Job overview

Professional Standards Practitioner – Band 7 – 37.5 hours 

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Corporate Nursing and Integrated Governance Unit for a highly motivated and enthusiastic Professional Standards Practitioner. You will require commitment, passion and motivation in order to support the team in delivery of high quality care. You will also need vision and excellent organisational skills. To succeed in the role you will need to have excellent communication and interpersonal skills to enable you to work with varying groups including managers, clinicians and administrative colleagues as well as patients, carers and key stakeholders across the health and social care community. You will need to be able to demonstrate that you can lead and motivate a team alongside excellent time management skills as you will need to balance the demands of a very busy workload.

If you believe you have the skills, enthusiasm and ambition to join our team, we would love to hear from you.

Interview week commencing 29th August 2022

Main duties of the job

The post holder will ensure that there is a continuous focus on the improvement of patient safety and experience. This post holder will be responsible and accountable for the quality assurance and compliance work programme. They will ensure that there is day to day oversight and scrutiny of the organisational wide processes and systems to effectively collate and act upon clinical quality assurance and compliance information including national guidance, regulatory and statutory standards, and Trust policy and through the Trust Accreditation Scheme. They will provide professional nursing advice and leadership for the ICFT. 

In conjunction with the Head of Nursing Professional Standards, the post holder will lead on the development and implementation of a comprehensive integrated approach to achieve professional & quality standards across the organisation.

Working for our organisation

Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust serves a community of 250,000 people across Tameside & Glossop. We provide a range of services both within the hospital and across our community for both adults and children.  Our vision is to improve health outcomes for our population and influence wider determinants of health through collaboration with our health & care partners.

We have a clear set of values & behaviours which we expect all of our staff to demonstrate:

  • Safety
  • Care
  • Respect
  • Communication
  • Learning
  • We believe that the best organisations are those that reflect the communities they serve. We are therefore seeking to improve the diversity of our workforce to make it truly representative of our local population.

    We actively encourage applications irrespective of race, age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage & civil partnership, or pregnancy or maternity. Recognising those communities that are underrepresented within our workforce, we would particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian & minority ethnic candidates, LGBTQ+ people & Disabled people.

    Benefits include; flexible working, 27-33 days annual leave plus bank holidays, sick pay, NHS Pension Scheme, free eye tests and health checks, gym discount, free bicycle loan scheme, salary sacrifice car scheme, support with stress, bereavement, relationships, finance, and much more.

    Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • Work alongside Matrons, Heads of Nursing and Divisional management teams to provide assurance around compliance with regulatory and internal standards of care which includes CQC standards.
  • Support the implementation and continued management of the quality assurance measures and accreditation programme in place within the Trust
  • Ensure that teams are informed, trained and developed to provide a positive patient experience.
  • Make a proactive contribution to planning for future service developments.
  • Actively promote and facilitate the development of a proactive patient safety, quality and improvement culture throughout the organisation.
  • Ensure that there is day to day oversight and scrutiny of the organisational wide processes and systems to effectively collate and act upon clinical quality assurance and compliance information including national guidance, regulatory and statutory standards, and Trust policy and through the Trust Accreditation Scheme. 
  • Provide professional nursing advice and leadership for the ICFT.
  • If appropriate, engage in clinical practice at agreed intervals to maintain clinical practice and credibility within the role acting as a role model in the delivery of expert patient care.
  • Contribute to the development of competency frameworks
  • Lead on the development of key initiatives to improve and develop standards of patient care in clinical practice e.g. through the Trust accreditation program, development of clinical champion networks, improvement of care pathways, getting ahead of harm programme
  • Develop effective and comprehensive professional network which ensure the continuing development of innovative practice.
  • Person specification


    Essential criteria

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent relevant experience
  • Evidence of personal and professional development
  • Registered nurse or AHP equivalent – Current Registration
  • Desirable criteria

  • Teaching qualification
  • Masters level qualification or equivalent knowledge and experience
  • Experience

    Essential criteria

  • Experience of leading on change in a clinical environment
  • Proven experience of service development
  • Desirable criteria

  • Experience in effective audit strategies
  • Experience in a senior position
  • Skills

    Essential criteria

  • Effective leadership skills
  • Knowledge of quality and clinical standards
  • High level of interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Ability to prioritise
  • Ability to motivate self and others
  • Innovative
  • Computer literate
  • Ability to sustain performance under pressure
  • Desirable criteria

  • Experience in managing patient experience
  • New colleagues can look forward to a warm welcome here at Tameside & Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust. 

    For our agenda for change staff, we offer a competitive benefits package with regular pay awards, annual leave of 27 days increasing to 33 days after 10 years and access to a competitive Pension Scheme to which both you and the Trust contribute.

    Alongside this there are extensive training development opportunities with paid mandatory training, a protected training budget for staff and support for flexible working. We have an on-site Occupational Health Service to support you at work and have fast track access to physio, counselling and complimentary therapies.

    The Trust is committed to making a difference to the environment. Our “Save Planet Tameside & Glossop” strategy means that we work towards protecting our natural environment and “green” workplace practices at all times.

    Employer certification / accreditation badges

    Applicant requirements

    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.

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