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Area Mental Health Manager

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Mental health
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

A great opportunity has arisen for an experienced and enthusiastic Area Mental Health Manager to manage our Stepped Care, Crisis, Neighbourhood and Memory Teams within the Older Peoples and Adult Community Directorate.This is a vital role to work closely with the Deputy General Manager in ensuring quality outcomes for patients, shaping the workforce, providing strong effective clinical leadership and to foster a culture of learning, innovation and research.

The post holder will be expected to provide clear leadership and take management responsibility for the effective delivery of the relevant therapy within the neighbourhood teams.

The post holder must have excellent communication skills, good knowledge and understanding of mental health with a can do attitude and passion for improving patient experience. We are looking for someone with an ability to work under pressure to coordinate a variety of services.

CPFT aim to support people of all ages to achieve the very best they can for their health and well-being. To ensure that we achieve this goal, we look to recruit candidates of a high calibre that share our passion for delivering excellent service user care, research and education.

Main duties of the job

This post is a key management role within the integrated area management team within a defined north or south locality.

o The Area Mental Health Manager will work collectively with the Area Nursing Manager and the Area Therapy Manager to ensure the neighbourhood teams or relevant clinical teams within their locality deliver high quality community services for clients.

o The post holder will be expected to provide clear leadership and take management responsibility for the effective delivery of the relevant therapy staff within the neighbourhood teams.

o The post holder will be also responsible for the day-to-day operational functioning of the Mental Health staff in their teams and be accountable for their performance. With respect to this, the manager will receive regular constructive supervision from his/her direct line manager.

o The post holder will be professionally accountable to the Mental Health Head of Nursing Lead and work closely with them and the other Area managers to deliver a quality led integrated service.

o The post holder will also work to develop and maintain excellent workingrelationships with their locality's' GPs and primary care teams ensuring regular meetings are held and attending engagement events

About us

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health and social care organisation dedicated to providing high-quality care with compassion to improve the health and wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting andempowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services, not only via inpatient and primary care settings, but also within the community. These services include children's, adult and older people's mental health, forensic and specialist mental health, learning disabilities, primary care and liaison psychiatry, substance misuse, social care, research and development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high-calibre candidates who share our vision and values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including people with long term conditions and members of our ethnic minority and LGBTQ+ communities.

For further information on CPFT, please visit our website at

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities
  • Ensure all staff appropriately manage and support clients with complex health needs, utilising their own knowledge and advanced skills to assess, plan, implement and initiate changes where required within eligibility criterion
  • Have occasional direct contact with clients during the support, development and assessment of staff within their services
  • Highly proficient in managing complex referral patterns and processes, matching referrals and resources effectively and managing waiting lists as required.
  • Act as a resource for Specialist & Neighbourhood Teams and others involved in provision of clinical services through the provision of expert clinical advice
  • Promote holistic assessment and care in all areas to make one contact count
  • Ensure clinical practice is delivered in line with evidence base and accordance with relevant National Standards

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • Registered MH Professional
  • Extensive experience within community, at least 5 years
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent professional experience within NHS or social care or private sector
  • Additional training/experience to Masters' level equivalent
  • Able to demonstrate ongoing personal development
  • Leadership Qualification or commitment to complete


  • Leadership Management qualification
  • Experience in organisational development and change management
  • Prince or Agile Project management
  • Lean methodologies



  • Demonstrate experience in a care setting
  • Successful management and delivery of a service


  • Project management experience

Skills & Abilities


  • Service improvement skills
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written
  • Well developed interpersonal skills and the ability to foster good working relationships with all levels of people
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Ability to motive others and use influencing and negotiating skills
  • Ability to use management information and demonstrate understanding of performance information


  • PRINCE 2 qualified

Knowledge & Understanding


  • Demonstrates understanding of safeguarding issues
  • Appreciates the significance of safeguarding for all individual children and young people/ vulnerable adults whatever their life circumstances
  • Can demonstrate an ability to contribute towards a safe environment
  • Is up-to date with legislation and current events
  • Can demonstrate how s/he has promoted best practice
  • Has a balanced understanding of self and others
  • Has a realistic knowledge of personal strengths and areas for development



  • Positive approach to older people
  • Recognise peoples right to privacy and dignity, treating every person with respect
  • Willingness to embrace integrated model and new ways of working
  • Willingness to be flexible in approach and attitude
  • Ability to travel across the County sometimes at short notice

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


Fulbourn Hospital


CB21 5EF

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