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Clinical Lead - Older Adult Mental Health In-patient

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 an hour
Closing date
12 Jul 2024
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 6 Clinical lead to join our busy Older Adult mental Health In-patient ward.

We are a specialist older person's mental health in-patient unit based in Taunton, taking acute admissions from across Somerset.

Join our dynamic team as a vital member of our in-patient multi-disciplinary team, working within a recovery focused service. We are looking for someone who's committed to teamwork and also a natural leader to join our forward thinking and progressive team.

You'll be working alongside the existing Clinical leads and ward managers, to promote consistent leadership and high standards of clinical care within your allocated ward.

This is a great opportunity for an individual who wishes to expand on, and consolidate their existing experience in a friendly, caring and supportive environment.

Main duties of the job

You will be responsible for delivering, and maintaining a high standard of clinical care for our patients. You'll be the one ensuring everything runs smoothly alongside our ward and deputy ward managers, providing clinical guidance to the team.

You'll be at the forefront of promoting quality assurance and clinical governance, ensuring that they are incorporated into everyday practice using the frameworks of Practice Development and new quality initiatives into our daily routines.

And it's not just about the patients it's about our team too. We believe in personal development. You'll play a key part in promoting high-quality clinical and managerial supervision, conducting personal development reviews, and crafting individual development plans for all staff.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, fantastic pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will to experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan -- there is truly something for everyone!

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder is a key member of the in-patient multi-disciplinary team, working within a recovery-focused service. There is a need to demonstrate a commitment to teamwork, with strong leadership skills. To be responsible for co-coordinating, delivering and maintaining a high standard of clinical care for all patients. To provide support to the ward and deputy ward manager and provide clinical leadership to the ward team. To promote models of quality assurance and clinical governance and ensure that they are incorporated into everyday practice using the frameworks of Practice Development, new ways of working quality initiatives and any others that will be adopted. To take an active role in the promotion of high quality clinical and managerial supervision, personal development reviews and the creation of individual personal development plans for all staff.

Planning and Organisation

To adhere to the relevant code of professional conduct at all times.

To abide by the legal requirements and statutory rules related to practice.

To utilise and promote management and clinical supervision and appraisal in enhancing performance development.

To utilise the Trust's personal development review process in order to identify personal and professional development needs.

*To take responsibility for personal development and education including in-service training, reviewing and reflecting own practice and performance.

*To contribute to the experience of learners and ensure delivery of mentorship requirements, meeting standards of the NMC.

*To be aware of, and act in accordance with, Trust policies and procedures, ensuring that changes and additions are adhered to and adopted locally.


*In conjunction with the ward manager/ deputy ward manager, to lead the clinical management of patients to ensure that high standards of nursing care are achieved and maintained.

*Ensuring that nursing staff on the ward provides the agreed standards of treatment, care and activity for patients.

*To work within and manage the legal and professional frameworks relating to consent, capacity, deprivation of liberty and the Mental Health Act.

Responsibility for Patient / Client Care, Treatment & Therapy

*To actively participate/lead with the MDT in planning, reviewing and delivering care.

*Support junior staff in patient's RCPA and ensure the agreed process is maintained.

*To ensure that changes in the patient's physical mental health and behaviour are reported and recorded by the post holder and junior nursing staff.

*To maintain working knowledge of legislation and guidance pertaining to mental health and learning disabilities.

*To identify, provide and supervise therapeutic activities, emotional support and stability to patients to ensure effective engagement whilst maintaining professional boundaries.

*To create and maintain professional supportive relationships with all members of staff, with other professionals and agencies to enhance recovery.

*Maintaining personal clinical expertise as required by the needs of a changing service and statutory bodies.

*To ensure that all clinical and risk assessments are completed and reviewed in line with Trust policies on data collection.

*To be responsible for the administration of prescribed medication in line with Trust policy and drug administration standards.

*To promote a care pathway and co-ordinate timely discharges.

*To understand and, in collaboration with the ward manager or relevant others, take a lead on a range of interventions available, whilst ensuring that evidence-based practice is adopted and maintained.

*Ensuring that high standards of communication with patients' relatives and staff are developed and maintained.

*To adhere to all practice standards implemented by the Trust.

*To ensure that systems are used to incorporate Essence of Care, any other adopted models of quality assurance and clinical governance into everyday practice.

*To act as keyworker to individual patients as designated.

Policy, Service, Research & Development Responsibility

*To actively develop and participate in the Trust performance and developmental planning process.

*To ensure clinical practice undergoes lifelong learning and development through PDR.

*To actively be involved in the development and delivery of training.

*To be responsible for own development and contributes to the development of others in a manner that is consistent with legislation, policies and procedures.

*To collaborate in a positive and constructive way with national and Trust developments.

*To undertake appropriate developmental opportunities, agreed by the ward manager, to improve individual or service needs.

Responsibility for Finance, Equipment & Other Resources

*Maintain adequate resources for the delivery of care

*Occasional responsibility for delegated budget and budgetary management as may be required.

Responsibility for Supervision, Leadership & Management

*To provide clinical leadership, advice and support for junior members of the team.

*To assist the ward manager lead development and changes on the ward.

*To support the ward manager/ deputy ward manager in the management and leadership role, including contribution to the locality management team/MDT.

*To support the ward manager to achieve team objectives, targets and quality standards.

*To contribute to the promotion of staff well-being and morale in the team through developing and maintaining supportive relationships, acting as a role model.

*To deal with complaints in accordance with Trust policies and procedures.

*To maintain adequate resources for the delivery of care.

*To assist in the implementation and monitoring of all Trust policies and procedures and local protocols on the ward and ensuring that clinical practice standards are adhered to and implemented.

*To provide clinical/management supervision and appraisal of the work of band 5 staff and below, using the knowledge and skills framework and be supportive and assist in the delivery of group supervision/reflective practice.

*To complete risk assessments, clinical and non-clinical, ensure they are updated and that all staff know their responsibilities in relation to this.

*To deputise for the ward manager/deputy ward manager in their absence and other nursing staff when necessary.

Information Resources & Administrative Duties

*Ensure health and safety requirements are maintained within sphere of responsibility.

*Observe and act upon health and safety requirements.

*Observe and act upon requirements of the Mental Health Act 1983, sex & race discrimination acts 1973 and equal opportunities legislation.

Any Other Specific Tasks Required

*To undertake any other duties at a comparable level of responsibility as may be allocated.

*Attending meetings as appropriate.

*Fulfilling duties of weekly timetable including any 'out of hours' responsibilities.

*Duties as instructed by your manager or appropriate authority.

Person Specification



  • Relevant professional qualification and registration e.g. RMN, OTRelevant management and leadership experience/training/qualificationRelevant teaching and assessment qualification



  • Ability to demonstrate leadership skills and to act up in the absence of the person in charge Evidence of continuing professional development and to have undertaken post registration training Proven experience of working with the relevant client group in a multi agency service. Sound knowledge of Mental Health Act.Evidence of taking a lead in projects

Additional Criteria


  • Experience of carrying out supervision to junior staffTo be able to co-ordinate the care of clients to ensure that high standards are met To be able to demonstrate an awareness and responsibility whilst recognising the impact frequent exposure to distressing circumstances has on care and compassionAbility to inspire staff , support and make a differenceMust be a car driver with a valid driving licence or have access to transport with appropriate business insurance in order to travel throughout the Trust, to meet the needs of the service.


  • Experience of carrying out research and development

Employer details

Employer name

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


Foundation House

Wellsprings Road




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