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Registered General Nurse, Secure Physical Health - Team Leader

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year Recruitment & Retention premia of £4034 attached to this post.
Closing date
28 Jul 2024
Recruitment & Retention premia has been introduced to attract and retain staff working within the Secure Care Division in High, Medium and Low Secure Services and further support our Grow Our Own Strategy. For our nursing assistants this will be a premia of �4034 per annum.

The physical health care service provided support and care to all of the areas across the Secure Care division, this includes the areas as listed below.

Ashworth Hospital - High Secure

Rowan View - Medium Secure

Aspen Wood - Low Secure, Specialist Learning Disability

Rathbone (Liverpool) and Hollins Park (Warrington) - Both Low Secure.

The service offers a range of physical health care services from Triage, assessment, treatment and management of a variety of illnesses and injuries. The ultimate aim is to nurse the patient on the site where safe and refer and liaise with local acute services.

Main duties of the job

As Nurse Team Leader, you will play a key role within the physical health team, supporting operational management on a day to day basis and the clinical agenda. The post holder will coordinate the daily activity within the health centres and extended sites the service covers. Demonstrating clinical skills in triage and assessment, delivering high standards of physical health interventions whilst ensuring high standards of compliance with security, health and safety , quality and national targets.

The post holder will have skills to assess, diagnose and treat patients with a variety of illnesses, injuries under the guidance of the Advanced Clinical Practitioner and General Practitioners forming part of the management structure of the junior team.

The work will include close collaboration with a variety of internal and external professionals so effective communication is essential. Proven experience of managing a staffed area is also essential in addition to having substantial physical health clinical nursing experience.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 1.4 million people across our region and are also commissioned for services that cover the North West, North Wales and the Midlands.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Flexible working requests will be considered for all roles.

Job description

Job responsibilities

1. To effectively and competently triage patients according to need referring to relevant speciality as appropriate. The post holder must have highly developed physical skills in order to be competent in the assessment of wounds, wound care and suturing of lacerations.

2. To be responsible for the management of clinical activity within the health Centre.

3. To undertake the day-to-day management of the team, including the monitoring of sickness absence. To take responsibility for day-to-day planning, risk assessment and management of staff.

4. To conduct sickness absence interviews with returning members of staff.

5. To participate in clinical audit, benchmarking and research activities as appropriate to maintain and improve professional development and the quality and efficiency of the service according to changing patient need which directly contributes to long term strategic planning.

6. To undertake annual personal development reviews with staff and to ensure that Personal development plans are in place to ensure that all staff are appropriately skilled and trained to meet the patients rehabilitation needs.

7. To be a dedicated lead for specific areas, represent the department at the governance forums, carry out any relevant actions and feedback to the department.

8. To work jointly with the ward staff and the acute setting to ensure that all external acute inpatient episodes are managed within the agreed procedures i.e. effective admission and discharge planning through close liaison between internal and external service providers.

9. To receive and communicate highly complex information to patients relating to Physical Health where there are barriers to understanding due to mental health issues.

10. To maintain up to date core skills and extend professional role in conjunction with strategic development of PHC services.

11. To promote and encourage evidence based practice with the multi-disciplinary teams in line with National Service Frameworks and NICE guidelines.

12. To take responsibility for the researching, devising and implementation of skills based training for professionally qualified and unqualified mental health staff in response to identified service need (including formal and informal training, coaching and peer support).

13. To make judgments on clinical/security issues, ensuring patient and staff safety through appropriate risk assessments.

14. The post holder is required to take an active role in goal planning of service development in the forthcoming years.

15. To monitor that COSHH guidelines are fully adhered to.

16. The post holder is involved in the planning of care pathways and action plans for patients with highly complex needs and highly challenging behaviour along with the multi disciplinary patient care team.

17. The post holder is an authorised signatory for �500, example:- authorising payments for fees to outside consultants.

18. The post holder must make decisions and judgments that impact on the budgets of other directorates and the authorisation of additional staff hours.

19. To consult with all members of the multi disciplinary team in the development of policies and protocols in keeping with the clinical governance agenda and data protection.

20. To promote a healthy environment for patients, visitors and staff by liaising with service managers to ensure that the physical environment is conductive to promoting better health.

21. To undertake full control and restraint training, manage situations of actual and potential C& R issues using either approved C& R techniques or verbal de-escalation skills.

22. To ensure that safety is paramount for staff and patients taking the required actions to avoid unnecessary risks, and to report any concerns and/or deficits to the Modern Matron.

23. To demonstrate appropriate skills to deal with patients with challenging behaviour. Be able to adapt to the unpredictable demands of the patient and the needs of the service.

24. To carry out screening tests utilising laboratory type equipment and handling blood and body fluids.

25. To develop effective professional relationships with staff of other disciplines ensuring collaborative working practices.

26. To ensure that the security search register, zonal search checks are carried out as per schedule.

27. To investigate and report on incidents and complaints as required.

28. To be responsible for accurate documentation and record keeping of clinical findings, having an awareness of alternative methods of data collection for patients physical health care records for data collection purposes. i.e PACIS/VISION.

29. To respond to emergency situations within the hospital as part of first responder team and take a lead role in the situation. This may involve interruptions to consultations without any prior warning or knowledge. This often requires changing from one activity to another.

30. To maintain responsibility for Health & Safety aspects of the environment for self, service users, colleagues and visitors.

31. To ensure that work is conducted in accordance with the Trusts equality and diversity strategy and to contribute to its development.

32. To participate in clinical supervision as a supervisor and supervisee.

33. To operate the radio communications set when required and be conversant with hospital radio network procedures.

34. To be aware of patients well-being, taking into account mental, physical, security and potential violent issues, reporting any concerns to the nurse in charge.

35. To maintain registration with the NMC through fulfilling PREPP requirements and CPD relevant to the Service Leads.

36. To have detailed knowledge and the practical skills, in order to carry out, all security duties as stated by the NHS Safety and Security Directive, and detailed in the Ashworth Security Procedures Manual.

37. To initiate, implement and actively participate in selection and recruitment of staff.

Person Specification



  • 1 st level Registered Nurse with current NMC registration Broad range of post reg clinical experience i.e Educated to diploma level, hold a specialist qualification or have equivalent clinical / management experience
  • LEO program or equivalent management training or experience
  • Computer literate
  • Teaching/assessing certificate i.e. 998/mentorship


  • Educated to Degree level
  • Qualified independent Nurse Prescriber.



  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to communicate verbally, written and electronically with all personne
  • Proven ability to interpret symptoms and treat a wide variety of illnesses / symptoms.
  • Ability to communicate health information using a range of methods


  • Experience/knowledge of working within a secure environment. Experience in dealing with Mental Health problems



  • Professionally appropriate in appearance and interactions.
  • Professional role model.
  • General good health and level of physical fitness required to fulfill C& R training requirements as evident through medical screening



  • Ability to relate positively to people and to work within a changing and challenging environment.
  • Able to reflect on own practice
  • The ability to concentrate for prolonged periods of time in an unpredictable environment and to deal with frequent interruptions.
  • Experience of initiating and implementing clinical care protocols

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


Maghull Health Park


L31 1HW

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