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Joint Homelessness Team Clinical Team Leader

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Westminster, London
£51,488 to £57,802 a year p.a inc HCAS
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

An exciting opportunity has arisen for the Clinical Lead for Westminster Joint Homelessness Team (JHT). We are looking for a nurse with robust clinical expertise who is also able to demonstrate progressive skills in leadership and service development and who has experience in, or looking to develop skills in, working with people with mental health difficulties who are street homeless.

The JHT, based at 190 Vauxhall Bridge Road is looking for a passionate candidate who is looking to make a difference whilst working in an environment that promotes staff development and training opportunities. CNWL is passionate about developing its own staff, driving them to go on to become more established practitioners. This is a great opportunity to take your next steps in CNWL.

The JHT is a specialist team working with Westminster rough sleepers and works closely with social care colleagues within the team and with other partner agencies to ensure those who are street homeless receive assessment and treatment for their mental health needs. The team provides an integrated health and social care approach including outreach to those who are street homeless.

The post is open to registered mental health nurses.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. 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.

The successful applicant will take the day to day clinical and team management responsibility at team level using performance management systems to ensure the effective delivery of clinical activity and quality standards to meet service specifications. You will also be expected to work in collaboration with the Operational Team Manager, Clinical Leads/Senior Practitioners and to have close working relationships with the Inpatient Service and Home Treatment Team.

About us

  • Flexible working opportunities for a healthier work-life balance
  • Commitment from the team todevelop youby offering coaching and in-house development sessions such as, Leadership programmes,non-medical prescribing, CBT-P training and much more
  • Free access to our Staff and Wellbeing serviceto ensure that you are always looking after yourself
  • Commitment tocareer mappingto ensure continuous professional development including opportunities within the Trust
  • Shadowing opportunitiesincluding HTT, Psych Liaison and many more
  • LocalReflective Practice forumsrun by one of the senior leads
  • An opportunity to work with afriendly, dynamic, passionate and diverse teamwho are committed to looking after each other as well as their patients
  • Excellentstaff benefits: our benefit packages are amongst the best in London and include: childcare vouchers, health and wellbeing services, season ticket loans, cycle to work scheme, blue light card, discounts at Nando's and Superdrug, mobile phone contracts and much more!
  • Award-winning Staff Networks
  • Hidden Gem & annualaward ceremonies

Job description

Job responsibilities

Overview of Main Responsibilities:

In conjunction with the team manager:
  • To be the clinical team leader for the JHT, responsible for the clinical practice of the team in partnership with the team medical staff and ensuring that priorities are met.
  • To assist and deputise for colleagues in other parts of the community offer as necessary
  • To line manage CPNs and unqualified staff.
  • To support with ensuring Care Plans are in place including the roll out of the Dialog+ framework for Care Planning
  • To work within the relevant legislative frameworks |(e.g. Mental Health Act (1983) Mental Capacity Act (2005), Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLs), the Care Act 2014 etc
  • To promote a culture of service user choice and control within team members daily practice to be monitored and developed through supervision and appraisal
  • To ensure that the team works within the relevant frameworks and policies for safeguarding vulnerable adults
  • To ensure that services within the multidisciplinary team are well co-ordinated in so that they are responsive and attuned to the needs of its service users
  • To ensure that systems are in place for monitoring assessments, allocation, caseloads and clinical review processes
  • To ensure that clinical supervision is given to all health qualified staff in the team and to ensure that staff work to high standards of professional practice.
  • To demonstrate a high level of clinical competence both in relation to supervision of staff and direct face to face contact with service users
  • To be a member of JHT leadership team. To advise the JHT manager regarding the delivery of community mental health services and be involved in identifying the resources needed in the team.
  • To ensure that the service works in co-ordination with other Community and Acute In-Patient services.
  • To ensure effective liaison with other relevant agencies
  • To maintain and develop administrative procedures regarding the recording of case records.
  • To ensure that the service works in a co-productive way with service users, their families and stakeholders in the development of the team and local services
  • To facilitate the development of effective supporting structures for carers in line with CNWL and WCC guidelines

Job description


  • Foster and implement a multi-disciplinary team approach in all aspects of clinical and non-clinical performance.

  • Screen and accept referrals and undertake initial assessment in accordance with the Teams Operational Policy.
  • Work as a leading member of the multidisciplinary team and work with other team members, to participate in the formulation, review, implementation and monitoring policies for the service.
  • Provide immediate support to patients, relatives and carers.
  • Follow up will use appropriate evidence based clinical skills. The post holder will be expected to function during follow up sessions as an autonomous practitioner.
  • Provide support and information for significant others involved in patient care, or referral to appropriate agencies.
  • Take direct responsibility for supervising caseload management of other, junior team members.
  • Give information/support to telephone callers and junior colleagues within/outside the team regarding mental health issues, documenting as required.
  • Demonstrate a high standard of record keeping and documentation with adherence to CNWL NHS Trusts policy, and understanding of professional guidelines and application of confidentiality, always adhering to the guidelines of own professional code of conduct, ensuring that team members also adhere to these standards.
  • Work with colleagues to develop, lead, promote and define the services philosophy, framework of care delivery and strategic objectives, taking responsibility and accepting ownership for specific areas of policy, service, and strategy delivery, as negotiated with the JHT Manager.
  • Work with fellow team members and colleagues to lead on and develop clinical expertise and high standards of clinical practice
  • Provide expert advice and leadership regarding the pharmacological management of mental health clients to non- mental health professionals.
  • Deliver care that is evidence based, reflecting current best practices and research.
  • Participate in and provide for others, structured clinical supervision in accordance with Trust policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrate sound understanding of the legal and ethical issues in caring for those with mental health difficulties and be able to monitor the use of these with team members to integrate into practices within the team.
  • Maintain, monitor, report on and provide statistical and IT information systems as required by Team Manager or other Trust Departments.
  • Demonstrate and communicate appropriate knowledge and experience and be able to advise and provide a lead in issues regarding the use of the Mental Health Act (1983), Deprivation of Liberty (DoLs) and Mental Capacity Act (2005) in non-mental health environments.

Person Specification

Educational and Qualifications


  • Relevant Mental Health Professional Qualification
  • Post Qualification Training
  • Evidence of recent Personal Development

Previous Experience


  • Substantial Post Qualification Experience working in the community as a Mental Health Professional
  • Management of Staff and a team
  • Experience of working under the CPA system
  • Active participation in Service Planning and Developments
  • Supervisory Experience

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities


  • Knowledge of key issues relating to developments in adult mental health services
  • Knowledge of Mental Health Act and Code of Practice

Personal Characteristics


  • Articulate verbal and clear written communication skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Effective interpersonal skills
  • Ability to negotiate and work collaboratively
  • Self awareness and ability to reflect and learn from experience
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to plan, manage and implement change
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Ability to prioritise and delegate
  • Able to manage high risk situations
  • Able to work within culturally diverse communities

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


Joint Homelessness Team

190 Vauxhall Bridge Road

Westminster, London


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