Work With Us

Come and work with us here at Aqua and have the opportunity to be at the centre of improving quality in the health and care sector.

There are lots of ways to get involved, including working for us, becoming an affiliate or a lived experiences affiliate, as well as joining our fellowship programme.

Read about our current opportunities below.


We employ a mix of both clinical and non-clinical staff in a wide variety of roles. All our vacancies are advertised on the NHS jobs website; current vacancies can be viewed here.

Lived Experience

We are looking for a motivated person to join our Lived Experience Panel.

Working alongside professionals, patients and volunteers Lived Experience panel members will influence and shape the quality agenda both strategically and locally.

Aqua has established a Lived Experience Panel (LEP) to provide support and advice across Aqua programmes. The panel works to ensure that a person-centred approach to improvement is taken by co-producing Aqua programmes.  The work is now extending its reach to member organisations looking to develop their own lived experience panels and developing quality improvement knowledge and skills in panel members; so that they might confidently join in improvement activity within health and care organisations.

Here is a short video about the panel https://vimeo.com/495756446

Download the recruitment flyer here 

Download the role spec here

Download an application pack here

Closing date – 22nd July

Information about panel vacancies will be posted here, however if you have any questions or wish to know more please contact Paul Greenwood, our Patient Experience Lead: Paul.Greenwood@srft.nhs.uk


Aqua Associates are colleagues recruited from our member organisations to help deliver particular programmes or share their experience with our wider members. 

 Aqua Associates gain a range of benefits including: 

  • increased experience across a wide range of health and social care organisations 
  • opportunities to refine and develop knowledge, skills and application with support from the Aqua team 
  • new networks and increased contacts to support self-development and role specific priorities 
  • being part of the wider Aqua family, with contacts and links to all that Aqua can offer  

Submissions of expressions of interest should be sent to aqua.apply@nca.nhs.uk 

Please include:  

  • CV  
  • Covering letter setting out which focus areas you are interested in describing how you meet the requirements on page 7-8 and any additional specification for each area if specialism  
  • Which Aqua member organisation you are currently employed with 
  • Current pay band and daily rate 
  • Name and contact details (email) for your organisations executive lead for Aqua and your line manager 
  • Confirmation of pre-discussion and preliminary approval for you to apply for this role with your line manager. Please also inform the organisational lead for Aqua  

Associates need to be available to work virtually and/or to deliver across all Aqua member sites between to the end of March 2023.  Associates may also be asked to travel nationally to support delivery.  


We are currently seeking affiliates with the following areas of focus and expertise to join us. Aqua Affiliates are external contractors who help deliver specific pieces of work or projects.

Prospective affiliates can apply for single or multiple focus areas via one application:

  1. Support to System Transformation
  2. Supporting Whole System Flow
  3. Board and executive support
  4. QI capability
  5. Personalised care
  6. Measurement for improvement
  7. Evaluation, research and analytics
  8. Safety

To discuss the opportunity and obtain an application form, please contact aquast@nca.nhs.uk.

Senior Improvement Advisor

Due to the expansion of the team we are looking for a Senior Improvement Advisor with experience of delivering quality improvement and capability building programmes. The postholder will be responsible for operational delivery of a core suite of QI programmes as well as supporting delivery across Person Centred Care, Safety and Aqua wide programmes.

You will join a competent, enthusiastic and driven team and will need to lead and contribute to team development, influence and drive positive improvement behaviours.

You will need experience and evidence of quality improvement knowledge and skills and the ability to develop these skills in others. This includes the ability to deliver classroom and virtual based training covering theoretical and practical quality improvement models, tools, and techniques. You will need to support individuals and teams to identify and deliver against evidenced quality outcomes. You will be competent in the application of QI tools and demonstrate evidence of your own personal experience in the application of these skills in a health or social care setting. The successful candidate must be able to lead key quality improvement programmes on behalf of Aqua, design and deliver events and operationally manage the day-to-day delivery of highly complex work. You must be able to work confidently in a quality improvement arena, communicating with multiple stakeholders, developing positive and responsive relationships with all stakeholders.

Project Manager

We are looking for a Project Manager with excellent project & people management skills who can support the day-to day project management of the Advancing Quality (AQ) & Evaluation & Analytics Programmes.

Project management support is needed to deliver events, produce reports, & engage with wide ranging stakeholders.

Working in a small team of specialists you’ll get the opportunity to collaborate on diverse and agile programmes of work aimed at delivering impact for our members and customers across a range of sectors.

If you’d like to find out more, or have comments and enquiries please get in touch.

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