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Deputy Team Leader, Radcliffe Admissions Avoidance

Pennine Care NHS FT
£35,392 to £42,618 a year PA
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We have a rewarding role working as the Deputy Team Leader at Radcliffe Place Admission Avoidance Service. Radcliffe Places provides specialised support to people with learning disabilities with or without autism during periods of crisis. Radcliffe Place helps people navigate through challenging times and prevents unnecessary admissions to acute care services across Greater Manchester.

Radcliffe Place opened in Summer 2023 and is a relatively new service providing specialised care, offer of least restrictive options and employing a trauma-informed care approach, highlighting PCFT's commitment to providing personalised and compassionate care to our population.

The Deputy Team Leader position with support in maintaining the smooth operations of the service and we are look for someone with strong leadership skills, innovation, and the ability to navigate challenging situations with empathy and effectiveness. Additionally, the postholder will have a background in clinical care and will contribute to the successful coordination and delivery of care within the team.

We are looking for a postholder who is passionate about making a positive impact in the lives of vulnerable people, who thrives in dynamic environments, and who is dedicated to continuous improvement

Main duties of the job

  • To provide strong and effective leadership to the Radcliffe Admission Avoidance Service.
  • To lead and motivate the team to provide person centred support to children and adults with learning disabilities and associated health care needs and/or challenging behaviour.
  • To provide high quality person centred support to people with learning disabilities.
  • To promote at all times the key principles of 'Valuing People 2001' - Rights, Inclusion, Choice and Independence, Valuing People Now 2005.
  • To empower the support teams to translate these aspirations into the everyday lives of the people who access Pennine Care's Learning Disability Residential Service.

About us

We are proud to provide high quality mental health and learning disability services, both inpatient and in the community.

The NHS annual staff survey results show that we are the most improved mental health and learning disability trust in the country for being seen as a good place to work.

We were ranked as the best place to work out of all the mental health and learning disability trusts in the North West' - and we came second out of all the trusts in Greater Manchester (after The Christie).

Our ambition is to maximise people's potential and we aim to promote an inclusive environment and improve the diversity of our workforce so our people truly represent the communities we serve. If you come and work for us we will offer a range of benefits and opportunities, including:1. Generous annual leave entitlement for Agenda for Change and Medical and Dental staff.2. Flexible working opportunities to support your work/life balance3. Access to Continued Professional Development4. Involvement in improvement and research activities5. Health and Wellbeing activities and access to an excellent staff wellbeing service6. Access to staff discounts across retail, leisure and travelIf you are Kind, Fair, Ingenious and Determined then we want you to come and join our #PennineCarePeople

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • At all times to work in accordance with Pennine Care policies & protocols.
  • To lead the Radcliffe Admission Avoidance in the assessment of careneeds, the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of support, and contribute to the setting of a high standard of care to clients, embracing the values of Valuing People 2001.
  • To fully involve clients, family members and persons acting as advocates in the development of the above plans.
  • To adopt a multidisciplinary approach to the development of programmes of care.
  • To embrace public health role, promoting health and well being and, where possible, prevent ill health.
  • To take on the role of Named Nurse for a number of identified clients.
  • To initiate and participate in Vulnerable Adult/Child Protectioninvestigations.
  • To maintain accurate and up to date records in line with Pennine Care and NMC guidelines.
  • To administer medication ensuring that legal requirements are observed in line with Pennine Care policy and procedures and NMC guidelines.
  • To communicate effectively with a range stakeholders and servicesincluding GPs, The Learning Disability Team and Adult Care Services as required.
  • To operate as the leading member of the staff team, facilitating TeamMeetings, Staff Development and Training.
  • To provide cover across the rota as required and work flexibly across all shift patterns
  • To ensure adequate and appropriate deployment of staff within the team.
  • Provide day to day formal and informal supervision for members of the support team.
  • Receive formal and informal supervision from the Service Manager.
  • To lead in the professional development of the support workers including NVQ/competency framework.
  • To facilitate student placements.
  • To complete the appraisals with support team members.
  • To support the Service Manager in the recruitment and retention of staff following Pennine Care Recruitment Policies and Procedures.
  • To be responsible for the distribution and accountancy of petty cash and clients monies as required, following agreed policies and procedures.
  • To adhere to the financial systems and to ensure adequate financialresources are available (e.g. petty cash).
  • To facilitate the development and implementation of person centredapproaches.
  • Responsible for keeping staff up to date with Learning Disability practice developments and to take responsibility for your own personal and professional development.
  • To be alert to the needs and opportunities for change and progress in the service, and initiate change in consultation with the Residential Service Manager.
  • To support the Service Director and Service Manager in the development of Policies and Protocols
  • To take a lead role in the development, implementation, and monitoring of risk assessments for service users.
  • To be responsible for the deployment of Support Staff also havingresponsibility for the service in the Managers absence.
  • Responsible for collecting monthly occupancy figures required by theDepartment of Health
  • To undertake audits under the direction of the Service Manager.
  • To participate and assist in setting standards of client care based on sound research findings.
  • To encourage the support team to utilise evidence based practice when care planning for people with complex needs.

Person Specification

Skills and Abilities


  • A genuine commitment to empowering & promoting the inclusion of disabled people within the community
  • The ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing and skills to overcome significant barriers to communication.
  • The ability to work without supervision.
  • Proven skills to motivate and lead others
  • Motivated to continued professional development of self and others.
  • Accurate IT Skills Excel, Word, Powerpoint


  • The ability to adapt to change within a working situation and promote service development.

Education / Qualifications


  • s Current active NMC Registration RNLD
  • Commitment to C.P.D


  • Recognised management qualification
  • NVQ Assessor's Award/Internal Verifiers Award (or commitment to complete within a specified time)
  • Teaching Certificate



  • Proven experience of leading and supervising staff in an informal and formal manner
  • Experience of supporting children or adults who have a learning disability.
  • Experience of delivering training
  • Experience of clinical assessment and care planning.


  • An understanding and experience of Positive Behavioural Support
  • Experience of supporting people with challenging behaviour.
  • Experience of leading a team



  • An Awareness of the disability issues and rights of disabled people
  • A positive commitment to empowering and promoting the inclusion of disabled people within the community
  • A working knowledge of legal frameworks (e.g. Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act)
  • A commitment to Person Centred Approaches and in-depth knowledge of current LD papers


  • Knowledge of supervision process.

Work related circumstances


  • Ability to work flexibly during evenings and weekends
  • Effective interpersonal skills
  • Use of a car or access to a means of mobility to travel across the Trust footprint in line with service needs
  • Willing to carry out all duties and responsibilities of the post in accordance with the Trust's Equal Opportunities and Equality and Diversity policies
  • Appointments to regulated and controlled activities require an enhanced DBS disclosure.

Employer details

Employer name

Pennine Care NHS FT


Radcliffe Place

Dumers Road


M26 2TP

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