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Community Assessment Team Clinical Lead

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum (pro rata for part-time)
Closing date
1 Aug 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Full Time
*12 month fixed term maternity cover*

*Internal applicants who wish to be considered for a secondment opportunity should discuss with their line manager the suitability of a possible secondment*

This is a great time to join the Community Assessment Team and there are various roles available to suit a range of professionals.

Our mission statement 'We are working collaboratively to help get you home or identify alternatives to an acute admission for the best possible outcome'.

The Community Assessment Team (CAT) is based at the Emergency Departments across Gloucester Royal Hospital and Cheltenham General Hospital. The teams purpose is to provide a rapid assessment of patients to prevent admission to the acute trust. We work between the hours of 8am-6pm with some travel to our key services who we work closely with across Gloucestershire.

The post holder will be responsible for assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating high-quality, holistic patient care, within the Emergency Department.

For new starters, there will be a 6-8 week supernumerary induction period and you will be allocated a mentor to support.

Main duties of the job

To carry out a specialist and advanced clinical assessment of patients within the Emergency Department (ED) from presentation through to discharge.

Develop treatment plans for acutely unwell patients that can be managed on a community pathway.

Working collaboratively with the other Clinical Lead, to lead and develop new clinical pathways in order to meet the constantly evolving ED demands, promoting the role of CAT.

Work alongside the other CAT Clinical Leads to support with the day to day team management, providing leadership, education and support to other team members and direct line management to allocated members of staff.

Provide clinical and professional leadership to other team members.

About us

We have in excess of 5000 staff working over 50 sites, providing a diverse range of services. We strive to support an organisational culture that is welcoming, builds and celebrates inclusivity and diversity and provides a sense of belonging and trust.

The annual NHS Staff Surveygives our people the opportunity to tell us about their experience working at the Trust. For the 2023 survey just over 2800 colleagues gave us their views (58.5%). It was great to see from the results that colleagues are saying that:
  • 89.7% believe they are making a positive difference to patients/service users
  • 73.3% would recommend the organisation as a place to work
  • 82.4% agree that care of patients and service users is the organisations priority
  • 76.7% would be happy with the standard of care for a friend or relative

Our results put us as 5th nationally as a Community, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities NHS Employer of Choice and 1st equal amongst all NHS Provider Trusts in the South West. However, we know we have more to do and will continue to drive forward our commitment to making GHC a Great Place to Work.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To work as a clinician within their professional scope of practice in responding to the assessments of patients presenting with mostly acute medical or MSK injuries.
  • Provide comprehensive initial clinical examination and assessments of patients in order to determine and deliver initial treatment and/or refer on to other appropriate Dr/clinician.
  • Support other Clinical Leads in recruitment, retention and performance related issues, including being regularly responsible for the supervision and mentorship for clinical support staff and students.
  • Operational management of service on a daily basis.
  • Through training and development educate GHNHSFT and colleagues about available discharge pathways and community services.
  • Working with colleagues to risk assess suitability for discharge and ensure that arrangements are appropriate and timely.
  • To communicate information upon discharge to multidisciplinary teams, external agencies, patients and carers.
  • To work with community services i.e. CATU, GHC Rapid Reponse Team (RR).

The qualification, training & experience requirements for the role are underlined in the Job Description/Person Specification.

Please refer to the Additional Information attachment before submitting your application.

Person Specification



  • Degree in a relevant clinical field
  • Knowledge and understanding across an array of clinical issues


  • Competent with Extended OT and Physio Skills
  • Experience of working within a community setting



  • Relevant current experience working in an Emergency department
  • Knowledge and evidence of leadership


  • Advanced knowledge of assessing acute and MSK patients

Employer details

Employer name

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust


Gloucester Royal Hospital

Great Western Road



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