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Clinical Lead (Mental Health)

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£47,154 to £52,936 a year pa inc
Closing date
1 Jul 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Full Time
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Fixed Term / Secondment - 12months

Clinical Lead (Mental Health) - Band 7 x 1

North West London Mental Health Partnership Programme

Base: Central London

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced clinician to join a dynamic team of experienced clinicians, to work across the North West London region as a Clinical Lead.


The statutory requirement to be fully Covid-19 vaccinated as a condition of deployment from April 2022 is subject to legislative review. The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users and we will therefore be seeking proof of vaccination or medical exemption during the recruitment process.As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings

Main duties of the job

You will be a registered healthcare professional with:
  • Substantial experience as a mental health practitioner, including experience at band 6
  • Experience of carrying out specialist comprehensive assessments and reviews
  • Ability to support, manage and advise colleagues on challenging situations
  • Knowledge of the legislation relating to section 117 of the Mental Health Act
  • Ability to plan and monitor care pathways against expected outcomes
  • Strong negotiation and conflict management skills

About us

A key part of the role is undertaking clinical reviews of in and out of borough placements commissioned by the North West London commissioners. This will include finding suitable, local placements where required, and ensuring that existing placements offer patients the best outcomes. In addition, you will contribute to the wider system work across NWL of identifying and addressing gaps across the whole pathway.

If you are interested, please review the job description and Person Specification and apply online via Trac.

Interviews TBC

Job description Job responsibilities

Job Purpose:

The post holder will be responsible for:
  • carrying out health and social care needs assessments
  • planning regular reviews
  • ensuring funded placements are achieving best outcomes and value for money
  • arranging transfer from out of area services to local community placements and independent living where appropriate
  • supporting clinical teams in CNWL and West London NHS Trust (WLT) and other placements programmes in CCG and local authorities
  • linking with other projects or programmes which are working to reduce reliance on out of area placements, giving support and guidance
  • advising the Clinical Manager on community resources needed to reduce the use of placements
  • supporting clinical teams to reduce dependency on placements
  • giving professional advice and support to colleagues from different professional backgrounds

Main Responsibilities:

  • Complete comprehensive assessments and reviews for mental health service users who are placed out of area
  • Provide expert advice, support and guidance to care coordinators by monitoring move on plans and outcomes
  • Act as expert for staff teams across CNWL and WLT in relation to placements and section 117 aftercare.
  • Work collaboratively with clinical teams to establish review schedules
  • Work with service users, carers and providers to ensure care plans meet individual needs, with clearly defined outcomes and timescales
  • Involve service users and carers in making decisions about their care needs and inform them of assessment outcomes and panel decisions
  • Facilitate the most appropriate and cost-effective care pathway for step-down and move on
  • Identify appropriate local placements to meet the needs of service users returning from out of area placements
  • Support clinical teams to reduce reliance on out of area placements, by supporting initiatives to avoid the need for placements
  • Proactively negotiate on care package costs, using appropriate tools
  • Establish close links with CCG and local authority commissioners and practitioners to evaluate the efficacy of placements and care packages
  • Promote high quality service provision, social inclusion, personalisation and positive outcomes for service users
  • Identify areas of high quality and best practice in the services areas that can benefit the whole health and social care economy
  • Organise work plans and provide assurance that efficiency targets will be met
  • Maintain detailed knowledge of relevant policy and legislation, particularly the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and the Care Act.

Person Specification Education and Qualification Essential
  • oCurrent Professional Healthcare Registration
  • oEvidence of ongoing professional development
Previous experience relevant to job Essential
  • oSubstantial experience as a mental health or learning disability practitioner, including at band 6
  • oExperience of carrying out specialist comprehensive assessments and reviews
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities Essential
  • oPresentation of written reviews and recommendations to panels
Previous experience relevant to job Essential
  • Experience of working within multidisciplinary teams
  • oExperience of dealing with adult safeguarding issues
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities Essential
  • oExcellent communication skills
  • oAbility to support, manage and advise colleagues on challenging situations
  • oGood knowledge of current developments in mental health
  • oKnowledge of the legislation relating to section 117 of the Mental Health Act
  • oStrong negotiation and conflict management skills
  • oExperience of developing new systems and processes
  • oWorking at an autonomous level with service users with complex needs and attached risks
  • oOrganisational skills in prioritising workload for planning and carrying out assessments effectively and efficiently

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