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Senior Clinical Practitioner

West London NHS Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year pa plus HCAS
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Old Age
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you an experienced Allied Health Professional or Nurse, who is ready to take on a clinical leadership role in a multi-disciplinary team? Are you ready for the next step in your career in mental health? If so, you should apply for our Senior Clinical Practitioner role in the new Specialist Older Adults Mental Health (SOAMHS) Service.

Exciting opportunities have arisen following a review of provision of mental health services for older people at West London NHS Trust. We are in the fortunate position of transforming and expanding our service to meet the needs of older people with mild to severe mental health needs. We are looking for dynamic innovative staff to be part of a team that will work therapeutically to support older patients in their mental health recovery in the community.

We are recruiting 2 Band 7 Senior Clinical Practitioners, one in Hammersmith and Fulham, Ealing. This post is based at Ealing Borough. Assessments and intervention are delivered at patients home therefore flexibility is important. Ealing has an excellent public transport links therefore having a car or driving is not essential. Most of our clinicians use the bus on visits. All expenses will be refunded in a monthly basis.

We want to hear from you if you are dedicated, flexible, forward thinking with clinical skills and experience in working therapeutically with older people with mental health difficulties.

Main duties of the job

The post is an ideal opportunity for an experienced Allied Health Professional or Nurse to build upon and advance their leadership and managerial skills. The focus of the role is on providing clinical leadership in the development of the new Specialist Older Adults Mental Health (SOAMHS) Mild to Moderate service and in and deputise for the team Manager with the day to day running of this service.

The focus of the service will be to ensure that patients receive assessment and therapeutic intervention to maximise their independence, safety and wellbeing. The interventions will include education, individual work and group work and will involve working closely with patients, carers, statutory and voluntary agencies, within a multi-disciplinary team. They will hold their own complex caseload of patients.

The post holder will be based in one of the community teams in Hammersmith and Fulham and Ealing and they will be undertaking home visits, meetings at the team base and other community sites.

We would love you to apply if you are an experienced Allied Health Professional or Nurse with a passion to drive forward excellent care for older people with mental and physical health problems.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We'rerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

The regulations mandating vaccination for in-scope roles in the NHS have now been removed. The Trust does however continue to encourage and support staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against COVID19. Vaccination data will be collected by our recruitment team during your on-boarding if you are happy to provide a copy of your COVID pass.

Job description Job responsibilities

The Older Peoples Mental Health Service (OPMHS) is a supportive, caring, integrated service where staff work together closely to support our patients and their families. We have strong links with medical teams, Allied Health Professionals, Carers and the local community. We value diversity and are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability and sexuality. We are immensely proud of our staff and their passion, professionalism and dedication to changing peoples lives. If you share that passion and want to make a difference, then come and join us.

Our Team is tight knit and work well together. The team has a dedicated Professional Lead OT who provides support in maintaining high quality service, identifying gaps and service improvements. We also have a very supportive AHP education and development lead who provide bespoke support to all AHPs to thrive in their current position and to progress up the ladder of their chosen career.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Practitioner (OT, Psychology, nursing) appropriate to the job role
  • Degree/diploma level qualification supplemented by specialist qualification and/or experience.
  • Courses to masters level equivalent relevant to the care group
  • Evidence of post registration training in relevant service area Completion of student Supervisor Course/equivalent/Practice Educators/
Experience Essential
  • Extensive post qualifying experience in relevant service area
  • Experience of supervising staff and Students
  • Experience of managing clinical risks with complex cases.
  • Experience working with patients and carer groups to develop innovative practice.
  • Lived experience of mental health issues/caring for Older person with mental Health difficulties/dementia complex mental health needs/dementia
Knowledge Essential
  • Comprehensive knowledge of interventions specific to service area.
  • Awareness of Trust policies and service specification.
  • Knowledge safeguarding both children and adults and patient safety.
  • To understand key performance indicators and how they relate to team.
  • Awareness of regional and national policies and procedures in relation to service area.
  • Awareness of research and development in service areas.
  • NICE guidance and governance procedures in relation to patient safety.
Skills Essential
  • Demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills with staff, patients, families, carers and professionals
  • Able to manage a caseload of people with complex mental and physical health needs including dementia
  • Able to establish links with other services and professionals.
  • To remain calm under pressure, to contain others emotional distress and anxiety.
Other Requirements Essential
  • Demonstrate support for the values and beliefs of the Care Group and those of the Trust.
  • Can use constructive feedback and openly seeks to review and reflect on self, style and presentation.
  • To demonstrate empathy and compassion towards the needs of individuals and their carers.
  • To treat people with dignity and respect

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