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Director of Clinical Services




Kneesworth House, Bassingbourn-cum-Kneesworth, Royston, Hertfordshire, SG8 5JP

Priory Group Division


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

Kneesworth House is a 155 bed mental health hospital situated in Cambridgeshire (on the borders of Hertfordshire) with good commuting access to / from London. The hospital has a full pathway of care including medium, low secure, locked rehabiltation and open recovery wards  situated across the site.

Job Advert Role Description

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. 


·         Ensures delivery of the highest level of clinical and therapeutic care together with ensuring compliance with statutory regulations and current legislation, meeting quality standards and delivering against quality performance indicators.

·         Provides leadership, organisation and co-ordination to ensure effective clinical governance.

·         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 eRostering 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 staffs 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.

·         Ensures clinical services comply with statutory regulations and current legislation meets quality standards and deliver against key performance indicators.

·         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

·         Experience of working at a supervisory or managerial level within a mental health environment; minimum 2 years working as a Ward Manager or equivalent.

·         Experience of managing a clinical budget.

·         Strong background within leadership and people management.

·         Experience of leading, implementing and reviewing quality initiatives in a related environment.

·         Strong track record of innovation


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About us

As one of the UK’s leading providers of behavioural care and specialist support services to adults and young people, Priory Group promise a challenging and fulfilling career with the support of a world class organisation willing to invest in your development. 

Across our network of hospitals, residential care homes, education facilities and supported living services, we are making a real and lasting difference to the lives of the people we support.


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 Group will cover the cost of a DBS check.

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