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Clinical Lead

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata
Closing date
5 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are currently looking to recruit a enthusiastic and motivated Clinical Lead (Mental Health Practitioner) to join our First Response Service.

The post involves working with children and young people in a range of settings. These include primary care settings, other community settings, and other health service sites including Acute Hospitals, as required. Lone working in the community is a major element of this job as is potential exposure to verbal and physical aggression.

The working environment includes exposure to high levels of distress in others. There is a requirement for substantial periods of concentration and sitting.

The nature of the working environment requires regular and frequent travel from base to and between the above-mentioned settings. It also requires detailed work in terms of analysing assessments and writing reports using relevant IT systems.

Main duties of the job

The First Response Service provides 24 hour access to mental health services for people who identify, or have been identified as being in a mental health crisis. It is an all age service.

Support is provided initially over the phone by Psychological Wellbeing Telecoaches, who are trained in the process of mental health triage and who will attempt to de-escalate the individual's crisis over the phone and formulate a safety plan for that individual.

Dependent on the risk and need identified, a face to face assessment can be arranged and carried out by a Mental Health First Responders. The team is overseen each shift by a Clinical Lead. The outcome of the telephone triage or face to face assessment is that the patient will be supported, given advice, referred to appropriate services.

The ideal candidate will have a strong team work ethic, sense of accountability, accompanied by an ability to work under considerable pressure at times.

This post is open to professionals with the right attributes to enhance a team. In return we will provide the necessary support to ensure your development within your role.

We are keen to support and develop our staff through a clear career pathway and encourage promotional opportunities within the Trust. If you are looking for a new challenge, enjoy variety in your work and wish to be part of a team striving to make a difference for our community by supporting people with mental health or learning disability needs then we want to hear from you.

About us

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

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities.

Co-ordinate each shift.

Provide evidence based clinical interventions, making autonomous clinical decisions about own professional practice.

Responsibility for the development, planning and implementation of brief care and treatment interventions for individual patients in liaison with the First Response Service.

Provide assessment, planning and implementation of individual packages of care and treatment.

Ensure that individual episodes of care are delivered in a timely, effective and integrated manner.

Promote a recovery model that empowers patients, carers and relatives to be at the forefront of decision making and ownership of their packages of care and treatment.

Undertake clinical risk assessments, based on latest empirical evidence and compliant with local policies and procedures.

Act as the patients and relatives advocate.

Enable patients and carers to manage disability, loss and change.

Champion patients rights, including: dignity, equality, diversity, choice and respect.

When undertaking all of the above ensure good documentation is provided and entered within the appropriate systems of record sharing.

Escalate concerns.

Delegate duties and prioritise urgency of assessments.

Person Specification



  • Social work Qualification
  • Mental Health Nurse Qualification/ NMC Registration.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Undertaken/working towards accredited courses which enable potential Advanced Practitioner registration.
  • Teaching (clinical practice) qualification/certificate or equivalent experience


  • Advanced Nurse Prescriber Qualification / or AMPH qualification
  • Leadership qualification/training



  • Mental health care/treatment relevant to service.
  • Working with people presenting in mental health crisis.
  • Teaching, training and/or supervision of clinical staff.
  • Multi-agency working/working across service interfaces.
  • Working within a multicultural framework.

Skills & Abilities


  • Assessing, formulating and working with people presenting in heightened state of distress.
  • Communicating (oral and written) complex/highly technical and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Clinical risk assessment and contingency planning.
  • Able to meet the service needs for mobility across the geographical area covered.
  • Able to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


Kingfisher House


PE29 6FN

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