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Safeguarding Adults Nurse/Practitioner Specialist and Training Lead

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
21 Jul 2024

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An opportunity has arisen for an experienced registered nurse/AHP professional to join the University Hospital Sussex NHS Foundation Trust Adult Safeguarding Team to provide safeguarding support to all our services. The Adult Safeguarding Team is a growing and progressive team that provides support, knowledge and experience to ensure that the Trust meets its responsibilities for the safeguarding and protection of adults at risk.

The successful applicant will be responsible for providing effective advice, training in line with intercollegiate documents, adult safeguarding supervision and monitoring systems for safeguarding adults across the Trust. The Team is a point of contact for raising concerns when it is believed an adult may be at risk of abuse. The role requires excellent partnership working with the relevant Local Authorities and other Multi Agency Partners to ensure adults at risk are protected and safeguarded.

The post also includes supporting staff in adherence to the Mental Capacity Act, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Framework, Prevent, domestic violence (including MARAC), proportionate restraint / restriction, best interest and learning disabilities.

Main duties of the job

To provide advice and support to all staff regarding the safeguarding of adults at risk, including response and prevention. To maintain a high clinical presence to assist with the recognition of adult at risk safeguarding issues and recognising vulnerable adults that may require protection from harm / abuse.

As safeguarding adults training lead, you will identify training needs, plan and evaluate safeguarding training within all areas of the Trust. The role will include supporting the team to drive forward the Think Family agenda and training strategies and to assist in providing assurance that all systems and requirements are in place for the safeguarding of adults at risk that come into contact with our Trust and services.

The post holder will be responsible as part of a team for supporting the staff across the organisation to implement good practice around Safeguarding Adults.

To undertake an initial review when a safeguarding alert has been raised and establish if the alert is a safeguarding issue and further action is required to ensure the safety / protection of the adult at risk.

To ensure the safeguarding alert is referred to the relevant Adult Social Care agency (as the lead agency for safeguarding adults at risk) and to work in partnership to maintain the safety and protection of the adult at risk.

Promote good practice and effective communication within and between NHS Trusts and Partner agencies on all matters relating to safeguarding adults.

About us

At UHSussex, diversity is our strength, and we want you to feel included to help us always put the Patient First, as shown in our Outstanding for Caring CQC rating. Your uniqueness and experiences will be part of our creative and innovative community where everyone is encouraged to succeed. We have a range of Staff Networks to help break down barriers, and can offer a buddy to help new members settle in. We're proud to be a Disability Confident Employer (Level 2) and a Veteran Aware Trust.

We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our Wellbeing Programmefor staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it - because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

We look forward to receiving your application and the start of your journey with UHSussex.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • As safeguarding adults training lead, you will identify training needs, plan and evaluate safeguarding training within all areas of the Trust.
  • To work with Senior Safeguarding Adults Lead to develop training programmes as required to meet the needs of University Hospital Sussex stakeholders.
  • To actively participate in the delivery of Think Family safeguarding and safeguarding training programmes and undertake other training as required as part of the Corporate Directorate.
  • To work with the Learning and Development Team, in developing, implementing and evaluating adult protection Think Family safeguarding training.
  • The post holder will lead on the monitoring of statutory / mandatory training compliance rates for safeguarding adults and titrate course provision as required.
  • To ensure adequate provision of safeguarding adults training within the Trust to meet planned compliance target.
  • The role will include supporting the team to drive forward the Think Family agenda and training strategies and to assist in providing assurance that all systems and requirements are in place for the safeguarding of adults at risk that come into contact with our Trust and services.
  • To ensure that safeguarding adults risk systems and procedures within the acute trust are regularly monitored, evaluated and developed to ensure that patients are safe.
  • To ensure that safeguarding adults at risk systems of referrals are clearly accessible and patients who suffer abuse are promptly referred for advice and support.
  • To ensure that staff support and advice is readily available and that a coordinated and consistent cover for safeguarding adults is provided through clear guidance as to whom to contact for out of hours advice.
  • To support Trust senior safeguarding adults Lead in writing of Domestic Homicide reviews (DHRs) and Safeguarding adults reviews (SARs).
  • To be responsible for receiving referrals and sending the appropriate referrals to social services and other agencies for coordination of investigation. To also be responsible for advising staff who make inappropriate referrals.
  • Attending and presenting complex cases to the daily safeguarding meetings(huddles).
  • To lead in maintaining a rolling audit and monitoring system of adult safeguarding activity including Mental Health Act and Dols within the Safeguarding Adults Procedures.
  • To participate in the Trusts Patient Safeguarding Audit programme, ensuring identified learning from SARs and previous audits are integrated into the programme.
  • To lead in the facilitation of safeguarding supervision within the Trust alongside Named Nurses for Safeguarding adults and Children and in-line with the think family safeguarding ethos.

-- Please see Job Description & Person Specs for full details --

Person Specification

Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion


  • Evidence of having championed diversity in previous roles (as appropriate to role).
  • Evidence of having undertaken own development to improve understanding of equalities issues.

Training and knowledge and Experience


  • Qualified Nurse/AHP
  • Evidence of on-going professional development
  • Good sound knowledge of Safeguarding Adults issues
  • Experience of working with Safeguarding Adults cases
  • Experience of working with and basic knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act in practice (including Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards)
  • Knowledge of current Safeguarding Adults practice and local policy
  • Understanding of the importance of the Safeguarding children's agenda and how it links with the Adults agenda
  • Experience in working in partnership with other agencies
  • Ability to write a section 42 report.
  • Experience of delivering training formally to groups of staff.
  • Good level of IT literacy including skills in using Microsoft office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Ability to work in a flexible manner to meet needs of the organisation


  • Best Interest Assessor qualification
  • Extensive knowledge of the Safeguarding Adults agenda
  • Knowledge of the Safeguarding sections of the Care Act 2014
  • Experience of working in an acute NHS setting
  • Some knowledge of the Prevent agenda
  • Some knowledge of Mental Health Act.
  • Experience of using patient electronic records.
  • Ability to challenge others in a professional manner
  • Experience of designing and carrying out audits
  • Skills in risk management/positive risk taking

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


Worthing Hospital

Lyndhurst Road


BN11 2DH

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