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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 17/04/2019.

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Programme Lead - Band 8B

Job Reference: 427-CEF20190684

West of England Academic Health Science Network
£52,306 to £60,983 pa

Funded by NHS England, The Office for Life Sciences and NHS Improvement, the West of England Academic Health Science Network exists to accelerate the spread of innovative, evidence-based practice to improve health and care in the West of England. We work with all six acute Trusts, five Clinical Commissioning Groups, five community providers, two mental health Trusts and three universities in the West of England. We also work closely with local businesses, small and medium enterprises, Local Enterprise Partnerships and a range of other academic partners to facilitate the adoption and spread of innovation into health and social care.

We are committed to improving outcomes for patients through improving access to research, applying evidence and ensuring consistency of clinical practice. We run projects working at scale to spread evidence-based quality improvements across the region.

Our highly collaborative network accelerates the scale and pace of delivering consistent good practice across our communities. This work is underpinned by high levels of collaboration with industry to ensure that we are innovative, enhance patient outcomes and drive up wealth in our local economy.

We host the Patient Safety Collaborative for the West of England and manage a wide improvement agenda working across all health care sectors. Our aim is to reduce incidents of harm and improve quality. We are committed to supporting and building the quality improvement capability and capacity of our local organisations.

Are you passionate about leading quality improvement and patient safety in the field of mental health? Are you an inspirational leader who can maximise engagement with others to achieve positive change on large scale, alongside people with lived experience?

Are you resilient and autonomous- and yet able to be instrumental in drawing others together to form a successful network for improvement across the south of England?

If so the West of England Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) are looking to recruit a Programme Lead for the South of England NHS Mental Health Quality and Patient Safety Improvement Collaborative (MH PSC).

The West of England is one of 15 AHSNs in England, formed in September 2013 and issued with a second license in 2018, working alongside a range of partners including NHS providers and staff, service users, universities, commissioners and businesses to act upon healthcare challenges and opportunities for the benefit of the patient.

Each AHSN also hosts a Patient Safety Collaborative whose aim is to tackle the leading causes of harm to patients through working with and supporting health and social care organisations and communities.

The aim of the MH PSC is to make care safer by improving quality in mental healthcare and is currently funded and supported by two AHSNs in the South of England. In partnership with the South West and West of England AHSNs, the Collaborative is led and delivered by a faculty of 20 + committed professionals. Membership to the Collaborative currently consists of 11 Mental Health Trusts from across the South of England.

Mainly working within the Patient Safety and Service transformation teams, this role requires a talented programme manager to sustain this mature Patient Safety Collaborative for Mental health, whilst at the same time develop new links across the south and lead new Workstreams connected to both local and national priorities.

The successful applicant will have a high level of personal initiative, flexibility, self-motivation, determination, drive and resilience coupled with excellent project & improvement skills and knowledge of the context of working in the mental health provider field.

Closing Date: 17 April 2019

Interview Date: 25 April 2019

Should we receive high level of applications, this vacancy may be expired early. We therefore encourage you to submit your application as soon as you are able to. If you feel you need additional time to do this please contact the recruitment team to discuss how we may be able to help.

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We will request references covering the last three years of work or study by email. One referee must be your current/most recent line manager or tutor. Please supply an organisational email address for your referees on your application form so that we can verify the reference.

Tier 2 Sponsorship (formerly Work Permit):

Applicants who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitable EU/EEA candidate is appointable as the employing body is unlikely to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test required by UK Visas and Immigration. For further information please visit UK Visas and Immigration website.

Please note, unless stated in the advert, we are not able to pay interview or relocation expenses.

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