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.
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.
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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
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
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.
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
Ability to provide clear verbal and written advice
Care planning and assessment skills
Training and presentation 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
Excellent interpersonal skills
Ability to see opportunity for change
Able to lead and influence
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
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
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
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
Practical Skills or Additional Requirements
Skills & Behaviours
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).
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