Head of Safeguarding, Merseycare NHS Foundation Trust

Posted on: 17-05-2021 | Deadline: 27-05-2021

Job Description

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities, addiction and acquired brain injury services for the people of Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby, Merseyside. We also provide community physical health services in Liverpool, Sefton, secure mental health services for the North West of England, the West Midlands and Wales and specialist learning disability services across Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside.

We work closely with service users, carers and partner organisations; we have been able to make real improvements to our diverse range of services, from health and social care, right through to high secure provision. This passion to improve has been recognised by the CQC who have recently rated us “Good”.

Mersey Care’s vision and values of Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm and Support (CARES) drive our organisation and the way we work together to deliver services. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate, during recruitment and any subsequent employment with the Trust, that their behaviour supports our values.

The CQC stated “It was clear that most staff across the organisation understood, and were committed to, the vision and values of the organisation. These were well communicated and the work to win both hearts and minds was apparent”.

We take positive action to support disadvantaged groups and also particularly encourage applications from BAME, disabled and LGBT people that are under-represented in our workforce. Furthermore we welcome applications from reservists and ex-armed forces as we recognise the benefits of the values, skills, training and experience that they bring to their work with us. We encourage all applicants to share their equality information with us.

Flexible working requests will be considered for all roles.

Job overview

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust continues to ensure that safeguarding is ‘Everybody’s Business’ and that concerns for Adults and Children are identified and responded to effectively and efficiently.

This is a  brilliant opportunity for a highly motivated, dynamic and passionate individual with effective leadership and management skills, to take our safeguarding agenda forwards. You will be responsible for delivery of the Trust’s Safeguarding Strategy and leading the team. As head of service you will line manage the Named Nurses and other relevant service leads, supporting them to deliver their services and ensuring necessary policies, procedures and practices are in place . You will work in collaboration with the Trust’s Named Professionals, the CCG’s Designated Nurses and the local authority’s safeguarding service to promote the protection of our most vulnerable patients and their families.

Shortlisting is planned for 28th May 2021

Interviews are planned for 9th June 2021

Main duties of the job

The post holder will ensure that structures systems and processes are in place and will be responsible for the delivery of the Safeguarding agenda across the organisation, responsible for the Governance of Safeguarding across the Trust. The purpose of the job is to promote the early accurate identification and management of safeguarding concerns by leadership, expert practice, research and education, leading and developing and implementing strategies, protocols, pathways and action plans to strengthen the management of safeguarding. There will be a focus on robust risk management systems to ensure safe, efficient, effective and timely management of the safeguarding agenda. The role requires a high level of legal literacy of all law that interfaces with safeguarding with oversight of all aspects of the Safeguarding Agenda including Safeguarding Adults and Children, PREVENT, Honour Based Abuse including FGM and Forced Marriage, Domestic Abuse and MARAC, and Children in Care.

Working for our organisation

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities, addiction and acquired brain injury services for the people of Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby, Merseyside. We also provide community physical health services in Liverpool, Sefton, secure mental health services for the North West of England, the West Midlands and Wales and specialist learning disability services across Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside.

Our ambition is to deliver perfect care to become the world’s leading organisation in holistic health and well being.

Mersey Care’s vision and values of Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm and Support (CARES) drive our organisation and the way we work together to deliver services. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate, during recruitment and any subsequent employment with the Trust, that their behaviour supports our values.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The post holder will report to Deputy Director of Nursing & Quality and is responsible for the delivery of the Adult and Children Safeguarding agenda across the organisation and will be responsible for the Governance of Safeguarding across the Trust via the management of Named Nurse and Leads. You will lead on the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of innovative practice in the management of the safeguarding agenda (children, young people and adults at risk) and to promote health and wellbeing and prevent adverse effects on health and wellbeing due to safeguarding concerns not being managed. The role requires strategic oversight on the implementation of the safeguarding strategy for both adults and children and ensure compliance with relevant CQC standards and safeguarding legislation. You will appraise, interpret and apply recommendations and guidance to improve safeguarding in this area of practice, demonstrating continuous improvements and make clinical decisions at the highest level working within the relevant scope of professional practice as determined by the post holder’s professional regulatory body. The post will require you to lead on the production of Trust internal management reviews for serious case reviews, learning lessons reports, safeguarding adults’ reviews and domestic homicide reviews and ensure learning from these reports is implemented in the Trust.

Person specification

Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Live registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Social Work England or HCPC
  • Graduate in nursing or social care related subject
  • Master’s Degree in an appropriate health related subject or equivalent or working towards
  • Doctorate level qualification or Highly specialist knowledge and of safeguarding topics acquired through degree and professional qualification
  • Doctorate level Advanced theoretical and practical knowledge relating to practice and legislative Safeguarding frameworks and services for adults, children
Desirable criteria
  • Supervision qualification
  • PhD

Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Extensive experience of leading safeguarding at a senior leve
  • Expert knowledge of national safeguarding policy and legislation, including the Children Acts and the Care Act.
  • Portfolio of evidence demonstrating leadership, education and service development achievements.
  • Extensive track record of meeting clinical governance to deadline objectives
  • Able to demonstrate wide knowledge of health policy and its application in practice
  • Professional experience and knowledge equivalent to doctorate level
  • Highly specialist experience and knowledge of expert practice, research and education of Adult and Child safeguarding practice, duties and responsibilities and legal frameworks
  • Advanced theoretical and practical knowledge of safeguarding services for adults, children, including harm, exploitation , abuse equivalent to doctorate level
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working with safeguarding partners at a senior level
  • Experience of working with electronic safeguarding systems

Skills

Essential criteria
  • Evidence of the proactive involvement in the supervision and development of members of the multi-disciplinary team demonstrating strong coaching and mentoring skills
  • Evidence of leading the development of programmes of care, protocols, audit and research.
  • Evidence of leadership in teaching and mentoring learners and training need analysis.
  • Able to work within a given resource and demonstrate imaginative and effective use of resources
  • Leads in the completion of Individual Management Reviews, Domestic Homicide Reviews and Safeguarding Adult Reviews
  • Evidence of skills in diplomacy, networking and negotiation.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills with the ability to engage and motivate others
  • Has the ability to manage conflicting views and reconciles inter and intra professional differences of opinion
  • Evidence of effective people management and of leading multidisciplinary teams
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