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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 02/03/2020.

Group Head of Commissioning & Quality Assurance

Job Reference: 263-CL19-192-DB

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
Management - South Locality
St Nicholas Hospital, Newcastle Upon Tyne
£52,306 to £60,983 per annum

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest healthcare Trusts in the country. Serving a population of 1.7 million, with a budget of circa £380 million and 7,000 staff, we work from over 70 sites across Northumberland, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland and Cumbria.

We have been rated outstanding by the CQC and in November 2017 won the prestigious HSJ Award for Provider of the Year.

We provide a diverse range of specialist and generic health care services to both children and adults, their families and carers and we have a number of regional and national specialist services to England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

We are an ambitious organisation aiming to improve the wellbeing of everyone we serve through delivering services that match the best in the world.

CNTW values and respects the diversity of its employees, and aims to recruit a workforce which reflects our diverse communities. We welcome applications irrespective of people's age, gender, race or ethnicity, religion or belief (With the exception of Chaplaincy Posts), sexual orientation, disability including mental health conditions or other personal circumstances.

We are committed to the health and wellbeing of our staff and we have a number of initiatives and support for staff including access to psychology and counselling services. We are proud to be recognised as a mindful employer.

We have Maintaining Excellence level in the Better Health at Work award and also achieved the Investors in People Health and Wellbeing Award.

The Trust is committed to achieving high standards of health for its service users, staff and visitors providing a safe environment for staff, we operate a smoke free policy on all sites.

Are you passionate about measuring the quality of mental health and disability services delivered by a large provider rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission?

Do you want to work with commissioners to influence the future of services?

If so, you may be interested in this exciting opportunity to work as a subject expert within Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust.

As the Head of Commissioning and Quality Assurance, you will report to the Directors of a locality care group, supporting the achievement of quality standards and delivering commissioning, contractual and regulatory requirements. Representing the Trust in external commissioning meetings, you will also hold responsibility for a portfolio of Trust wide requirements related to all aspects of commissioning & quality assurance.

You will:

  • Participate fully in the decision making processes of the locality as a valued member of the locality care group leadership team, evaluating the impact on quality of decisions made by the Group.
  • Liaise and negotiate with commissioners, developing service specifications, performance frameworks, service development improvement plans and other contractual quality requirements.
  • Work closely with clinical services, providing support, guidance and expertise to ensure that the Group has effective commissioning and quality assurance processes and information flows in place to deliver the group and Trust objectives, developing and monitoring action plans to implement new requirements or support identified areas for improvement.
  • Work closely alongside corporate colleagues and other subject experts in finance and workforce to support delivery of the Long Term Plan.

Applicants must have evidence of continued professional development with senior management experience and a demonstrable interest in/knowledge of quality assurance, performance management and contracting/commissioning. The successful candidate must be highly analytical and have excellent written and verbal communication skills, as engagement at a senior level is a key success criteria.

The role will be based at St Nicholas Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne with regular travel to meetings around the region.

Interviews will be held Tuesday 24th March 2020 in Newcastle upon Tyne.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Anna Foster, Deputy Director of Commissioning and Quality Assurance on 0191 246 6885

All of our clinical posts (and certain others), are subject to DBS clearance prior to commencement.

Applications from candidates 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 Market Labour Test, as required by the Border immigration Authority. Please check with the appointing manager for the post that sponsorship can be offered prior to applying.

In view of recent changes to Home Office Immigration Regulations all applicants must state their current immigration status, including expiry dates.

Please note if you are external to Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust you will be subject to a six month probationary period (this does not apply to those not under Agenda for Change Terms and Conditions of Service).

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