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Lead Professional for Complex Care

Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pa
Closing date
8 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Working hours - 37.5 hours per week

The Countess of Chester are looking for a dynamic, highly motivated, Lead Professional for Complex Care, to join our integrated adult and children's Safeguarding and Complex Care Team. As a Senior Practitioner, you will have a key role in shaping our complex care agenda and work closely with the wider Integrated Specialist Team to ensure appropriate quality assurance mechanisms, are in place for patient's with complex care needs.

You will provide highly specialist advice and clinical support to staff employed by the Trust, ensuring there is appropriate assessment, planning and implementation of plans of care for patients with complex care needs. The Trust has defined the cohort of Complex Care patients as those patients who have a Learning Disability and / or Autism, Dementia, a Delirium or suffer with mental health difficulties. You will hold a professional registration (registered nurse/AHP/Social worker).

In return, you will be rewarded with a supportive environment with opportunities for professional development and working creatively within an experienced integrated team

Main duties of the job

Main duties of the job

Provide specialist advice and guidance for clinical teams throughout the Trust on effective assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of patient care according to changing health care needs, paying particular attention to Mental Capacity, Dementia and Learning Disability / Autism concerns, ensuring that patients and their relatives/carers are involved in all aspects of care

To promote good practice and effective communication, within the organisation and also with external stakeholders on all matters relating to the complex care agenda.

To promote and ensure that the Mental Capacity Act is an integral part of the Trust business and that key staff are aware of the legislation and practice guidance that supports it as well as enabling ALL patients to be supported in accessing a high standard of care by providing specialist advice on reasonable adjustments

To provide expert advice and leadership across the organisation - acute and community and to ensure that the safeguarding principles are embedded within care delivery across the organisation.

The successful candidate will lead the Trust achievement of standards for Safeguarding Adults at Risk, Mental Capacity Act (2005) & DoLS, Dementia and Learning Disability, including those standards that cover staff performance, safeguarding supervision, training, practice development and ensuring staff are competent across the organisation.

About us

The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust consists of a 600 bedded large District General Hospital, which provides its services on the Countess of Chester Health Park, and a 64 bedded Intermediate Care Service at Ellesmere Port Hospital.The Trust provides services in all of the surgical and medical specialties common to a District General Hospital with some specialist services. The Trust serves the whole of the local population currently in excess of 250,000 residents which geographically covers populations in England and North Wales.The Trust strives to continuously improve and sustain the quality of its services for patients, providing care to more than 445,000 patients per year, with almost 4,000 staff working together putting quality and patient safety, at the heart of everything we do. The organisation provides a wide range of services offering health care to the whole spectrum of the population from birth to the end of life. The Trust complies with its terms of authorisation as a Foundation Trust.

Job description

Job responsibilities

See Job Description for further details.

Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification) and values.

Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment. The cost of the DBS application is �23 (standard) or �43 (enhanced), this cost will be deducted from your salary over the first three months of employment.

You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of �13 per year applies.

New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post, we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

Good luck with your application.

Person Specification



  • Professional Health or Social Care qualification (e.g. Social Worker, Adult RN, Registered Mental Health Nurse, AHP etc.
  • MSC Post Graduate Study (relevant to field of practice) or equivalent experience
  • Evidence of further post registration learning/qualifications
  • Proven experience in Adult Safeguarding, Dementia and/or Learning Disabilities
  • Teaching and Assessing qualification or equivalent experience


  • Best Interests Assessor
  • Leadership qualification
  • MSC in Safeguarding related Subject or Learning Disabilities or Dementia

Knowledge and Experience


  • Comprehensive knowledge of key statutory legislation, including the Care Act and Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • Experience of managing safeguarding concerns and section 42 enquiries, including oversight of complex high risk cases involving multiply partner agencies
  • Experience of managing and leading operational teams in Health & /or Social Care (including all aspects of performance, financial and Human Resources)
  • Experience of undertaking MCA assessments and decision making in line with Best Interest guidance

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

Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Countess of Chester Hospital

Liverpool Road



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