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Governance Business Partner

NHS AfC: Band 8a

Main area
NHS AfC: Band 8a
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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required to work cross bay
Across Morecambe Bay
£45,753 - £51,668 Per Annum
Salary period
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Job overview

To assist/support the Care Group in the development and monitoring of robust systems for Clinical Governance to  improve patient care in line with the Department of Health, National Standards and Local Action frameworks.


To provide visible leadership and Governance advice and guidance for Nursing/Midwifery, medical, AHP, Health care scientists, Pharmacists and support disciplines in monitoring and reporting clinical activities and performance across the Care Groups.

To deputise for the Head of Patient Safety and Complaints as and when required

To provide day to day support to the Deputy Governance Business Partner

Main duties of the job

Oversee and support investigations of highly sensitive/complex matters including root cause analysis and present findings in line with the Disciplinary procedure or the Serious Untoward Incident policy.

Provide scrutiny and challenge of Root Cause Analysis, ensuring adherence to regulations/policies and guidance in order to promote patient safety

To be a point of contact for relatives and staff during investigations processes  

Full details of main responsibilities can be found in the attached job description and person specification for this role.

Working for our organisation

Please submit an application form if you have the attributes and skills to take on this exciting and challenging role within an organisation that is leading the way in patient safety and quality of care.

Anyone newly appointed to the Trust will be subject to the completion of a satisfactory 6 month probationary period (this includes bank staff). This will give the new staff member an opportunity to become familiar with the role and working environment.

Please note if you are shortlisted for interview you will be required to complete a Psychometric Test.



Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Specific Additional Responsibilities

  Attend and contribute to  the monthly Governance Leads Group


  Represent the Trust at Regional/National events.


Such other responsibility as may from time to time be required by the Clinical Governance and the Care Group, commensurate with the level and area of responsibility of the post.

Full details of main responsibilities can be found in the attached job description and person specification for this role.

Person specification

Education and qualifications

Essential criteria
  • First degree or equivalent experience
Desirable criteria
  • Active Professional or Clinical Qualification


Essential criteria
  • Extensive experience of clinical governance and management in a clinical setting
  • Experience of monitoring clinical quality and safety and reporting variation through formal mechanisms
  • Experience of carrying out incident/risk investigation including root cause analysis
  • Experience of managing and utilising computerised systems for clinical quality and safety
  • Considerable senior line- management experience
  • Experience of successfully managing change.
  • Evidence of involvement in assurance reporting or service improvement
  • Proven ability to develop teams and maintain constructive working arrangements at all levels and across all disciplines.
  • Well-developed influencing and negotiating skills
  • Ability to think laterally at divisional and operational levels.
  • Ability to achieve demanding tasks and objectives against deadlines
  • Understanding of legal responsibilities within the role
Desirable criteria
  • Considerable clinical practice experience
  • Guideline/policy development
  • Education planning
  • Audit
  • RCA
  • Safeguarding (Ulysses)

Skills, ability and knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Evidence of commitment, motivation and adaptability.
  • Well-developed influencing and negotiating skills
  • Understanding of Information and Communication Technology systems and application.
  • Well-developed leadership and motivation skills.
  • Ability to think laterally at divisional and operational levels.
  • Well-developed problem solving and analytical skills
  • Ability to achieve demanding tasks and objectives against deadlines
  • Understanding of legal responsibilities within the role.

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Demonstrate flexibility in approach to work patterns
  • Ability to think quickly, assess complex managerial/clinical situations and make decisions upon that information
  • Ability to maintain high levels of concentration and deal with interruptions
  • Innovative and responsive to change.
  • An ability to work effectively, individually or as part of a team.
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Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Nicola Edmondson
Job title
Head of Patient Safety and Complaints
Email address
Telephone number
Additional information

Nicola Edmondson. Head of Patient Safety and Complaints. Tel: 07887746238

Gill Speight. Associate Director of Nursing, Integrated Community Care Group. Tel: 07876130616