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CASCAID (HIV Liaison) Team Leader (Nurse/OT/SW)

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 per annum Incl. HCAs pro rata
Closing date
2 Jul 2024
This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and dynamic mental health professional (Nurse/OT/SW/therapist etc) to lead CASCAID, our HIV liaison service.

We are looking for an assertive, approachable and creative individual to manage the day to day running of the team, including role modelling high standards of care, liaising with the clinical treatment centres, overseeing caseload management and performance management activity, promoting good practice, maintaining patient and staff safety, and leading on team and service development and quality improvement projects.

Main duties of the job

To have overall management responsibility for the delivery of care within CASCAID, HIV liaison Service, in accordance with Trust policies and procedures.

To co-ordinate multidisciplinary working, maintaining excellent communication and working relationships with all team members, and other services within the Trust and external to the Trust

To lead CASCAID in the delivery of high quality evidence-based practice, ensuring that regular supervision and appraisals take place.

The post holder will lead on providing HIV awareness and anti-stigma training for SLaM staff, and external agencies as required.

The post holder will carry out clinical* and managerial procedures to a standard that ensures safe and effective care, and complies with the relevant Code of Professional Conduct.

*The post holder will have the opportunity /be expected to carry out clinical work alongside their management duties/responsibilities.

Career Progression pathways and development opportunities:

We are committed to get the very best out of our staff and support staff in their career aspirations. We have career pathways available, where you will be able to develop your skills and build on your experience to progress into other roles across different specialties. There are opportunities in Dual Diagnosis training, relevant psychological therapy modalities, and leadership and management training.

About us

CASCAID (HIV Liaison Service) is a small multi-disciplinary team, comprising consultant psychiatrist, mental health nursing staff, a social worker, psychologists, and an administrator. The service assists both mental health services and HIV services to support people who are living with HIV and a significant mental health problem.

We provide liaison, assessment and treatment and short to medium term psychological work for people whose mental health problems are related to living with HIV.

Our service covers the London Boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham and Croydon. Our approach is largely bio-psycho-social. We embrace diversity and tackle stigma.

About our locations

We currently have an office base at Reay House, Lambeth Hospital (zone 2) but see people in outpatient spaces across Lambeth, Southwark , Lewisham and Croydon, whether that be at their HIV treatment centre, or a SLaM outpatient location. When required, home visits are also be organised. We offer either face-to-face or online appointments.

Maudsley Hospital(headquarters)Our Trust headquarters is located at Denmark Hill less than 5 minutes from the train station (zone 2). Our office base will move to the Maudsley Hospital some time in 2024.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key Responsibilities:

Management of Care and Practice
  • Ensure that all clinical practice is developed using up to date evidence base, ensuring that all staff have the appropriate skill base and supporting mechanisms to access training to work with the service user group.
  • To provide assessment, care and treatment to clients referred to HIV treatment centres
  • Oversee a service user's care pathway, utilising available resources and Patient Journey framework and lead the team in its implementation.
  • Ensure systems are in place to support user and carer-centred involvement in the planning and provision of care.
  • Ensure that staff receive regular supervision and appraisal, and are offered essential and developmental training in accordance with their personal development plans, and the needs of the service.
  • Ensure that all service users are made aware of, encouraged, and assisted to use all services available to them.
  • Ensure that the requirements of all mental health legislation are met with particular regard to the Mental Health Act 1983 (including amendments and Code of Practice) and Community Care Legislation (eg. CPA, Supervision Registers and Supervised Discharge etc), NSF, Child Protection and NHS Plan and ensuring that all practices are within the guidelines set by the NMC and are in accordance with Trust policy.

Management of Financial and Material Resources
  • Ensure team finances are managed within allocated budget, including recruitment of staff.
  • All absences, bank and agency are managed within budget and Trust guidelines.
  • Communicate to all staff how they can contribute to the efficient management of financial and material resources.
  • Identify and deal with cost pressures which may have an impact on the financial expenditure of the team. The post-holder will be expected to notify any such situations to the service manager if they cannot be dealt with at a local level.

Management of Clinical Standards
  • Set, monitor and evaluate overall standards of care and practice in the team in liaison with General Manager, Professional Advisors, and other agencies.
  • Ensure that all practices and interactions in the team are based on the preservation and respect of service users dignity, individual and cultural identity, wishes (whenever possible) and are in accordance with the maintenance of individuals independence.
  • Ensure that all staff are aware of the standards of professional behaviour expected by the Trust.
  • Work closely with the multidisciplinary team and involve them in all relevant day to day decisions, strategy and business planning, and maintain close liaison with the General Manager and Clinical Director when difficulties arise.

Management of Human Resources
  • Maintain the efficient use of staffing resources in the team, ensuring that staffing levels are safe, appropriate and contain the necessary skill mix, but recognising and supporting Improving Working Lives within the confines of a safe service.
  • The post-holder will ensure that each member of staff is fully aware of their responsibilities and has a personal development plan which is based on a balance between the needs of the individual and the service.
  • Manage the overall development of the team, encouraging staff to contribute their views and ideas as appropriate.
  • Implement all Trust policies and Human Resource Management, and ensure staff are aware of how to access this information.
  • Delegate duties and responsibilities to other staff as appropriate to assist in the operation of the unit and to aid the development of individual staff.

Management of Information and Communication
  • Develop and maintain procedures that result in good communication between the multidisciplinary team and other agencies.
  • Arrange and in some instances chair relevant meetings involving other agencies, patients and carers when necessary to facilitate good communication.
  • The post-holder will lead the team in setting, implementing and monitoring realistic and achievable objectives in accordance with the aims and objectives of the service.
  • Attend meetings and forums, representing the team at various levels both within the Trust and with external agencies, ensuring that all staff are kept fully briefed on any new developments etc. The post-holder may be required to participate in specific inter-agency work relevant to the service.
  • Ensure that all communication (verbal or written) between the team and other departments or agencies is of a high standard both in its content and presentation.
  • Ensure that all written and electronically stored information is accessible only to authorised personnel and is stored in accordance with the Data Protection Act.
  • Ensure that administrative staff are aware of the importance of the collection of statistical data and ensure that this is collected and stored in an accurate and timely fashion.

Management of the Environment
  • Ensure that the Health and Safety at Work Act is adhered to by all staff. The post-holder will have particular responsibility for ensuring that all staff receive any training necessary in order to meet the requirements of the Act. (eg. fire training, first aid, etc.). The post-holder will be responsible for taking immediate action to deal with any problem which might affect service user, visitor or staff safety. This will involve liaison with the relevant Health and Safety Co-coordinator.
  • Ensure local response in managing incidents by using the Trust Incident Policy and implementation outcomes to change and improve practice.

Personal Development and Freedom to Act

The post-holder will :
  • Be prepared to physically move between sites as needed.
  • Ensure that they are fully aware of current developments and practice in their clinical area.
  • Acknowledge their own limitations and discuss/identify their training and development needs with their line manager.
  • Make effective use of supervision with their line manager on a regular and agreed basis.
  • Be aware of the need to reflect on their practice both as clinician and manager.
  • Manage their own time efficiently.
  • Be aware of and adhere to all Trust Policies and act as a role model to other staff.
  • Meet the required professional standards for ongoing registration.
  • Recognise emotional and mental effort required to fulfil the post.

Other Responsibilities

The post-holder will also be responsible for:
  • Planning and delivering training programmes and teaching in relation to HIV awareness, addressing HIV-related stigma HIV mental health health promotion and prevention.
  • Establishing and building on excellent working relationships between other services within and external to the Directorate.
  • Ensuring that systems are in place which invite service users and their carers to comment on the quality of services they receive.
  • Implementation of the complaints procedure including investigation, response, and resolution.
  • Ensuring that their line manager is kept informed of all developments and changes within the team.
  • The safe storage and administration of medications.
  • The creation and maintenance of an environment which is conducive to learning and which meets the educational standards required by Educational Institutions whose students are placed on the ward.
  • The post-holder will be expected to facilitate actively the teams involvement in the training and education of staff from a variety of disciplines.
  • Participating in projects within the team and Trust as required by the senior management of the Directorate.
For further details / informal visits contact: Name Stephen Bussey Job title HIV Team leader Email address Telephone number 07890 071721 Person specification Qualifications Essential criteria Maximum score 2
  • Registered Nurse-Mental Health or Other HCPC professional registration such as Occupational Therapy, Social Worker or Psychology HCPC or psychotherapy [APC/BPC/UKCP/BACP]
Desirable criteria Maximum score 2
  • Management Course and or Masters Level Qualificatio
Experience Essential criteria Maximum score 8
  • Experience of managing clinical practice in a mental health service & implementing and monitoring standards of care.
  • Experience of providing clinical and managerial supervision
  • Experience of working within a multidisciplinary team
  • Experience of working in a multicultural environment and knowledge of methods to develop culturally sensitive practice
Desirable criteria Maximum score 2
  • Experience/knowledge of HIV, Sexual health issues, Substance/Alcohol issues, also cultural impact re stigma

Person Specification



  • oRegistered Nurse-Mental Health or Other HCPC professional registration such as Occupational Therapy, Social Worker or Psychology HCPC or psychotherapy [APC/BPC/UKCP/BACP/Social Work England]


  • Management Course and or Masters Level Qualification



  • Experience of managing clinical practice in a mental health service & implementing and monitoring standards of care.
  • Experience of providing clinical and managerial supervision
  • Experience of working within a multidisciplinary team
  • oExperience of working in a multicultural environment and knowledge of methods to develop culturally sensitive practice


  • oExperience/knowledge of HIV and/or Sexual health issues, also cultural impact re stigma
  • Experience of working with substance misuse

Knowledge, skills and abilities


  • Specialist clinical knowledge relevant to the service, including evidence-based practice. (A/I)
  • Working knowledge of all relevant legislation associated with acute mental health care, including MHA, CPA procedures, Human Rights Act, NSF, Child Protection and NHS Plan. (A/I)


  • Skills and abilities to plan and deliver training (in HIV and mental health awareness) to different staff group

Employer details

Employer name

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust


Reay House, Lambeth Hospital



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