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Director of Governance

NHS AfC: Band 9

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Director of Governance
NHS AfC: Band 9
Permanent: none
Full time - none
Job ref
Cross Bay
£91,004 - £104,927 per annum
Salary period
01/08/2021 23:59

''A great place to be cared for; a great place to work''

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay has been nationally recognised as the UK’s most inclusive NHS organisation. As such we have a firm commitment to strengthening the diversity of our workforce, and therefore welcome and encourage applications from likeminded people who can support our ambition to become effortlessly inclusive. We are particularly keen to hear from protected groups – including BAME, LGBT+ and people with a disability.

Job overview

If you were thinking of a job sat behind a desk looking at the natural beauty of the Lake District all day long then this probably is not the job for you!  However if you would like to truly help make a difference to the lives of others whilst living and working in an area of natural outstanding beauty, then you should continue reading.

We are looking for someone to take on the role of Director of Governance who shares our vision of providing the highest possible standards of compassionate care; the very best patient and colleague experience; and to listen to and involve patients, colleagues and carers.

If you have a desire to work for an ambitious and values led organisation, then we welcome your interest and application. We are committed to improving diversity within our organisation; as you would expect from the number one rated inclusive organisation in the country.

This vacancy will close early if we receive sufficient applications.

Main duties of the job

Reporting to the Executive Chief Nurse, the Director of Governance will be a trusted and specialist adviser to the Trust Board on all aspects of governance as well as being a member of the Executive Team.  The post-holder will ensure robust governance structures within the Trust and where needed partners too.  As an active member of our ICS and partnership working you will also have the opportunity to operate at both Place level and across the wider system, embedding new governance arrangements in what is a period of significant but exciting transformation.  A real opportunity for you to showcase your talent!

This post enjoys the freedom and autonomy required at a senior level to make a significant difference, we have a culture of continuous quality improvement and we are seeking a director governance who is as passionate about learning and improvement as we are.


Working for our organisation

We operate from three main hospitals-Furness General Hospital (FGH) in Barrow, the Royal Lancaster Infirmary (RLI), and Westmorland General Hospital (WGH) in Kendal, as well as a number of community healthcare premises including Millom Hospital and GP Practice, Queen Victoria Hospital in Morecambe, and Ulverston Community Health Centre. 

FGH and the RLI have a range of General Hospital services, with full Emergency Departments, Critical/Coronary Care units and various Consultant-led services. 

WGH provides a range of General Hospital services, together with an Urgent Treatment Centre, that can help with a range of non-life threatening conditions such as broken bones and minor illnesses. 

All three main hospitals provide a range of planned care including outpatients, diagnostics, therapies, day case and inpatient surgery. In addition, a range of local outreach services and diagnostics are provided from community facilities across Morecambe Bay.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To read more information about the advertised role, and the main job duties/responsibilities please open the Job Description and Person Specification located under the supporting documents heading. You can also read more information about University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay visiting our website https://www.uhmb.nhs.uk/  

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Master’s degree (or equivalent postgraduate level ability and experience)
  • Appropriate professional and leadership qualification
  • Evidence of Continuous Professional Development, including leadership development
  • Project management qualification or relevant experience
  • Professional Procurement qualification or relevant experience
  • Proven experience exposure of working and contributing at Management Boards, Boards of Directors (or equivalent)
  • Demonstrable experience of senior Leadership management within the NHS or equivalent
  • Experience of leading and evidencing delivery of statutory and regulatory standards in healthcare
  • Demonstrable experience of developing and delivering Clinical Quality Strategy
  • Evidence of adopting coproduction problem-solving approaches to complex issues and situations
  • Demonstrate service development experience
  • Evidence of teaching, coaching and developing staff
  • Evidence of involvement with clinical and non-clinical benchmarking standards
  • Evidence of involvement with clinical and non-clinical benchmarking standards
  • Evidence of a strong track record of delivery, able to manage multiple projects and drive change
  • Evidence of leading and motivating teams effectively as well as building strong relationships with a range of stakeholders and partners
Desirable criteria
  • Post management/leadership qualification or willingness to undertake a post graduate certificate in management/leadership in an infection control setting
  • QSIR (or equivalent)
  • Coaching qualification (or equivalent)
  • Demonstrable track record of leading quality and service improvement
  • Working collaboratively across Integrated Care Partnerships/Accountable Care Systems
  • Evidence of introducing technology to improve services
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Sue Smith
Job title
Executive Chief Nurse
Email address
Telephone number
01539 716697
Additional information

or Aaron Cummins

Chief Executive Officer

01539 716695