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COVID-19 Vacancy Emergency Planning Liaison Officer

Band 7

Main area
Emergency Planning
Grade
Band 7
Contract
Permanent
Hours
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
350-COR3050498
Site
V7 Building
Town
Prescot
Salary
£38,890 - £44,503 per annum
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
19/04/2021 23:59

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities, addiction and acquired brain injury services for the people of Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby, Merseyside. We also provide community physical health services in Liverpool, Sefton, secure mental health services for the North West of England, the West Midlands and Wales and specialist learning disability services across Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside.

We work closely with service users, carers and partner organisations; we have been able to make real improvements to our diverse range of services, from health and social care, right through to high secure provision. This passion to improve has been recognised by the CQC who have recently rated us “Good”.

Mersey Care’s vision and values of Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm and Support (CARES) drive our organisation and the way we work together to deliver services. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate, during recruitment and any subsequent employment with the Trust, that their behaviour supports our values.

The CQC stated “It was clear that most staff across the organisation understood, and were committed to, the vision and values of the organisation. These were well communicated and the work to win both hearts and minds was apparent”.

We take positive action to support disadvantaged groups and also particularly encourage applications from BAME, disabled and LGBT people that are under-represented in our workforce. Furthermore we welcome applications from reservists and ex-armed forces as we recognise the benefits of the values, skills, training and experience that they bring to their work with us. We encourage all applicants to share their equality information with us.

Flexible working requests will be considered for all roles.

Job overview

The Trust has  an exciting opportunity for a qualified Emergency Planning Liaison Officer at band 7 Level. The successful candidate will have a pivotal role in  the delivery of the Trust's  EPRR and Business Continuity Policies.  

The Post holder will have access to appropriate training to enhance their current skills as well as develop their expertise in this specialist area of practice. The post holder  will be the key link between the central EPRR hub and community services. 

It is essential that candidates have experience of working in Emergency Planning in the NHS  and are able to show that they have been actively engaged in managing short term incidents as well as long terms  ones such as the Covid 19 outbreak. 

Candidates should have a track record of identifying learning from EPRR incidents and putting in place  improvement actions  to prevent future similar issues arising incidents. 

Shortlisting is planned for 20  April 
Interviews are planned for 28 April 

Main duties of the job

  • The post holder will be accountable to the EPRR Lead and an active member of the central EPRR hub and will be responsible for the delivery of the Trust’s EPRR agenda and Business Continuity Management arrangements in MCFT services to enable the Trust to fulfill its statutory obligations under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 and Health and Social Care Act 2012.

  • The post holder will be required to provide advice and support as appropriate to all services in developing and maintaining emergency and business continuity plans, policies and procedures, ensuring that plans are adapted to reflect changing circumstances, in order to deliver an integrated response in the event of a major or significant incident, business interruption and to maintain on-going service delivery.

Working for our organisation

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities, addiction and acquired brain injury services for the people of Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby, Merseyside. We also provide community physical health services in Liverpool, Sefton, secure mental health services for the North West of England, the West
Midlands and Wales and specialist learning disability services across Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside.


Our ambition is to deliver perfect care to become the world’s leading organisation in holistic health and well being.


Mersey Care’s vision and values of Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm and Support (CARES) drive our organisation and the way we work together to deliver services. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate, during recruitment and any subsequent employment with the Trust, that their behaviour supports our values.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Leadership/ Managerial

  • Support the EPRR Lead and the other members of the central EPRR hub in achieving agreed key aims and objectives linked to the national, regional and local resilience agenda
  • Take responsibility for and lead the EPRR BC planning with in a division and work as an active member of those services.
  • Manage and maintain close relationships between clinical divisions and the central EPRR Hub.
  • Act as an expert practitioner to guide and direct colleagues at all levels, including Executive Directors, in relation to this specialist area of practice and lead on the development of specific EPRR/ BC projects and work streams within a division and Trust-wide as appropriate. 
  • Provide support, advice and work alongside senior managers and director level staff in the event of a local emergency, major incident or business interruption
  • Work with staff to plan, coordinate and test emergency and business continuity plans in line with the organisations’ policy and national guidance.
  • Support the development and updating of emergency and business continuity plans.
  • Develop their knowledge, experience, professional skills and aptitudes by progressively increasing a portfolio of responsibilities over time
  • Manage and supervise staff within the team and professionally supervise non-qualified staff from an EPRR perspective in their linked divisions.
  • Represent the organisation at Local Health Resilience Forums and sub-groups led by NHS England/ Improvement and/ or other key stakeholders as appropriate.

Communication

  • Provide specialist and ongoing advice to staff to ensure they have the capability to confidently and competently deliver high quality emergency management in accordance with national EPRR directives.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ensure that plans, relevant documents and messages concerning preparedness for major incidents/local emergencies, and business continuity are effectively communicated to staff as
  • Lead confirm and challenge sessions within their link clinical division to ensure that all Business Continuity plans are fit for purpose.
  • Develop and deliver presentations and training packages to a variety of staff

Planning and organisational skills

  • Act as a source of expertise in facilitating and supporting staff of all levels with the implementation and management of changes in relation to EPRR and Business Continuity Management
  • Convene, create agendas and if appropriate chair or provide secretarial support to emergency planning groups and emergency
  • Where appropriate work closely with partner organisations across the Health and Social Care economy to ensure that any plans developed dovetail into local, regional and national plans, policies and procedures.
  • Lead and co-ordinate the development, monitoring and updating of Business Impact Assessments and business continuity plans.
  • Identify opportunities to develop improvements to EPRR, and business continuity management arrangements
  • Provide expert advice and guidance to senior managers in preparing them  for their on-call duties and enabling them to respond to major incidents, and business continuity risk.
  • Lead the facilitation and support of debrief sessions and ensure that lessons learnt arising from incidents are logged and monitored to ensure that any actions have been completed within required

Analytical and judgmental skills

  • Identify any variance from target/audit achievement, proactively contribute to the implementation of solutions, resolve conflict and escalate as
  • Support the EPRR Lead to review national and local emergency planning risk registers and undertake regular review and support updating the Trust’s risk register to ensure risks identified reflect national and local rating and appropriate risk
  • Work with senior managers to forecast periods of high demand or seasonal trends and

Training & Education

  • Support the EPRR Lead to determine and agree competencies for EPRR for the senior management team and on-call staff
  • Undertake personal development training in order to enhance skills/expertise and keep up to date with national guidance.
  • Identify the training needs and delivery of appropriate training programmes to ensure the staff, including all on-call staff understand and are competent to perform their EPRR
  • Ensure that an appropriate EPRR training needs analysis is maintained and is made available to relevant staff of the Trust and co-ordinate the involvement of these staff in their emergency planning and response
  • Lead the delivery of local training and facilitate external training to ensure mandatory competencies are Work with the EPRR Lead to monitor compliance
  • Lead the development of training packages, facilitate and co-ordinate training initiatives for on-call staff.
  • Undertake mandatory training as specified by the Trust

Policy and Service Development 

  • Participate and lead EPRR Groups, sub-groups and Task & Finish Groups.
  • Accountable for the development and implementation of emergency plans and policies for the Trust in relation to EPRR, and business continuity management.

Person specification

Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Achieved or working towards Diploma or Certificate in Health Emergency Preparedness Resilience and Response.
  • Other relevant undergraduate qualifications.
Desirable criteria
  • A Training qualification at level 3 or above.

Knowledge/Experience

Essential criteria
  • Minimum 2 years of experience working in the area of EPRR & Business Continuity
  • Understanding of mental health, learning disabilities and physical health community services and their interdependencies with the wider health economy
  • Familiar with emergency preparedness issues within the NHS.
  • Experience of explaining risk assessments to senior managers / decision makers.
  • Experience of creating exercises to practice or validate emergency or business continuity arrangements
  • Experience of conducting a debrief after an emergency, exercise or other activity.
  • The ability to manage information to support emergency planning decision making.
  • Experience of anticipating and assessing the risk of emergencies occurring using risk assessment methodologies.
  • Experience of developing, maintaining and evaluate emergency plans and arrangements.
  • Develop, maintain and evaluate business continuity plans and arrangements.
  • Experience of working in co-operation with other organisations in support of emergency planning work.
  • Recent experience of working within a comparable role.
  • Experience of working in multidisciplinary teams and multiagency environments.
  • Practical experience of integrated emergency management activities, including risk assessment, emergency planning, training and exercising
  • Experienced in using Microsoft Office packages including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint
Desirable criteria
  • Experience with process mapping.
  • Knowledge of the design, development and maintenance of databases/ spreadsheets/ questionnaires/surveys and other intelligence resources.
  • Experienced in using Microsoft Office Visio.

Skills

Essential criteria
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Able to work individually or as part of a team
  • Able to use own initiative
  • Personally resilient and able to work in a focused manner during stressful situations and during emotionally challenging events.
  • Able to work in cooperation with other organisations
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Applicant requirements

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship hereWork in the UK. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found hereCriminal records checks for overseas applicants. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 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

Name
Christiana Vasiliou
Job title
EPRR Lead
Email address
christiana.vasiliou@merseycare.nhs.uk
Telephone number
07881 002603