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Clinical Leads for Mental Health (3 positions)

An opportunity to make a difference to Mental Health Services  at a national level

GIRFT is recruiting three Mental Health National Clinical Leads (44 days per year per role)

Click on the roles below to download the relevant candidate information pack as a PDF document.

The GIRFT programme is helping to improve the quality of care within the NHS by reducing unwarranted variations, improving patient outcomes and safety and delivering efficiencies and cost savings.  The programme has been expanding from the original orthopaedic work stream and eleven surgical specialties to a total of thirty five.

The inclusion of Mental Health Services is an exciting expansion of the GIRFT approach, and as such, GIRFT is collaborating with Professor Tim Kendall, Mental Health National Clinical Director for NHS England and NHS Improvement, to improve the quality of Mental Health Services and reduce unwanted variation in the services we provide.  Further it will enable less to be spent on unnecessary treatments, patients will spend less time in hospital settings and clinicians will be freed up to provide more care – contributing to £1.5bn of health service costs each year.

The Clinical Lead for each area will oversee the creation of a national review of all related data across England, using the proven GIRFT methodology.  Providers will be benchmarked against one another and best practice, with each trust receiving a comprehensive review of their data and receiving support to tackle the challenges and findings behind the variation that the review highlights.  The role will involve close collaborative working with GIRFT Clinical Leads, Mental Health National Clinical Director and Specialised Commissioning Clinical Reference Group Chairs within NHS England where they are in place.

The programme will lead to a national report and set of recommendations and each Clinical Lead will then work with the national GIRFT team, Royal College of Psychiatrists and colleagues across the system to identify what levers need to be in place to support clinicians and organisations in tackling unwarranted variation and in learning from one another in areas of outstanding best practice.

The programme is looking for skilled and effective clinical leaders, recognised as an expert by their clinical colleagues, and have the endorsement of the Royal College of Psychiatrists or other appropriate body.  The roles are exciting opportunities to make a contribution to the shaping of the service nationally, engaging with stakeholders in Mental Health and across the country.

The roles are on a part time secondment basis over an initial two-year period, with an anticipated average commitment of 44 days per year.

If you are interested in one of the roles, please in the first instance discuss this opportunity with your existing employer to obtain their support in principle for your application.

For more information or to arrange an informal discussion please contact Ruth Tyrrell, National HR Lead – GIRFT (

For further information and details of how to apply please go to

Closing date: 6th May 2018.

Rehabilitation interview date- 23rd May 2018- Central London.



GIRFT Policy Managers (GIRFT Reports and Advisory)

The GIRFT policy managers will oversee the delivery of a tranche of national reports, each covering a major specialty within the NHS.

These reports will detail key findings from clinical visits across the country and, supported by robust data, will make the case for a series of transformative changes to the way care is delivered. The reports will be developed by working closely with eminent clinical experts, supported by a project team including managers, data analysts and communications and writing professionals. In order to ensure that the recommended changes are implementable, the post-holder will be expected to perform extensive stakeholder engagement and testing.

Following publication, the post-holder will work with GIRFT Regional Hubs to monitor and support implementation of the recommendations, and to report progress up to senior national stakeholders (including the Secretary of State) and national communications channels. Follow-up reports will also be commissioned for each specialty after a defined period of implementation, reflecting on progress and issues.

The roles are advertised as full time, fixed term (2 years) contracts at AFC Band 8a. The roles will be based in Central London.

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