Medical Director of Clinical Quality

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Accountable to: Assistant Director of Clinical Innovation and Research

Term of office: Three years fixed term (subject to annual review) – renewable once at end of term

Remuneration: £20,884 per year for 2 sessions (8 hours) per week. Some travel required but will be fully reimbursed provided that the College travel booking system and policy is adhered to.

Overall purpose: To be responsible for the development and delivery of the RCGP’s clinical and quality improvement programmes, providing expert guidance and advice to the profession

Closing date:                   7th February 2019

Interview date:                21st February 2019

About RCGP

We are the professional membership body for GPs in the UK. Our purpose is to encourage, foster and maintain the highest possible standards in general medical practice. We support GPs through all stages of their career, from medical students considering general practice, through to training, qualified years and retirement.

About the Clinical Innovation and Research Centre

At the Clinical Innovation and Research Centre (CIRC) we deliver a wide portfolio of projects that serve to raise the profile of clinical areas in primary care. We work with GPs and practice staff, supporting them to deliver a better quality and level of care to their patients.

Working across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, we work in partnership with a variety of funders, including charities and government bodies, to develop practical support and resources. We champion innovation and quality to ensure that primary care is clinically effective and sustainable for the future. We continuously contribute to changing the face of primary healthcare by delivering excellence in clinical priorities, innovation, quality improvement and research

About the role

The Medical Director for Clinical Quality will be responsible for providing clinical leadership to the Clinical Quality Department within CIRC which delivers programmes of work around specific topic areas and quality improvement. Projects encompass clinical policy, influencing and leadership, provision of resources and CPD, and peer support.

There are currently c20 active clinical projects and areas including Mental Health, Cancer, Physical Activity and Lifestyle, Safeguarding, End of Life Care, Prescribing and Patient Safety. The QI programme includes tools to promote capacity building and the uptake of QI across primary care. In addition, the department works closely with several specialist groups to support the profession across other clinical areas.

The post holder will work alongside the management team, project clinicians, Head of Department and Assistant Director to further develop, support and manage work streams and generate new opportunities. They will work with external stakeholders, project funders and RCGP members to ensure that our work meets sector needs.

Principal responsibilities:

  • To provide strategic leadership for the RCGP’s programme of clinical and quality improvement work seeking to support and improve day to day general practice 
  • To clinically lead projects within the department, including project steering and quality assurance, working alongside the Assistant Director of Clinical Innovation and Research to prioritise work programmes and need for clinical input.
  • To work with key college staff and other clinicians to ensure that the College is responsive to the needs of GPs in terms of clinical policy and provision of learning and support.
  • To collaborate with key College staff and clinicians in ensuring the Clinical Quality programmes is fully integrated with other College functions including Innovation, Research, Curriculum and Professional Development.
  • To identify new developments (national and international) in clinical practice and quality and advise on their significance for the RCGP programmes.
  • To advocate externally at the national level for active clinical projects and for the support offered by the College for quality improvement
  • To work collaboratively with the Assistant Director of Clinical Innovation and Research and the Head of Clinical Quality to build and manage external relationships, including the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and other Medical Royal Colleges and professional bodies (medical and non-medical), national health services (UK- wide), charities and other organisations
  • To work collaboratively with the Assistant Director of Clinical Innovation and Research and Head of Clinical Quality to build the Clinical Quality programme and initiate new activities and projects
  • To lead support of clinicians engaged in work across the clinical innovation and research centre, including our cohort of clinical champions and fellows.
  • To contribute to the drawing up of the annual budget for clinical quality activities led by the Assistant Director of Clinical Innovation and Research.
  • To act on the request of the Chair of Council or other senior clinical leaders as a spokesperson or formal Representative for the College on matters relating to clinical practice and quality improvement.
  • To work collaboratively with the CIRC communications manager and College PR team to oversee clinical website content and wider communications
     

Essential attributes:

  • Be a member of the RCGP in good standing. (This includes international membership)
  • Hold the MRCGP or an equivalent postgraduate medical qualification
  • To have been in active clinical practice as a GP within the past three years, i.e.
  • On the GMC GP Register with a licence to practise in good standing
  • Undergoing annual GP appraisal that meets the requirements for revalidation
  • A wide-ranging and detailed knowledge of the principles of education or professional development as applied to general practice including experience of developing guidance, support and learning resources
  • An in-depth knowledge of the current challenges and opportunities facing general practice and primary care
  • Experience of representing general practice on the regional or national level to stakeholders within primary care and healthcare
  • An in-depth knowledge quality improvement methodology and implementation.  
  • Experience of forming strategic relationships and influencing national level stakeholders
  • A commitment to promoting scholarship in GP practice.
  • Demonstrable communication, team-building and leadership skills
  • Flexible, innovative and proactive style and working approach
  • Appropriate levels of IT literacy

Desirable attributes

  • Experience of leading national programmes of quality improvement 
  • Experience on income generation and bid writing
  • Experience as a GP trainer and of organizing GP education and training

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