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Associate Director of Corporate Affairs

Employer
Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust
Location
UK
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
2 Mar 2021

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Sector
Legal
Contract Type
Permanent
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Job Details

Working with the Director of Corporate Affairs and Board Secretary the post holder will ensure the Trust's Corporate Affairs are undertaken to the highest standards of probity and according to statutory and legislative requirements.

Specifically, the Associate Director of Corporate Affairs will be accountable to the Director of Corporate Affairs and will:

Be responsible for assisting the Director of Corporate Affairs in ensuring that the Trust has in place, sound, integrated corporate governance arrangements, policies, procedures and structures for ensuring that the Trust complies with its legal, constitutional, regulatory and corporate affairs requirements. Where appropriate, the post-holder will support the wider Executive team in the delivery of key assurance mechanisms such as the Accountability Framework, and driving improvement in the quality of information and reports presented to the Trust Board. The post-holder will also have a responsibility to help establish and monitor procedures to ensure that the Trust complies with all relevant legislation, demonstrating an in depth professional knowledge of corporate governance structures, procedures and practice.

The post holder will lead the following Corporate Regulatory and Compliance functions including the Legal team, the Health, Safety and Compliance team and the Information Governance team. In these areas key responsibilities include the following:

Health, Safety and Compliance team: The post holder will ensure the Corporate Risk Register is subject to ongoing update and captures all key corporate and emerging risks to delivery of the Trust's strategy on a timely basis and is routinely presented to the Trust Management Executive and Board Committees. The post holder will also support the Director of Corporate Affairs in maintaining the Trust Board Assurance Framework, and ensuring the Trust's reports on regulatory Health and Safety and Compliance matters are appropriately reported through appropriate governance routes.

Legal team: the post holder will oversee the delivery of the Trust's 'in-house' Legal Services department to ensure that all elements of legal work are carried out efficiently and effectively. Working with the Head of Legal Services the post holder will ensure: The expert legal representation of the Trust at Inquests and the management of the Trust's coronial process. The provision of specialist legal advice on a range of healthcare legal matters. Establishing processes to ensure the efficient and effective management of all clinical liability claims made against the Trust, and acting as the Trust's 'gatekeeper' to the accessing of external legal advice will work with colleagues in other corporate teams to ensure the efficient and effective management of employer and public liability claims.

Information Governance: The post-holder will oversee the operations of the Information Governance team ensuring that the Trust is able to effectively support Trust Strategy by: identifying its information assets, requirements, risks and responsibilities. Promoting efficient, effective and economic lifecycle records and information management across all media and formats to meet operational and legal requirements; and seeking to reduce overall risk for the Trust through good information governance. As part of their core duties the post-holder will be responsible for the line management of the leaders of each of these teams; responsible for proposing annual budgets for service each area within the Associate Director of Corporate Affairs portfolio (including Health and safety, Risk and compliance, Information Governance and Legal), and for management of agreed budgets throughout the financial period.

Responsible for ensuring the delivery of these teams in accordance with the Trust's established expectations and ambitions set out within the Trust Strategy.

Deputise for the Director of Corporate Affairs as required, and liaise with appropriate functions within the Trust and across external organisations ensuring information is properly managed and best practice is shared across the clinical and corporate divisions.
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