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Clinical Lead

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
22 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
As Clinical Lead, the post holder will work autonomously taking responsibility for care, quality and clinical activity by providing specialist professional nursing leadership and guidance, clinical advice and management in relation to the key dimensions of health care quality:

Patient safety

The effectiveness of all health care interventions

Patient experience

The environment in which care is delivered

Main duties of the job

As Clinical Lead, the post holder will provide a specialised role in the development and implementation of services and care pathways for children and young people with mental health problems within the relevant framework/model for service delivery.

As the post is identified within the Children & Young People's Mental Health strategy, it is expected the role will continue to develop in line with national and local initiatives.

The post holder will work as an integral part of the team with a specialist role in the development and implementation of services and care pathways. They will provide clinical leadership, supervision and support to colleagues. They will work with the Team Manager to review and implement national and local guidance, and service innovations.

The post holder will ensure the delivery of a clinically effective service which meets the needs of service users and their families in line with local and national development plans, Trust policies and procedures. The post holder will demonstrate an attitude which respects and values service users' and their carers.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Undertake and monitor comprehensive assessments of service users needs. Plan, implement and evaluate care delivery according to changing health care needs.

Co-ordinate, where appropriate, the provision of a care package appropriate for the service user, co-ordinating the work of others involved with care, arranging care reviews as required and communicating effectively with the service user and their family or carers and others involved in care and to monitor progress during the course of the identified / specific intervention.

Undertake risk assessments of service users, their families or carers in their relevant area of practice.

Undertake assessments of service users experiencing severe, complex and persistent mental health problems and to make recommendations about treatment options taking into account the relevant evidence-based research.

Work within a multi-disciplinary team to ensure effective care plans and treatments are in place for highly complex service users/services users.

Work collaboratively and ensure maintenance of effective multi-disciplinary communication and with other professionals, agencies and stakeholders to ensure needs are met in relation to care input, support for ongoing care needs and safe discharge.

Communicate highly complex information about a service users condition to multi- disciplinary team colleagues, to ensure effective delivery of treatment and interventions.

Lead and support others to recognise, prioritise and respond appropriately to urgent and emergency situations including the assessment and management of risk.

Use skills and expert knowledge to clinically lead and enable others to deliver best practice across the service.

Participate and take clinical responsibility for the management of the Duty rota.

Ensure patient information is collated, monitored and fully accurate, maintaining complete and contemporaneous records in line with NMC/ professional bodies and Trust standards.

Participate in a range of therapeutic interventions underpinned by specialist knowledge and theory this will also involve co-ordination of other team members.

Participate in a range of therapeutic interventions underpinned by specialist knowledge and theory this will also involve co-ordination of other team members.

Evaluate the effectiveness of interventions using a range of interpersonal skills, supervision and standard evaluation measures.

Manage frequent exposure to distressing and emotional circumstances and maintain substantial mental effort through occasional and prolonged levels of concentration and attention.

Identify and respond appropriately to Child Protection and Adult Safeguarding issues, as described within the guidelines of LSCB/LSB and The Trust safeguarding policies.

Organise own caseload and work schedules.

Ensure understanding of own and others level of accountability and responsibility when delegating tasks and duties to students, non-registered staff or registered staff.

Keep abreast of new clinical developments within their relevant field and area of practice.

Actively participate in professional supervision, ensuring arrangements are maintained, including where necessary specialist therapeutic supervision appropriate for specialist areas and undertake relevant training aligned with the post holders Personal Development Review.

Provide clinical supervision to identified members of the multi-disciplinary team.

Completion of patient safety reviews and reviewing and approving Datix incidents.

Use a range of frameworks to understand incidents and share lessons learned in order to facilitate improvements and learning within the team.

Take responsibility for the completion and delivery of action plans arising from CQC/ Serious Incidents/ 72-hour reviews in conjunction with other key players.

Please see attached Job Description and Person Specification for full list of responsibilities and duties.

Person Specification



  • Degree or Equivalent
  • Post Registration Qualification
  • Leadership or Management Qualification or willingness to work towards or equivalent relevant experience
  • Core professional qualification in: registered nurse, social work, Occupational therapy, Clinical Psychology
  • Up to date Professional Registration (to be maintained)

Knowledge/ Experience


  • To be able to demonstrate understanding of current developments in the NHS and in relevant area of practice and their implications for leadership and quality care for services users
  • Knowledge of Mental Health Act
  • Knowledge of own skill limitations and when to seek advice/support
  • Self-motivating in pursuance of specialist knowledge
  • Interpersonal skills of the highest level to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, in order to convey complex and clinically sensitive information to family members of all ages and to a wide range of lay and professional persons, both inside and outside of the NHS
  • Demonstrate the ability to co-ordinate and lead a multi-agency care plan / risk management plan
  • Knowledge of research design and methodology consistent with systemic practice to at least Masters level or equivalent
  • Knowledge of legislation and strategic frameworks and their implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the full range of service user groups
  • Knowledge of key government and local policy developments which shape and influence the direction of NHS services in the relevant area of practice
  • Significant post registration experience as a senior nurse / practitioner in relevant area of practice
  • Demonstrates motivation and commitment to providing high quality care and education to service users and their families
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for service user's care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care co-ordinator and also within the context of a multi-disciplinary care plan
  • Experience in field and relevant area of practice of specialist mental health and/or learning disability assessments and therapeutic interventions with service users with mental health and/or learning disability and their families
  • Highly skilled in the ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, complex, highly technical and /or clinical sensitive information to service user's, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Experience of delivering teaching, training and supervision
  • Experience in consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of patient groups that reflect the full range of clinical severity including a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • Experienced in and the ability to provide case management supervision within their field and relevant area of practice to staff, students and other service groups/ team professionals as required



  • Continuous Improvement
  • Accountability
  • Respectfulness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Support
  • High professional standards
  • Responsive to service users
  • Engaging leadership style
  • Strong customer service belief
  • Transparency and honesty
  • Discreet
  • Change oriented



  • Advanced level of knowledge of the mental health needs of service users within their field and relevant area of practice
  • Ability to lead team and work effectively with others
  • Ability to motivate self and others
  • Demonstrates effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrates initiative and ability to work independently, able to problem solve and prioritise own and others work
  • Ability to form therapeutic alliances / relationships with service users and their families
  • Able to make judgements based on evidence-based practice and translate this for use in the clinical team environment
  • Ability to work within a culturally diverse community in a wide variety of contexts including highly specialist skills for working in settings outside the clinic
  • Advanced knowledge and skills in providing consultation to other professionals and non-professional groups
  • Ability to take full clinical responsibility for service user care and treatment, both as a care co-ordinator and within the context of a multi-disciplinary team

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


Knowsley CAMHS, KRRC

Old Colliery Road


L35 3SX

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