Public Health Clinical Governance Lead - Working for Essex
Salary: Up to £56,019 per annum
Closing date: 21 Aug 2022
Location: Chelmsford
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 8401
Role: Public Health
About the role

Public Health Clinical Governance Lead

Permanent, Full Time

Up to £56,019 per annum

Location: Chelmsford

Working Style: Anywhere worker

Closing Date: 21st August 2022

Reporting to the Primary Care and Pharmacy Lead within the Public Health Team this role will provide specific expert professional advice to inform effective commissioning of clinical services and development of identified specialist services in relation to statutory responsibilities and commissioned provision.

Working collaboratively across the Council and with wider stakeholder groups this role will ensure clinical safety, medicines optimisation and clinical governance issues are addressed effectively. Playing a key role in influencing the resource decisions across the council working in collaboration with a range of internal and external partners to ensure compliance with NHS, NICE, CQC and OHID/DHSC guidance and requirements and in line with recognised and current clinical guidance.

The role will provide ECC, as a commissioner of clinical services, the lead to develop, agree and sign off Patient Group Directions (PGDs). Patient Group Directions (PGDs) are written directions allowing non-doctors including pharmacists and nurses to assess patients and supply medicines without prescriptions, subject to exclusions. The legislation is contained within the Medicines Act 1968 and various subsequent amendments.


  • Provide expert professional advice and guidance in relation to clinical governance issues supporting the analysis of need, demand, supply, best value and measuring outcomes with an evidence-based approach within clinical protocols and treatment guidelines, ensuring that information is organised, accessible and useable and meets stakeholder requirements.
  • Lead on clinical governance issues with a specific focus on the substance misuse agenda and in particular work in relation to mortality reviews and reducing drug and alcohol related harms and deaths.
  • Support on medicines optimisation, establish effective ways of working across the organisation to ensure efficient delivery of the work plan.
  • Provide Commissioner support on clinical compliance and governance.
  • Provide clinical intelligence that will draw upon a range of analytical, financial, performance and demographic information and evidence to enable safe, efficient commissioning decisions to be made.
  • Support the clinical work priorities across the function to meet clinical standards.
  • Undertake specific clinical reviews where required and support the development of efficient clinical provision, promoting good practice and ensuring effective use of performance and management information systems to inform effective commissioning.
  • Investigate serious untoward incidents and develop, produce and present commissioning intelligence reports to provide timely opportunities for Commissioners and Clinicians (including national/regional/local policy context, best practice, service model analysis, surveys and statistical intelligence) and arrange relevant CPD training and so contribute to the delivery of improved outcomes for residents.
  • Support the Management of service agreements or contracts (as they relate to clinical provision).
  • Provide Pharmaceutical advice and support the monitoring of prescribing practice in commissioned services, ensuring implementation of national guidelines, monitoring clinical care quality.
  • Alert ECC to changes in national policy and patient safety guidance that may impact on the safe, effective use of medicines.
  • Ensure learning from medication incidents, complaints etc is incorporated into future medicines optimisation development.
  • Provide pharmaceutical expertise regarding the interpretation of national policy, setting of practice standards, standards within provider contracts and specifications, and provision of expert advice on the management of controlled drugs incidents. Liaison with the statutory bodies of the Local Pharmaceutical Committee (LPC) and the Local Medical Committee (LMC) and support consultation and joint working with them re all primary care contracts.
  • Develop and maintain links to RCGP, Health Education England and the CPPE network and ensuring training needs are designed and delivered.
  • Ensure effective joint work with ICS’s, OHID and NHSE&I in relation to the national Pharmacy contract.
  • Develop and maintain links to the appropriate local, regional and national professional networks link and the local Controlled Drug (CD) Local Intelligence Network. To liaise with local CD Accountable officers, patient safety leads regarding the appropriate investigation of medication incidents, management of controlled drugs and submission of relevant reports.
  • Interpret relevant national and organisational policies and act upon them appropriately.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Professional clinical knowledge acquired through degree, supplemented by specialist training or equivalent by experience.
  • Registration with relevant professional body.
  • RCGP (Royal College of General Practitioners) Part 1 Certificate in substance misuse or equivalent by experience (desirable).
  • Specialist clinical knowledge of substance misuse treatment, governance, procedures and practices across the substance misuse and Health and Justice field (desirable).
  • Specialist clinical and pharmaceutical knowledge of Public Health commissioned services including primary care pathways (desirable).
  • Evidence of continuing personal and professional development and good understanding of clinical governance.
  • Evidence of successfully ‘making a difference’ to the delivery of outcomes.
  • Ability to work effectively and communicate clearly and appropriately, with a range of internal and external stakeholders and engagement partners.
  • Ability to prioritise a varied workload, work to tight deadlines and work independently/autonomously.
  • Significant experience within a commissioning or project environment and supporting through coaching or mentoring
  • Experience of designing, commissioning, delivering or auditing social and market intelligence and data analytical process and proven skills and abilities (desirable).
  • Knowledge and experience of using technical methods and tools to obtain or enhance the value of commissioning intelligence and use of information within the commissioning cycle; and using a range of technologies to capture views and to appropriately and safely share information (desirable).
  • Experience of delivering public services in a complex, multi-stakeholder environment (desirable).
  • Experience of working in a political environment, skills in understanding and responding to different perspectives and taking a cross organisational perspective. Awareness and ability to work effectively with members and senior officers from across the council and with partner agencies (desirable).

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