Job Description

Band 7

Main area
Band 7
Full time – 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Hellesdon Hospital
£40,057 – £45,839 per annum
Salary period
20/02/2022 23:59
Interview date
Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust provides child and adult mental health services, learning disability, wellbeing, older people’s and eating disorder services across Norfolk and Suffolk.

At any one time, around 23,000 people in Norfolk and Suffolk are receiving care and attention from the Trust. We believe in whole life care – seeing people in the context of their whole lives, understanding the importance of good physical health, friends, family, spirituality, culture, home, work, education and a sense of purpose and achievement to experience good mental health.

Nearly 3,200 full and part-time practitioners care for our service users in hospitals, in the community and in their own homes, whilst an additional 900+ staff provide non-clinical support, including cleaning, delivering supplies, ward administration, information technology, human resources and financial services.

We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and want to reflect the diversity of our local communities within our teams.  We welcome applications from all talented individuals with the relevant qualifications, skills, knowledge and experience.

We are committed to delivering quality driven mental health services. Every individual makes a valuable contribution. We are proud of our staff who have been commended for the care they provide. Do you value working positively, respectfully and together? If so, we’d love you to join us!

We will consider flexible working arrangements for our roles, please indicate in your application if this is something you require

If you would like to view our Employee Handbook, please follow the link provided under ‘Further links’.

Please read the job description/person specification carefully and ensure your application reflects the knowledge, skills and experience needed.

It is important that you complete a formal application form as CV’s alone will not be accepted.

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On Monday 31st January 2022, the Government announced that it is reconsidering the legislation requiring vaccination to be a condition of deployment. Any decision to no longer make the COVID-19 vaccination a legal requirement for certain NHS staff, is subject to parliamentary process. This means, there will now be a period of further consultation following which MPs will vote on whether to reverse the current legislation.

This potential change to government policy means that the Trust has paused activity relating to this and will not be asking you to provide evidence of a vaccination at this time.  If you are successfully appointed into a post we will keep you updated with how any changes in law will affect you.

Job overview


We have a vacancy for a specialist safeguarding practitioner within our Trust, this means we have an opportunity to offer you an unusual and diverse experience within the world of safeguarding. This role covers the whole age range, working with colleagues who support service users, and families, at the very start of their lives in our Mother and Baby Unit to those who are at the end of their lives within our older persons services.  Mental illness brings with it complexity in the shape of the impact of illness on employment,  families, potential, lifestyle and aspirations; mixed in with the full range of emotions joy, recovery, frustration, sadness and loss .  If you want to be part of supporting our service users and their families to have the best life they can then join us.


Main duties of the job


This practitioner will be an expert in safeguarding and provide consultation and targeted supervision across all roles within the Trust on; domestic abuse, neglect, hoarding, radicalisation, exploitation and abuse, allegations against people in a position of trust and much more.

Attend internal safeguarding reviews, undertake internal investigations and support complaints where safeguarding is a concern. Engage with the wider safeguarding partnerships by attending various sub committees plus being part of complex multi agency case reviews. Engage with service users and families to support safeguarding processes and also consult or lead on safeguarding polices.


Working for our organisation


This Trust is committed to ensuring our service users are safe, we promote excellent practice in respect of safeguarding and it is very much everybody’s business.

The Trust has a good reputation in respect of career progression and role development, both clinical, operational and academic. Improvements to our internal frameworks and processes is encouraged and we are open to innovative ideas at all times; the Trust is utilising  Quality Improvement sciences as a means to fulfil our strategy and improve patient experience.

As a new starter the Trust would offer induction and mentorship, supervision and regular line management.


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please find attached our Job Description and Person Specification for more detail on your Key Accountabilities, then if you feel you have what it takes to make a difference in your local communities, click APPLY!

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • registration


Essential criteria
  • safeguarding experience