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Clinical Team Leader - Offender Health - HMP Altcourse

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
28 May 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

We are looking for clinical team leaders at HMP Altcourse

As a Clinical Team Leader with the IMHT your role will comprise of mental health assessments, liaising with both internal and external agencies (such as prison/probation staff and CMHTs), upholding the values of Merseycare, demonstrating leadership and accountability, to engage effectively with the larger MDT and contribute toward patient's treatment plans.

You will work across the prison assessing patients and formulating risk assessments. You will be an advocate for patients and your practice will be person-centred and non-judgemental. You will aim to reduce the stigma of mental health issues and ensure that people who are experiencing mental health issues are overcoming barriers to healthcare and treatment.

For our registered Mental Health nurses across our offender health services, this post is offering a premia of �1200pa

Main duties of the job

Clinical Team Leaders within the IMHT are responsible for delivering the Wing Based nursing model and applicants should be able to demonstrate the ability to provide education and awareness sessions with our prison colleagues. You must be able to facilitate reflective practice on your allocated wing with prison staff and take leadership over one of our specialist pathways - demonstrating initiative and a willingness to make positive change for mental health services within the prison.

The IMHT has both a Primary and Secondary service and you should have the skills to work with either team. Our Secondary Service involves carrying a caseload of patients and supporting them as they complete their sentence and prepare for release. Our Primary Service involves screenings and assessment, signposting and referring to relevant pathways, risk management reviews and crisis nurse responsibilities. Both services require excellent communication skills, an ability to maintain professional boundaries and the knowledge and understanding of our partner agencies, community services and the Criminal Justice system.

The working day is 07:30-19:30 which includes early, late and main (10 hour) shifts - including weekends. Eligible applicants must have appropriate qualifications and be committed to the further development of their own knowledge and skills.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached job description and personal specification which will detail the main responsibilities.

Person Specification



  • Registered Mental Health Nurse
  • Demonstrates evidence of continued professional development
  • Excellent interpersonal skills


  • Teaching & assessing/ mentorship qualification
  • Degree in nursing or health related subject
  • Up to date portfolio



  • Able to assess, plan, implement & evaluate programmes of care
  • Can demonstrate application of theoretical models into practice
  • Proven communication skills (verbal & written)
  • Leadership skills: supervising, teaching & assessing; self motivated with the ability to motivate others; effective resource management
  • Uses initiative and can make decisions
  • Manages difficult situations effectively
  • Applies current research and theory into practice
  • Works well in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Able to organise and co-ordinate services during the absence of more senior staff


  • Has participated in group teaching
  • Presented at functions/conferences



  • Minimum of 18 months post qualification experience in mental health
  • Minimum 12 months experience of working within forensic services.
  • Experience of using the Effective Care Coordination
  • Multi-disciplinary working


  • Supervision of others

Knowledge and Understanding


  • Mental Health Act 1983 (updated 2007)
  • NMC Code of Professional Conduct
  • Effective Care Co-ordination
  • Use of assessment tools/techniques
  • Promote people's equality, diversity & rights
  • To ensure actions contribute to quality
  • Knowledge of Service Governance
  • Committed to clinical supervision

Special Requirements


  • Commitment to working with people with severe mental health problems
  • Ability to complete control and restraint training
  • Enhanced DBS Disclosure

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