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Job Listing Details
Reference Number 17257
Position Title Director, Patient Safety
Employment Status Permanent Full Time
Entity Clinical Excellence Commission
Geographical Location Sydney CBD
Award Classification No Award Name - Health Executive Service
Number of FTE 1.00
Purpose of Position

Director Patient Safety

Health Service Senior Executive Band 1 

Clinical Excellence Commission


Role Outline


This position provides system wide clinical governance leadership and is responsible for leading, planning and managing the NSW Patient Safety Program, and ensures the Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC) and the Ministry of Health meets its statutory responsibilities relating to clinical incident management and review. The role provide’s high level expert advice to the Ministry of Health and direction to Local Health Districts on critical incident management and influences the development of clinical frameworks, clinical governance support programs and other systems to improve the safety and quality of healthcare within NSW Health.

The role of Director of Patient Safety is the pivotal reference point for all NSW patient safety and critical incidents matters and a key driver of patient safety initiatives that mitigate patient risk and impact system wide improvements through delivering integrated and coherent statewide strategic patient safety programs in conjunction with Local Health Districts and Specialty Health networks. The role provides assurance to the public on the quality and safety of healthcare across NSW.


As a senior executive within the CEC, the incumbent will provide clinical and executive advice to the Chief Executive and Executive Management Group at the CEC to identify emerging risks, state-wide improvement priorities, and effectively lead, manage and develop staff within the Patient Safety directorate.


For further information, download the role description.


Applying for this Role


You are required to submit a one page covering letter, describing your experience and suitability for this role and a resume no more than five pages.


The successful candidate will have:

  • Registered medical practitioner qualified or registrable as a Specialist under the Staff Specialists (State) Award, OR equivalent qualification as a registered health professional.
  • Extensive clinical governance experience and extensive senior knowledge of patient safety and clinical risk management, evidence based practice, health care quality, health service evaluation, health care funding and resource allocation, including clinical systems and health services.
  • Extensive experience of providing system level clinical governance leadership. 

This is an ongoing, full time, Band 1, Health Service senior executive (HSSE) role. An attractive remuneration package, with annual performance reviews will be negotiated with the successful applicant.


Please contact Carrie Marr, Chief Executive, Clinical Excellence Commission on 02 9269 5507 should you have any additional questions about the role.


Applicants must apply through www.iworkfor.nsw.gov.au (search by job reference number 00005YO1)



  • ·         The selection methods for this role are in accordance with the Government Sector Employment Act 2013 executive structure and employment arrangements for the NSW public sector.
  • Applicants must submit an up to date resume and a one page covering letter, describing your experience and suitability for this role. For further guidance, refer to Applying for a role in the NSW Public Service.
  • Applicants will need to demonstrate their proficiency in the capabilities outlined in the Role Description. These will be assessed through the recruitment process to determine their suitability for appointment. For further information, refer to the NSW Public Sector Capability Framework.
  • Australian Citizens, Permanent Residents or eligible visa holders are able to apply. Please note, you can only be offered employment in this role for the duration that your current visa allows you to work in Australia.
  • Relevant standard screening checks will be undertaken following interviews e.g. National Criminal Records Checks, Service Checks, Proof of ID (100 – point ID Checks) etc.
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Applications close: Wednesday 7 March 2018 (11.59pm).


Interview dates have tentatively been scheduled for Wednesday 14 and Monday 19 March 2018.

Selection Criteria

Contact Person Carrie Marr, Chief Executive, Clinical Excellence Commission
Contact Number 02 9269 5507
Contact Email
Alternate Contact Person
Alternate Contact Number
Alternate Contact Email
Closing Date 07/03/2018
Additional Information (URL)

Supporting Documents
Position Description
Application Guide