Safeguarding Operational Lead – Band 7


Salary grade: £49,346 – £ 55,274 p.a.(dependent on experience)

Department/ward: Nursing Directorate

MCA/DOLs and Safeguarding Operational Lead – Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability

Department: Nursing Directorate

Responsible to: Head of Safeguarding

Responsible for: MCA/DOLs and Safeguarding Operational Lead

Salary range: £49,346 – £55,274 p.a.(dependent on experience). Incremental reviews annually.

Hours of work: 37.5 hrs per week

Working patterns: Monday-Friday, 9:00-17:00

Location: Putney, Southwest London

Closing date: 12th February 2024

Benefits:

• 25 days annual leave (excluding bank hols)
• Support for ongoing development
• Pension scheme
• Free parking
• Travel season ticket loan to aid commuting expenses
• Blue Light Card and Discounts
• On-site cafeteria
• RHN Wellbeing Programme and Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
• RHN Volunteering opportunities
• Cycle to Work Scheme

Candidates applying for a role at the Royal Hospital for Neuro Disability are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated against Covid-19 and Influenza.

RHN is a care provider for vulnerable patients at extreme risk. In consequence, safeguarding patients will always be our highest priority.

Summary of position and the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability

We are seeking a MCA/DOLs and Safeguarding Operational Lead to join our Safeguarding team at the RHN. Your key responsibility is to facilitate the development of a highly skilled workforce that will provide sustainable safeguarding practices throughout the RHN and supporting that workforce in the day to day prevention and management of safeguarding of adults at risk. Equally, you will be expected to lead on the development and monitoring of quality performance standards in relation to the Mental Capacity Act. Monitor standards of practice in relation to the Mental Capacity Act and work with internal and external partners to embed the principles of the Mental Capacity Act and improve practice across services. This post is part of the Nursing Directorate that includes Lead Nurses, Safeguarding team, Patient Safety and Quality team and Clinical Nurse Specialists.

The RHN is an independent hospital and medical charity. We care for people who have brain injuries and require assessment and intensive rehabilitation for conditions such as Huntington’s disease and prolonged disorders of consciousness. Our specialist services include a ventilator unit and a neuro-behavioural unit.

We help those with the most complex of health needs and disabilities including degenerative or progressive conditions as well as providing palliative care. The patients we support usually have complex physical challenges alongside their neuro-disability. Our vision for the future is that we will be the national centre of excellence for neuro-disability. Our mission is to provide outstanding care and empowering individuals with neuro-disability, enabling them to live their lives to their fullest potential.

Key Responsibilities

Qualifications and Knowledge

Essential

• Qualified and working in a current clinical role such as Nurse/Allied Health Professional/Medical professional. Continue to have an active PIN or Registration to the relevant Governing Body.
• Experience of safeguarding adults in relation to national policy, guidance and NHS safeguarding accountability and assurance framework.
• Experience in developing and implementing policies, procedures and guidance for MCA/DOLs regulations and statutory requirements.
• Able to teach, train and assess the competence in safeguarding practice and MCA/DOLs standards of personnel employed in the organisation.

Desirable

• Accredited training in Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults (at least Level 3)
• Ensure that the DOLs standards are appropriated applied so that patients are cared for in the least restrictive manner within the options available to them.
• Ability to review services and make recommendations for positive change.
• Ability to undertake training needs analysis and deliver training plans within a specified timeframe design.
• To act as a resource and provide advice on the use and application of the MCA/DOLs, in particular use of least restrictive practices.

Experience and skills

Essential

• Ensure that relationships with key stakeholders in MCA/DoLS are developed and maintained to safeguards the patients’ human right.
• Able to manage complex, sensitive or contentious information to ensure quality of safeguarding practice.
• Ability in confidently challenge practice and support colleagues in adhering to safeguarding national standards.
• Able to deliver communication plans for all levels of the organisation and external partners.
• Senior management experience, including supervision of a team.

Desirable

• Experience in working with the patient and resident groups in RHN with knowledge and experience of working with vulnerable adults with cognitive impairments.

Interested in applying and hearing from us?

Apply now and please send a cover letter separately to recruitment@rhn.org.uk. Your cover letter should be no more than one page, clearly explaining how you have demonstrated the above skills and responsibilities in your current or previous role(s). Please refer to the job description and person specification or email the Recruitment team to obtain a copy.

1. Facilitate strong and effective leadership in the Safeguarding Team underpinned by the principles of the Making Safeguarding Personal agenda for patients and residents.

2. At the RHN all patients and residents are Adults at Risk and this is a key role in supporting staff to adhere to the requirements of safeguarding adults at risk within a complex care environment

3. Ensure the development of a highly skilled workforce that will provide sustainable safeguarding practices throughout the RHN and supporting that workforce in the day to day prevention and management of safeguarding of adults at risk.

4. Participate in the promotion of early identification and management of safeguarding concerns by providing leadership, expert advice and education.

5. Lead on the development and monitoring of quality performance standards in relation to the Mental Capacity Act. Monitor standards of practice in relation to the Mental Capacity Act and work with internal and external partners to embed the principles of the Mental Capacity Act and improve practice across services.

1. Promote the principles of Making Safeguarding Personal by upholding the 6 principles of the Care Act across the RHN and role model best practice in relation to safeguarding across the RHN.

2. Develop productive relationships with patients and residents, their families and external agencies including Wandsworth Adult Safeguarding team, local ICB, NHSEI, NHS Trusts and the Police.

3. Support and/or assist the Lead Clinician on policy, practice and legislative development in relation to the Mental Capacity Act.

4. To collate data relating to MCA/DOLs within RHN including the MCA/DOLs electronic system, associated templates and MCA/DOLs care plans and provide regular reports as required to the Lead clinician and Head of Safeguarding via safeguarding meetings and/or committee.

5. Advise on staff training needs and deliver on MCA/DOLs training for qualifying staff in liaison with the Lead Clinician and Head of Safeguarding.

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Candidates applying for a role at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability will be expected to have received their vaccination against the coronavirus strain (COVID-19) as part of our pre-employment process before commencing employment at the RHN. Please let us know if you have not managed to arrange to receive the vaccine via other channels yet, as we can arrange the administration of the vaccine within the hospital. Please note that if you have a medical reason as to why you are not able to have the vaccine or you have any questions on the vaccination, please feel free to contact recruitment@rhn.org.uk.