Clinical Safety Officer
Northampton General Hospital
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Are you looking for your next challenge in your digital career?
We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced registered clinician to join the University Hospitals of Northamptonshire digital team as a Clinical Safety Officer (CSO).
As a CSO you will have a vital role in ensuring digital transformation is undertaken as safely and effectively as possible. To succeed in this role you will have excellent interpersonal and leadership skills, in order to promote the role of clinical safety across cross-functional teams. You will work alongside a multi-disciplinary digital clinical team and be supported by the Chief Clinical Information Officer (CCIO) for UHNNHS.
The post holder is required to be a suitably qualified and experienced healthcare professional who holds and maintains current registration with an appropriate professional body relevant to their training and experience. Experience of working within a clinical safety role in an acute healthcare setting and knowledge of healthcare information technology systems is essential.
Travel between hospital sites will be required.
Please contact Ramandeep Kaur, Chief Clinical Information Officer, email@example.com, to discuss further
Main duties of the job
The Clinical Safety Officer (CSO) will work as part of a dynamic Chief Clinical Information Officer team. The post holder will have an extensive understanding of clinical safety and will be responsible for efficient and effective management of the Digital Clinical Safety on behalf of the Group.
The role is responsible for providing leadership, guidance, support, specialist knowledge and clinical safety review and approval for the implementation of new digital solutions and upgrades existing digital solutions across the Group. This includes the assessment of clinical safety issues at all points in the procurement and implementation of IT software and hardware, including on-going management once transferred to live service and ensuring all digital solutions conform to relevant national standards for clinical safety.
University Hospitals of Northamptonshire NHS Group is made up of Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust and Kettering General NHS Foundation Trust. Both hospitals are separate hospitals/employers with hospital board and leadership. We share a group executive team leading on a shared vision, mission, priorities, strategies and Dedicated to Excellence Values.
Our Excellence Values
We want to recruit the best people to deliver our services across the University Hospitals of Northamptonshire and help to unleash everyone's full potential. As an organisation, we value how we communicate and promote our vacancies to all communities.
The Hospital Group encourages applications from people who identify from all protected groups, especially those from BAME, Disabled and LGBTQ+ backgrounds as these are underrepresented in our hospitals.
We understand that we need to work with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and make sure the environment they work in is inclusive and collaborative.
We have active Networks that promote and support colleagues from all backgrounds. This ensures everyone feels supported and has a sense of belonging working for Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals.
Please note that vacancies may close prior to the advertised closing date when sufficient number of applications have been received.
- To operate as a key member of the Chief Clinical Information Officer team which oversees the effective delivery of all digital clinical services within the directorate and the delivery of all the directorates objectives and responsibilities
- Provide clinical safety approval for new agreed deployments of digital solutions and upgrades to existing systems across the Group
- To work with relevant internal and external stakeholders to take responsibility and accountability for digital clinical safety across the Group
- Collaborates with clinical and non-clinical staff in planning and implementing clinical safety standards and policies aligned to the Group Digital Strategy
Digital Clinical Safety and Risk Management
- Provide a service which captures and learns from digital clinical safety incidents and supports the introduction of changes and improvements to clinical systems where necessary
- To improve the safety of digital technologies within the Group
- To identify, and support the promotion and use of, digital technologies as solutions to patient safety challenges
- Ensure that the Group learns from best practice in digital transformation programmes to understand what works well and why in respect to digital clinical safety
- Assist Health Intelligence colleagues to facilitate data triangulation to ensure all sources of safety information contribute to a shared understanding of digital clinical safety issues. Support the development of a plan relating to their resolution
- Providing leadership to the Digital Clinical Safety agenda across the Group, combining clinical expertise with understanding of the human factors associated with digital systems
- Proactive engagement in key areas of work to ensure robust assessment of risk and implementation of effective controls (including working jointly with other governance teams within the Group on identified issues)
- To ensure appropriate systems and processes are in place for the assessment and mitigation of clinical risk in relation to the Group digital systems, and where appropriate their interfaces with those digital and manual systems and processes of partner organisations
- To provide specialist advice in the use of digital clinical systems.
- Providing effective clinical engagement in identified digital solutions and related quality and or/information governance programmes of work, ensuring overall programme integrity and coherence.
- Managing and supporting the resolution of digital systems clinical risk or other related issues as they arise and where required to lead or contribute to the investigation of incidents including liaison with relevant national teams.
- Undertaking regular planning in partnership with other members of the local health and social care community to ensure a consistent approach to matters of digital clinical safety
- Contributing to discussions with third party suppliers and external resources regarding any issues identified with software or hardware which has an impact onclinical safety
- To actively lead on the clinical safety authorisation of the procurement of new software and hardware
- To be responsible for the sign off of the clinical safety case for all newly deployed applications or those referred through the relevant Group Digital Boards/Programme meetings and any other relevant meetings
- Participation in appropriate Group, local, regional and national meetings related to clinical safety as required.
- To actively participate in the strategic digital portfolio planning for the Group, ensuring that there is a clear relationship between the Group Clinical Strategy and Group Digital Strategy and the individual projects undertaken
- Within this process to take lead responsibility for the Digital Portfolio Clinical Safety .components of the strategy and the related programmes of which underpin that
- Undertake development of Group policy in relation to Digital Clinical Safety and ensuring successful implementation and a process for on-going review
- Working with other leads to ensure alignment of relevant Group policies to the Digital Clinical Safety policy
- To work with others on the development of relevant governance policies and procedures on behalf of the Group
- Ability to interpret specialist national guidance and formulate into local policies where applicable
Training and development
- Participate in Digital Clinical Safety training as required
- Provide Digital Clinical Safety training and support as required to individuals within the Group
- Manage an on-going programme of activities to raise awareness within the Group of digital clinical safety as appropriate
Please see Job Description and Person Specification in the supporting documents for full details of the role.
Education, Training & Qualifications
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