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Clinical Team Leader Learning Disability-Offender Health-HMP Liverpool

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
26 Sep 2023

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We are looking for clinical team leaders at HMP Altcourse

As a Clinical Team Leader with the IMHT your role will comprise of mental health assessments, liaising with both internal and external agencies (such as prison/probation staff and CMHTs), upholding the values of Merseycare, demonstrating leadership and accountability, to engage effectively with the larger MDT and contribute toward patient's treatment plans.

You will work across the prison assessing patients and formulating risk assessments. You will be an advocate for patients and your practice will be person-centred and non-judgemental. You will aim to reduce the stigma of mental health issues and ensure that people who are experiencing mental health issues are overcoming barriers to healthcare and treatment.

For our registered Mental Health nurses across our offender health services, this post is offering a premia of �1200pa

Main duties of the job

To provide a comprehensive learning disability service as part of the Multi-Disciplinary Team to prisoners with learning disability needs within the Offender Health Business Unit. In conjunction with the management team contribute to and deliver a comprehensive learning disability Service inpartnership with Primary Care and key stakeholders as part of a multi-disciplinary team within the prison setting. The post holder will operate as part of a multi-disciplinary team, providing the role of the Clinical Team Leader. To undertake learning disability assessments, provide and evaluate a range of learning disability interventions, to meet prisoner healthcare needs and contribute to the wider continuous development of prison healthcare services. The post holder will be responsible for theday-to-day line management of the nursing team and will ensure that the delegation of work to the team takes account of the role, skills and competence of staff and is appropriate to their scope of practice. Demonstrate knowledge, skills and understanding of health issues and treatment options to provide learning disability clinical guidance to all staff on matters relating to learning disability and wellbeing. The post holder carries continuing responsibility for the assessment of care needs,the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care and the setting of standards of care within a secure environment.

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

Communication and Relationship Skills:

To work with Prison Service partners in providing appropriate support and risk assessments for clients who are subject to prison service risk management procedures such as ACCT and segregation procedures.

Written, verbal and electronic forms of communication will be used.

Maintain accurate patient and health care medication records on the electronic patient record and provide information as appropriate to NHS staff and other agencies to promote continuity of care.

To enter information onto the Datix system relating to the safety and security of records of all interventions.

To participate in service audits, both local and national and to provide accurate information.

Support patients to address issues that affect their own health, behaviour and social welfare

Support patients and exercise positive relationships within professional boundaries as part of a purposeful and caring regime

Communicate effectively with all members of the Healthcare team

Identify own learning needs and participate in training to develop and maintain knowledge, personal qualities and skills.

Deal appropriately with request for potentially sensitive information weighing up the need for this information to be provided against patient confidentiality.

The post holder will regularly be involved in communicating internally and externally with health and social care professionals within health and justice.

The role will involve an educational dimension with users and colleagues.

Act as a source of expert knowledge for junior staff.

Analytical and Judgmental Skills:

Undertake and adopt a root cause analysis when investigating Datix reports, complaints and incidents.

Management and delivery of care.

Application of clinical judgement to changes in patient needs and circumstances external to the individual.

Determining when to seek advice from senior clinical or management staff.

Determining appropriate response to crisis situations and acting accordingly.

Referring patients to other health/local authority/voluntary services as appropriate.

Manage competing priorities and react to unforeseen circumstances, incidents and emergency situations.

Analysing information from assessment.

Participate in audit.

Determining frequency of contact with clients.

Engaging support/intervention from other professional or agencies.

Assessing risk to clients or others, which are consequent to changes in mental state or environment.

Planning and Organisational Skills:

To assume responsibility for the clinical and operations leadership of the Healthcare Team in the absence of the Clinical Manager.

Plan, organise and carry out straight forward and complex activities.

Organise own time and that of junior staff and learners. Organises skill mix and activities of junior staff.

Deliver training to healthcare professionals and learners within the prison service.

To decide priorities for own work area, balancing other patient related and professional demands, and ensure that these remain in accordance with those of the service as a whole.

To attend relevant meetings and participate in discussions concerning the running of the service.

Plans, develops and leads on appropriate service developments and quality improvements within Offender Health Business Unit.

Patient/Client Care:

To deliver high quality care to all patients on caseload through a process of coordination, planning and implementation of specific individual activities.

To be involved in multi-disciplinary and inter-agency liaison to support Effective Care Coordination and the formulation of risk management strategies for those identified with complex needs. This also includes carers or significant others as necessary or required.

To be involved in the multi-disciplinary and inter-agency liaison to support and/or facilitate assessments as part of the Secure and Specialist Learning Disability services care-pathway.

To ensure methods, progression and frequency of treatment are appropriate to the patient and in line with current Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust practice and that all aspects of clinical governance are effectively incorporated into clinical practice.

To attend all clinical meetings or multi-disciplinary meetings associated with the functions within Offender Health Business Unit at the request of the Clinical Manager.

To work effectively as a member of the prison multi-disciplinary team.

To be responsible for the management of learning disabilities caseload acting as keyworker / case manager within the team for allocated clients, including those with complex health and social care needs. The post holder will carry out assessments of risks and coordinate care for those who require to be managed by the care programme approach.

Contribute to the development, organisation, delivery, and evaluation of the learning disabilities clinics and treatments within a prison setting.

Responsible for liaising directly with all referrers including CPS, prisons, courts, consultant psychiatrist, multi-disciplinary teams, assessing individuals and preparing standardised documentation for appropriate agencies, demonstrating effective partnership working.

To monitor the effectiveness of clinical interventions and report on any side effects and level of patient compliance. Monitor changes in the clients health state, ensuring prompt and accurate communication with medical staff and other members of the multidisciplinary team.

Develop and maintain good relationships with service users, carers, relatives and fellow health, HMPS, social and welfare professionals both internal and external to the multidisciplinary team who are involved in care delivery.

Empowering patients to take responsibility for their health, well being, recovery and future lifestyle.

To conform to NMC professional codes of conduct thus safeguarding the interests and wellbeing of patients within their sphere of responsibility.

To establish and participate in systems of practice support, caseload supervision and personal development plans for the nursing team.

Maintain accurate up-to-date clinical records and care plans in accordance with NMC standards for records and record keeping, ensuring compliance with the Data Protection Act and the Freedom of Information Act.

The post holder will be responsible for the utilisation of various clinical and environmental risk assessment tools in order to identify actual and potential risks and ensure implementation of appropriate interventions.

The post holder will also be responsible for reporting incidents via the Datix system and critically appraising them in order to reduce any recurrences and participate in further investigation as required.

Be responsible for own professional development and support the continuing professional development of the nursing team.

The post holder is accountable for his/her own professional actions and must be able to justify decisions based on the nursing assessment of the patient, family/carer and environment.

The post holder must be aware of his/her own scope of practice and that of the nursing team members.

Co-operate with nurse teaching establishments in ensuring a realistic learning experience for student nurses and be responsible for the quality of the programme and for demonstrating the role of the mental health nurse within prison healthcare service to the multidisciplinary team, medical students and post graduate student nurses.

Support and participate in education initiatives both internal and external to the organisation.

Support and contribute to the development of new ideas to improve patient care, through personal professional development, involvement in setting standards, research and quality initiatives, both internal and external to the organisation.

To assess, plan, implement and evaluate evidence based programmes of care and through care needs of the prisoner with complex health needs. This to be achieved by the appropriate risk assessment, care plans, effective clinical judgement and decision making skills.

Provide clinical input to the multi-disciplinary referral allocation, assessment and post assessment decision making to ensure accurate, effective and sensitive feedback to all referring agencies.

As a first responder, manage emergency situations where there is a high risk to the wellbeing of prisoners and staff.

To work collaboratively with HM Prison Service colleagues to ensure security and stability of the prison regime is maintained.

To ensure that care to all patients within the prison setting is provided in a fair, equitable and consistent way free from all forms of discrimination.

Responsibilities for Policy and Service Development:

Contributes to policy and practice changes and leads on the implementation in the workplace.

To informally and formally network and share achievements.

To inform and influence Clinical and Governance issues.

To advise on service developments and changes within the prison which impact on the management of medication.

To participate in the development of treatment protocols, policies and procedures, and ensure their effective implementation.

To comply with patient group directions, relevant HMPS, local Trust policies and procedures and protocols.

To keep up to date and act consistently with quality standards and guidelines within their own clinical areas and associated areas.

To alert others to new developments and lead them in understanding how their practice should change to improve quality.

Responsibilities for Finance:

The post holder will have an understanding of the clinical budget and its application in the planning and implementation of care in the area, in order to meet service aims and objectives.

Person Specification



  • Post registration qualification relevant to the role
  • Understanding of Care Act and Equality Act and MHA legislation and its application
  • Registered Learning Disability Nurse
  • Educated to degree/Diploma level or equivalent
  • Post registration experience working within a relevant clinical setting


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