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Burston House, Rectory Road, Burston, IP22 5TU

Priory Group Division



Up to £68k DOE



Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time

Job Advert - Division Information

Knowing that you’re making a difference to people’s lives is rewarding in itself. But our many roles offer much more than that. As well as helping you grow and develop your talent, we want you to feel proud of where you work and what you do.

Job Advert Location Description

Burston House is located in South Norfolk, close to the Suffolk border and in the beautiful Waveney Valley, surrounded by beautiful countryside, low property prices, a low crime rate and excellent schools all of which support a ‘good life’ free from the stresses and hassles of urban living.

Job Advert Role Description

Burston House Hospital is part of the specialist Learning Disability and Autism portfolio in Norfolk provided by Priory Healthcare and the successful candidate would be part of the Senior Management team (SMT) providing regional oversight and on call responsibility to the quality improvement and business development to all three of our specialist Learning Disability and Autism services, all located within a short commute and thus driving is an essential component to the role.

As Director of Clinical Services (DoCS):

the post holder would hold day to day responsibility and be based at Burston House, which provides specialist care to male patients detained under the Mental Health Act (MHA), with a learning disability, with co-existing secondary diagnoses including mental health needs, behaviors that communicate distress and/ or forensic risks. The setting includes low secure ward and a Rehab and Recovery service

You will join an experienced and well-established MDT and SMT, who are highly committed to the service and strive for excellence in clinical care for this patient group. Burston House is well regarded by external stakeholders, who consistently praise the team for their patient centered approach and commitment to patient care.

Ask yourself these questions…

  • Are you currently working within Mental Health or Learning Disability services and looking for a challenge?
  • Do you have experience of deputizing for a Hospital registered manager in their absence?
  • Do you have experience of the Mental Health Act (MHA) and have a working knowledge of the Transforming care agenda?
  • Do you have the clinical leadership skills to support high standards of evidence based outcomed person centered care?
  • Can you deliver on the hospital and Priory strategic goals and lead on the delivery of operational governance for departments?

Job Purpose

Reporting into the Hospital Director, the Director of Clinical Services (DoCS) forms part of the hospital Senior Management Team and is wholly responsible for the clinical services operation (nursing and therapy) within the hospital.

  • The post holder will ensure the highest level of patient care is provided to all patients.
  • The post holder is responsible for the implementation of effective clinical interventions and ensures that treatment is designed to enhance the operation and quality of clinical services and is aligned to best practice.
  • Manages the delivery of the clinical services business plan ensuring the effective and efficient management and control of staffing, budgets, materials and equipment.
  • Promotes an effective working relationship across the multidisciplinary teams.
  • Responsible for ensuring that Ward Managers are using the e-Rostering system effectively and are rostering at least 12 weeks in advance.
  • Accountable for ensuring timely completion and implementation of action plans in respect of regulatory and corporate requirements.
  • To ensure relevant staff work within the standards and frameworks of professional codes of conduct and to take remedial action as appropriate.
  • Reviews staffing on a daily basis, ensuring compliance against the staffing ladders and reviews trends, under or over staffing and puts in place actions to remedy.
  • Responsible for ensuring the staffing models are adhered to in the clinical services team, maintaining safe staffing levels.
  • Manages and develops a highly skilled and motivated workforce.
  • Responsible for ensuring that sound recruitment processes and retention plans are in place to drive down turnover and raise engagement.
  • Ensures that all employees have the opportunities to further develop their careers and encourages and supports CPD applications.
  • Ensures effective management of the relationship with Higher Education Institutes to support placements for all learners.
  • Responsible for delivering site career pathways for clinical staff, including talent mapping and succession planning.
  • Responsible for ensuring that all colleagues receive clinical supervision in accordance with professional guidelines and carries out management supervision as appropriate.
  • Deliver coaching and training as necessary in relation to developing and improving quality and practice.
  • Ensure site objectives are being met and encouraging a high quality of service.
  • As part of the Senior Management team will carry out on-call duties as directed by the Hospital Director.
  • Contributes to the development of Priory policies, procedures, processes and initiatives.
  • Provide line management for the Ward Managers.
  • You will be expected to provide cover and support to the wider team and site as and when needed

Knowledge / Education / Skills

  • Must be registered with either NMC or HCPC – needs of the service will dictate if there is a preference
  • A detailed understanding of statutory regulations is essential.
  • Passionate about providing high quality care and continuous improvement
  • Demonstrated leadership and decision making skills essential.
  • Forward thinking, proactive and creative
  • The ability to deal with multiple issues simultaneously in a highly dynamic environment.
  • High levels of integrity and boundaries.

Apply online or call us on 01379 649 900 for an informal discussion.

Division DBS info


All roles will be subject to a successful disclosure at an appropriate level from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Access NI or Disclosure Scotland. We are an equal opportunities employer. Priory will cover the cost of a DBS check.

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