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Priory Group Division

Central Services


Competitive + Car Allowance



Vacancy Type

Fixed Term - Full Time

Job Advert Location Description

* Due to limits on sponsorship allocations, we are not currently in a position to offer sponsorship to new candidates for these roles, this remains under review *

Priory is the leading independent provider of mental healthcare and adult social care in the UK.

Senior Investigations and Inquest Manager - Maternity Cover. This is a fixed term role, covering 9 months. Proposed start date 1st January 2025 - 30th September 2025.

Main Purpose

  • The post holder will be responsible for leading the coordination of high level and complex investigations into serious patient/service user safety incidents. This will include investigations into very serious harm, unexpected deaths or investigations into incident themes and trends of concern as identified by Priory.
  • The post holder will have responsibility for the smooth running of Inquests. This will involve line managing the Inquest Risk Manager and team, supporting inquest witnesses in preparation for inquests, maintaining oversight of legal representation and ensuring that there is evidence of investigation and consequent improvement actions to present in detail to HM Coroner.
  • The post holder will support the Claims team, being a point of escalation for enquiries requiring additional support.
  • The post holder will act as a single point of contact for all other enquiries relating to investigations, inquests, deaths and claims (some examples of these detailed below).

Please take the time to familiarise yourself with the full job description attached prior to making an application.

Knowledge & Skills

  • Degree level qualification or equivalent.
  • A clinical and or recordable professional qualification or relevant experience is required.
  • Knowledge and skills of safeguarding legislation for both adults and children is essential.
  • Excellent analytical skills and have the ability to collate data from various sources.
  • Ability to communicate effectively to large groups of staff regarding contentious issues.
  • Understanding of the Duty of Candour.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the NHS England Patient Safety Incident Response Framework 2022.
  • Knowledge and understanding of systems based investigation methodology and human factors.
  • Have completed level 1 (essentials of patient safety) and level 2 (access to practice) of the patient safety syllabus available on Priory Academy or via e-learning for healthcare.
  • Have completed a national accredited course in the following as required by PSIRF: ‘A Systems Approach to Learning from Patient Safety Incidents’, Involving those Affected by Patient Safety Incidents in the Learning Process’ and ‘Patient Safety Incident Response Framework Oversight’ (desirable)


  • Significant experience in health and social care or similar large organisation for example the police force is necessary.
  • Experience of working within a large complex commercial organisation, with experience of managing serious patient/service user safety incidents, safeguarding, security services and designated projects.
  • Experience of attending courts of all levels and giving evidence as a witness.
  • Management accountability and responsibility for large and diverse service driven activities.
  • Experience conducting patient safety/ criminal investigations, the management of evidence and writing investigations reports.
  • Experience working with bereaved families and ability to convey sensitive and distressing information with sensitivity and understanding.


  • Remote based with an expectation that the post holder will travel nationally to locations where incidents occur or to attend meetings as required, often at short notice.

The post holder must have a current full UK Driving license and covered for business use, their own motor vehicle.

Job Advert Role Description

What we would like to give you: 

  • Car Allowance
  • 25 days Annual Leave + Bank Holidays + additional day’s leave for your Birthday!
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Competitive Pension Scheme
  • Initial Disclosure Check Cost covered, if applicable to role
  • ‘My Possible Self’ App and health-related benefits
  • Online discounts and cashback rewards
  • Technology scheme (qualifying period)
  • Cycle to work scheme (qualifying period)
  • ‘Cash for Colleagues’ – Employee referral scheme
  • Career Pathways Programme – for development and further qualifications

We reserve the right to close the vacancy ahead of the closing date, without notification.

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.


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