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Lead Nurse

West London NHS Trust
£56,388 to £62,785 per annum inclusive
Closing date
9 Mar 2024

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you an experienced and enthusiastic Nurse, with significant knowledge and skills in Liaison Psychiatry, and looking for a new challenge in a leadership position?

Are you passionate about your profession, and could you be an ambassador for your profession within and beyond West London NHS Trust.

We are currently seeking applications for a Band 8a Lead Nurse- Liaison Psychiatry at Clayponds Rehabilitation Hospital in South Ealing, West London, to support the implementation and delivery of a patient focused, highly responsive Liaison Psychiatry service.

This is a really exciting time to join West London NHS Trust, you will have the opportunity to develop and grow, personally and professionally, and use your passion to positively shape the future of health and care services within the local communities. We will help and support you to really enjoy your contribution to the services and to be the best that you can be in your chosen career aspirations.

Main duties of the job

Clayponds Rehabilitation Hospital is situated adjacent to a residential area of South Ealing in West London. Intermediate care services at West London NHS trust currently provide inpatient rehabilitation services at Clayponds. Care and treatment is provided to inpatients with various neurological, musculoskeletal and orthopaedic conditions. Support is also provided to patients with other medical conditions following stabilisation of their severe medical issues. The unit has three wards, Magnolia, Jasmine and Rosemary with an inpatient bed capacity of circa 70 beds.

One of the drivers for the setup of this post, is to enhance the Liaison Psychiatry input to Clayponds Hospital inpatient services, with a focus on providing direct on site Liaison Psychiatry input to those individuals admitted to the inpatient wards, who have had a severe or sudden illness and require recovery support, or for patients admitted for general rehabilitation, or for those patients who require specialist and neurological rehabilitation. The role will contribute significantly to the out of hospital integrated services model at Clayponds Hospital and has the potential to develop alignment with rapid response services based at Clayponds and delayed discharge orientated services.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse healthcare providers in the UK, delivering a range of mental health and physical healthcare and community services. The Trust runs Broadmoor Hospital, one of three high secure hospitals in the country, with an international reputation.

Our high secure services care for patients from South of England and we provide low and medium secure services across eight London boroughs. The Trust also provides mental and physical healthcare in three London boroughs (Ealing, Hounslow and Hammersmith & Fulham). We employ 4,500 staff, of whom 56% are BME. Our turnover for 2023-24 is �426m.

The Trust is rated as 'Good' overallby the Care Quality Commission. Forensic services are rated as 'Outstanding'.

The Trust is an established partner and contributor in the development of the evolving North West London Integrated Care System and the Integrated Care Board. The Trust leads the NW London Children and Adolescent Mental Health provider collaborative.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Candidate Pack provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience and knowledge required. Please view as attached

The person specification below is not the full person specification, but outlines the criteria against which your application form will be assessed.

Person Specification



  • oClinical assessment and formulation skills in Liaison Psychiatry services.
  • oAbility to receive and give highly complex clinical information clearly with service users, carers and colleagues, including highly stressful situations, which require highly sensitive communication
  • oAbility to work autonomously as well as part of a team with good time management skills and ability to prioritise workload.
  • oAbility to autonomously provide medication advice


  • oDiagnostic reasoning
  • oAbility to Influence local and national guidelines for clinical practice
  • oAbility to receive and give highly complex clinical information clearly with service users, carers and colleagues, including highly stressful situations, which require highly sensitive communication



  • oMSc in Advanced Clinical Practitioner training or completion of Accreditation of prior learning (APL)
  • oCurrent NMC or HCPC registration
  • oClinical supervision training and experience.


  • oNHS leadership qualification
  • oAdditional MSc degree in Advanced Clinical Practice
  • oNon-medical prescriber qualification
  • oPost graduate/ qualification in teaching, Quality improvement or research
  • oSign off Mentor

Knowledge and Experience


  • oSignificant post registration experience of at least 2 years in an AHP or nursing at a senior level.
  • oHave an extensive portfolio of Mental Health Practitioner experience, of which a significant proportion will be within a Liaison Psychiatry position
  • oSound Knowledge of local and national health policy, including LPS commissioning framework.
  • oExperience of Quality Improvement and delivery of improvement projects.
  • oExperience of Serious Untoward incident report writing and complaints response.
  • oAutonomous patient consultation including: clinical history taking, diagnosis and formulation
  • oIndependent management of a clinical caseload
  • oEvidence of expert clinical practice and judgement within sphere of practice
  • oLeadership across organisation and within a team.
  • oDemonstrate a significant contribution to education, practice and service development internally and externally.
  • oEvidence of incorporating research and evidence into practice.
  • oUtilising advanced skills of reflection and critical appraisal to instigate and effectively manage change.
  • oManagement and leadership experience


  • oTeaching experience
  • oService innovation/redesign experience and proven track record of change management
  • oLeadership experience
  • oExperience of working in a wide range of mental health settings

Employer details

Employer name

West London NHS Trust


Clayponds Hospital


W5 4RN

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