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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 24/05/2021.

Safeguarding/Specialist Practitioner in LPS/MCA

Job Reference: 137-NW-330

The NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group
Lakeside 400, Old Chapel Way, Broadland Business Park, Norwich
£45,753.00 - £51,668.00

The NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (NWCCG) is a clinically-led NHS organisation, responsible for commissioning (planning and purchasing) integrated health and social care for the people of Norfolk and Waveney.

We are committed to integrated working with a wide range of partner agencies and individuals, including our local NHS Acute and Provider Trusts, family doctors, the Borough, District and County Councils, the voluntary sector, Commissioning Support Unit and of course our patients, our aim is to ensure we commission the right integrated services, enabling us to improve the experience of patient care and ensuring the best possible health and wellbeing outcomes for the Norfolk & Waveney community.

We believe strongly in creating a workplace built on teamwork, whilst allowing individuals to grow and develop in their own roles. Our main offices are based at Lakeside 400, Broadland Business Park, Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich, however we have a local office for the East of the region based in Beccles and another in the West of the region based in King’s Lynn, therefore travel across the Norfolk and Waveney footprint as well as out of county is required according to where the providers are situated.

As a strategic part of the wider NHS our ambition, of ‘better health, better care, better value’, is our abiding principle and guides the way we design and commission services for people living in Norfolk and Waveney, therefore if you are someone who enjoys making a difference and would like to be a part of the nation’s most respected and valued organisation then we would like to hear from you.

An exciting new post has arisen for a practitioner to support the Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in meeting their responsibilities within the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) and preparing the organisation for the impending Liberty Protection Safeguards. The role will also require the practitioner, on occasion, to undertake general safeguarding work, as part of the wider adult safeguarding team.

Following the Cheshire West ruling in 2014, CCGs were required to review all cases where care was being delivered in patient’s own home or supported living and consider if the new threshold for applying to the Court of Protection for an authorisation of a DoLS had been met.

Subsequent review of this ruling prompted the Law Commission to publish its report in 2017 recommending repealing DoLS and replacing with the Liberty Protection Safeguards. These have now been assigned into law via the MCA Amendment Act 2019 and are planned to go live from April 1st 2022, whilst the DoLS are phased out.

The role will require the ability to develop effective inter-disciplinary and inter-agency relationships, ensuring the best outcomes are reached for those receiving commissioned healthcare, whilst these changes occur.

The post holder will be an experienced social worker or health registered professional, with extensive adult safeguarding knowledge and expertise and understanding of the MCA. Ideally, they will be BIA trained and also be able to evidence that they have extensive experience of multi-agency working. The post will be hosted by the Adult Safeguarding Team, but the successful candidate will be expected/required to quickly establish professional relationships with the CCG’s Continuing Health Care team.

The Norfolk & Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (the “CCG”) is an NHS organisation, led by family doctors, established to commission (plan and purchase) healthcare for the people of Norfolk and Waveney.

The successful candidate will be registered with either the Nursing and Midwifery Council or HCPC.

The N&WCCG aim to deliver the highest quality integrated healthcare for their population.

This role will be based at Lakeside 400, Broadland Business Park, Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich, with some home working.

All members of staff have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of adults at risk of abuse and neglect, children and young people in all relevant areas of their work.  This will include timely attendance at relevant training events and compliance with Norfolk and Suffolk Safeguarding Policies Procedures.

Applications should be submitted online at NHS Jobs.

Please be aware that this vacancy may close before the expiry date if sufficient applications have been received. 

Hybrid Working

The CCG operates a flexible approach to working. It is expected that our staff will work from a combination of home and office (where possible). For staff designated in a hybrid role they should have a safe and suitable place to work with Broadband access and space for a desk, chair and monitors. At interview a discussion will take place between the recruiting manager and the candidate to ensure they are clear on what is expected.

Your application

Please submit your application form without delay to avoid disappointment; we will close vacancies prior to the published closing date if we receive a sufficient number of completed application forms.

We are unable to accept CV’s as part of an application. Only those candidates who clearly demonstrate how they meet the person specification on their application will be shortlisted for this job. Be mindful that any offer of employment will be subject to pre-employment checks e.g. health, identity, right to work, qualifications, registration and references. Please provide up to date referee details to avoid delay. A start date will not be confirmed until clearance from all the checks has been obtained.

We welcome applications from disabled candidates and those applicants need only meet the essential criteria to be invited to interview. We will also make any reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process providing that you inform us of any special requirements.

We are an equal opportunities employer and all applications will be welcomed and considered.

Further information

Please check the email account (including your junk mail) that you supplied as part of your application on a regular basis following the closing date and throughout the recruitment process, as this is how we will communicate with you.

Arden & GEM CSU administer this account on behalf of the CCG, you may receive communications from both the CSU and the CCG during your recruitment.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Tier 2/skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2/skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement.

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