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Clinical Team Leader

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
22 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The post holder will be working within a busy acute environment, where excellent communication skills are essential to gain a clear understanding of our service users and build therapeutic rapport and work collaboratively with them to support their recovery. You will have a solution focused approach and a can-do attitude and the ability to develop helpful and respectful relationships with service users, peers and MDT colleagues that foster teamwork and positive attitudes.

As a Clinical Team Leader on a busy inpatient unit, you will support the Ward Manager in the provision of a high-quality care for adults with a wide range of mental health problems. You will be confident, and able to challenge tactfully and constructively. You will act as a source of expertise to the nursing team, service users, and their carers and to the MDT. You will have ample opportunity to build your skills in leadership, management and development of staff, supervision, and appraisal responsibilities, acting as a positive role model and facilitating preceptorship with newly registered nurses. The successful candidate will be expected to work a 24hr shift system so to ensure clinical leadership is provided across the day and night. You will also be supported to gain invaluable experience and grow in confidence as part in our duty senior nurse rota,taking lead on site responsibility for the acute wards and older peoples wards.

Main duties of the job

All Team Leaders are responsible for supporting the Ward Manager in all the roles, leading a team of nursing staff and to deputise in the absence of the Ward Manager.

Team leaders must all take responsibility for education and role model excellent clinical skills.

Team Leaders need to ensure that Assessment and Care planning are of a high standard within their teams.

Team leaders will be expected to facilitate cross supervision, sickness monitoring, Datix reviews, complaints and SI monitoring for the whole team.

Team Leaders will be responsible for individual appraisals as per allocation in nursing teams.

All team leaders will be expected to cover each others duties during absences as required, this may require attendance at meetings.

All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients

About us

We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.

Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.

We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.

Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.

Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities


This job description is an outline of the main duties of the post. The postholder will be required to undertake other duties commensurate with the grade as directed.

The content of this post will be reviewed in consultation with the postholder when necessary and in line with the service developments.


To work closely with the Ward Manager to provide strong clinical and managerial leadership to the nursing team.

To demonstrate a commitment to the philosophy of acute services and the local service provision.

To be responsible and accountable for the high quality standards within the work of the team.

To actively work as an effective member of the team.

To utilise excellent core nursing/specialist skills.

To act as a positive and professional role model for junior staff and other colleagues at all times.

To oversee and support junior members of staff in implementing planned treatment and care.

To support the Ward Manager in carrying out his/her duties.

To act up in the absence of the ward manager and communicate fully with the ward manager upon their return.

The service operates 365 days/year twenty four hours per day.

Workload Management
  • To work flexibly to cover shifts to provide a 365 day per year service
  • Co-ordinate and lead the team to make effective use of team skills to provide the best possible standards of care and treatment / interventions
  • To prioritise workload in keeping with the team and service objectives
  • To support the Primary Nurses in raising issues or challenging opinion in complex cases.
  • To support and empower colleagues to problem solve effectively.
  • To actively participate and contribute to service users reviews, ward rounds, meetings
  • To provide supervision to ensure that high quality care plans are developed and implemented.
  • To ensure that the ward manager is fully appraised of issues.

  • To actively work with the ward manager to develop a communication strategy at ward level
  • To engage actively with the ward manager in a two way flow of communication.
  • Actively support the philosophy of the Recovery Model within Adult Acute Inpatients.
  • Role model excellent working relationships with all members of the Multi Disciplinary Team.
  • Develop positive relationships with non-statutory and voluntary agencies to develop working partnerships as appropriate to the service development and local delivery
  • Positively embrace service user / carer involvement in all aspects of service delivery wherever and whenever possible
  • Act as a positive role model to develop and communicate a shared philosophy of culture and practice within the team.
  • To work within the boundaries of accountability and confidentiality
  • Ensure that the nursing team is fully briefed regarding relevant CQUINs and key performance indicators.

Human Resources / Supervision / Management

Ensure that high standards of care are maintained by self and peers

To provide professional direction, guidance and support to junior staff

Actively participate in and provide clinical supervision to a high standard

Actively participate in and provide managerial supervision to a high standard

Actively participate in the KSF Appraisal process

To actively promote other colleagues personal and professional development through the appraisal process in line with the objectives of the ward.

To positively promote discussion and reflection on practice with the aim of achieving higher clinical standards.

To participate in the selection and recruitment process

To recognize poor performance and take the necessary action

Ensure that good practice is acknowledged and recognized.

To participate in managing attendance

To actively participate in all aspects of managing attendance to include return to work interviews, informal sickness absence meetings and referrals to occupational health or as directed by the ward manager.

To actively participate in the ward management team meetings.

To appraise the ward manager of relevant issues.

Resource Management

Actively participate in the day to day resource management of the ward and be proactive in solving problems.

To have a good working knowledge of the electronic systems that support resource management.

To be able to formulate an Electronic roster and carry out any necessary changes

To assist in co-ordinating all leave e.g. study leave, annual leave.

To support staff to help them work within the budgetary constraints of the ward.

To undertake audits as required

To monitor staffing levels and take the necessary action if there are deficits or necessary staffing changes to be made.

To ensure induction of new staff is fully completed.

To appraise the ward manager of relevant issues.

Decision Making and Advice

To make comprehensive risk assessments and implement management plans appropriately

Identify training needs and contribute to the education and development of all staff and students.

To be actively involved in decision making and conflict management.

To play an active role in supporting and empowering junior colleagues.

To demonstrate excellent leadership skills through practice, both with service users and other professionals.

To ensure that the ward manager is fully appraised of any complex issues.

To be included in the senior nurse rota for trust wide in-patient services, providing advice outside of business hours and escalating issues to operational management as required

Initiating and Implementing Change

To work as an active member of the team with regards to the development of the productive ward series.
  • To actively take a lead in creating an environment that respects and values equality, diversity and rights
  • To actively take a lead in creating an environment that promotes health, safety and security for service users, carers and staff
  • To actively take a lead, both individually and in partnership with the team, to develop clinical governance
  • To lead in the development and dissemination of evidence based practice.
  • To have an excellent knowledge of current developments in clinical practice
  • Actively promotes a positive desire to improve / change, be flexible and confident
  • Actively promote and facilitate innovation of clinical practice
  • To lead in positive customer service as specified by the Trusts Mission, Vision, Values and Goals
  • To take an active lead in the change management of the service in relation to local and national agendas.
  • To work closely with the ward manager and other deputies to ensure that the ward objectives are achieved.

Profession Specific
  • To contribute specific professional support and advise to the team, service users and carers
  • Maintain an up to date awareness of current thinking in mental health, health and nursing research, and apply this in practice
  • Administer medication within the NMC and Trust guidelines
  • To take a lead and train the team with issues relating to medication management
  • Educate and train the team in monitoring service users physical observations including Blood Pressure, Pulse, Respirations, BM, Weight etc
  • To take a lead in working collaboratively with all of the disciplines.
  • Act as mentor for nursing students and foster a positive learning environment.
  • To work actively with Link Tutors and Placement Co-ordinators to promote effective working relationships.
  • To work collaboratively with the ward manager and other deputies to ensure a cohesive approach to the management of the ward.

Health & Safety

You are required to inform your line manager of any safety issues that could affect you or others in the workplace. You are responsible for your own health and safety and must co- operate with management at all times in achieving safer work processes and work places, particularly where it can impact on others.

You will be trained in the correct use of any equipment provided to improve safety and health within the Trust. You are required to use the equipment when necessary and as instructed it is your responsibility to ensure the equipment is safe to use, prior to its use and must report any defects immediately to your manager.

Plus for supervisory grades

You are required to provide adequate supervision to ensure compliance with safe work practices.

You will be expected to carry out risk assessments, identify hazards in your work area, and evaluate the level of risk associated with identified hazards and implement adequate controls to eliminate or reduce the level of risk.

The postholder will support the Trusts commitment to a healthy work life balance and the achievement of the IWL Practice and Practice plus standard.

For full Job Description please see attached in Supporting Documents

Person Specification



  • RMN. Diploma in Nursing.
  • Willingness to undertake education to degree level


  • RMN. Diploma in Nursing.
  • Willingness to undertake education to degree level



  • Significant experience in Acute in-patient setting
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