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Lead Nurse Safeguarding & Looked After Children

Job Description

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust provides integrated acute and community Healthcare in the West Midlands serving a population of 260,000 residents. Walsall Manor Hospital houses the full range of district general hospital services. The £170 million development was completed in 2010 and we are continually upgrading. Construction of the new integrated critical care unit has commenced and is due to be completed 2017, and plans to extend the neonatal unit are underway.

We provide high quality, friendly and effective community health services from multiple sites covering Walsall. Our multidisciplinary services include rapid response and homebased care, so that those with long term conditions and the frail elderly can remain in their own homes.

We are recommended by colleagues as a place to work which is supported by the trusts promises to work as part of a team, be supported to maintain high standards and appreciate every individual. We are committed to investing in our workforce by recruiting to Nursing, Midwifery, Allied Health Professional and HealthCare Science vacancies.

We have already made substantial progress following our CQC visit and this has been recognised by NHS Improvement. We are committed to delivering high quality care in our wards and services and as part of our improvement plans.

Lead Nurse for Safeguarding and Looked After Children

375 hours per week

We are seeking to recruit an experienced safeguarding nurse to operationally manage the Child Safeguarding and Looked After Children nursing team.

The newly re-structured team has recently seen a number of recruits join the organisation who bring a wealth and diversity of experience, coupled with our very experienced existing staff. The post-holder will play a key role in stabilising the team and supporting the implementation of new ways of working to ensure that a safeguarding culture is in evidence across the organisation.

You will be required to lead, co-ordinate and develop a high quality nursing service for the looked after children and young people within Walsall and also those placed outside the borough in order to ensure that arrangements are in place to meet the Trust’s obligations under the Children Act 1989/2004/2006, Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015 and Promoting the Health and Wellbeing of Looked After Children 2015.

You will provide an interface and work closely with the local authority children’s services, senior managers, clinicians and staff across the organisation to ensure the health needs of all LAC are met, ensuring LAC performance related targets are delivered and relevant health processes are being followed in the local authority and within Health . You will have advanced understanding of the legal processes underpinning care planning for looked after children

The post offers an exciting opportunity for a self-motivated individual with a high level of interpersonal and multi-tasking skills, knowledge of current issues within child/ protection/safeguarding and ability to lead the team in a busy, challenging, dynamic and sensitive area of child care.

You will be an NMC registrant, Registered Nurse on Part 1 or Part 3 as Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (children and family route).

An enhanced DBS check is an essential requirement of any successful candidate. There may be a requirement to undertake enhanced financial probity check once commenced in post.

The post is fulltime, part-time considered. An informal discussion before application is strongly recommended and there will be opportunity for informal visits prior to interview.

Please contact Diane Rhoden - Corporate Senior Nurse on  ( Phone number removed )  ext 6230

We have already made substantial progress following our CQC visit and this has been recognised by NHS Improvement. We are committed to delivering high quality care in our wards and services and as part of our improvement plans we are recruiting to a number of clinical and non-clinical vacancies across the trust.

** Please Note that Internal at Risk Employees will be given preference for this position.*


References from current and previous employers will be sought and must cover a minimum of 3 years employment. When completing the reference section of your application form, please give the address, telephone number and work email address of each of your current/previous line managers that cover this period. Failure to complete this section may result in your application not being processed.

Please review the attached Job description and person specification carefully before applying to ensure that you meet the essential job requirements.

Candidates should be aware that, regardless of country of origin, their ability to communicate in written and spoken English to the standard required to carry out the post, will be assessed during the selection process.

We will communicate with you via email, therefore it is essential that you provide a valid email address and check your account regularly.

Referee email addresses should be provided on your application form.

Following the closing date, if you have not heard from us within 6 weeks you may assume your application has been unsuccessful.

We reserve the right to close this job early. Interested applicants are therefore advised to apply as early as possible.

If a large number of applicants meet the essential criteria then random selection will be applied.

We are committed to operating flexible working practices wherever possible and committed to equal opportunities.

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