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Clinical Team Leader

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£37,161 to £44,629 a year Inc. 5% HCAS Fringe
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

An exciting and challenging opportunity has arisen for enthusiastic and driven B6 Clinical Team Leader for Health Based Place of Safety at Farnham Road Hospital, Guildford.

The assessment suites provide a place of safety for people detained by the police under section 136 of the Mental Health Act. The successful applicant will be responsible for supporting these people during their time in the suite, being involved in the assessment process and ensuring they are discharged from the suite safely with an appropriate plan of care in place. This involves multi agency working, paramedics, the police, ward staff and the wider MDT.

As part of the role there will be an expectation to provide clinical leadership to the team. The post holder will be expected to offer clinical advice for service users, carers, staff and other professionals and to demonstrate advanced competence in highly complex decision making, assessment and management of clinical needs.

Main duties of the job

To assess the care needs, develop & implement plans of care for those who are experiencing acute mental health deterioration or who are in a state of mental health crisis. To lead the team when on shift. To provide clinical interventions that are in line within the policies, protocols, and clinical procedures of the Trust. To work as part of a team providing a patient centred, accessible, and responsive assessment service that is safe, supportive and competent for people who experience acute mental health problems.

Patterns of working will include covering a 24/7 rota including bank holidays

Provides management supervision to junior members of the team.

To undertake managerial duties in the absence of the team manager .

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country within easy reach.

For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

Please note that we reserve the right to close posts as soon as sufficient applications are received.

Working from home contracts do not attract high cost area payments.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Job description

Job responsibilities

Ensure the Health Based Place of Safety operates in a safe, effective & efficient way as part of the whole system of mental health services. Foster a culture that encourages and enables individuals to have an active role in identifying, planning and meeting their individual needs.

Provide clinical leadership to the junior staff through supervision and actively participate in the smooth running of the HBPoS over a 24-hour period.

To act as Unit Coordinator as allocated on a rotational basis, in accordance with the unit coordinator protocol.

Experience required:

Extensive post qualification experience working with people within a mental health setting i.e. acute inpatient ward/forensic or HBPoS.

Suitable for someone who is: Enthusiastic passionate and committed about developing the existing service. Has a great understanding of the complexities of mental health law in relation to detention under 136 as well as being able to provide clinical leadership within the suite and when required the acute wards.

Key Responsibilities

Assist the Team Manager in ensuring that defined roles and responsibilities are coordinated within the team on a continuous basis.

Provide professional nursing advice to other team staff and other professionals

Act as a positive role model for colleagues/others in relation to personal/professional conduct and practice.

Ensure that full regard is taken of dignity, individuality, self-esteem and wellbeing of people who use our services, staff, carers and relatives.

Ensure that nursing practice is based on current up to date knowledge and is evidence based.

Act as unit coordinator in accordance with the department protocol

Ensure that Care Planning systems are in place, function effectively to frame and support the delivery of individual care and reflect the service user's perception of their needs and how they can be met.

Ensure that nursing interventions compliment and strengthen the individuals recovery process.

Support the Team Manager to ensure that the team nursing system operates effectively.

Provide advice, information, education and support to individuals, carers and relatives.

Ensure that care plans and risk assessments are regularly reviewed, appropriately modified and updated.

Provide management support to staff through appraisal, clinical supervision and continuing professional development

Ensure a safe environment for people who use services, carers and staff by adhering to relevant health and safety policies; undertaking risk assessments and care plans, and reporting hazards

Effective communication with internal and external stakeholders

Ensure that the views of people who use services and their carers are effectively sought to help inform decision-making in the suite

Participate in providing the relevant evidence for the annual quality programme and clinical audits; managing complaints and concerns about patient care; developing improvement plans and taking remedial action as required

Participate in personal development opportunities to maintain and develop professional knowledge and skills

Undertake clinical risk assessments and formulate and implement risk reduction strategies

Promote the physical health and mental wellbeing of people who use our services and escalate concerns appropriately

Ensure that the ward team develop, implement and evaluate service-user led programmes of care using a problem-solving approach that ensures the needs of each individual person are met throughout their admission, including detailed arrangements for discharge of the person, and as appropriate, their carer making them central to the planning and decision-making process

Work effectively with the multi-disciplinary team to maintain efficient channels of communication with all agencies to develop holistic care planning, goal setting and reviews

Ensure the clinical area is an effective learning environment for student nurses and maintain effective links with education providers

Ensure nursing conduct and practice on the ward is in accordance with the NMC guidance, Mental Health legislation, and Trust policies

Support the Team Manager with the setting, monitoring and maintaining of standards of care within the team and will advise on clinical issues which may have a negative effect on the standards of clinical practice being delivered.

Responsible for their own practice in accordance with their professional body and will take every reasonable opportunity to sustain and develop their professional competence.

Mentor and adviser for students and will work closely with the Clinical Placement Facilitator to ensure that the learning objectives are consistent with the requirements of their educational programs.

Deputise for the Team manager and provide cover in their absence. They may at times have to take on some of the operational management responsibilities should the need arise, including signatory for timesheets, expenses

Management of roster and booking of temporary staff

Ensure IPC measure is in line with trust policy

Person Specification



  • RMN Diploma/Degree/Masters
  • Membership of a professional body (NMC)


  • Degree/Masters in relivant subject
  • Therapies qualification



  • Extensive post qualification experience working with people within a mental health setting i.e. acute inpatient ward/forensic or HBPoS.


  • Varied experience in a range of mental health settings

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