Associate Director of Information Governance

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Band 8d
37.5 hours per week
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£73,716 to £89,727 pa inc HCA
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ELFT (East London NHS Foundation Trust) is making a positive difference to thousands of people’s lives, providing support so that they can fulfil their potential and enjoy healthy lives.

ELFT has been named one of the HSJ Top 10 best places to work in healthcare, HSJ Provider Trust of the Year and graded as Outstanding by our regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in 2016. We believe that staff who feel valued by the Trust and are truly engaged in the organisation deliver better outcomes for our patients.

We have set ourselves the mission of providing the highest quality mental health and community care in England, and have embarked on an ambitious Quality Improvement Programme to transform the culture of the Trust to one of continuous improvement, delivered through participation of all staff and with service users, carers and families at the heart of our efforts to improve.

Geographic areas our services cover

ELFT provides a wide range of community and inpatient services to children, young people, adults of working age, older adults and forensic services to the City of London, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Bedfordshire and Luton. We provide psychological therapy services to the London Borough of Richmond, as well as Children and Young People's Speech and Language Therapy in Barnet.

In addition, the Trust provides forensic services to the London Boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest, and some specialist mental health services to North London, Hertfordshire and Essex.

The specialist Forensic Personality Disorder service serves North London and the specialist Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME adult outpatient service serves North London and the South of England.

The Trust's specialist Mother and Baby Psychiatric Unit receives referrals from London and the South East of England.


Associate Director of Information Governance

About Us
The East London NHS Foundation Trust (formerly known as East London and The City University Mental Health NHS Trust) was formed in April 2000. The new ELFT brought together mental health services from three Community Trusts in Tower Hamlets, Newham, The City and Hackney; pooling resources and much of Londons major mental health expertise to become one of the UKs largest specialist NHS providers. In April 2007 we achieved NHS foundation trust status and are proud to now have over 9000 members. Our members help us keep true to our values and to make sure that our patients needs are always at the heart of all that we do. The Trust was awarded university status in recognition of our extensive research and education work. The Trust was rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in September 2016.

The Trusts vision is to make a positive difference to people's lives. We aim to achieve this by providing the highest quality mental health and community care to our local communities. Achieving our vision means always staying true to our values and working together as a team with our patients, carers and partners. We are always looking for ways to improve and deliver the highest quality services. Placing a high emphasis on research and innovation means we are constantly looking to find, and regularly implementing, new and better ways of treating people to help them keep healthy and well.

We genuinely want to work with patients and the public to develop and enhance our services, and welcome feedback on all aspects of our care.

The post
The post holder will provide leadership and co-ordinate Information Governance (IG) work programmes designed to support the Trust continuously to improve its handling, storage and processing of information, leading the collation and on-going evidencing of compliance with relevant regulations. The post holder will advise and provide assurance to the Trust on all aspects of the EU General Data Protection Regulation 2016. The post holder will also develop effective relationships and ensure the Trust is involved in local, regional and national networking opportunities. The post holder will provide specific support to the Trusts Caldicott Guardian and be supported by the Information Security Manager and the wider IG team. The Associate Director of Information Governance would be the lead for Serious Information Incidents Requiring Investigation (SIRI).

After the 25 May 2018 the post holder is expected to inform and advise the Trust and its employees of their obligations under the strengthened laws regulating data security, protection and privacy, mitigate the risk of breaches by developing and advising the Trust policy, lead on the promotion and support of data protection/privacy/impact assessments (DPIA), focus on mapping of information flows and corporate records. Using their professional knowledge of data protection compliance strengthens the Trusts approach to information governance, data security and privacy. The Associate Director of Information Governance will be the named contact point with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) and will work with the ICO, seeking advice where necessary, escalating information risk and supporting in full with any ICO lead enquiries.

The Person
We are looking for a professional with passion and a proven track record in applying advanced quality improvement techniques within the NHS mental health, community services or primary care, in leadership of services and engaging successfully with a broad range of stakeholders in delivering operational services.

Closing date for completed applications: 20 July 2018
Interviews will be held week commencing: 17 August 2018

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Applicant requirements

The postholder will have regular contact with vulnerable people and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 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

For an informal discussion please contact Mason Fitzgerald, Executive Director of Planning and Performance on 020 7655 4040 or email

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