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Specialist Safeguarding Practitioner

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum
Closing date
31 Jan 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time

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This Safeguarding Specialist Practitioner post is an exciting opportunity to be part of our Mental Health Trust's Corporate Safeguarding Team in providing safeguarding guidance, advice and support across our services. This is a role where you can really make a difference for our patients, their families and our staff. This year is a time of change across health and social care and this post is a great professional development opportunity to also be a part of the work in the developing of an Integrated Care Systems safeguarding approach and participating in our local Safeguarding Board subgroups and joint agency safeguarding workstreams.

Main duties of the job
The post holder will work as part of the Corporate Safeguarding Team to raise awareness and support the safeguarding strategies for both adults and children across the Trust.
The post holder will work under the guidance of the Safeguarding Lead to ensure that the Trust achieves full compliance against key local and national standards for the safeguarding of children and adults in working with Trust staff and strategic and external safeguarding partners to provide robust assurances.
The post holder will take the lead on appropriate areas of the safeguarding remit to progress the safeguarding agenda across the Trust.
The post holder will work in partnership with an allocated Care Group to have oversight and support their operational safeguarding procedures as required.
The post holder will function as an autonomous practitioner to provide leadership and governance across the operational landscape to promote the remit of safeguarding as delegated by the Safeguarding Lead.
The post holder will provide safeguarding supervision and case management as needed.
The post holder will, as required, provide specialist safeguarding training to staff in line with national and local guidelines and policy.
About us

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.

Job description
Job 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
  • Experience in using child/adult safeguarding procedures
  • delivery of training Attending multi agency protection strategy meetings and formulation of case reports
  • Experience of working as a practitioner or clinician and carrying out safeguarding functions

  • Using clinical assurance systems Project management
  • Experience of working within the mental health

  • Registered Professional. Educated to Degree level (or equivalent), supplemented by specialist training, experience and short course equating to master's level

  • Qualification in Safeguarding or related subject.

  • Reporting writing. Proactive approach to problem solving.
  • ICT skills
  • Ability to use own safeguarding knowledge, without needing to defer to managerS
  • Able to manage own time, diary and commitments effectively

  • Able to demonstrate a broad understanding of vulnerable groups including; children, adults, domestic abuse, PREVENT protocols and standards
  • Up to date awareness of National safeguarding policies and legislation.

  • Norfolk and Suffolk Safeguarding Policies.
  • Risk management, public and patient safety principles and processes

  • Ability to deal appropriately and calmly with potentially stressful and difficult situations
  • Able to demonstrate resilience, reflective practice, self awareness and team working qualities
  • Ability to travel routinely across the Trust catchment area and to travel beyond as required.
  • Time management

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Priscilla N&S

“Welcome to Norfolk and Suffolk foundation Trust, we provide an extensive range of mental health services across two counties , working with our communities and partners we continue to develop and transform our services so we can really meet the needs of the people we serve .We are an organisation which truly values nurses , acknowledges the special , unique skills they bring and is committed to developing clinical, academic and leadership pathways whilst supporting, nurturing and caring for you .We have strengthened nurse leadership, created Nurse Consultant , Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist roles with many more expected . We have over 80 Non medical prescribers and will continue to support more each year .  Nursing In NSFT is not without its challenges but we have used them to create opportunities, to learn, to improve and to work differently . Our absolute priority , our number one aim is to improve the care we provide and we will achieve this. Join us and be part of something very special" - Diane Hull, Chief Nurse

Diane Hull - NSNHSFT

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is the main provider of specialist mental health services for the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, serving a population of 1.6 million people. We are a large organisation covering a wide geographical area divided into ‘Care Groups'. There are also Care Groups supporting children, family and young people’s services, and specialist services, including Forensic mental health services.

Each Care Group has its own Leadership team, with the aim of supporting clinically led decision making locally, to support the needs of people accessing services. 

We have inpatient facilities across both counties with smaller bases in rural locations. Many of the Trust’s services are offered in the community, enabling people accessing services to receive the support they need in an environment familiar to them.

At NSFT we believe in recovery and wellbeing, and understand the importance of good physical health, maintaining relationships and achieving a balance between treatments and continuing an active life.

The people in our care, families and carers are at the centre of all aspects of all we do and are vital in helping shape and support our service strategy. Our strategy supports and enables people with mental health problems to live a fulfilling life and make their personal recovery journey. 

Norfolk and Suffolk, in the East of England are some of the safest places to live in the UK, with low crime rates making it a community to be proud of. Housing prices are frequently cited as a reason to move here, as you get an incredible amount for your money compared with other major UK cities.

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About our location

Norwich in Norfolk has something for everyone. It has retained a strong local identity and, with that, a sense of community. Locals say hello to each other, baristas remember our coffee orders and you’ll be among the first to know about interesting local projects.  This strong sense of community, along with excellent shopping, eating out, affordable house prices and excellent schooling is why Norwich has been ranked by the Guardian as the UK’s best city to work in.

Ipswich in Suffolk is steeped in history, yet full of life. According to The London Economic, affordable house prices and hourly commutes to London have earned Suffolk’s county town a slot in their top ten property destinations. “In Ipswich we have got a fantastic cultural offer far better than what towns and cities bigger than us are offering.  We have got very good transport links, especially to London, and house prices are a lot cheaper in the area.

One of Norfolk’s most famous stretches of beaches, Great Yarmouth attracts around six million tourists each year! Situated at the mouth of the River Yare, this old port town is home to beautiful golden sandy beaches and neighbouring towns and villages with scenic views and homely charm.

Full to the brim of history and with a vibrant town centre, King’s Lynn is the ideal destination to enjoy the superb mix of history, shopping and entertainment on offer!  A small, historic market town, King's Lynn is the perfect place to live and work, with fantastic train links and short drives to fantastic beaches.

Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is a unique and dazzling historic gem. An important market town with a richly fascinating heritage, the striking combination of medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and glorious cathedral and abbey gardens provide a distinctive visual charm. With prestigious shopping, an award-winning market, plus variety of attractions and places to stay, Bury St Edmunds is under two hours from London and convenient for Cambridge.

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For family members who love (or need) to travel, you’re ideally located. Trains run to and from London every 30 minutes from both Ipswich and Norwich, and there are direct rail services from Manchester, Nottingham and Cambridge.   Both counties are well connected to major road networks and Norwich has an international airport. 

Some of our valued employees have told their story of working at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust... use the links below to read these.

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