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Clinical Practice Lead

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 per annum Inc HCAs
Closing date
21 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Full Time
The Enhanced Care Service is made up of registered mental health nurses and health care assistants. The aim of this team is to provide enhanced observations to patients with mental health needs and Acute Behavioural Disturbances at Newham University Hospital (NUH) both in A& E and on the medical wards.

The post holder will ensure all patients at NUH with mental health needs and Acute Behavioural Disturbances are assessed and receive an appropriate level of enhanced observations.

The mental health liaison team within Newham University hospital will assess and prescribe the level of observation, which will include an appropriate care plan and risk assessment that fully meets the needs of the patient.

The post holder will be a band 6 senior clinician who will support with the management and development the team, ensure the level of observations prescribed is carried out effectively, liaise with the mental health liaison team, Barts Health, Newham Centre for Mental health.

The post holder will be expected to be self-motivating and autonomous with the ability to demonstrate accurate formulations of mental state, risk and need, considering medical and social factors where required.

The post holder will provide clinical leadership and supervision to the staff group in order to promote and develop excellence in practice.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will ensure all patients at NUH with mental health needs and Acute Behavioural Disturbances are assessed and receive an appropriate level of enhanced observations.

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Ensure that observations are carried out to the agreed level prescribed by the mental health liaison team.
  • Ensure observation staff are briefed about patients history, background, risk factors and specific needs.

Inform and ensure all members of the ward team are aware which patients are on enhanced level of care alongside the prescribed level of observation.

Orientate observation staff to the working environment, local policy for emergency procedures and potential risk in the environment.

Ensure that periods of observation are viewed as opportunities for therapeutic engagement and relationship building

Be familiar with and support implementation of the observation care plan, current risks and individual needs of patient.

Report to the mental health liaison team any relevant information to assist the effective review of patients level of observation.

Ensure the staff providing enhanced care are aware of how to get support should it be needed and have regular breaks *without leaving the patient unattended.

Ensure observing staff take an active role in engaging positively with the patient, be approachable, listen to the patient and know when self disclosure and the therapeutic use of
  • Lead in direct care to complex service users and role model to junior staff.
  • To provide specialist guidance to junior staff relevant to clinical speciality
  • Ensuring that a high standard of practice is maintained in relation to the detention of mentally ill clients under the Mental Health Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. Ensuring that least restrictive practices are promoted within individual care.
  • Ensure that care reflects individual and cultural needs
  • Ensuring that all practices are within the guidelines set out by the NMC and other professional groups and are in accordance with Trust policies.
  • Knowledge of safeguarding issues and management processes

Person Specification

Education/ Qualification/ Training


  • Registered Nurse (Mental Health) OR Registered Nurse (Learning Difficulty) OR Registered Nurse (Adult) Mentorship certification
  • Completion of Preceptorship



  • Significant experience at band 5 level or above
  • Working with people with mental health problems/ learning disabilities
  • Managing challenging and aggressive behaviour
  • Working within a multidisciplinary team environment
  • Experience of providing individualized and culturally sensitive care


  • Supporting and supervising students and junior staff

Knowledge and Skills


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to assess, plan, implement and evaluate care for complex patients
  • Minimising clinical risk and reducing restrictive practices
  • Able to work systematically and objectively in an environment with patients who can present high risk behaviours
  • Able to manage time so that deadlines are met
  • Ability to recognize and manage stress, in self and others
  • Ability to work as part of a team Able to work sensitively and compassionately with patients
  • Knowledge of risk management and how to plan care to account for risk


  • Current Developments in nursing
  • Knowledge of supervision and reflective practices processes

Employer details

Employer name

East London NHS Foundation Trust


Newham University Hospital

Glen Rd


E13 8SL

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