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Domestic Violence Nurse

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year Per Annuam
Closing date
3 Dec 2023

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Band 6
Full Time
We are looking for a Registered Practitioner who is enthusiastic and experienced, to join the Safeguarding Team at Nottingham University Hospitals Trust. This position will be full time, fixed term for 4 years.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to work within the safeguarding team, we are looking for someone interested in a fixed term contract for 4 years to support survivors of domestic abuse and work closely with the Emergency department, wards and out-patient teams and community partners to safeguard survivors and their families.

The successful candidate will work within the midwifery, children's and adult safeguarding teams and be provided with relevant training and support to undertake the role.

Flexibility will be required to work across the adults, children's and midwifery safeguarding teams where required.

The post holder will act as a resource for members of the multidisciplinary team and facilitate an environment of learning to promote the development of staff, and will also support Mandatory Domestic Abuse Training.

NUH is an equal opportunities employer. This post is exempt under the Equality Act 2010, Schedule 9, Part 1

Working in collaboration with the Safeguarding Team to support the day-to-day service delivery to enable the provision of high quality, specialist support to women who have experienced any form of Domestic Violence.You will hold a small caseload, providing pro-active, emotional, and practical and advocacy support to women.

Main duties of the job

Provide leadership and be a proactive role-model in the clinical environment leading practice development and professional development relating to domestic and sexual abuse across all Directorates at NUH.

Develop and expand learning and education resources for clinical teams in acute care relating to domestic and sexual abuse aligned with national best practices

Provide leadership, advice and support which is evidence based, and fosters a learning culture which values and responses to the needs of survivors of domestic abuse

Work in partnership with the Clinical Leads, matrons, ward/department managers to ensure the multi-disciplinary team all work together to achieve agreed, common goals/outcomes in ensuring awareness of domestic and sexual abuse remain a high profile within all clinical activity in the trust and in ensuring highest standards of care are maintained.

Continue to work with key clinicians in the on going development of educational initiatives and changes in clinical practice focussing on improving the experiences of survivors of domestic and sexual abuse.

Continue to build on networks across professional boundaries locally to develop, inform and share best practice in domestic and sexual abuse including key charity organisations like Juno Women's Aid and Equation

Support an evaluation of the job role.

Agree to complete an independent domestic violence advocate training (or equivalent).

About us

In addition to the brief list above you must familiarise yourself with the full job description and person specification attached to this advert prior to applying.

Working within a vision of ''Delivering excellence in everything we do ''.The post holder will required to have a high level of relevant knowledge and skills, which you will use to manage, develop and care for our patients with complex vulnerabilities in partnership with the wider multidisciplinary team.

The post holder will be responsible for supporting and delivering the domestic abuse service within Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) and the ongoing development of the role. They will provide specialist advice and support to staff as required and will be responsible for developing and providing training on the management of domestic abuse in conjunction with the Safeguarding Adults Lead. They will be required to work in partnership with the specialist domestic violence and abuse sector including Juno Women's Aid, Social Care and the Police Domestic support Unit.

The post holder will constantly strive to improve individual patients and their family and carers experience through the sharing of best practice and the measurement of standards of care in domestic abuse.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Develop further expertise and networks with the domestic and sexual abuse sector.

Act as an expert resource for the multi-professional team, specialties, directorate and Trust.

Support the delivery of the Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Harassment Risk assessment of patients who may be survivors of domestic and sexual abuse.

In conjunction with the safeguarding adults and consent matron, lead in the development and advancement of clinical enquiry, emphasising the implementation of evidence-based knowledge into practice.

Promote reflective practice and a culture of life long learning in the ward/ department/directorate.

Ensure a two way process of communication and consultation takes place with respect to appropriate nursing /midwifery guidelines/policies/procedures and, when required, feedback comments to relevant bodies.

Where appropriate and in consultation with the patient and other professionals refer patients to a wide range of services including domestic and sexual abuse specialists.

In conjunction with the safeguarding adults and consent matron, lead the implementation of relevant new research based practice, encourage and facilitate active participation in research based projects, thus promoting clinical effectiveness.

To attend the City and County Multi-agency risk assessment conference (MARAC) and safeguarding strategy meetings, case conferences as appropriate, supported by the Safeguarding Adults Lead.

Facilitate practice development to ensure practice meets recommendations from Domestic homicide reviews, serious case reviews and significant incident learning processes both locally and nationally.

You will also be responsible for a caseload of vulnerable men and women effected by Domestic Abuse, including the planning and implementing of individualised care plans in partnership with the multidisciplinary team.

Have increased knowledge of and interest in domestic abuse including the impact on outcomes. Have awareness around other complexities and vulnerabilities that may accompany exposure to domestic abuse. Work in partnership with other members of the Specialist team to ensure a joint plan of care and management of risks

Have sound knowledge of safeguarding procedures and access regular safeguarding supervision.

Promote both short-term and long-term health through evidence-based education. Support women and their families to make sustainable changes to improve health outcomes and decrease the generational impact.

Participate in and support the development of evidence based clinical practice, ensuring agreed policies, guidelines and standards are implemented and monitored.

Maintain a safe working environment for own professional practice as well as the wider team.

Develop individualised care pathways for vulnerable men and women and families affected by complex needs, supported by the specialist team.

Ensure effective communications between professionals by initiating, attending, and presenting information to safeguarding and multi-agency meetings.

Act as an advocate for vulnerable men, women and their families and ensure due regard is given to customs, values, and spiritual belief.

Adhere to and encourage others to utilise appropriate NMC and local standards for record keeping and all written documentation, ensuring client and colleague confidentiality at all times.

Please refer to the job description and person specification attached to the advert for the full details of the vacancy.

Person Specification

Commitment to Trust Values and Behaviours


  • Must be able to demonstrate behaviours consistent with the Trust's behavioural standards

Training & Qualifications


  • Registered Nurse, Midwife, Health Visitor or Allied Health professional


  • Educated to degree level
  • Recognised training qualification
  • Attendance at Domestic Abuse training IDVA



  • Broad range of post registration clinical experience.
  • Experience of working within an acute trust.
  • Experience of working with domestic abuse and violence and sexual abuse issues.
  • Experience of making child and adult safeguarding referrals to social care.
  • Experience of developing training and delivery in a clinical practice setting.
  • Experience of working with autonomy.
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary team working and multi-agency working
  • Experience of utilising evidence based practice in a health setting.
  • Evidence of commitment to a lifelong personal and professional development.


  • Work experience within Safeguarding Children/ Adults/ Domestic Abuse teams.
  • Experience of teaching in a formal classroom setting.
  • Experience of teaching to large numbers of health professionals.
  • Involvement in clinical audit.
  • Work directly with MARACs and other related multi-agency forums and meetings
  • Experience of facilitating service user / carer involvement

Communication and Relationship skills


  • Ability to communicate and receive highly complex and sensitive information.
  • Experience of providing advice and support to colleagues.
  • Demonstrate effective written and verbal communications skills.
  • Recognition of own level of competence and limitations and able to communicate these to appropriate staff.
  • Can minimise conflict and barriers to communication
  • Reliable and highly motivated.
  • Evidence of strong interpersonal skills.
  • Commitment to multi-agency, multi-disciplinary team working including the voluntary sector.


  • Leadership Skills.
  • Experience of multi-agency working.
  • Knowledge of specialist and voluntary domestic violence sector.

Analytical and Judgement skills


  • Be able to make judgements on issues involving complex fact or situations, which require the analysis, interpretation and comparison of a range of options.
  • Demonstrate an ability to assess, plan, deliver, prioritise and evaluate patient care.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of domestic and sexual abuse.
  • To have good IT skills including to be able to use Word, PowerPoint, Excel and outlook
  • Ability to identify own learning needs
  • Able to respond to problem situations and ensure that effective interventions are put in place.
  • Ability to identify own learning needs


  • Experience of using of Trust IT systems

Planning and organisation skills


  • Able to plan and organise a number of complex activities at once.
  • Demonstrate ability to prioritise own workload and recognise, priorities and respond appropriately to urgent and emergency situations.
  • Able to contribute to the development
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