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Deputy Chief Medical Officer

Job Title: Deputy Chief Medical Officer
Reporting To: Chief Medical Officer
Hours: Full time 10 PA’s
Department(s)/Location: Corporate Services, Trust Headquarters, PAH
Job Reference Number: 927185

The Deputy Chief Medical Officer will assist and deputise for the Chief Medical Officer who is an Executive Director of the Board of Directors, adding value to and promoting the continued growth and success of The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust.

The Deputy Chief Medical Officer will contribute to the overall strategic development and day-to-day running of the Trust and will contribute to the development and achievement of the organisation’s corporate objectives and the performance of the organisation in meeting them. In particular, this will focus on the Quality Improvement Strategy.

All Directors are expected to work as part of a collaborative, cohesive team and, when necessary, to take lead responsibility for corporate issues outside their immediate sphere of responsibility.

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Main Duties/Responsibilities

  • Provide professional leadership and strategic direction to medical and dental staff, fostering a culture which values continuing professional development and strives for excellence in the delivery of patient care
  • Undertake the role of Lead Appraiser for revalidation and appraisal of all medical staff
  • To give advice on the management of poorly performing doctors and develop expertise in case management and case investigation
  • Support the development of clinical pathways through advice on best practice
  • Work with the Senior Management Team to promote quality, safety and productivity throughout the organisation
  • Provide medical leadership to the organisation’s emergency planning arrangements in conjunction with the Chief Operating Officer
  • Support/lead on job planning
  • Work alongside the Chief Nurse and Deputy Chief Nurse
  • Support the Quality and Safety Strategy
  • Deputising for the Chief Medical Officer at committee level including committees relating to infection and prevention
  • Providing clinical input to the Information Governance team
  • To contribute to developing the strategic direction of the Trust and wider local health economy
  • To continue towards the performance management agenda across the Trust in accordance with regulatory requirements
  • To be responsible for ensuring robust systems and processes are in place within their respective areas and across the Trust, to ensure that corporate and clinical governance processes are adhered to
  • To contribute to ensuring the Trust’s Major incident/Emergency Planning policies and processes are implemented and maintained
  • To contribute to ensuring business continuity is maintained as far as practicable during major incidents, emergencies or other unusual situations
  • To ensure that good principles relating to diversity and equality are mainstreamed through all working practices
  • To annually agree appropriate objectives and personal development plan, in line with Trust objectives, as part of the Trust appraisal mechanism
  • To promote a culture within the organisation which supports clinicians’ learning, encourages innovations in patient care and evaluates outcomes including the development of the Trust’s approach to Evidence Based Practice and Knowledge Management
  • To contribute to ensuring high standards of care in medical services
  • To provide professional leadership for the planning and strategic direction to the Trust’s medical services, securing the support and commitment of staff and key stakeholders
  • To contribute to developing an overarching strategy for the Trust in relation to medical services ensuring compliance with best practice, national guidance and local drivers
  • To contribute to developing effective working relationships with education providers and other professional bodies to ensure that there is appropriate correlation between service and training needs

Governance, Risk and Quality

  • To encourage opportunities for research and education and ensure that these are balanced with the need to fulfil service agreements
  • To assist and deputise for the Caldicott Guidance for the organisation
  • To provide clinical advice in the investigation and management of complaints, serious and untoward incidents and other associated matters as required
  • To support the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Nurse to ensure the appropriate engagement of service users and carers in the development and delivery of the highest possible standards of clinical care
  • To contribute to the leadership of medicines management in the organisation, ensuring the development and maintenance of a safe and effective framework for delivery and statutory compliance

Leadership Responsibilities

  • To have a high level of understanding of the national perspective and future strategy for the NHS and related areas of health and social care
  • To ensure that staff are fully aware of the implications of, and can contribute effectively to, service improvement
  • To develop and empower the team to perform to high standards and innovate
  • To develop staff knowledge and skills to promote equality and diversity and address inequalities both in employment and in service delivery

Corporate Responsibilities 

  • Other appropriate duties as may be agreed with the Medical Director
  • To consult and collaborate with senior colleagues to establish and maintain appropriate professional standards

Communications & Relationships

  • To establish effective working relations with the following:
  • Internal
    • Chief Executive
    • Executive Management Team
    • Chairman and Non-Executive Directors
    • Associate Medical Directors
    • Directors of Nursing and Operations
  • External
    • Department of Health
    • Professional Bodies
    • NHS Partner agencies in local economy
    • GP Commissioners
    • Local Authorities
    • Public, patients and users
    • Press and media
    • Deanery
    • Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)