Vacancy: Clinical Lead - Survivors

Type of contract: Part-time contracted or seconded role for 15 hours a week for 12/18 months. 

Hours: 15 hours per week  

Location: Home and/or in the office (Tavistock House, London) - please note that all staff are currently working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic 

Salary: NHS band 6-7 depending on experience or c£45k WTE. Secondment at your current salary 

Deadline for applications: 5pm Sunday 15 August 

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Do you have the influencing, project management and service development skills to lead our programme of work to improve the care offered across the UK to survivors and their families following hospital discharge? If so, our Clinical Lead - Survivors role is ideal for you. 

We believe everyone who has survived a cardiac arrest should get the support they need to return to a quality of life that enables them to maintain choice and independence where possible. 

Resuscitation Council UK is undertaking an important programme of work to improve the support provided to survivors of cardiac arrest. One of the first steps in this programme of work and a key deliverable for the Clinical Lead -  Survivors will be to gather evidence to develop a Quality Standard.   

This role is ideally suited either to a registered healthcare professional with a background in rehabilitation, cardiac rehabilitation or another related speciality or to an experienced healthcare manager with experience of developing healthcare services. You may already have an expert knowledge of the services offered to those who have had a cardiac arrest or the skills to develop that understanding quickly. 

We are looking for a strong team player, who is used to working with multi-disciplinary teams and who understands the importance of working with stakeholders to work across the four nations to embed practice, and plan and implement a programme of change.  

On a day-to-day basis, you will work with clinical colleagues and our engagement and influencing team to lead the programme of work in a joined-up way. You will also keep the Community, Ambulance and Resuscitation (CARe) Subcommittee updated with the work. You will care about inclusivity and ensure that this underpins the work. 

This role, which is new to the organisation, will sit within the Clinical and Service Development Department. The postholder will report directly to the Director of Clinical and Service Development. 

We are committed to flexible approaches to working. We have a strong commitment to inclusion and diversity and will provide reasonable adjustments internally and support Access to Work applications if you require this. 

Download the application pack to learn more about the role. 

Responsibilities will be refined as the project commences and develops but initially require the postholder to:

  • Work closely with the Director of Clinical and Service Development (DCSD) to plan the agenda and programme for follow-up following SCA.
  • Work closely with DCSD to present the plan to the CARe Subcommittee.  
  • Work closely with Engagement and Influencing (E&I) to ensure insight, stakeholder information, communications, are well-planned and executed. 
  • Work closely with E&I to ensure collaborative and collective working and to ensure the project encapsulates the principles of inclusivity and engagement with stakeholders, especially those who have experienced a cardiac arrest.
  • Establish a diverse network of stakeholders to share goals, themes, and ideas for change/improvement.
  • Deliver and analyse the planned review into current availability and content of support offered to survivors of cardiac arrest within the UK. Reporting of the results to the CARe Subcommittee and wider audience with recommendations for change.
  • Identify and engage stakeholders, internal and external, for the quality standard working group. 
  • Undertake evidence gathering and collation around cardiac arrest survivors and the care they receive. 
  • Present a project plan for the development of the quality standard and then to execute the plan, supported by DCSD and CARe Subcommittee. Reporting progress to the CARe Subcommittee as appropriate.
  • Liaise closely with E&I to ensure messaging to all stakeholders is well-planned and delivered. 
  • Look for and develop opportunities to ensure those who survive a cardiac arrest and their families are given expert care and treatment throughout their care pathway.
  • Input to the evaluation of the secondment and assist with the development of the future role within RCUK identifying key deliverables and objectives. 
  • There may be an occasional need for weekend/evening working and time off in lieu is granted in line with our time off in lieu policy.

Skills and experience 

  • This role would suit either a current professionally-registered health care professional with experience of developing rehabilitation services or an experienced healthcare manager with experience of developing services 
  • Ideally you will have experience within rehabilitation services either as a practitioner or service delivery at a local level including both physical and psycho-social rehabilitation
  • Experience in setting up networks and working with multiple partners (single sector or across sectors)
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills
  • Presentation skills to both internal and external partners
  • Experience as autonomous practitioner
  • Evidence of providing evidence-based care within the rehabilitation setting using best practice guidelines/principles to deliver programmes within local rehabilitation settings
  • Experience of working with multi-disciplinary teams
  • Experience of project work and project management 
  • Implementation of policy change at local or regional level
  • Active roles in clinical pathway development and implementation
  • Recognition of the value of research and the integration of current or new evidence into practice
  • Ability to work independently but also as a good team member
  • Excellent IT skills, including use of the MS Microsoft Office suite, presentation skills
  • Familiarity with online conferencing media

To apply for this exciting opportunity, please email us with: 

  • A comprehensive CV, specifying significant achievements in your career to date.  
  • A supporting statement, of no more than two sides, explaining how your skills and experience can support and add value to our organisation. 
  • A completed diversity monitoring form.  

We welcome and will accept applications using an alternative process (such as video or audio applications). Please contact us on email suzanne.horner@resus.org.uk or by phone 0207 391 0718 to discuss this prior to submitting your application. 

Please email your application to recruitment@resus.org.uk with 'Clinical Lead: Survivors' in the subject line.

The deadline for applications is 5pm Sunday 15 August 2021. We will not accept applications after this time.  

For an informal and confidential discussion about the role, please contact Sue Hampshire, Director of Clinical and Service Development, on 0207 391 0711 or sue.hampshire@resus.org.uk.

How we will shortlist and interview

During the shortlisting process, those shortlisting applications will not have access to your name, age, date of birth or address.  

The interview process is likely to be carried out virtually using digital technology due to COVID-19.  

Interviews for this role will take place during weeks commencing 6 and 13 September 2021. 

Please email suzanne.horner@resus.org.uk or phone 0207 391 0718 to discuss your requirements. 

Why join RCUK? 

At Resuscitation Council UK, we offer competitive salaries, generous annual leave, and opportunities for professional development. All staff benefit from flexible working hours, and ensuring staff are able to balance their work and personal life is important to us. 

We pride ourselves on our inclusive, friendly staff team, who use their compassion and expertise to support each other. Teamwork and partnership working is at the centre of our mission to save lives. 

When you apply to a job with us, we aim to provide appropriate support every step of the way. Here are some of the ways we can support applicants and potential staff members: 

  • Working location: all staff are currently working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but once we reopen the offices, successful applicants will be able to choose whether they’d prefer work at home and/or in our office in Tavistock Square, London. 
  • Supporting travel requirements: Some travel to the office or other locations will be required as part of the role, but reasonable adjustments, such as enabling the postholder’s participation through digital technology, will be made for the successful applicant where this is required. 
  • Access to work: If you would like to make an Access to Work application for a grant to pay for support tailored to your individual needs, such as a support worker, adaptations to the equipment you use, special equipment, taxi fares to and from work if public transport is not accessible to you, we will support you in this process. 
  • Alternative application processes: We are asking for CVs and covering letters so you can tell us how your skills and experience can support and add value to Resuscitation Council UK. However, if an alternative method of applying – such as sending us a video or audio clip about yourself – works better for you, we welcome your application. We want our applicants to shine, so we’re flexible to your needs. 
  • Equity for all applicants: when we receive applications, those who shortlist candidates for each role will not have access to your name, age or date of birth. In addition, we ask you to submit a diversity monitoring form. We won’t use the information in the diversity monitoring forms during the recruitment process itself, but the information we receive will help us to understand whether our job advertisements are successfully attracting a diverse range of applicants.