Child Death Review Practitioner

The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust
£43,574 to £49,587 a year per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
18 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Job summary

We are a small team of health care professionals and review all child deaths from 0-17 years throughout greater Essex.

We are looking for a new team member to assist in the provision of high standards of holistic family-centred care supporting families who have experienced the unexpected death of a child.

The successful candidate will work in partnership with agencies to ensure a co-ordinated approach with the Child Death Review process to support families when their child has died.

You will be part of a supportive team who prioritises and plans their workload, and you will also be an expert resource for the multi- professional team.

Main duties of the job

To work as a skilled practitioner within a specialist Child Death Review (CDR) Team.

You will be a member of the CDR Team and will ensure the provision of a high-quality service as detailed in the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for Southend, Essex & Thurrock (SET) and in accordance with Statutory Guidance and that the declared specifications of the Integrated Care Boards (ICB's) are met.

The post holder will:

Work closely with the Designated Child Death Doctors to implement the Child Death Review system and process (protocols, pathways and monitoring systems).

Act a single point of contact within the SET area for the management of information regarding child deaths.

Arrange and attend internal and external child death meetings as specified within the SET procedures for the management of child deaths (and if required chair those meetings); this includes strategy discussions, Multi agency meetings, Child Death Review Meetings, Child Death Overview Panel meetings and any other appropriate meeting e.g., neonates' morbidity and mortality meetings including PMRT meetings.

Identify teaching/learning opportunities for all members of the workforce who are affected by the process.

Organise and participate in planned teaching programmes for multi-agencies in conjunction with the team members.

About us

We are an enthusiastic, supportive and welcoming team who strive to deliver the very best service to families and allied professionals in all matters relating to child deaths and the learning from those deaths.

As a team member you will be very much supported in all the new aspects to this specialised role.

Although based at the Princess Alexandra Hospital you will be required to attend all 5 hospitals across Essex and also attend families and allied professionals throughout the county of Essex

Job description

Job responsibilities

Your key responsibility will be on behalf of the Essex wide ICBs Childrens Safeguarding Team to implement, co-ordinate and manage all Child Death Reviews in accordance with government legislation and Local safeguarding Board Policies.

You will undertake, review and where necessary update protocols for practice for a Joint Agency Response (JAR), ensuring that protocol and response times are monitored and evaluated.

You will request for a JAR will be met within 24 hours by the participation in a county wide rota to enabling an on-call response for 58 hours per week which will be supported by other team members.

To collaborate with Designated and Named Professionals across SET to ensure that there is a consistent and co-ordinated approach to child death review practice across the health economy.

Training provision for all members of the workforce who are affected by the process. To provide expert up to date advice, training and supervision to appropriate professionals working with children on issues relating to child death review practice

Have advanced understanding of childcare legislation, information sharing, information governance, confidentiality and consent, and be able to give advice to others on these.

Organisation and representation at relevant meetings and to represent the CDR team on the Local Child Death Overview Panels as required.

Promote and facilitate good partnership working with all agencies enabling effective outcomes for children and young people

Ensure that performance data and supporting evidence for reporting frameworks is maintained

To participate in the dissemination of information and sharing of good practice and training aspect of feeding back lessons learned from any child death review, in a variety of educational forums, to all members of the multi-disciplinary teams across the health economy.

Please see attached Document for Full Job Description

Person Specification



  • Evidence of working with external agencies; ability to work inter professionally and across professional boundaries
  • Ability to work within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Professional portfolio demonstrating evidence of relevant on-going professional development


  • Experience of participation at Joint Agency Response in a professional capacity



  • Nursing or midwifery registration
  • MSc or demonstrable relevant experience
  • Mentorship in Public Services / ENB 997


  • Counselling Qualification at Diploma level

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