Lead Nurse SUDC

Band 8a

Main area
Band 8a
37.5 hours per week
Job ref
L7F9 A3618 SUDI
£40,428 to £48,514 pa
27/02/2018 23:59

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust is a great place to work and has a sound future as a leading provider of excellent services. The Trust invests in its staff and seeks to provide them with opportunities for training and personal development.

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust was established in April 2002 and authorised as a Foundation Trust on 1st December 2007. The Trust provides health and wellbeing services for a population of around 1.5million people. The services provided include community nursing, health visiting and a range of therapy services including physiotherapy, podiatry and speech & language. The Trust specialises in inpatient and community mental health services. Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust covers the whole of the county and employs around 7,000 members of staff across more than 400 sites.

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Lead Nurse for Sudden and Unexpected Deaths in Childhood (SUDC) in Lancashire

Base: Daisy field Mill, Appleby St, Blackburn


This is an exciting and highly innovative opportunity for a full time, highly Specialist Nurse to lead the SUDC Team, sat within the LCFT Safeguarding Team. You will also work collaboratively with the Designated Paediatric Consultant for SUDC and with Lancashire Constabulary to provide the health expertise to inform the investigation following an unexpected child death. 


You will have extensive experience in the area of child health/paediatrics and community work/home visiting. You will be required to interpret and analyse complex information gathered at the scene of the death and present the findings to the Pathologist/Coroner’s office prior to post mortem. 

Your ability to work in partnership with and communicate highly sensitive, contentious information in an empathetic manner to bereaved relatives is also an essential feature of this role. Providing initial bereavement support is also required. 

You will be expected to have excellent leadership skills, providing professional strategic leadership around service development and the provision of protocols and policies. You will also identify and contribute to preventative strategies and multi-agency practice aimed at reducing child deaths across Lancashire as well as acting as a consultant pan-Lancashire with regards to sudden deaths in childhood. 

You will ensure that robust governance arrangements are in place and establish links to identify best practice and in partnership develop local strategies. You will identify appropriate systems for the monitoring and evaluation of interventions and ensure that all activities are monitored and /or evaluated. 

You will be expected to deliver formal reports and presentations on this highly complex and contentious agenda to large groups of practitioners and strategic groups as well as participation in international, regional and national networks. 

With excellent communication, analytical and coordination skills you will have the ability to lead within a multi-agency team within the challenging, emotionally distressing and stressful agenda on a daily basis. 

You will be a valuable member of the LCFT Safeguarding Leadership team, undertaking any other duties that may be allocated by LCFT/other NHS Trusts/ Lancashire Constabulary and the SUDC Stakeholders group as appropriate, and as agreed in consultation with the post holder. 

This role will involve contributing to an ‘on call’ rota shared between the SUDC Team to cover Sundays and occasional Saturdays. In addition, evening work may be required; the core working hours are 0900-1700. 

The candidate will be required to travel across Lancashire Health economy.








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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Jo Counsell – Operational Lead for Safeguarding.

01772 777220



Sharon Hibbs – SUDC Lead Nurse


If you have problems applying, contact

01772 676124