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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
14/04/2021 08:00

Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Governance Business Partner. This role will be to assist/support the  Care  Care Groups in the development and monitoring of robust systems for Clinical Governance.

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.


Main duties of the job

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.


Working for our organisation

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

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  

To advise and support the development, implementation and audit of evidence based guidelines and NICE Guidance and ensure that all practice is evidence based and that guidelines are robust, accessible and monitored.

To monitor compliance of the Care Groups procedural documents, ensuring early  intervention and escalation

Supporting and empowering staff to meet the needs of the local population in line with key  Quality Governance objectives outlined in Trust, local and national policy documents.

To coordinate and present reports at the Care Group Governance Group meeting,  and other appropriate forums.

To liaise with members of the Governance team to ensure integrated working.

Through research & audit, assist the Clinical Governance team in ensuring that a pro-active approach to care is achieved through close collaboration within the Care Group.

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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Further details / informal visits contact

Nicola Edmondson
Job title
Head of Patient Safety and Complaints
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