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Inpatient Clinical Lead (Ward Based)

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary


This is an exciting and innovative role which is designed, through excellent clinical practice and leadership skills, to support the ward team in developing clinical aspects of patient care and in delivering best clinical practice. One of the benefits is you will work as a supernumerary member of the ward team, primarily on Monday to Friday 9am-5pm basis, but with the ability to work flexibly when required, to meet the clinical development needs of the ward/service.

We have four mixed Acute Wards (Bluebell, Daisy, Rose & Snowdrop) providing care to adults with mental health conditions such as Bipolar affective disorder, depression and schizophrenia. Each Ward can support the needs of up to 22 patients in a caring and compassionate environment.

Based in Reading, located close to the amenities of the town centre and a leafy park, the ward works closely with patients, families, and wider organisations to help them to identify their needs and participate actively in their care, providing a place of empathy, kindness and compassion.

Intended to complement the operational ward management structure, the inpatient clinical lead will be clinically responsible for the co-ordination and implementation of effective, evidence-based, patient focussed nursing care.

Main duties of the job

  • Supporting innovation and implementation of quality improvement initiatives locally.
  • To be a champion of quality improvement, supporting the implementation of daily improvements through huddles and breakthrough objectives agreed by the ward.
  • Support ward staff to develop new and existing clinical skills.
  • Support ward staff in the process of risk assessments (triangulation of documentation - risk assessment, care planning and continuation notes) of service users who are presenting with mental health difficulties.
  • To support the Matron in the action of audit feedback and individual colleague clinical risk assessment supervision and development.
  • To support the use of appropriate evidence based therapeutic interventions in addressing the mental health needs of service users and their families.
  • In the absence of a deputy ward manager, to take responsibility for day to day management of the ward where the ward manager in not available.
  • Work closely with the Nurse Consultant and Modern Matrons in delivering high quality care which fulfils the service needs and patient and carer agenda.

The\must haves for you to be considered for this role:

Registered Mental Health Nurse
  • Mentorship qualification
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Desire to undertake further training and self improvement to support patient experience

About us

For our people who work here that means we want Berkshire Healthcare to be a great place to work where everyone can thrive and grow. Some of the benefits of joining our team:
  • Flexible working opportunities and a strong emphasis on your work, life balance
  • Annual leave - 27 days for new starters, plus bank holidays. Increasing to 29 days after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years NHS service. Pro rata for part time staff
  • Excellent learning and development opportunities
  • Salary sacrifice scheme for a new car
  • Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave for eligible staff
  • Advanced IT enablement and support
  • Confidential telephone care service providing independent support and advice for staff.
  • And so much more

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description for more information about this role and working at Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Person Specification



  • Registered Mental Health Nurse
  • Evidence of continuing professional development and portfolio of evidence available
  • IT literate


  • Mentorship qualification
  • PSI qualification or other relevant advanced clinical qualification

Continuous Professional Development


  • Desire to undertake further training and self-improvement to support patient experience

Previous Experience


  • A minimum of two years post registration experience within a mental health setting

Additional Requirements


  • Ability to travel to multiple sites

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Mental health legislation, which included the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and DOLs
  • Report writing and presentations
  • Team-working and the ability to play an effective part in a wider MDT
  • Able to work effectively with colleagues
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Ability to work in a stressful environment

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