Consultant Paediatrician for Safeguarding Children
Salary will be in line with the appropriate pay framework
A unique opportunity has arisen for a paediatrician to provide oversight and clinical leadership to multiagency processes that are supporting children and young people who have perplexing presentations, with the potential to undertake case reviews flexibly and remotely whenever appropriate. The role of the consultant for safeguarding and perplexing presentations is to provide medical oversight and guidance of child protection cases where the child or young person has a perplexing presentation and or fabricated and induced illness and to enable other professionals to respond effectively.
The post holder will be the professional lead for this area and be a source of expert advice to health colleagues, children’s social care and other agencies in Cornwall. They will ensure that there is a full contribution from medical services for children and young people with perplexing presentations. They will give an independent view of the presentation and circumstances of these cases so that there is an appropriate and effective multi agency response when there are serious concerns about abuse and neglect.
Using clinical expertise, the consultant paediatrician for safeguarding will provide clinical advice and supervision to paediatricians and other medical practitioners and through the provision of training to colleagues working in health and other agencies, the post holder will enable others to increase knowledge and expertise in this subject area.
Main duties of the job
The role is a senior clinical lead for medical safeguarding provision for the Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Integrated Care Board (ICB) and the integrated care system (ICS).
To role is expected to enable a full contribution from medical services for children and young people with perplexing presentations and provide expert advice to colleagues
The consultant for safeguarding children and perplexing presentations will give an independent view of these cases so that there is an appropriate and effective multi agency response when there are serious concerns about abuse and neglect.
Being a source of expertise for the multi-agency network in relation to the contribution of health to the safeguarding children process the post holder will ensure best clinical practice is implemented in the medical management of perplexing presentation and fabricated and induced illness cases.
Develop and deliver training packages about perplexing presentations and fabricated and induced illness for professionals working in health, and if required for professionals working in other agencies.
Provide advice on the safeguarding training needs and the delivery of training for health staff within organisations across the health community.
Working for our organisation
NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Integrated Care Board (ICB) is a statutory NHS organisation responsible for developing a plan for meeting the health needs of our communities, managing the NHS budget, and arranging for the provision of joined up health services which improve the lives of people who live and work in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
By collaborating as an integrated care system (ICS) our health and care organisations can tackle complex challenges, including:
- improving the health of children and young people
- supporting people to stay well and independent
- acting sooner to help those with preventable conditions
- supporting those with long-term conditions or mental health issues
- caring for those with multiple needs as populations age
- getting the best from collective resources so people get care as quickly as possible.
Working with us
We are always keen to hear from people who would like to work with us, and we positively encourage applications from all sections of the community regardless of sex, sexual orientation, racial origin or disability.
We are looking for people whose personal values and behaviours align with the NHS values outlined in the NHS Constitution and our own values and behaviours. Find out more about NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly ICB in the ‘about us’ section of our website.
Detailed job description and main responsibilities
Provide leadership, oversight and direction of those cases that are presenting as perplexing to health and wider agencies in the NHS Kernow area. The post holder will not hold and manage these cases, but will support and direct others to do so effectively, making recommendations for actions and interventions
Provide advice about safeguarding/child protection risks to organisations across the health community.
Ensure expert advice based on specialist experience is provided to professionals based on their knowledge of policy and procedures and the day-to-day management of children, young people, and families.
Provide support and supervision with conduct and the reporting of child protection medical examinations.
Provide advice (direct and indirect) to colleagues on the assessment, treatment, and clinical services for all forms of child maltreatment, particularly fabricated and induced illness.
Provide safeguarding/child protection health advice on policy and individual cases to statutory and voluntary agencies, including the police and social care.
To chair meetings for health or on behalf of the multi-agency team as requested or required when there are serious concerns about abuse and neglect for children who have complex health needs or perplexing presentations.
To be a source of expert knowledge on all aspects of practice in relation to safeguarding children, perplexing presentations and fabricated and induced illness.
Review the case history of children and young people who have perplexing presentations, making recommendations, supporting professionals to implement actions, evaluating the outcomes.
Support and advise other professionals on the management of all forms of child maltreatment, including relevant legal frameworks and documentation.
Assess and evaluate evidence, write reports, and present information to child protection conferences and related meetings if required.
Provide clinical advice, for example, in complex cases or where there is dispute between practitioners.
To provide professional support to medical professionals as required.
To provide reports to the CCG and the children safeguarding partnership about perplexing presentations and fabricated and induced illness.
Being a source of expertise for the multi-agency network in relation to the contribution of health to the safeguarding children process.
To ensure best clinical practice is implemented in the medical management of perplexing presentation and fabricated and induced illness cases.
Provide advice and expertise to the CCG about the way services are commissioned and how children who are experiencing fabricated and induced illness or perplexing presentations are supported, including making recommendations for service specifications.
To ensure that appropriate mechanisms are in place which will promote and sustain effective working relationships between the providers, partner services and agencies in the development of safeguarding children practice in relation to perplexing presentations and fabricated and induced illness.
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To be an employee of the NHS you need to successfully complete the following:
- Identity checks
- Professional registration and qualification checks
- Employment history and reference checks
- Work health assessments
- Criminal record check standards
- Right to work checks
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- Several years experience in a consultant role, including safeguarding children
- Extensive experience in undertaking child protection medicals
- Experience of working with children and young people presenting with perplexing presentations
- Experience of providing advice to other professionals in relation to safeguarding
- Evidence of working as part of an safeguarding MDT response
- experience of providing safeguarding and supervision to medical colleagues
- experience of advising on the development of safeguarding services
- Experience of historical review of safeguarding cases
You must have appropriate UK professional registration.
This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.
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