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Head of Safeguarding

NHS AfC: Band 8b

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NHS AfC: Band 8b
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£49,242-£59,964 per annum
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"Be part of the team that delivers "Excellent patient care in world class hospitals"

The Trust has 5 Values as defined by the Star Chart. Applicants are advised to familiarise themselves with these Values which can be found by clicking on the 'About Us' pages on the Trust internet site. 

Our latest achievements include:

  • St Helens Hospital rated outstanding (CQC 2016)
  • Whiston Hospital rated good with outstanding features (CQC 2016)
  • Best Patient Experience in the NHS (CHKS Top Hospitals Awards 2015)
  • Best in the NHS in the Patient Led Assessment of the Care Environment (PLACE 2014 and 2015)
  • Cancer services rated 4th best in the country by Macmillan Cancer Support 2014
  • Ranked one of the highest in the country for extremely positive feedback received from patients (Friends and Family Test, NHS England)
  • Ranked highest in Cheshire and Merseyside for staff recommending the hospitals for the care of their friends and relatives (Staff Friends and Family Test, NHS England)
  • Ranked in the top 100 places to work in the NHS (NHS Employers and Health Service Journal 2014)

In the 2017 Staff Satisfaction Survey the Trust was rated best nationally in the following areas,

  • as a place to work
  • a place to receive treatment
  • staff satisfaction in the care they deliver 
  • staff satisfaction with the resources available to them and the support they receive

St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is one of the leading acute Trusts in the North West of England. We provide a full range of acute services to our local population of circa 350,000 and provide tertiary services across a much wider area in the North West, North Wales and Isle of Man. We are a Major Trauma Unit and the Mersey Regional Burns Unit. We also provide a range of community services.

Our '5 Star Patient Care' strategy is at the heart of all that we do; supporting our vision to provide world class services for all our patients by getting it right for every patient, every time.

We are currently restructuring our Trust safeguarding team and are looking for an enthusiastic, highly motivated and innovative individual with experience of safeguarding both children and adults, to join our dynamic and forward thinking Safeguarding Team.

Reporting to the Deputy Director of Nursing and Quality, the post holder will be responsible for the effective leadership of the Trust safeguarding service for both adults and children. The post holder will ensure that the Trust meets all obligations with reference to the children’s Act 2004 and the Care Act 2014, the Mental health Act 1983, the Mental Capacity Act 2005, the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 and any other relevant legislation and guidance to ensure the safeguarding service is safe and effective.

Successful applicants will need to demonstrate substantial strategic expertise in a complex safeguarding environment for both adults and children and have a proven track record of leadership qualities which have achieved measurable outcomes in performance, service quality and patient experience. They must share the Trust’s commitment to interagency working and actively contribute to multi-agency safeguarding work across several LSCB and LSAB’s.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a rapidly developing service and there are plenty of good reasons to choose us. The Trust also has an excellent performance track record, with Whiston Hospital rated the cleanest hospital in the NHS in the PLACE accreditation, accolades from the CQC, CNST Level 3 safety score for maternity services, we were nominated by the HSJ as one of the Best Places to work in 2014 and achieved the best staff satisfaction survey for acute Trusts in Cheshire and Merseyside in both 2013 and 2014.

The post is subject to an enhanced DBS check with both adults’ and children’s barred lists.

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Applicant requirements

The postholder will have regular contact with vulnerable people and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Jill Pinington, Interim Deputy Director of Nursing & Quality Tel:0151 430 1331 Email:

Francine Daly, Personal Assistant to Deputy Director of Nursing & Quality Tel: 0151 290 4147 Email:

If you have problems applying, contact

0151 430 1967