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Deputy Director of Safeguarding (All Age)

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)
£58,972 to £68,525 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
2 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
This role works alongside the Deputy Director for Safeguarding (Children) and supports the Director and Associate Director of Safeguarding in their roles in the delivery of the Trust's safeguarding adults and children's strategic and operational objectives, working across the whole Trust. The post holder will deputise for the Associate Director of Safeguarding and assume leadership and responsibility for delivery in specific areas of safeguarding practice.

This is a key trust wide strategic role, working alongside the senior leadership team for Safeguarding, Safeguarding Operational Leads, Divisional Directors of Nursing (and Deputies), in leading the Trust safeguarding agenda, ensuring that safeguarding activity across the Trust is robust and in line with legislation. This includes maintaining compliance with commissioning and partnership standards, national and local guidelines, and best practice.

The post holder will act as the lead for identified areas of safeguarding practice, supporting the changing local and national safeguarding priorities and objectives. This will include the Domestic Abuse and Prevent agenda's, ensuring the Trust complies with national, regional, and local policies and initiatives.

The post holder will work in partnership with the Deputy Director of Safeguarding (Children) and will be expected to cross cover for planned periods of leave and both roles will develop all age competencies.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide leadership in the development of a robust culture of safeguarding practice across the trust acting as the lead for safeguarding in the absence of the Associate Director of Safeguarding.

The post holder will offer highly specialist and complex safeguarding leadership to divisional and corporate safeguarding programs, to enhance safeguarding practice across the Trust.

The post holder will role model a consistently high-quality of safeguarding practice by promoting safeguarding best practice and continuous service improvements through visible and present leadership, effective teamwork, and empowerment of staff.

The post holder will be the Trust senior operational lead for the Domestic Abuse and Prevent agenda.

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and 100 difference services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England. UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall and out staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward- thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the detailed job description and main responsibilities, please refer to the job description document attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification



  • Registered professional: nurse, SW, AHP
  • Evidence of professional and managerial development, which meets professional requirements
  • Post graduate qualification to Master Level Degree / or working towards, or equivalent experience in relevant area of practice


  • Supervision / training qualification

Knowledge and Experience


  • Experience of managing a safeguarding service with leadership accountability for statutory processes
  • Extensive experience working within safeguarding legislative frameworks for adults or children
  • Experience of leading the development and delivery of training programmes for a range of disciplines of staff
  • Extensive experience and knowledge of managing highly complex safeguarding concerns in a multiagency context
  • Experience of working at a national /regional safeguarding system level
  • Experience of providing safeguarding supervision to a range of professionals


  • Experience of managing service changes
  • Experience of working within an NHS health setting

Skills and Abilities


  • Ability to communicate well and build good working relationships with multi-disciplinary and multi-agency arenas
  • Ability to analyse and resolve complex issues, including conflict resolution
  • Excellent presentation skills - verbal and written Excellent interpersonal and communication skills at all levels including clinical staff
  • Ability to work for and as part of a team
  • Ability to recognise and define risk effecting patient care, org reputation and system working

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Trust Headquarters

Upper Mauldin Street



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