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Designated Doctor Child Death.

32,455 P.A. ?
NHS West Hampshire CCG

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We’re offering an opportunity to join an organisation that really does make a difference for people, help improve health services within our area and work with inspirational and professional people. Our vision to commission and enable the delivery of high quality patient centred healthcare is being achieved through our values of compassion, honesty, inclusivity, fairness and ambition.

We commission healthcare services for a population of nearly 546,000 people in West Hampshire. The health services we buy are provided by hospitals in Southampton, Bournemouth, Salisbury, Basingstoke, Portsmouth, Poole, Andover and Winchester, as well as within our local community. This includes rehabilitation care, emergency care, mental health and learning disability services and care for non-life threatening illnesses and injuries. In addition, we buy primary care services which are provided by our 49 GP surgeries. We also work closely with our partners in health and care services to deliver joint priorities to transform outcomes, improve satisfaction of patients and communities, and deliver financial sustainability.

We are an ambitious organisation with big plans for the health of local people and are looking for equally ambitious people to join us.

West Hampshire CCG on behalf of the Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton (HIPS) Safeguarding Partnership are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic consultant paediatrician to the position of Designated Doctor for Child Deaths.

The post holder will be an experienced senior doctor, required to provide expert strategic and professional leadership across the HIPS partnership in relation to the child death process.

The role will fulfil the statutory, expert, clinical lead on behalf of the HIPS Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP), an independent, multi professional scrutiny panel of senior agency leads, responsible for reviewing the deaths of all children within the HIPS geographical area.

Multi-disciplinary and interagency working will form a significant part of the role and in conjunction with the CDOP Manager and Administrator, the Designated Doctor will provide assurance to the HIPS partnership regarding the compliance and function of the CDOP.

This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced paediatrician to join the Safeguarding Partnership, linking particularly with Named/Designated and lead safeguarding health professionals and local authority children’s services. This is a development post and support will be given to the successful candidate as required to develop the skills and knowledge related to the Child Death Review process.

The post holder will possess excellent communication skills and have a passion for the delivery of high quality care to children across the HIPS geography.

A full valid driving license and access to a car to use regularly for business purposes is essential (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010).

The post will be hosted on behalf of the system by West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group based in Eastleigh. Job shares will be considered/encouraged.

We are able to offer excellent benefits for our staff including generous leave arrangements, free car parking, NHS pension scheme, local retail discounts, flexible working opportunities, training and development and a commitment to our own staff health and wellbeing, including access to an Employee Assistance Programme.

Successful candidates will be subject to a six-month probationary period.

Dr Sheila Peters

Consultant paediatrician

Designated Doctor for Unexpected Child Deaths(Hampshire)



Katherine Elsmore Head of Safeguarding Southampton CCG

02380 725650

07827 245318

Please note the following before applying:

1. Closing date: we reserve the right to amend the closing date based upon the number of applications received. Vacancies attracting a high volume of applications may therefore close earlier than advertised.

2. Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Border Agency requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit UK Border Agency website.

3. Interviews: all shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend a face-to-face interview.

4. Unsuccessful applications: if you have not been contacted within 3 weeks of your application, we regret that you will not have been offered an interview on this occasion.

5. Criminal records: due to the requirements of certain roles, a Disclosure and Barring System (DBS) disclosure must be obtained by the organisation. Please be aware that anyone who is included in the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) barred lists will commit an offence if they engage, or seek or offer to engage, in a regulated activity from which they are barred.

6. General: this post will be subject to review under the relevant NHS Terms and Conditions of Service.

7. New employees to the CCG will be subject to a probationary period of six months (some exemptions apply, please refer to the CCGs policy for full details).

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