The Executive Director (ED), VHA National Center for Patient Safety (NCPS) serves as the principal advisor to the Assistant Under Secretary for Health for Quality and Patient Safety for policies, procedures, metrics, education and guidance to promote safe patient care throughout the organization. The Executive Director provides oversight and management to the National Center for Patient Safety, the Office of Product Effectiveness, and the Office of Utilization Management including a fiduciary responsibility for budget management, staff selection and retention, and workplace utilization, resourcing, and efficiencies.
Serves as Executive Director, National Center for Patient Safety. The National Center for Patient Safety (NCPS) develops, recommends, and implements VHA policy in patient safety, conducts ad hoc analyses, and provides professional guidance on patient safety concerns, including nationwide education and training. NCPS improves the quality of care provided to VA beneficiaries by working with other VHA Program Offices, Operations, Networks, and facilities to reduce medical adverse events and minimize untoward outcomes consequent to medical care. NCPS also assumes a lead role in planning, implementing, managing, and evaluating VHA initiatives and programs concerned with patient safety.
Directs or oversees VHA's efforts in various areas concerned with patient safety, including development and continuous improvement of reporting systems that will enable VHA to better understand the patient care environment guide, educational and training activities and set program direction and policy.
Responsible for implementing and monitoring applications for reporting and tracking patient safety events across the enterprise.
Oversees the Patient Safety Centers of Inquiry, and other related entities.
Develops systems, methods, tools, and plans for improving and assessing VHA's patient safety initiatives and programs.
Works with the Employee Education System, the Office of Academic Affiliations and academic affiliates, and other relevant entities to develop formal plans, strategies, and methodologies for educating and training VHA employees about patient safety and utilization management matters.
A. EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS:
ECQ 1. LEADING CHANGE: Ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
ECQ 2. LEADING PEOPLE: Ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
ECQ 3. RESULTS DRIVEN: Ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
ECQ 4. BUSINESS ACUMEN: Ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Applicants may focus on resource management, with particular emphasis on financial management (budget).
ECQ 5. BUILDING COALITIONS: Ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. Applicants may demonstrate that they have external contacts as well as internal interactions.
B. TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (TQ):
Expert knowledge of patient safety and management concepts, principles, practices and procedures, bodies of law, regulations and precedent decisions along with a wide range of consultative experiences that enable the incumbent to develop and recommend critical patient safety programs that are applicable to an extensive range of health care operations and research activities.
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.