Executive Assistant to the Director of Operations (NJR)

Published: 09 Sep 2020

Closing date for applications: 02 Oct 2020 23:55

Location: London with occasional travel

Salary: c£32.3k

Details: 1 FTE, permanent

Are you seeking a new challenge to provide high level executive support? Would you value an opportunity to develop your skills in a global exemplar registry? Then we would love to hear from you.

HQIP is a small, dynamic organisation with a broad remit which commissions and manages the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcome Programme on behalf of NHS England with whom we work closely. In addition, HQIP hosts the National Joint Registry (NJR) which is managed as a separate entity.

The NJR is the largest arthroplasty register and one of the most influential healthcare registries in the world with a significant international profile. It is managed by the NJR Steering Committee, designated as an NHS England ‘expert committee’ and reports through the NJR Chairman to NHS England.

We are a small, friendly team working in a fast paced environment and are seeking an Executive Assistant (EA) to join our team. This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced board level EA to fill a vital post providing high-level executive support to the Director of Operations (DO) on a day-to-day basis as well as ad hoc support to the NJR Medical Director and NJR Chairman. The post holder will be expected to have a solid demonstrable executive level PA/EA background, someone who has experience providing formal Board/committee secretariat support covering the full range of responsibilities relevant to the job. You will appreciate the confidentiality and professionalism that the role requires.

If you have had previous experience working as a board level Executive Assistant or are seeking a new challenge and have the relevant experience and skills, we would love to hear from you.


Our work focuses on the following key strategic areas:

  • We collect data about joint replacement surgery (hip, knee, elbow, shoulder, ankles) in order to provide an early warning of issues relating to patient safety, improve the quality of outcomes and ensure cost effectiveness of joint replacement surgery,
  • We report outcomes of joint replacement implants monitoring their performance and effectiveness in different types of joint replacement focused on patient safety and improving clinical standards; benefiting patients, clinicians and the orthopaedic sector as a whole
  • NJR data creates the ability to drive forward change, influence best practice, and to support and enable important research by external researchers conducting new and clinically relevant research using NJR data to enhance understanding of performance and outcomes in joint replacement
  • We ensure that patients and carers are at the heart of our work through continued, strategic involvement in all relevant processes and projects
  • We support healthcare professionals to review and improve their practice by providing opportunities to share best practice and supply robust data to support revalidation, commissioning and service redesign.
  • We encourage wide use of robust data for quality improvement of care, offering patient choice, promoting patient safety and supporting commissioning


The NJR management team, based at HQIP, manages the registry’s work across its governance structure -comprising the NJR Steering Committee and eight NJR sub committees – and services contracted through two key contracts covering data management and solutions and statistical analysis and support. We are now seeking to recruit to the post of Executive Assistant to the Director of Operations (DO) to join the NJR team.

Key requirements of this position are:

  • Graduate calibre with at least 3-5 years relevant experience within area of responsibility providing executive support and diary management at senior level.
  • Good knowledge and understanding of supporting committees and boards
  • Good knowledge of protocols, processes and activities within area of responsibility
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills including demonstrable track record of accurate minute taking at executive board level
  • Practical and rigorous, with proven ability to plan, prioritise and schedule activity always keeping strict attention to detail.

How to apply                                            

To apply, please return the completed application form, together with the Declaration of Interest and Personal Information Form to [email protected].

Closing date for applications: 2nd October 2020 at 23.55

Interviews are planned for: 13th/14th October 2020

Due to the high volume of applications, feedback is only given to shortlisted applicants.

Further information

For further information about the post, please contact Yemi Garuba on [email protected]