Mid and South Essex Integrated Care Board (ICB)
Named GP for Safeguarding
£257.50 per session – contract for service
Up to 4 sessions per week – can be worked flexibly
About the role
MSE ICB are looking to recruit a named GP/GPs for adult and child safeguarding. There are currently 2 named GPs working across Mid and South Essex providing advice and expertise to the primary care community on both adult and child safeguarding. Working as part of a team, with safeguarding nurses, designate doctors and named GPs, you will support the delivery of a programme of work, including joint working with Local Authorities, police colleagues and health care providers, to support the delivery of the wider system strategic safeguarding priorities and objectives.
We have taken an all-age approach and have introduced the role of named GP for adults to support this. We are looking to recruit a GP/GPs who is/are interested in child or adult safeguarding or both. We require GP cover for 1 session adult safeguarding for mid Essex and in south west Essex we require 2 sessions for children and 2 sessions for adult safeguarding.
The Named GP will take a professional lead to support general practice (including Unscheduled Care services and Out of Hours), to meet their responsibilities to all age safeguards.
About the candidate
GPs have an important role at all stages of the Safeguarding process. They also have an important role to play in identifying individuals and families early in the course of their difficulties and providing timely support of a preventative nature. They need education and support to fulfil these tasks. In support of the delivery of this education programme, the Named GP should have undertaken additional professional training in safeguarding children and adults or, by virtue of experience and practice, have gained the professional respect of colleagues in primary health care.
We are looking for someone who is:
- An experienced GP of good professional standing.
- Fully registered, vocationally trained.
- Able to demonstrate excellent communication skills.
- Experienced in the care of families at risk.
- Developing or already acknowledged to have Safeguarding expertise.
- Familiar with the SET Policies and Procedures.
- Up to date with Level 3 safeguarding competencies; if needed, the transition to Level 4 competencies can be made whilst in-role.
You should also be able to:
- Support a culture of nurturing and kindness within the team, but also towards system partner colleagues who are seeing large number of patients or clients.
- Learn and adapt (growth mindset)
- Be a critical friend
- Teach, but also challenge others if you have a different perspective
- Support system partners in reducing inequalities in their work
There will be full pastoral and professional development support from the ICB safeguarding team. This role requires an Enhanced DBS check
About the ICB
Testimonial from James Booth Named GP for Children’s Safeguarding Mid Essex;
I’ve been the Named GP for Child Safeguarding covering Mid-Essex for well over a decade now. It’s gone from being a role I took on with a lot of nervousness, albeit great interest, to the part of my career that I most value. It’s a job that encompasses so many different things: clinical advice, pastoral support, training and supervising colleagues, interesting and important professional development, input into commissioning and policy, and working with a wide team of different professionals. This latter for me has always included some of the most valuable and trusted colleagues that I have.
It can be challenging, difficult, and sometimes frustrating and upsetting work. However, it is also a truly vital role that will make a difference into the lives of some of the most vulnerable across our county, as well as supporting colleagues through some of the most difficult situations we can encounter as GPs. You’ll be joining a wide team of experienced colleagues, all of whom will be committed to your own professional development and pastoral support.
This is a position that, for me, has led onto many other portfolio roles in commissioning, teaching, and support of other colleagues: all of these have been informed by my experiences as a Named GP.
All of us in the team are passionate advocates of the importance of Safeguarding work, and we very much look forward to welcoming a new colleague, or colleagues, soon who share this belief and are keen to join us in promoting it, and the welfare of those we care for.
If you wish to apply for this role, please e-mail a current CV and supporting statement outlining your suitability and expressing why you have applied for the role (to a maximum of 500 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on 3rd July 2023.