Safeguarding Programme Officer

NHS AfC: Band 8a

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NHS AfC: Band 8a
Fixed term for 12 months
Full time 37.5 hours per week
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£40,428 - £48,514 per annum
31/05/2018 23:59

NHS England leads the NHS in England, setting the priorities and direction of the NHS and informing the national debate to improve health and care.

We want everyone to have greater control of their health and wellbeing, and to be supported to live longer, healthier lives by high quality health and care services that are compassionate, inclusive and constantly-improving.

NHS England shares out more than £100 billion in funds and holds organisations to account for their spending. Our work involves the commissioning of health care services in England, commissioning the contracts for GPs, pharmacists, and dentists and we support local health services that are led by groups of GPs called Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). We have devised and are delivering a strategic vision for the NHS, along with our partners in health, called the Five Year Forward View. This vision shows that we are getting serious about prevention, identifying and delivering improvements in health care, redesigning the NHS so it continues to meet the needs of patients, ensuring the NHS is financially sustainable and engaging the public in this whole process.

We strongly believe in health and high quality care for all, now and for future generations.

Please note, if the advertised role is based in London on an Agenda for Change Pay Band, it will attract a High Cost Area Supplement. If this post is an Executive or Senior Manager (ESM) role or Medical Leader position this supplement is not applicable. If you are taking up this post on a part time basis, your salary and any allowances will be adjusted pro rata.

We will not accept applications for this position by CV or via recruitment agencies.

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The successful candidate will be an integral part of the NHSE South West Nursing & Quality support the Deputy Safeguarding Lead to deliver NHS England’s safeguarding responsibilities. This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and experienced individual to work across a regional footprint and contribute to change across healthcare systems.  This post is a fixed term or secondment opportunity for 12 months.

Key aspects of the role will be to support the work of the safeguarding agenda (Adults and Children) and the monitor safeguarding assurance processes with Clinical Commissioning Groups, Specialised Services and Primary Care. Engagement with local, regional and national colleagues will be expected to ensure safeguarding accountability and improvement actions for all NHS funded services and SW STPs is transparent across all partnerships including safeguarding boards.  Key responsibilities include:

  • Overseeing and monitoring progress against agreed safeguarding objectives and work plans with CCGs in the south west.
  • Supporting the work of the safeguarding network groups (Adults and Children).
  • Supporting the Deputy Safeguarding Lead to establish systems to ensure the safeguarding priority areas that are defined remain a focus.
  • Providing clear governance and safeguarding leadership across the health economy working with partners.
  • Have oversight of compliance against the current NHSE Accountability and Assurance Framework.
  • Support directly commissioned services including Primary Care and Specialised Services with specialist safeguarding advice, assurance and improvement activity.

Ideally you will already have experience in adult or children’s safeguarding operational or commissioning practice. Although a clinical background is not essential the ability to be clear on the value of audit and investigative processes on improving safeguarding practice and an understanding of the complexity of local services for vulnerable adults and children is crucial. Therefore, we are seeking an individual who can apply sound project management skills to range of work streams within the safeguarding portfolio and work flexibly to prioritise workloads with competing demands.

In return NHS England can offer you an opportunity to develop your skills in delivering statutory responsibilities across large number of organisations in the South West geographical footprint with a focus on improving outcomes for vulnerable people.  

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Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Early conversation with Nick Rudling, Deputy Safeguarding Lead for NHS England SW, is available via Jo May on 0113 824 8780.