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Quality lead, Pulmonary Rehabilitation Services Accreditation Scheme (PRSAS)

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) is seeking a quality lead for the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Services Accreditation Scheme (PRSAS).

Reports to – The PRSAS manager and clinical lead
Working hours – Average of 2 hours per week/0.5PAs per week
Tenure – until 31 December 2022
Location – Applicants will need to be based within the UK due to the need for meetings in London.

The purpose of the role

The Royal College of Physicians, London is the professional membership body for physicians, with over 37,000 members and fellows across the globe. The Care Quality Improvement Department supports the RCPs strategic aim to improve care for patients. It utilises a variety of methods and approaches to drive improvements in activities, influences the quality of clinical practice via ambitious work programmes that are delivered via constituent teams.

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Services Accreditation Scheme (PRSAS) is a high profile national accreditation programme run by the Royal College of Physicians. The aim of the programme is to improve the quality of pulmonary rehabilitation services throughout the UK.  PRSAS is clinically led and delivered by a team working in partnership with the National Asthma and COPD Audit Programme (NACAP).

You will be a key part of the team, working closely with the PRSAS manager and clinical lead to develop and grow the accreditation programme. You will manage the accreditation assessment process and the PRSAS assessors. You will represent PRSAS and support the development of, and increase engagement in, the programme.

You will be working closely with the:

  • PRSAS manager
  • PRSAS clinical lead
  • RCP accreditation unit manager
  • PRSAS assessors
  • services engaged with the programme.

How we’ll measure your success

  • Achievement of personal objectives (which you’ll agree with the PRSAS manager and the clinical lead)
  • Successful engagement of stakeholders
  • Your ability to work autonomously, use initiative and problem solve
  • Your contribution to and support of our values

What you’re accountable for

To lead on quality assurance and provide expert support and advice

  • Provide expert advice on the standards and clinical matters to the office, assessors and to registered services in conjunction with the clinical lead and PRSAS manager.
  • Have expert knowledge of the programme, the accreditation process, the standards and evidence requirements.
  • Support the clinical lead to develop the programme, undertaking ad hoc projects.
  • Developing and reviewing programme documents.
  • Support initiatives to increase engagement of the accreditation programme.

To support the programme with the management of assessors

  • Lead on developing and maintaining standards for assessors, with support from the office team.
  • Support assessors with issues that arise through the assessment process.
  • Provide feedback to assessors on performance related issues.
  • Contribute towards annual performance reviews of assessors, which inform the contract renewal process, in conjunction with the clinical lead and PRSAS manager.
  • Support the delivery of training for assessors.

To provide training support when required

  • Participate as part of the training team at service training and assessor training and review sessions.
  • Provide ad hoc training support for services and assessors as required.

To develop key relationships for the programme and represent the programme in an ambassadorial role

  • Promote the programme to its specialty, communicating and supporting the programme’s aims, for example by presenting to relevant groups.
  • Attend meetings and events with other organisations on behalf of the programme, where required.
  • Ensure own service is working towards accreditation and is leading by example.

Generic responsibilities

  • Every member, fellow or other healthcare professional working for or representing the RCP is expected to adhere to its code of conduct and act in line with its values.
  • You will adhere and comply with the provisions of the RCP’s policies.
  • You will act with integrity and ensure confidentiality is always maintained.

You will not be responsible for the day to day management of the programme, which will lie with the Royal College of Physicians, but will work alongside the clinical lead and PRSAS manager to ensure success of the programme. You will also not be responsible for the overarching governance of the programme, which will sit with the clinical lead and the PRSAS manager.


  • To participate in an annual RCP-based appraisal process.

Person description

  • Ability to build partnerships and highly collaborative working relationship with multi-professional stakeholders.
  • Ability to deal with problems tactfully and constructively, and to negotiate with diplomacy.
  • Ability to help others to achieve and improve performance.
  • Strong communication skills including presenting to large audiences.
  • Commitment, drive and energy.
  • Highly organised and able to manage conflicting priorities.
  • Demonstrable understanding of the standards and of accreditation.
  • Demonstrable understanding of both NHS and independent sector providers.
  • Awareness of the wider political context of the NHS, healthcare and issues affecting the specialty.
  • Champions equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Practising and highly competent pulmonary rehabilitation physiotherapist or nurse, with experience in a lead role.
  • Participation in continuing professional development.
  • Ability to work remotely from the RCP and use remote software (MS teams, Zoom etc).

Financial aspects

Candidates for this role should be aware that it is the duty of a candidate to obtain advance agreement from his/her employing authority that they will be given adequate time to perform the duties of this role. The RCP will not fund Clinical Excellence Awards at local or national level and will not pay for overtime or extra PAs worked. The remuneration will be scaled and based on the postholders base salary as shown in a current payslip. Candidates can also claim reimbursement of all eligible expenses incurred in carrying out their roles, in line with RCP policy.

Our values

We are committed to taking care, learning, and being collaborative. These values drive the way we behave, how we interact with each other, and how we work together to achieve our vision and improve patient care.

We value taking care

This means we behave respectfully towards people, whatever their role, position, gender or background. It means we act as representatives of the RCP, and take decisions in the interests of the organisation as a whole.

We value learning

This means we continuously improve through active learning and honest reflection, so that we grow personally and as an organisation, while striving for excellence. We support learning and development opportunities.

We value being collaborative

This means we work together towards the RCP’s vision in a collaborative and professional way, understanding that individuals bring different strengths and approaches to our work. We value diversity and each other’s contributions.

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) believes that equality of opportunity is fundamental in whatever way individuals become involved with the RCP, whether as physicians, physicians-in-training or staff. It welcomes and actively seeks to recruit people to its activities regardless of race, religion, ethnic origin, disability, age, gender and sexual orientation. The RCP aims to reflect the diversity of its members in all its committee, senior roles and staff.

Application and deadline

Applications will close at 6pm on Friday 6 November 2020. Interviews will be held on Wednesday 25 November.

If you are interested in this role, please send your CV and a supporting statement of no more than 2 pages outlining how you meet the person specification to pulmrehab@rcplondon.ac.uk by the closing date.

Please contact the PRSAS manager, Neena Garnavos at pulmrehab@rcplondon.ac.uk if you have any questions or would like an informal discussion about the role.