Hospital Management Volunteer

Employer: King's Sierra Leone Partnership
Location: Sierra Leone
Closing date: 17 Feb 2017



Sierra Leone ranks 181st out of 188 on the UN Human Development Index (2015) and has a correspondingly high level of unmet need for healthcare. There is a clear need for hospital and health service management expertise, where this function is in the early stages of professionalization. For this reason the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership is expanding its well established team of clinicians to include managers with significant operational management and service improvement experience in hospitals. This is an exciting opportunity for energetic, focussed and collaborative managers to make lasting contribution to improving health and care in Sierra Leone. Volunteering in low and middle income countries is a much “less trodden path” for managers than clinicians and so this is also a brilliant opportunity for pioneers to help shape the role of managers within the partnership.

KSLP is looking to recruit a Hospital Management Volunteer for its in-country team from 13/03/17 or as soon as possible thereafter. This person will be based in Freetown and will work alongside clinicians from all disciplines from King’s and Connaught Hospital to improve the management of the hospital and deliver specific service improvements. Specific areas of focus will be tailored to the volunteer’s expertise as well as the length of the placement, but will include at least some of the following:
Embedding quality improvement within the hospital by supporting the work of the recently established quality improvement committee and the delivery of specific QI projects in various clinical areas by Connaught staff
Embedding the recently improved systems for health records management
Improving flow through the hospital including improving systems for bed management
Working with Connaught Hospital leadership to develop an effective approach to prioritising areas for capital investment in buildings and new equipment
Coaching and mentoring non-clinical and clinical colleagues at Connaught Hospital in management and leadership skills
Introducing patient and public involvement as an important component of service improvement
Working with Connaught Hospital leadership to improve systems and policies for HR management
Supporting the development of the hospital’s future strategy, including improving the quality of management information and data available to support high-quality decision making

Person Specifications
Qualifications: University degree in health management and leadership and/or clinical profession; a Masters degree is desirable but not essential. Applicants with clinical and non-clinical backgrounds are equally welcomed
Experience: At least 5 years’ health service management experience that must include operational service management in hospitals; experience in more strategic roles such as collaborative service improvement, public health, commissioning, planning, organisational development and mentoring & coaching is desirable
Personal Characteristics: Delivery-focussed, practical, resilient, tenacious, patient, emotionally intelligent, collaborative, quick to make sense of complex issues, culturally sensitive, and possessing excellent listening skills


HOW TO APPLY:

To Apply: Submit a cover letter (maximum 2 pages) and CV (maximum 4 pages) to volunteer@kslp.org.uk. Please include the role title in the subject line of the email. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.