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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 12/11/2019.

Quality Improvement Lead

Job Reference: 421-LTUC-0851C

Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust
Cancer Services
£37,570 to £43,772 pa

Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust is one of only two trusts in Yorkshire and Humber to be awarded HSJ’s Top 100 Best Places to Work. We believe that You Matter Most, and this is reflected in our values of Responsible, Respectful and Passionate. So if you’re looking for an interesting and rewarding career in the NHS, where you can make a real difference to patients’ lives, Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust is the place for you. We are proud to be awarded Bronze level Investors in People, which recognises our commitment to developing our staff and is an indication of how you will be treated when you work here.

**Fixed Term for 12 months**

Quality Improvement Lead
Cancer Services

Hours: 37.5 per week
Salary: £37,570 to £43,772 pa

Essential Requirements: Educated to Degree level in a relevant subject or equivalent demonstrable qualification/combination of qualifications and significant experience in operational management

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Quality Improvement Lead – Cancer Services in a new innovative position, initially on a 12 month fixed term contract / secondment opportunity.

You will be responsible for the delivery of Quality Improvements in the provision of Cancer Services with particular focus on prostate, lung, colorectal and upper gastro-intestinal cancer pathways

The Post Holder will provide hands on support using LEAN based improvement methodology to improve organisational and flow cancer pathways, implement cancer action plans to deliver optimal care and experience for patients.

The Post Holder will also work across the “West Yorkshire & Harrogate Improvement Collaborative Network” taking the lead for specific system wide improvement projects ensuring consistency of approach and fostering shared learning and collaboration across organisations. The purpose of this role is to support the delivery of early diagnostic pathways for patients with suspected cancer to achieve a definitive diagnosis of cancer or non-cancer to meet the Faster Diagnosis Standard. The navigator role will be involved from the beginning of the pathway.

You will work autonomously managing a small team of Cancer Pathway Navigators. You will have strong communication, listening and negotiation skills as well as commitment and compassion for patients and their quality of care and experience.

The ideal candidate will be a confident, enthusiastic, dynamic and motivated individual with experience of team leadership and managing projects with an understanding of LEAN methodology and cancer pathway knowledge. You will be required to have excellent communication skills and an ability to deal with and interpret complex data in relation to cancer pathways.

For informal enquires please contact Paul Simpson on 07766 088375 or at or Michelle Milnes on 01423 553316 or at

We are an Equal Opportunities Employer and are signatories of the Mindful Employer Charter which underlines our commitment to enhancing the emotional wellbeing of all staff. This commitment begins when you apply to work at our organisation. We will support individuals through reasonable adjustments both at interview and during ongoing employment. In line with the principles of flexible working and improving work life balance, all advertised full time posts will be considered for job share or part time.

We welcome applicants with lived experience of providing unpaid care and/or support to a family member or friend with a disability, physical or mental health condition, addiction or other healthcare needs.

We take pride in being a partner organisation in the Yorkshire and Humber Clinical Research Network and are committed to supporting research activity as part of the services we provide. We have research projects running across all specialties which are providing evidence and informing local and national practice.

Applicants who require Tier 2 immigration status to work in the UK are welcome, but such candidates will not be appointed to the post if there are a sufficient number of other suitable candidates, as the employing body will, in those circumstances, be unable to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test requirements, as required by UKVI. All applicants must state their current immigration status, including expiry dates on their application.

All job offers are subject to Agenda for Change T&C’s, excluding medical posts. Offers may also be subject to a Standard or Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service certificate, dependent on the position.

HDFT takes its responsibility for the Safeguarding of Children & Vulnerable Adults seriously. Each member of staff must comply with the HDFT policy, procedures and strategies relating to Safeguarding.

In submitting an application form, you automatically authorise the Trust to confirm any previous NHS service details via the ESR IAT process, should you be appointed.

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This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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