Barts Health was established in 2012 following a merger of three former organisations and is the largest NHS Trust in England. It incorporates five hospitals in East London and the City (Whipps Cross, Newham, The Royal London, St Bartholomew’s and Mile End) together with community health services for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. With a turnover of more than £1.3 billion and 16,000 staff, the Trust is committed to delivering high quality and effective patient care to a diverse population of 2.5 million people who rely on it for both general and highly specialist services
Three of the hospital sites offer full 24 hour, 7 day a week emergency care. The Trust also delivers specialist and tertiary care, including Trauma, Cardiovascular, Cancer, Renal and Neurosciences. Earlier this year the Trust opened the new Barts Heart Centre at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, combining services from St Bartholomew’s, The London Chest and The Heart Hospitals. Over the course of a year the Trust conducts over 50,000 operations, delivers over 15,000 babies, treats 450,000 people in its Accident and Emergency (A&E) Departments and sees around 1.4 million outpatients. The Trust’s contribution to the local economy is vital to east London’s population – Barts Health sits at the heart of the local communities.
The Trust works closely with a wide range of partner organisations, including commissioners, GPs, local authorities and the medical school at Queen Mary University of London. Furthermore, the Trust is a key member of UCL Partners, one of Europe’s largest academic health science partnerships, allowing it to implement improvements in healthcare at scale and pace for patients.
The Trust’s ambition is for east London to have health services in which everyone in the community can take pride. These services reach beyond the Trust’s hospitals to provide care where it is needed most: at home, in local neighbourhoods or in special facilities across the area. Outstanding research, learning and development and a commitment to safety, quality and innovation will allow Barts Health to transform the health of the population and substantially reduce the significant inequalities in health which are prevalent in east London.
The Trust has experienced significant challenges in a number of areas which resulted in it being placed in ‘special measures’ by the NHS Trust Development Authority (NHS TDA) in March 2015. These include:
Quality – significant concerns were identified by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in their inspections of Whipps Cross, Newham and The Royal London Hospitals in late 2014 and early 2015, resulting in ‘Inadequate’ ratings in each case.
Delivery – the Trust reported a financial deficit of £79.6 million in 2014/15 and is forecasting a deficit of £134.9 million in the current financial year. Emergency care performance across two of the Trust’s three acute sites has been challenging and it has experienced significant issues with data quality impacting on its ability to publish reliable statistics on how quickly it is seeing patients on its waiting lists.
Sustainability – there is a need to develop and agree a long-term plan for clinical and financial sustainability within the context of a challenged local health economy. The Trust is participating in a local programme, ‘Transforming Service Together’, which brings together providers, commissioners and other partners in the local health system to develop a strategic plan for the delivery of health services in east London.
There is a great deal to do to deliver the necessary improvements for our patients. The Trust Board believes strongly that the momentum already built can be maintained and accelerated further to improve staffing and morale, to raise standards, and embed clinical governance systems and processes across the Trust.
As part of the Trust’s improvement plan, leadership of the hospital sites has been strengthened recently with the appointment of dedicated Hospital Management Teams – including a Managing Director, Medical Director and Director of Nursing for each of the main sites – accountable for day- to-day delivery on the site. Alongside these changes, the Board has agreed a revised corporate directorate structure to support delivery of operational performance and strategic planning.
The post holder will work as a senior member of the EFM Governance team to lead and deliver a range of quality governance activities at site level and within individual service groups, to ensure compliance with the EFM governance and risk framework. This includes effective complaint handling, gathering patient feedback, patient safety, incident reporting, Risk Management and meeting the regulatory requirements of external standards and inspection such as those undertaken by the Care Quality Commission.
As Governance Officer, you will have a key part to play in the implementation of the Safe and Compassionate Quality Improvement plan and activities and in developing a proactive, open learning and improvement culture, in order to reflect Bart’s Health ambition to be a leader in safety and health care excellence.
The right candidate will help the EFM Governance Team and Barts Health NHS Trust to achieve and maintain a high level of Governance and Risk standards for its staff, partners and patients, achieving legal compliance.
Recent improvements has led to a stronger focus on providing Safe and Compassionate care to our patients and this has increased opportunities available to learn, develop and expand your career. We believe that providing excellent education, training and development for our staff is essential. We offer a wide range of benefits for example access to childcare vouchers, home-electronic scheme giving you discounted prices for home –electronics, salary sacrifice for cars, season ticket loans and access to staff discount for local restaurants and gyms
So while we are improving, you can too – within a professionally challenging yet exciting environment
We strive to live by our WeCare values and are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment where staff treat one another with dignity and respect. We aim to create an equitable working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential.
As an Equal Opportunities Employer we actively support applications from individuals’ who apply under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme and will process your application as appropriate.
We reserve the right to expire vacancies prior to the advertised closing date once a sufficient number of applications has been received and we regret that we are unable to provide notification if your application is unsuccessful.
After applying via NHS Jobs, your submitted application will be imported into our preferred Third party recruitment system. All subsequent information regarding your application will be generated from apps.trac.jobs.
By applying for this post you are agreeing to Barts Heath NHS Trust transferring the information contained in this application to its preferred applicant management system. If you are offered a job, information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system.
Barts Health is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and to child protection. The Trust aims to ensure as far as is possible that anyone, paid or unpaid, who seeks to work in our organisation and who gains access to children, is safe to do so. As such, you may be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Check as part of the recruitment process if appointed to a post with direct access to children or vulnerable adults.
We take the wellbeing of our staff seriously and we have put in place ways for all staff to freely raise concerns about any issue in complete confidence. From online services to being able to speak one on one with a trained advocate, you will be supported to raise your concerns in a way that is right for you.
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