Job summary

The Safeguarding of adults has developed significantly over the last few years with the introduction of the Care Act and development of citywide and national developments for Domestic Abuse and Modern Slavery, and Street based and Homeless citizens. This post offers the chance to be able to shape the future of Safeguarding both across the city of Leeds and within the Trust. Opportunities for multi-agency working will be provided and an interest in the wider Safeguarding agenda for communities and vulnerable groups within the city will be essential.

Main duties of the job

As an Adult Safeguarding Advisor you will deliver on all aspects of the safeguarding agenda, maintaining clinical and professional competence and credibility. You will be a key point of contact for our staff when Safeguarding concerns arise and involved in report writing where harm has occurred in the Trust.

You will have experience or be willing to develop training skills and deliver a variety of Safeguarding training packages both virtually and face to face.

You will be committed to working to the Hear my Voice and Think Family agendas and putting the individual at the centre of the safeguarding process. You will have skills in or be willing to develop skills in creating responses to Safeguarding related incidents and report writing.

Opportunities for development will be provided; we welcome applicants from any registered health and social care professionals.

About us

Leeds Teaching Hospitals, one of the largest Acute Trusts in the country, has an exciting opportunity for an exceptional professional to apply for the post of Safeguarding Adults Advisor. As a Trust we are committed to delivering safe, effective and compassionate care to our patients and delivering excellence in safeguarding practice. We have invested in and strengthened our safeguarding team and we are looking for someone with passion and commitment to join the team.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals is committed to our process of redeploying ‘at risk’ members of our existing workforce to new roles. As such, all our job adverts are subject to this policy and we reserve the right to close, delay or remove adverts while this process is completed. If you do experience a delay in the shortlisting stage of the recruitment cycle, please bear with us while this process is completed, and contact the named contact if you have any questions.

Date posted

20 January 2023

Pay scheme

Agenda for change

Band

Band 6

Salary

£33,706 to £40,588 a year

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Part-time, Flexible working

Reference number

C9298-CFN-0032

Job locations

St. James’s University Hospital

Beckett Street

Leeds

LS9 7TF

Job description

Job responsibilities

JOB DESCRIPTION AND PERSON SPECIFICATION

1. JOB DETAILS

Job Title: Safeguarding Adults Advisor

Reports to: Lead Professional Safeguarding Adult

Accountable to: Head of Service Safeguarding

Band: 6

Unit/Department: Safeguarding Team

Directorate: Corporate Nursing

Location Trust Headquarters St James University Hospital

AfC Job No: 2322e

2. JOB PURPOSE

The post supports the operational delivery of adult safeguarding services, including the general raising of awareness of adult safeguarding practice throughout childrens and adult services.

The post holder will provide the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust (LTHT) workforce with the safeguarding skills and knowledge necessary to promote safe and effective practice, to offer preventative support and advice to mitigate for safeguarding incidents, and to respond when harm or abuse is thought to have occurred.

They will work with the Lead Professional Safeguarding Adults within a team of Specialist Practitioner (Adult) advisors to lead the development of adult safeguarding practice, reflecting the Clinical Service Unit (CSU), Corporate Nursing and Safeguarding business plans.

The post holder will provide a crucial link between staff at ward level and the Safeguarding team, providing safeguarding clinical leadership and role model behaviours to staff in the delivery of high quality safe care. Where identified, leading on the sharing of lessons learned post safeguarding incident.

The post holder will work within the guidance of the Leeds Safeguarding Adult Board and promote city wide policy and guidance within the Trust.

The post holder will provide links with outside agencies and work alongside safeguarding colleagues across the NHS health economy, local and regional, and the Local Authority.

The post holder will be available on a daily (Monday to Friday) basis, for advice and support across the Trust for those staff contacting the service.

3. JOB DIMENSIONS

The post holder will work with the safeguarding team to raise awareness within LTHT workforce of essential adult safeguarding practice.

Enable the development of an environment which encourages and empowers LTHT staff members to be effective and proactive in the field of adult safeguarding.

Act as key supporting investigators following Section 42 requests for safeguarding cases; to liaise with CSU/wards to support the investigation and review process.

Contribute to interagency working to promote learning and develop city wide safeguarding initiatives.

The post holder will be required to facilitate and deliver training as part of their role, providing mandatory training and specialist training alongside safeguarding colleagues.

4. ORGANISATIONAL CHART

5. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

Qualifications

Registered Professional Qualification, Nurse (Part 1 of the NMC register), Allied Health Professional (AHP), Equivalent registered professional qualification

Teaching and Assessing qualification or experience

Knowledge of the safeguarding adult and Think family agenda.

Experience

Demonstrable experience of working within a safeguarding role or transferable equivalent experience

Clinical audit and standard setting

Service development and or change management

Experience of interagency working in relation to Adult safeguarding

Experience of managing investigations, including root cause analysis and complaints

Appreciation of the role that supervision and debriefs plays in supporting staff and learning from incidents

Skills

Ability to provide clear verbal and written advice

Care planning and assessment skills

Training and presentation skills

IT skills

Ability to, or be prepared to, analyse and appraise clinical and non-clinical information to include within reports

Ability to, or be prepared to, write reports and responses for safeguarding concerns in line with statutory documentation

The ability to transfer specialist knowledge from clinical practice to the promotion of safeguarding across the Trust

Knowledge of current issues in health and social care

Works to high standards of professional practice

Development and implementation of Policies and Procedures

Ability to work within a multi-disciplinary setting and awareness of working across disciplines

Extensive knowledge of current national and local issues in relation to child and adult safeguarding

The ability to prioritise and manage own defined caseload

Ability to engage with patients, promoting inclusion and patient involvement in the safeguarding process

Knowledge and awareness of the NHS patient safety agenda

Knowledge and awareness of clinical governance and reporting processes

Personal Attributes

Excellent interpersonal skills

Self-motivated

Self-aware

Ability to see opportunity for change

Able to lead and influence

Assertiveness

Flexibility and adaptable to safeguarding team circumstances and service need, and continued service development

Ability to work with distressing events and provide positive emotional support to others dealing with Safeguarding incidents

6. CORE BEHAVIOURS AND SKILLS

High level of communication skills – ability to communicate to wide range of professionals and patient groups, employing verbal, online (virtual) and written mediums

Teaching skills

Assessment skills

Organisational skills

Time management skills

Change management skills

Understanding of research based practice

Commitment to team working

Ability to work with conflict resolution and manage differences in approach/opinion whilst retaining respect for all

Work alongside patients to identify patient wishes

Managing stress

Uses initiative and is self-led

Ability to act professionally at all times

7. CORE KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING

Understanding of the local and national care agenda

Understanding of relevant National Service Frameworks, NHS England drivers/initiatives

Awareness of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust guidelines and policies

Professional knowledge

Knowledge of adult safeguarding policies, procedures and good practice guidelines

Knowledge of the Mental Capacity and Mental Health Acts

Experience of adult safeguarding work or equivalent

8. PRINCIPAL DUTIES & AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

Assess, plan, implement and evaluate care and interventions using evidence based and current adult safeguarding knowledge

Support CSU leads to investigate safeguarding concerns

Be prepared to lead on investigating safeguarding concerns

Ensure the wishes of patients are recorded and at the centre of the safeguarding response.

Contribute to individualised care plans for service users at risk of harm

Contribute to care plans for patients that present a risk to other service users

Alongside Safeguarding colleagues set, monitor and seek to continuously improve standards in quality of adult safeguarding advice and intervention.

Maintain a safe working environment, providing guidance in cases to minimise risk and promote safety planning

Supervise and maintain accurate records using the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trusts documentation

Provide staff with necessary knowledge and skills to ensure the safe and appropriate management of adults identified as being at risk of being abused or have been abused.

Promote evidence based practice

Be prepared to offer challenge and encourage further examination of evidence

Promote professional curiosity and patient centred care

Support patients, their families and or carers to prevent harm and increase independence

Contributes to the development and implementation of policy and practice guidelines in line with the Leeds Adult Safeguarding Board policy and procedure

Acts in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Code of Conduct/ Associated profession registration organisation Professional codes of practice

Liaise with community services and external services (statutory and third sector) to ensure seamless provision of care delivery where safeguarding has been highlighted

Education and Training

Participate and provide training and education both mandatory and specialist provision

Provide training opportunities of current national, regional and local safeguarding agendas

Be part of a team developing the Trust wide training needs analysis and reviewing training need across specific Trust CSUs

Actively participate in the development of own personal development plan and appraisal

Keep up to date with developments and advances within the speciality

Work with safeguarding colleagues across the Health Economy and city-wide Safeguarding agencies to promote city wide learning

Job description

Job responsibilities

JOB DESCRIPTION AND PERSON SPECIFICATION

1. JOB DETAILS

Job Title: Safeguarding Adults Advisor

Reports to: Lead Professional Safeguarding Adult

Accountable to: Head of Service Safeguarding

Band: 6

Unit/Department: Safeguarding Team

Directorate: Corporate Nursing

Location Trust Headquarters St James University Hospital

AfC Job No: 2322e

2. JOB PURPOSE

The post supports the operational delivery of adult safeguarding services, including the general raising of awareness of adult safeguarding practice throughout childrens and adult services.

The post holder will provide the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust (LTHT) workforce with the safeguarding skills and knowledge necessary to promote safe and effective practice, to offer preventative support and advice to mitigate for safeguarding incidents, and to respond when harm or abuse is thought to have occurred.

They will work with the Lead Professional Safeguarding Adults within a team of Specialist Practitioner (Adult) advisors to lead the development of adult safeguarding practice, reflecting the Clinical Service Unit (CSU), Corporate Nursing and Safeguarding business plans.

The post holder will provide a crucial link between staff at ward level and the Safeguarding team, providing safeguarding clinical leadership and role model behaviours to staff in the delivery of high quality safe care. Where identified, leading on the sharing of lessons learned post safeguarding incident.

The post holder will work within the guidance of the Leeds Safeguarding Adult Board and promote city wide policy and guidance within the Trust.

The post holder will provide links with outside agencies and work alongside safeguarding colleagues across the NHS health economy, local and regional, and the Local Authority.

The post holder will be available on a daily (Monday to Friday) basis, for advice and support across the Trust for those staff contacting the service.

3. JOB DIMENSIONS

The post holder will work with the safeguarding team to raise awareness within LTHT workforce of essential adult safeguarding practice.

Enable the development of an environment which encourages and empowers LTHT staff members to be effective and proactive in the field of adult safeguarding.

Act as key supporting investigators following Section 42 requests for safeguarding cases; to liaise with CSU/wards to support the investigation and review process.

Contribute to interagency working to promote learning and develop city wide safeguarding initiatives.

The post holder will be required to facilitate and deliver training as part of their role, providing mandatory training and specialist training alongside safeguarding colleagues.

4. ORGANISATIONAL CHART

5. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

Qualifications

Registered Professional Qualification, Nurse (Part 1 of the NMC register), Allied Health Professional (AHP), Equivalent registered professional qualification

Teaching and Assessing qualification or experience

Knowledge of the safeguarding adult and Think family agenda.

Experience

Demonstrable experience of working within a safeguarding role or transferable equivalent experience

Clinical audit and standard setting

Service development and or change management

Experience of interagency working in relation to Adult safeguarding

Experience of managing investigations, including root cause analysis and complaints

Appreciation of the role that supervision and debriefs plays in supporting staff and learning from incidents

Skills

Ability to provide clear verbal and written advice

Care planning and assessment skills

Training and presentation skills

IT skills

Ability to, or be prepared to, analyse and appraise clinical and non-clinical information to include within reports

Ability to, or be prepared to, write reports and responses for safeguarding concerns in line with statutory documentation

The ability to transfer specialist knowledge from clinical practice to the promotion of safeguarding across the Trust

Knowledge of current issues in health and social care

Works to high standards of professional practice

Development and implementation of Policies and Procedures

Ability to work within a multi-disciplinary setting and awareness of working across disciplines

Extensive knowledge of current national and local issues in relation to child and adult safeguarding

The ability to prioritise and manage own defined caseload

Ability to engage with patients, promoting inclusion and patient involvement in the safeguarding process

Knowledge and awareness of the NHS patient safety agenda

Knowledge and awareness of clinical governance and reporting processes

Personal Attributes

Excellent interpersonal skills

Self-motivated

Self-aware

Ability to see opportunity for change

Able to lead and influence

Assertiveness

Flexibility and adaptable to safeguarding team circumstances and service need, and continued service development

Ability to work with distressing events and provide positive emotional support to others dealing with Safeguarding incidents

6. CORE BEHAVIOURS AND SKILLS

High level of communication skills – ability to communicate to wide range of professionals and patient groups, employing verbal, online (virtual) and written mediums

Teaching skills

Assessment skills

Organisational skills

Time management skills

Change management skills

Understanding of research based practice

Commitment to team working

Ability to work with conflict resolution and manage differences in approach/opinion whilst retaining respect for all

Work alongside patients to identify patient wishes

Managing stress

Uses initiative and is self-led

Ability to act professionally at all times

7. CORE KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING

Understanding of the local and national care agenda

Understanding of relevant National Service Frameworks, NHS England drivers/initiatives

Awareness of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust guidelines and policies

Professional knowledge

Knowledge of adult safeguarding policies, procedures and good practice guidelines

Knowledge of the Mental Capacity and Mental Health Acts

Experience of adult safeguarding work or equivalent

8. PRINCIPAL DUTIES & AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

Assess, plan, implement and evaluate care and interventions using evidence based and current adult safeguarding knowledge

Support CSU leads to investigate safeguarding concerns

Be prepared to lead on investigating safeguarding concerns

Ensure the wishes of patients are recorded and at the centre of the safeguarding response.

Contribute to individualised care plans for service users at risk of harm

Contribute to care plans for patients that present a risk to other service users

Alongside Safeguarding colleagues set, monitor and seek to continuously improve standards in quality of adult safeguarding advice and intervention.

Maintain a safe working environment, providing guidance in cases to minimise risk and promote safety planning

Supervise and maintain accurate records using the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trusts documentation

Provide staff with necessary knowledge and skills to ensure the safe and appropriate management of adults identified as being at risk of being abused or have been abused.

Promote evidence based practice

Be prepared to offer challenge and encourage further examination of evidence

Promote professional curiosity and patient centred care

Support patients, their families and or carers to prevent harm and increase independence

Contributes to the development and implementation of policy and practice guidelines in line with the Leeds Adult Safeguarding Board policy and procedure

Acts in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Code of Conduct/ Associated profession registration organisation Professional codes of practice

Liaise with community services and external services (statutory and third sector) to ensure seamless provision of care delivery where safeguarding has been highlighted

Education and Training

Participate and provide training and education both mandatory and specialist provision

Provide training opportunities of current national, regional and local safeguarding agendas

Be part of a team developing the Trust wide training needs analysis and reviewing training need across specific Trust CSUs

Actively participate in the development of own personal development plan and appraisal

Keep up to date with developments and advances within the speciality

Work with safeguarding colleagues across the Health Economy and city-wide Safeguarding agencies to promote city wide learning

Person Specification

Experience

Essential

  • Involvement in Clinical audit & standard setting
  • Relevant transferrable experience
  • Involvement in Service development and/or change management

Desirable

  • Experience of interagency working, in relation to safeguarding

Practical Skills or Additional Requirements

Essential

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • IT skills – word documents, electronic recording systems
  • Ability to write reports analysing information and presenting key findings within agreed timescales, or willingness to work towards
  • High level of communications skills within a multi-agency setting or role, or willingness to work towards
  • Ability to organise and prioritise own and others workload
  • High level of communication skills with patients and service users
  • Experience and skill in delivering training, both mandatory and specialist (or related transferable training delivery experience)
  • Able to fulfil Occupational Health requirements for the post

Qualifications

Essential

  • Registered Professional Qualification, Nurse (Part 1 of the NMC register),
  • Allied Health Professional (AHP)
  • Equivalent registered professional qualification
  • Post registration qualification in speciality or willingness to work towards

Desirable

  • Degree in Nursing, or related subject
  • Evidence of specific safeguarding training and professional development
  • Recognised teaching/ assessing qualification or willingness to work towards

Skills & Behaviours

Essential

  • Capable of working on own initiative in line with Safeguarding principles
  • Capable of working in a team demonstrating respect and support to colleagues
  • Ability to provide challenge and raise concerns in line with Safeguarding Principles

Desirable

  • Awareness of safeguarding status within Trust structure
Person Specification

Experience

Essential

  • Involvement in Clinical audit & standard setting
  • Relevant transferrable experience
  • Involvement in Service development and/or change management

Desirable

  • Experience of interagency working, in relation to safeguarding

Practical Skills or Additional Requirements

Essential

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • IT skills – word documents, electronic recording systems
  • Ability to write reports analysing information and presenting key findings within agreed timescales, or willingness to work towards
  • High level of communications skills within a multi-agency setting or role, or willingness to work towards
  • Ability to organise and prioritise own and others workload
  • High level of communication skills with patients and service users
  • Experience and skill in delivering training, both mandatory and specialist (or related transferable training delivery experience)
  • Able to fulfil Occupational Health requirements for the post

Qualifications

Essential

  • Registered Professional Qualification, Nurse (Part 1 of the NMC register),
  • Allied Health Professional (AHP)
  • Equivalent registered professional qualification
  • Post registration qualification in speciality or willingness to work towards

Desirable

  • Degree in Nursing, or related subject
  • Evidence of specific safeguarding training and professional development
  • Recognised teaching/ assessing qualification or willingness to work towards

Skills & Behaviours

Essential

  • Capable of working on own initiative in line with Safeguarding principles
  • Capable of working in a team demonstrating respect and support to colleagues
  • Ability to provide challenge and raise concerns in line with Safeguarding Principles

Desirable

  • Awareness of safeguarding status within Trust structure

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Additional information

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

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