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Clinical Team Leader - Ferneley Ward

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 a year pa inc HCAS
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Despite these challenging times in the health sector the team at Northwick Park Hospital are more determined than ever to offer progressive opportunities to their staff and this position is no different. Ferneley Ward and Eastlake Ward are looking for a new Band 6 Clinical Team Leaderand in return we will offer you an extensive development package to further your career. This will include
  • Career mapping to ensure continuous professional development
  • Training opportunities such as CBT, DBT, Venepuncture and more
  • Our innovative Trauma Informed Approaches (TIA) staff training program
  • Support to become an in-house Physical Intervention Trainer

The successful candidate willwork within a dedicated team of different disciplines to assess and treat a range of mental health conditions, challenging behaviour and severe and enduring mental illnesses.

Nursing practice continuously develops with time and at Northwick Park so do we. If we want to understand the reasons for mental health problems, it often makes more sense to ask What has happened to you ? rather than What is wrong with you? This method forms the basis ofTrauma-Informed Approaches (TIA), where we acknowledge the relationship between people's life experiences and the development of mental health difficulties. Northwick Park are front-runners in developing Trauma Informed Approached (TIA) to patient care in CNWL.

Main duties of the job

The CTL post is based at Northwick Park Mental Health Centre, which is based 5 minutes' walk from Northwick Park underground station.

The post holder will take up the responsibility of being the Unit/Site Coordinator at least four times a month. You will provide unit management support and co-ordinate and facilitate patient flow (bed management) out of hours. In addition, the unit co-ordinator will provide senior nursing support, professional leadership and advice to all clinical areas within the unit, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We are looking for an individual who has effective communication skills not only when engaging with services users, but also with their carers and any other professional(s) involved with the service users care.

The successful candidate will have:

o Excellent communication skills and a caring, compassionate approach to patient care.

o Motivation to drive improvement in the care of Inpatients within a mental health setting.

o Be committed to continuous professional development and to working as part of a team.

oAbility to provide strong clinical leadership and role model to others best practice on both the ward as well as the wider unit

About us

Working at Northwick Park will provide you with the following
  • Working around our Safety Pledge to reduce restrictive interventions
  • Innovative Trauma Informed staff training programincluding practise of Team Formulation
  • Implementing Sensory modulation into the care pathway
  • Coaching and development sessionsincluding wound care treatment, forms of dementia treatment, Mental State Examination skill sessions, administering ACE assessments
  • On-siteshadowing opportunitiesfor you with our HTT, CMHT, Psych Liaison services
  • Commitment tocareer mappingto ensure continuous professional development including opportunities such as CBT, DBT, ECG and venepuncture training
  • Flexible shift working hours to provide ahealthy work-life balance
  • Training package(inc sponsorship for post-graduate studies up to masters)
  • Hidden Gem, annual award ceremonies andaward-winning Staff Networksthat have thousands of members and exciting events.
  • Excellentstaff benefits: our benefit packages are amongst the best in London and include: childcare vouchers, health and wellbeing services, season ticket loans and cycle to work scheme.

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Central and North West London NHS Trust is committed to providing safe, effective services and providing patients and families with a positive experience.

Patient Safety

Band 6 nurses contribute to the provision of safe and reliable services by:

Using their clinical judgement and risk assessments to keep the people using our services as safe as possible

Safeguarding people by recognising and responding when an adult or child might be at risk from abuse but also recognising their own limits and asking for help and escalate concerns when necessary

Escalating safety concerns and by doing so acting as effective advocates for those who use our services

Being open and transparent about their own practice

Supervising the work of others

Reflecting on everyday practice to identify areas where improvements in safety or quality can be made

Working with others to create a culture of continuous improvement

Maintaining accurate, legible, comprehensive records

Maintaining compliance with their mandatory training requirements.

The NMC plays an important role in safeguarding the public by regulating the work of nurses and all nurses, including Band 6 nurses, are expected to register with the NMC each year and adhere to the NMC Code of Conduct.

Clinical Outcomes

Band 6 nurses often work with people who have complex needs and contribute to the effectiveness of services by:

Being confident, autonomous practitioners who take responsibility for the care they give to patients but also take responsibility for overseeing the work of others in the team including less experienced nurses and staff without a professional qualification

Providing skilled, evidence-based nursing care which adheres to agreed policies and procedures

Working with patients and families in all stages of the care planning process including assessing risks and needs

Acting as patient advocates in the multi-disciplinary team and overseeing the work of others to ensure that they are also responding to the needs of patients and providing clinically effective care

Working as autonomous practitioners and taking responsibility for the care they give to patients but also work as team members

Contributing to creating and maintaining high performing teams by communicating well with all members of the team

Understanding their role in the team and how they help the team achieve its objectives

Reflecting on their own practice regularly and encouraging the whole team to reflect on their practices in handovers and team meetings

Encouraging the team to learn from adverse events or respond to data analysis from audits or benchmarking exercises and implement sustainable initiatives which improve clinical outcomes

Patient Experience

Band 6 nurses contribute to the people using our services feeling respected and empowered to make decisions about their health and wellbeing by:

Working in partnership with patients and their families and carers

Gaining consent and, as far as possible, involving people in all decision making

Signposting patients and carers to the courses provided by the Recovery and Wellbeing College or services provided by the local authority or voluntary sector

Reassuring people by being professional, responsive, knowledgeable and confident

Demonstrating clinical leadership and challenging any poor behaviour to patients, families or other staff members and creating a positive, inclusive culture in which everyone is treated with kindness and respect and the trusts values are embedded in all practice

Responding to complaints or concerns effectively and quickly in line with the Trust policy

You will need to be an excellent team player with an ability to facilitate collaborative working, ensuring high standards of assessment, care and treatment for patients within the ward and wider unit. In addition, they will possess leadership skills in order to lead the nursing team on the ward as well as the wider unit when working as the unit co-ordinator.


Person Specification



  • Registered Mental Health Nurse
  • Numeracy skills required for the safe administration of medicines
  • Evidence of relevant Continuous Professional Development


  • Mentorship qualification



  • Previous experience as a Band 5 nurse



  • Able to communicate with the multi-disciplinary team, present cases, take note of actions, update others in the team and use handover effectively. Speaking face to face but also by telephone and writing letters and reports.
  • Maintaining accurate, timely, concise and legible clinical records both electronic and handwritten which adhere to the CNWL policies
  • Able to talk to people about sensitive issues in a supportive manner but also challenge others assertively where necessary
  • Able to maintain electronic patient records Use Microsoft Word for letter and report writing
  • oWork well with other members of the team including communicating effectively, being kind and considerate, reliable and enthusiastic
  • oHelp others in the team achieve their objectives and deliver safe, effective care
  • oMentor, teach and support others in the team
  • oSupervise others in the team
  • oContribute to the culture of the team and play a role in making it inclusive, kind and hard working


  • Expertise in particular skills and evidence of how you developed them and use them in your current role

Attitudes, aptitudes, personal characteristics


  • Be a role model and embody CNWL's values by being Caring, Respectful, Empowering and working in Partnership.

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


Northwick Park Mental Health Centre

Watford Road



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