Associate Director of Risk, Governance and Compliance – Ipswich, Suffolk

Associate Director of Risk, Governance and Compliance

East Suffolk и North Essex NHS Foundation Trust

Ipswich, Suffolk


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If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge then we are keen to hear from you.


Job overview

We are seeking a talented risk & compliance professional to lead the delivery of a comprehensive corporate risk & compliance service to East Suffolk & North Essex NHS Foundation Trust.

This critical role will require an experienced leader, with a track record of leading excellence in assurance & promoting compliance with regulatory requirements across large & complex service organisations. Who is a team player with highly developed emotional intelligence and skills of persuasion to enable effective relationships.

As a trusted advisor to the Board of Directors & to the organisation on all aspects of risk and compliance, the Associate Director will facilitate the effective processes for the management & mitigation of risk at both strategic & operational levels: together with supporting compliance with key regulatory requirements & external inspections, within a robust governance framework.

The ideal candidate will be experienced at managing highly complex relationships, navigating the complexities of different cultures within ESNEFT & across the Suffolk & north east Essex ICS, & determining priorities. Above all, they will work with tact and diplomacy at all times. 

You will have a recognised Level 7/degree level qualification in an appropriate discipline, or demonstrate relevant equivalent experience. Excellent IT & organisational skills & a proven ability to develop close working relationships at an executive level are essential.

Previous applicants need not apply.

Main duties of the job

The Associate Director of Governance, Risk and Compliance is accountable to the Director of Governance, and will provide independent expert advice and support the Chair, Chief Executive and Trust Board on all matters relating to risk management and compliance with key regulatory expectations.

As a key member of the Governance leadership team, the post holder will establish and monitor procedures to make sure that the Trust complies with legislation and delivers best practice in risk management and regulatory compliance.

The post holder will lead a team of colleagues who will support the post holder in delivery of these areas.

Working for our organisation

One of the largest Trust’s in East Anglia, East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) provide hospital and community health services to people living across a wide geographical area. We deliver care from two main hospitals in Colchester and Ipswich, six community hospitals and in patients’ own homes. You will be joining a team of almost 12,000 amazing colleagues providing care to approximately a million people. 

Along with supporting you to achieve your career goals we offer a generous pension scheme, unsocial hours payments (if applicable), 27 days annual leave on commencement (pro rata) and access to a range of NHS discounts. Our Staff Health and Wellbeing programme offer a range of services including mental health support. We offer a range of flexible working opportunities. 

Our philosophy is that Time Matters to everyone. Across the Trust, we concentrate on improving the things we do and removing those which do not work or cause time delays for our staff and patients. 

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge then we are keen to hear from you. 

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Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Provide clear leadership across the Trust and influence service design concerning regulatory compliance and risk management.

Responsible for the development / teaching of the techniques and underlying principles, which support well-governed teams

To programme manage the Trust continuous compliance with national and local regulatory requirements (including all registrations, accreditations, inspections and peer reviews)

Actively promoting first line regulation in all aspects of service delivery through the implementation of initiatives to increase understanding, the provision of support and training for staff and through a monitoring of assurance outcomes

Responsible for the maintenance of the corporate risk register and working with the divisional leadership teams the trust-wide risk registers

Remain up to date with latest regulatory requirements, ensuring that the Executive Team and Board of Directors are advised accordingly.

Responsible for ensuring that there is a system for tracking recommendations following national and local regulatory visits / peer reviews (including national audits and confidential enquiries) to enable the organisation to develop a culture of reliable health care.

Lead and manage the Risk & Compliance Team.

For full details of the responsibilities and duties of this role please see the attached job description. 

Person specification


Essential criteria

Educated to masters level or equivalent experience.

Management/leadership qualification or equivalent experience.

Evidence of continued professional development.

Further relevant training

Desirable criteria

Completed an appropriate Project Management qualification


Essential criteria

Proven experience of working in a senior management/leadership role

Proven experience of working across the acute/community sector or public/private sectors to implement significant changes in service delivery

Experience of managing and motivating a large team or teams.

Leading changes in practice in a complex environment to improve performance/services

Leading complex projects.

Responsible for a significant budget and budget setting

Knowledge and Skills

Essential criteria

Financial procedures including budget setting and working knowledge of financial processes.

Experience of designing and delivering CIP plans and related efficiencies.

In depth understanding of change management.

Able to use IT systems including Microsoft Office.

In depth understanding of the current NHS agenda and health policy including transformation and workforce.

Understanding of the relationship between providers and commissioning organisations.

Strong communication skills both written and verbal

Desirable criteria

Experience with NHS IT systems

Please note that where response levels are exceptional we may close the post before the specified date, therefore early application is recommended. 

Please make sure that you read the Job Description and Person Specification attached and that your statement in support reflects this as your application will be judged against these criteria.

Secondment – if you are interested in undertaking a role on a secondment basis, please ensure that you have discussed this with your current line manager prior to submitting your application. Please note if you are already an employee of ESNEFT fixed term roles will only be offered on a secondment basis.

When providing reference details please provide email addresses so references can be sought promptly to cover the last 3 years of employment.

Successful candidates may be charged for their DBS check.  Please ensure you read the information found in the attached DBS Information document

The Trust is committed to its staff and their development and to equal opportunities and diversity. Applications are welcomed from all sections of the community. Please be advised that following the new Government’s cap on Skilled Worker Immigration, whilst we welcome applications from all and your application will be considered on individual merit, if you are offered a position and require a Skilled Worker Certificate of Sponsorship we may not be able to process your application to the final stage due to the significant reduction of certificates available to us.

In submitting an application form, you authorise East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust to confirm any previous NHS service details via the Inter Authority Transfer (IAT) process should you be appointed to the post.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust; we look forward to receiving your application for employment.

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Applicant requirements

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Steve Parsons
Job title
Interim Director of Governance
Email address
[email protected]
Telephone number
07563 373263