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Designated Dr Looked After Children

Job Reference: C005-MDT-395-19

West Suffolk and, Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commisioning Groups
Nursing & Quality
Endeavour House, Russell Rd, Ipswich.

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Just over 1 hour by train from London, 1 hour by car to Stansted Airport, 45 minutes from your connection by overnight ferry to Holland; Suffolk inspires everyone, from George Orwell who adopted the name of one of our rivers, to the Suffolk coast and heaths, the inspiration for the composer Sir Benjamin Britten.

From the east to the west, under impressive skies, the varied landscape of Suffolk changes subtly.

Stretching north from Ipswich and Felixstowe, the Suffolk Coast, (with five sailing havens), and heaths has miles of Heritage Coast set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with beautiful beaches, stunning countryside and charming market towns for you to discover. The Ipswich waterfront is a beautiful ‘jewel in the crown’ and seamlessly blends moored yachts, the iconic university building, a working port, modern apartments and the alongside a lively mix of retail, bars and restaurants. Beyond this, Ipswich has three theatres, a thriving retail area and an abundance of independent boutiques and eateries in some of the most historic and architectural buildings in Suffolk.

Inland are undulating fields, enfolding picturesque villages and slow-flowing streams. Some of the finest ancient woodlands can be found in this part of Suffolk, an area that abounds with ancient market towns, including Bury St Edmunds and Lavenham hardly changed since its heyday as an important Middle Ages wool town.

In submitting an application form, you authorise West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group to confirm any previous NHS service details via the Inter Authority Transfer (IAT) process, should you be appointed to the post.

Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (IESCCG) is responsible for buying a wide range of health services for our patients. Safeguarding the health needs of children and young people Looked After is one of our highest priorities and we are looking to recruit a motivated Clinical Designated Doctor for Looked after Children. The Designated Doctor will assist in service planning and advise clinical commissioning groups in fulfilling their responsibilities as commissioner of services to improve the health of looked after children. The successful candidate will be a member of the CCG’s safeguarding and looked after children’s team within the Quality Directorate. The post requires a strong commitment to safeguarding and improving the health and wellbeing needs of looked after children through robust assessment, planning and meeting of health needs. There is also a strong supervision, training and development component and the need to ensure quality improvement across health and social care. As designated Doctor, you will • Hold consultant status or a senior post with equivalent training and experience. • Have undergone higher clinical/professional training in paediatrics and adolescent health. • Have substantial clinical experience of the health needs of looked after children the designated the doctor may have worked or be working as a medical advisor to an adoption and/or fostering agency. • Be clinically active in community paediatrics in at least part of the geographical location covered by the post. • Have proven negotiating and leadership skills. Currently, the post is available for one session a week (4 hours). There is also a Designated Doctor for Safeguarding children in the team who advises on the safeguarding children agenda.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. DBS checks are required for relevant posts.

We welcome diversity.

The CCG will interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a job vacancy and consider them on their abilities.

We are committed to improving working lives through a better work and home life balance and flexible working arrangements.

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We also operate a smoke free environment policy and strive to be an equal opportunities employer.

Probationary Period

All positions within the CCG are subject to a 6-month probationary period; with the exception of those candidates with continuous NHS service.

Registration and Qualification:

Any position is conditional on a satisfactory registration check (if applicable) and qualification checks and that any information disclosed on the application form will be checked.


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