in the Medical and Nursing directorate in governance roles for the effectiveness of care - clinical audit, quality improvement.

Main duties of the job

The main duties of the Associate Director of Quality & Effectiveness are to leadthe implementation of Clinical Governance, Effectiveness and Quality Improvement throughout the Trust.

Embedding of outcomes measures across services and mental health collaborative.

Prioritising addressing Health inequalities for the population of Sussex and developing a Population health strategy for mental health working with the ICS.

Development of Clinical harm review strategies across services, governance of risk assessments linked to care planning and effectiveness of suicide prevention plans across Sussex.

This will be achieved through clinical leadership, professional development, patient experience and quality and operational planning and delivery.

About us

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, are fully committed to embracing quality in patient and staff safety, experience and effectiveness. We work to ensure we provide the very best care to the people who use our services, utilising resources, expertise and energy to think creatively and differently about service delivery.

Job description Job responsibilities


Take a lead on quality management- in particular with regards to the effectiveness of care delivered across the Trust. Support good practice on equality, diversity and inclusion for staff, patients and carers. Ensure that clinical practice is evidence based and effective, working with CAGs, CDSs and the professional leads on supporting this. Promoting an environment where teaching, learning, research and Quality Improvement can flourish. Ensuring the Trust is managing health and social care data responsibly, in line with the Caldicott Principles (including being a member of Trust Information Governance and Security Assurance Group).


Responsibility for workforce planning within the quality improvement support team, developing creative solutions to any actual or anticipated skills or gaps. This will include supporting the development of new roles. Actively participate in the work of the Medical Directorate in promoting and embedding a Just and Learning Culture with compassionate leadership and strong values. Develop a career development plan with the CMO focussing on gaining the skills and experience necessary for future senior leadership roles within the NHS.


Help create an environment within the Trust that makes patient care, safety and satisfaction everyones first concern focused on evidence-based outcomes. Ensure that high quality clinical services are delivered in line with the Trusts Clinical and Organisational Strategies. Support a culture and organisational focus to enhance patient led, improvement-oriented Care Delivery Services


With colleagues in the Patient Safety team and Complaints team, to coordinate the service learning from incidents and complaints ensuring that services become more effective as a result.

Key Result Areas:

1) Corporate: Contribute to the business of the trust as a Medical Directorate team member, lead on specific areas of work relating to quality, in particular the effective delivery and outcomes of care. Maintain a visible presence within the Medical Directorate, with the immediate team, corporate business partners and with the wider Trust.2) Culture: Lead and role model a culture which inspires and supports others to be the best they can. Enable an environment in which staff are able to contribute and influence decision-making, exercise professional judgement and expect to be held to account for their practice. Demonstrate the value of strengths over deficits and promote learning. To value constructive challenge and be a role model for positive local dispute resolution.3) Strategic: Cultivate and maintain an outward-facing role. Be future focused and work in partnership with CDS and corporate business partners to translate strategic aims into actions for services. Provide advice on relevant data and research if required. Foster relationships with partners and other key stakeholders.4) Quality Assurance/Improvement and Governance: In partnership with the Operations Director and CDS Boards, develop, embed and learn from quality reporting and in the development of quality improvement particularly focussed on improving the demonstration of the effectiveness of services. 5) Actively promote evidence-based practice, and ensure that all treatments are delivered in accordance with NICE Guidelines or best practice guidance. Enable staff to report when appropriate interventions are not available and develop plans to maximise the effectiveness of interventions available.6) Financial Responsibility: Accountable for the financial planning, financial balance (including financial resources and physical assets) and performance management for their areas of responsibility. Acting on their own initiative with minimal supervision and being accountable to the Chief Medical Officer for their own decision making and local management. Ensure effective budgetary and resource controls and monitoring processes are in place to support delivery of financial plans, devolved budgets as appropriate but with the necessary controls in place to ensure they have an oversight of financial/workforce management on a month by month basis.7) Analytical and Judgemental; Have the analytical skill to absorb highly complex qualitative and quantitative data that requires analysis, interpretation and comparison that are used to draw conclusions, decisions or judgement, seeking professional advice where appropriate.8) Planning and Organisational Skills; The post holder will be required to develop, plan and organise a wide range of complex activities to contribute to and developed safe, quality services that meet the trusts strategic objectives.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Nurse (RMN or RNLD), Allied Health Professional, Psychological Professions or other clinical professional registration including Pharmacy
  • Educated to Master level in a healthcare related subject
  • Evidence of CPD
  • Qualified Nurse (RGN)
  • Masters level management qualification (i.e. MBA, DMS)
  • NHS Leadership course
  • Doctorate level qualification

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