Head of Education and Quality Assurance

Opening Date:
6 Nov 2020
Closing Date:
16 Nov 2020
Salary Range:

Reference NMC15323
Salary – £60,543 – £71,225/annum
Permanent, Full time, 36 hours per week, permanent
London – Currently home based due to Covid 19 Lockdown measures

About us

Our vision is safe, effective and kind nursing and midwifery that improves everyone’s health and wellbeing. As the professional regulator of more than 700,000 nursing and midwifery professionals, we have an important role to play in making this a reality
Our core role is to regulate. First, we promote high professional standards for nurses and midwives across the UK, and nursing associates in England. Second, we maintain the register of professionals eligible to practise. Third, we investigate when nursing or midwifery care goes wrong – something that affects less than one percent of professionals each year.

To regulate well, we support our professions and the public. We create resources and guidance that are useful throughout people’s careers, helping them to deliver our standards in practice and address new challenges. We also support people involved in our investigations, and we’re increasing our visibility so people feel engaged and empowered to shape our work.

Regulating and supporting our professions allows us to influence health and social care. We share intelligence from our regulatory activities and work with our partners to support workforce planning and sector-wide decision making. We use our voice to speak up for a healthy and inclusive working environment for our professions.

About the role

Our Professional Practice Directorate is at the heart of shaping the nursing, midwifery and nursing associate professions.

As part of our regulatory function we set the standards that nurses, midwives and nursing associates have to meet. We also approve over 85 education institutions covering over 1,000 nursing, midwifery and nursing associate programmes. We approve these institutions and programmes against our standards, and then continue to monitor them to ensure our standards continue to be met.

This is a really exciting time to join us as we’ve recently delivered brand new standards for nursing, midwifery, and nursing associate programmes, and are in the process of re-approving all of the education institutions against them. We are also leading the way in developing a new data driven approach to the way we continue to monitor the education institutions we approve against our standards. This includes working collaboratively with key external stakeholders across the sector.

As the Head of Education and Quality Assurance you will play an important part in providing leadership, vision and support to our successful quality assurance (QA) team, including being responsible for our external QA service delivery partner who carry out the approval visits on our behalf. You will drive forward continuous improvement in how we carry out our quality assurance activity ensuring we are proportionate, targeted and robust.

You will also be responsible for the ensuring the teams work effectively to deliver the ambitious objectives, in a collaborative, kind and fair way.

Skills and experience required

  • Demonstrable experience of leadership and management within higher education or the healthcare sector will be fundamental
  • Experience of developing, implementing and reviewing quality assurance processes.
  • Excellent decision-making and problem solving skills.
  • Ability and interest in developing and maintaining strong working relationships with stakeholders and working collaboratively.
  • Ability to use initiative, plan, prioritise and organise own workload to meet challenging deadlines.
  • Excellent communication skills, listening, verbal and written, with the ability to communicate at all levels of an organisation.
  • Structured, logical, patient and resilient.

Why work for the NMC?

Our people are at the heart of everything we do. We aim to recruit the right people in the right places and we value the contribution they make to the success of our organisation. In return, we offer a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. To find out further information, please look at our benefits page.

To apply

To apply for this role please visit the NMC website: https://careers.nmc.org.uk/nmcouncil/search/vacancy/all/1/3938115/head%20of%20education%20and%20quality%20assurance%20london%20england.html?keywords, then click on the apply button at the top or bottom of the advert, where you will be taken through the application process, and asked to submit your experience in line with the essential criteria detailed in the person specification.

For further details please download the job description below:

Please note that incomplete applications or CV’s will not be considered.

For any application related queries please contact recruitment@nmc-uk.org.

Closing date for completed applications: Monday 16 November at 23:59pm
Interview Date: Friday 27 November 2020

The interview will take place via an online meeting application. You will need to have access to a camera enabled mobile phone or a webcam enabled laptop. Please let us know if you need any assistance in enabling you to attend the meeting and we will see what we can do.

The NMC is an exciting organisation with the ambition to be the leading healthcare regulator. To achieve this, we are working in an agile way that offers great opportunities for people with diverse backgrounds. We are committed to being an inclusive employer. Working life doesn’t always and we support flexible and agile working wherever we can. No promises but, please chat to our recruitment team about the flexibility we could offer for this role.

We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, pregnancy, maternity, disability, or gender identity. We particularly welcome applications from sections of the community which are currently under represented within our teams, including applicants who identify as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME).