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Clinical Lead (CPN/OT/Social Worker)

West London NHS Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year plus HCAS
Closing date
27 Jun 2022

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Band 7
Full Time
Clinical Lead (CPN/OT/Social Worker)

We are asking for expressions of interest (internal candidates) or applications (external candidates) from suitably qualified, enthusiastic and experienced professionals. This is to cover the Clinical Lead post in the Ealing Early Intervention in Psychosis Team for a year as the current post holder is due to go on secondment for a period of one year starting from July 2022.

The post holder will provide clinical leadership in collaboration with the team manager and lead professionals in the delivery of the NICE recommended package of care to users who are experiencing First Episode Psychosis.

This is a fulltime post (WTE 1.0) working Monday to Friday, 9-5 hours. The Job description and person specification are attached. This post is open to all professionals who are currently in band 6 or 7 posts and are aspiring to work in a well resourced specialist service. We offer hope and recovery to those experiencing first episode in psychosis. Staff will need to have discussed this secondment with their line manager prior to interview.

Main duties of the job

The Clinical lead will support the cost effective delivery of Early Intervention Services as per NICE guidance to service users aged 14 - 65. The clinical lead will be supporting budget management and control, ensuring staff wellbeing through regular supervision, appraisal, induction, promoting and supporting adherence to health and safety at work and facilitating flexible working whilst ensuring safe delivery of care.

The clinical lead will help improving clinical effectiveness by undertaking and supporting care coordinators with the following;

- ensuring adherence to team structures and processes e.g. zoning, face to face contacts etc.

- undertaking initial assessments in timely fashion

- completing care plans with patients, completing risk Formulation/Management and treatment of psychosis as per NICE guidelines.

- managing patient flow through rigorous screening of referrals, monitoring 8 week assessments and supporting the discharge of patients who have exceeded their time with EIP or are not engaged meaningfully with the service.

- coordinating and collaborating with lead professionals in the consistent and holistic delivery of EIP's 7 core interventions.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We'rerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

The regulations mandating vaccination for in-scope roles in the NHS have now been removed. The Trust does however continue to encourage and support staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against COVID19. Vaccination data will be collected by our recruitment team during your on-boarding if you are happy to provide a copy of your COVID pass.

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holder will support the team manager in specifically delivering on the following key areas:

1. To coordinate and lead team functioning with particular focus on:
  • Management of referrals including delivery of care
  • Performance monitoring and management of the staff team
  • Providing line management and supervision of staff.

2. To deliver a service within the agreed financial envelope ensuring maximum value in terms of clinical and cost effectiveness.

3. Ensure that a culture of effective risk management is present in the team

4. To carry a clinical caseload as agreed with team manager and service manager and to take a lead on management of complex cases and supporting staff in management of such cases.

5. To ensure that the team functions in line with the care group core business.

6. To coordinate recruitment and selection of staff within the team, leading on decisions as designated by the team manager and service manager.

7. To respond to SUIs as appropriate and support any subsequent investigation

8. To respond to safeguarding Vulnerable Adults and Safeguarding Children investigations as appropriate

9. To respond promptly to complaints

10. To respond to communications regarding team issues

11. To ensure equality and diversity is considered in all aspects of the teams business.

12. At all times supporting the Trusts reputation and that of all senior colleagues, maintaining a positive attitude with strong commitment to results.

13. To promote and display via personal actions support for the Trusts key policies on Equality and Diversity, Exemplar Employer and use of the recovery orientated approach for people with longer term problems

14. Deputises for Team Manager as and when required.

Person Specification Qualifications & Training Essential
  • Qualified RMN/OT/SW with current professional registration
  • Degree/diploma level
  • CBT training
  • Family Therapy
  • Evidence of recent or ongoing continuous professional development
Experience Essential
  • Demonstrable substantive post qualifying experience in mental health, with evidence of relevant experience at Band 6 in a community mental health setting.
  • Experience of supervising junior staff within own and/or other disciplines.
  • Working in partnership with other agencies.
  • Clinical experience of working in a community mental health setting.
  • Working with people with psychosis.
  • Carry out Care co-ordination and planning within CPA in the community.
  • Working with Children and Adolescents - CAMHS
  • Able to manage a caseload of people with complex mental health needs
  • Lived experience of mental health issues
Knowledge Essential
  • Specialist knowledge of mental health disorders as well as their relationship to physical disorders
  • Use of psychosocial assessment and interventions.
  • Risk assessment and management.
  • Mental health issues within community services
  • Clinical and professional aspects of complex cases
  • Psychological treatments
  • Symptom control management
  • The Early Intervention in Psychosis model, ethos and practice
  • Understand the principles of recovery and their application to risk management, positive risk taking and strengths orientated approaches to care delivery.
  • Sufficient clinical knowledge to be able to make autonomous decisions, based on an analysis of complex presenting problems and judgement about available options.
  • To have a good knowledge of service objectives
  • Demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills with staff, patients, families, carers and professionals
Autonomy Essential
  • Ability to manage own caseload and time effectively through robust prioritising of own and others workloads
  • Ability to frequently work under pressure and maintain intense concentration, particularly in unpredictable situations where there will be exposure to highly distressed and/or disturbed patients, often exhibiting challenging behaviours and the risk of physical violence
  • Self-motivated, able to work autonomously and independently with confidence when required
  • Exercise initiative, flexibility, tact and self- awareness
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Team/self-management and organisation skills that enable a number of complex activities and clinical work to be undertaken, revising and adjusting these according to the needs of individual patients and the service.
  • Be aware of the limitations in own competencies and seek appropriate senior advice and leadership.
Other Essential
  • Higher level communication skills, both written and oral
  • Commitment to Equal Opportunities
  • Wiling to use peer and group supervision creatively
  • Ability to be reflective and accept constructive criticism to further develop oneself
  • Be able to work flexibly if required
  • Car owner / driver
  • Lived experience of mental health issues

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