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Improvement Advisor- Patient Safety

Full-time fixed term contract / secondment for 12 months
We're looking to recruit an Improvement Advisor – Patient Safety to support our partners to improve the safety and quality of the services they provide.
Salary: £40,000 - £50,000

Closing date:
6 September 2021

UCLPartners is looking to recruit an Improvement Advisor – Patient Safety to support our partners to improve the safety and quality of the services they provide. The role will be focused primarily on supporting the delivery of UCLPartners’ Patient Safety Programme. We lead large-scale patient safety initiatives and build the skills of staff in partner organisations to improve services themselves. Our ambition is to help create a culture of learning across our geography which drives continuous improvements in safety for the benefit of patients, carers and families.

We run a wide variety of patient safety programmes, responding to the needs of organisations, teams and patients within our geography, and aligned to the priorities set by national organisations.  UCLPartners is part of the National Patient Safety Improvement Programme. This is a joint initiative, funded and nationally coordinated by NHS Improvement and NHS England, delivered in collaboration by all 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs). The Improvement Advisor – Patient Safety will be working on one or more of these national priorities, which include the following areas:

  • Deterioration: Improving the identification, management and escalation of deteriorating patients, through spread of the COVID Oximetry @ Home programme and adoption of a number of deterioration management tools
  • Maternity: Improving the safety of maternity and neonatal services, with a focus on smoke-free pregnancy, optimisation of the newborn, and improved management of maternal and neonatal deterioration
  • Medicines safety: Improving the safety of medicines administration in care homes, and reducing harm from opioid medicines by reducing high dose prescribing
  • Mental Health: Improving the safety of inpatient mental health settings by reducing suicide and self-harm, reducing the incidence of restrictive practice, and improving the sexual safety of patients and staff
  • Adoption and spread: Supporting the wider adoption of the following patient safety interventions: 
    • COPD hospital discharge bundle
    • Asthma hospital discharge bundle
    • Emergency laparotomy care bundle

The role will be based within the UCLPartners Patient Safety Team, which works with NHS and social care organisations to help staff to deliver the safest and highest quality care possible. We do this through a set of underlying principles and activities:

  • Delivering quality Improvement coaching
  • Creating shared learning networks
  • Using patient insight and involvement
  • Developing organisational culture
  • Encouraging the spread and adoption of improvement interventions and digital innovations
  • Supporting strategy development and leadership.


In addition to working on the patient safety programme, the Improvement Advisor – Patient Safety may be involved in delivering quality improvement coaching, supporting partners with improvement efforts and providing project management support to programmes aimed at improving patient care and experience. The role may also entail supporting other relevant national programmes that UCLPartners is commissioned to deliver.

The role will require a proactive and creative individual who is experienced in engaging and influencing stakeholders, providing quality improvement support to teams, and managing multiple responsibilities at once. We are looking for someone with operational and/or clinical experience of working in health or social care, and who is keen to develop the skills needed to work across multiple NHS organisations and organisational boundaries.

Working as part of a multidisciplinary team, this post offers an exciting opportunity to develop improvement and facilitation skills and to work closely with senior leaders in healthcare from a range of organisations in a dynamic working environment. This is a varied role that allows the successful applicant to combine and develop improvement, communication and project management skills.

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