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Advanced Clinician (Mental Health)

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
8 Aug 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
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We have an exciting opportunity within our Care Home Liaison Team in Knowsley for an Advanced Clinician (Registered Nurse- mental health). Knowsley Care Home liaison is an integrated team which supports the mental and physical health and wellbeing of care home residents to deliver an improved level of quality of care and patient safety for residents. Our aim is to support residents, families and carers to plan for future healthcare needs and to reduce the number of avoidable, non-elective hospital attendances, admissions and re-admissions. Opportunities for continuing professional development such as Master's modules are encouraged.

Main duties of the job

The Advanced clinician will take high level responsibility for the triage, clinical assessments and diagnosis of highly complex health and wellbeingneeds within a defined sphere of practice. They will implement, evaluate and modify highly complex care/ interventions which they havedeveloped to meet those needs. The Advanced clinician will provide high level care as specified below for a client group and work acrossprofessional disciplines, coordinating activities as required.

The Advanced clinicians (Mental health) utilise a comprehensive assessment to identify, diagnose and treat mental health conditions within the care home setting.

The advanced clinicians (Mental health) provide proactive advice to staff on any resident's mental health, undertake assessments, antipsychoticreviews, respond to crisis situations, review/ prescribe medication, assist in care planning and risk assessments, liaise with medical staff andsocial care staff, provide support for care home staff to mange complex mental health needs.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so

Job description Job responsibilities


To be responsible for the specialist assessment of complex care needs and the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care using a high degree of autonomy and act as a named practitioner.

To triage patients with highly complex needs.

To undertake highly complex clinical assessments of patients/ service users within sphere of advanced practice.

To determine a clinical diagnosis and make high level decisions regarding appropriate treatment/ care plans.

Implement highly complex care/ interventions according to clinical need.

Evaluate highly complex care /interventions based on evidence from clinical outcomes and best practice.

To provide advanced clinical advice, support, training to patients/ service users, families, carers and professional colleagues to improve their journey and their health and wellbeing.

To be professionally accountable for all aspects of own work including themanagement of patients in your care.

Registered practitioners who are non-medical prescribers are accountable for their prescribing activities by ensuring they are aware of their Professional accountability and any restrictions or special considerations in their prescribing practice.

To develop and maintain the high level clinical skills required to work as an advanced practitioner.

Where the administration of drugs is a requirement, this should be undertaken in line with trust policies and procedures and in following the NMC Guidelines for administration of Medicines Act 1992 and Misuse of Drugs Act 1991.

Learning and development:

To maintain own professional/ personal development (CPD) by keeping abreast of any new trends and developments, and incorporate them as appropriate into your work.

To support junior staff to do likewise

Ensure all mandatory training is accessed and kept up to date

To be an active member of relevant training programmes attending and delivering presentations at staff meetings/tutorials and by attending relevant professional short courses and being a reflective practitioner

To participate in the supervision scheme as supervisee and supervisor when appropriate.

To develop and deliver relevant evidence based training to patients, families, carers, Health and Wellbeing and local authority colleagues and third sector providers.

To provide specific training as required to the patient, family, carers and other members of the multidisciplinary team on the clinical and therapeutic management of an individual to support their health and wellbeing.

Clinical governance/research audit:

Registered Practitioners are required to evidence maintenance of their registration with the relevant regulatory body and work to their Code of Professional Conduct.

To benchmark current service delivery against local and national clinical guidelines and standards of care.

To lead on current best practice, based on the bench marking outcomes.

To translate local and national guidelines and train Health and Wellbeing staff to ensure they have the skills and knowledge required to deliver effective services.

To measure and evaluate own work and current practices through the use of evidence based projects, audit, research, statistical information and outcome measures and lead others in doing so.

To network with practitioner colleagues within the trust and across the North West and Nationally, to learn together and share good practice.

To interpret and implement quality assurance practices within own work situation.

To identify and minimise clinical and non-clinical risk to minimise risk of harm to patients, staff & visitors.

Contributes to the formulation and implementation of clinical policies andprocedures as appropriate.


To communicate complex patient and service related information effectively to Health and Wellbeing and local authority colleagues and third sector agencies.

Use complex communication skills and knowledge when working with patients, their families and other provider agencies.

Demonstrates professional sensitivity and empathy during the emotional demand of high exposure to distressing circumstances where there may be difficulties in accepting or understanding.

To involve the patient and the family/carers in all relevant discussions about their management and decision that are made about treatment techniques and facilitating patient involvement in the planning development, delivery and evaluation of the service.

To assess capacity, gain valid informed consent and have the ability to work within a legal framework with patients who lack capacity to consent to treatment.

To maintain accurate comprehensive and up-to-date documentation, in line with legal and departmental requirements, and communicate assessment and treatment results to the appropriate disciplines in the form of reports and letters.

To collect appropriate data and statistics for the use in the review of the service delivery.

To use appropriate information technology skills for communication whenrequired.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Current professional Registration
  • Formal relevant first degree
  • Evidence of study at Masters Level or equivalent experience
Knowledge/Experience/Skills Essential
  • Experience in related specialist role. Experience of effective partnership working.
  • Experience of introducing service developments and innovation.
  • Evidence in leadership and management including change management.
  • Experience of research and evidence based practice within specialist field.
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills.
  • Presentation skills.
  • High level knowledge of specialist area.
  • Computer literate.
  • Understanding of local and national policy governing practice and development.
Values Essential
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Accountability
  • Respectfulness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Support
  • High professional standards
  • Responsive to service users
  • Engaging leadership style
  • Strong customer service belief
  • Transparency and honesty
  • Discreet
  • Change oriented

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