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Mental Health Clinical Lead

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£49,036 to £55,049 a year pa inc
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Full Time
The Mental Health Partnership Programme (MHPP) is a small, problem solving clinical team focused on support patients in a placement services - hospital rehab, temporary accommodation and residential care.

You will be responsible for one of our eight boroughs in North West London (although will be expected to support colleagues across NWL), holding a caseload of placement patients and building effective relationships with partners in the area. You will be expected to play a proactive role in managing patients and driving change.

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Main duties of the job

We work closely with ICB colleagues, ward staff and community teams to:
  • Review patients, carry out needs assessments and ensure quality of service
  • Develop, support and carry out discharge planning, alongside other professionals
  • Present at funding panels
  • Support all clinical teams as appropriate to ensure good patient flow from and into placement services
  • Work across a large footprint, encompassing services in CNWL and WL Mental Health Trusts
  • Give advice and support to clinical professionals
  • Feed into the programme arm of the team so that we are addressing the cause of barriers and improving our system and eliminate inappropriate placement use

About us

The team is jointly funded by CNWL and WLT and has a wide remit, and forms part of a larger Provider Collaborative function that includes programme staff and other clinicians.

We work flexibly, spending the majority of our time on site and meeting partners face to face. Our current office base is CNWLs Trust HQ, where the wider team try to come together once a week.

We are a growing team with a focus on challenging our ways of working and developing one another. On joining the team, you will be asked to create a development plan and be supported to access training, mentoring etc.

Job description

Job responsibilities


Complete comprehensive assessments and reviews for mental health service users who are placed out of area
  • Provide expert advice, support and guidance to care coordinators by monitoring move on plans and outcomes
  • Act as expert for staff teams across CNWL and WLT in relation to placements and section 117 aftercare.
  • Work collaboratively with clinical teams to establish review schedules
  • Work with service users, carers and providers to ensure care plans meet individual needs, with clearly defined outcomes and timescales
  • Involve service users and carers in making decisions about their care needs and inform them of assessment outcomes and panel decisions
  • Facilitate the most appropriate and cost-effective care pathway for step-down and move on
  • Identify appropriate local placements to meet the needs of service users returning from out of area placements
  • Support clinical teams to reduce reliance on out of area placements, by supporting initiatives to avoid the need for placements
  • Proactively negotiate on care package costs, using appropriate tools

Person Specification



  • ?Current Professional Healthcare Registration
  • ?Evidence of ongoing professional development



  • ?Substantial experience as a mental health or learning disability practitioner, including at band 6
  • ?Experience of working within multidisciplinary teams
  • ?Experience of carrying out specialist comprehensive assessments and reviews
  • ?Experience of dealing with adult safeguarding issues



  • ?Excellent communication skills
  • ?Ability to support, manage and advise colleagues on challenging situations
  • ?Applied knowledge of Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and Care Act and other relevant legislation
  • ?Good knowledge of current developments in mental health services
  • ?Knowledge of the legislation relating to section 117 of the Mental Health Act
  • ?Ability to plan and monitor care pathways against expected outcomes
  • ?Strong negotiation and conflict management skills
  • ?Skilled in data collation, analysis and complex report writing
  • ?Presentation of written reviews and recommendations to panels
  • ?Respect of dignity, cultural sensitivity, age, choices and any other aspects which make the whole person
  • ?Experience of developing new systems and processes
  • ?Working at an autonomous level with service users with complex needs and attached risks
  • ?Organisational skills in prioritising workload for planning and carrying out assessments effectively and efficiently
  • ?Good awareness of the political, social and economic environment affecting current health and social care delivery in mental health and learning disability



  • Sickness (or attendance) record that is acceptable to the Trust: to be checked at interview. Declared medically fit by the Occupational Health Department to perform the duties of the post

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


350 Euston Road



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