Safeguarding Lead, NHS, Swindon

Posted on: 15-07-2021 | Deadline: 27-07-2021

Job Description

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (GWH) is forward-looking, friendly and focused on providing a wide range of excellent healthcare services to patients in Swindon and the surrounding area. We provide services in the acute hospital, in the community and in primary care; caring for over 1.2 million contacts every year. We have recently taken over the provision of two GP practices and are excited for the future as we work towards a completely integrated healthcare system in Swindon.We value the diversity of our colleagues and actively champion an inclusive culture. We have a workforce of 5,200 and are committed to helping our colleagues achieve a work/life balance and proudly offer supportive, inclusive and family friendly employment with an on-site nursery available and flexible working policies. You’ll be joining a great team in a great place, where your commitment will be genuinely valued, your skills respected, and your ambition rewarded.

Whether you already live here, or are thinking of relocating, you’ll find Swindon is a great place to live and work, offering a rich quality of life for young people, families and those heading towards retirement. Affordable high-quality housing, the countryside, modern shopping hubs, great schools and accessible transport links – we are less than a mile from Junction 15 of the M4, and there’s a great bus service from the town centre to the hospital.

Job overview

The post holder will have a specialist level of understanding of Safeguarding vulnerable children and adults with care and support needs and will be expected to provide expert and specialist advice to the staff and senior management team in all areas of safeguarding children and adults for the GP surgeries across the Primary Care Network (PCN).

The post holder will also be required to work with staff across all surgeries where staff have contact with children and adults, to promote good practice and effective communication and liaise and develop good working relationships with external organisations and agencies on matters relating to the safeguarding of children and adults, ensuring that issues relating to information sharing and confidentiality are addressed.

 

Main duties of the job

Work with the Associate Director of Safeguarding and the Named Nurse for Children’s’ Safeguarding to establish and maintain clear systems of communication within the PCN to ensure that all staff groups are adequately and appropriately supported to apply their safeguarding knowledge and ensure the organisation meets its statutory obligations.

To work closely with the Associate Director of Safeguarding and the Named Nurse for Children’s Safeguarding to ensure that systems and processes around the care and management of adults and children at risk are robust, that issues are escalated through the appropriate channels, and that monitoring and reporting systems in place

 

Working for our organisation

Our STAR values are at the heart of everything we do. You can expect to see them in the way we act and the way we treat each other. Our values make us who we are. We will expect your values and behaviours to reflect the STAR Values of the organisation:

Service          We will put our patients first

Teamwork   We will work together

Ambition     We will aspire to provide the best service

Respect     We will act with integrity

 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The post holder will have the ability to apply policies, standards, and legislations to support every day practice and ensure practice is in line with local and national policy and regulatory and legislative requirements. The post holder will be responsible for ensuring that staff are familiar with our safeguarding policies, develop further policy and procedures and ensure that these are followed once potential or actual concerns are identified.

This is an exciting role for someone looking for a unique opportunity to work in safeguarding in the primary care sector.

Work with the Associate Director of Safeguarding and the Named Nurse for Children’s’ Safeguarding to establish and maintain clear systems of communication within the PCN to ensure that all staff groups are adequately and appropriately supported to apply their safeguarding knowledge and ensure the organisation meets its statutory obligations.

To work closely with the Associate Director of Safeguarding and the Named Nurse for Children’s Safeguarding to ensure that systems and processes around the care and management of adults and children at risk are robust, that issues are escalated through the appropriate channels, and that monitoring and reporting systems in place.

Person specification

Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Registered Health/Social Care Professional
  • Degree level qualification or equivalent demonstrable experience
  • Level 3 Specialist training for Children/Adults
Desirable criteria
  • Master’s Degree or Equivalent
  • Leadership qualification
  • Safeguarding supervision training

Experience

Essential criteria
  • Extensive, recent experience relating to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults in a health/social care setting.
  • Proven experience of leading clinical teams and professional agendas.
  • Proven experience leading investigations into complex cases such as complaints and clinical incidents
  • Good understanding of NHS agenda, clinical governance and assurance framework
  • An understanding of the complexity of embedding practices in a large organisation
  • Working with a range of professionals across differing organisations and boundaries.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience leading on audits
  • Experience of contributing to multiagency audits
  • Knowledge of public protection

Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • High level of safeguarding literacy: Understanding of legislation, information sharing, information governance, confidentiality and consent including guidance from professional bodies
  • Sound understanding of forensic requirements as it relates to clinical practice, including the procedures and investigations required in child and/or adult abuse, harm or neglect
  • Able to participate in a case review leading internal management reviews
  • Ability to undertake training needs analysis, and to teach and educate health service professionals
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