Team Leader Southwark Early Intervention

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£47,154 to £52,936 a year pa inc.
Closing date
14 Aug 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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The post holder will be a highly experienced practitioner who will have overall management responsibility for the delivery of care within an Early Intervention in Psychosis model of service delivery, in accordance with Trust policies and procedures. The post holder will work incollaboration with an identified leadership team.To lead a team of professional and support staff in the delivery of high quality evidence-based practice, ensuring that regular supervision and appraisal take place. The role will require that allstaff members are aware of the principles of an EI service model of care and that interventions are concordant to NICE guidance. There is an expectation that the post holder will place the needs of service users at the centre of care delivery

Main duties of the job

Ensure that all clinical practice is developed using up to date evidence base, ensuring that allstaff have the appropriate skill base and supporting mechanisms to access training to workwith the service user group.Oversee a service user's care pathway, utilising available resources and Patient Journeyframework and lead the team in its implementation.Ensure systems are in place to support user and carer-centred involvement in the planningand provision of care.Ensure that staff receive regular supervision and appraisal, and are offered essential anddevelopmental training in accordance with their personal development plans, and the needsof the service.Ensure that all service users are made aware of, encouraged, and assisted to use all servicesavailable to them.Ensure that the requirements of all mental health legislation are met with particular regardto the Mental Health Act 1983 (including amendments and Code of Practice) and CommunityCare Legislation (eg. CPA, Supervision Registers and Supervised Discharge etc), NSF, ChildProtection and NHS Plan, Care Act 2014, and ensuring that all practices are within theguidelines set by the NMC and are in accordance with Trust policy.

About us

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) provide the widest range of NHS mentalhealth services in the UK as well as substance misuse services for people who are addicted to drugsand alcohol. We work closely with the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN),King's College London and are part of King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre. Thereare very few organisations in the world that have such wide-ranging capabilities working with mentalillness. Our scope is unique because it is built on three major foundations: care and treatment,science and research, and training.SLaM employ around 5000 staff and serve a local population of 1.1 million people. We have morethan 230 services including inpatient wards, outpatient and community services. Currently, provideinpatient care for approximately 5,300 people each year and treat more than 45,000 patients in thecommunity in Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark; as well as substance misuse services forresidents of Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich.

Job description Job responsibilities

Ensure team finances are managed within allocated budget, including recruitment of staff.All absences, bank and agency are managed within budget and Trust guidelines.Communicate to all staff how they can contribute to the efficient management of financialand material resources.Identify and deal with cost pressures which may have an impact on the financial expenditureof the team. The post-holder will be expected to notify any such situations to the servicemanager if they cannot be dealt with at a local level.

Set, monitor and evaluate overall standards of care and practice in the team in liaison withthe Clinical Service Lead, Professional Advisors, and other agencies.Ensure that all practices and interactions in the team are based on the preservation andrespect of service users dignity, individual and cultural identity, wishes (whenever possible)and are in accordance with the maintenance of individuals independence.Ensure that all staff are aware of the standards of professional behaviour expected by theTrust.

Ensure that the service provides continuity out of hours, appropriately relating to the seniormanager on-call and out of hours medical team.Work closely with the multidisciplinary team and involve them in all relevant day to daydecisions, strategy and business planning, and maintain close liaison with the Clinical ServiceLead and Clinical Director when difficulties arise

Develop and maintain procedures that result in good communication between themultidisciplinary team and other agencies.Arrange and in some instances chair relevant meetings involving other agencies, patientsand carers when necessary to facilitate good communication.The post-holder will lead the team in setting, implementing and monitoring realistic andachievable objectives in accordance with the aims and objectives of the service.Attend meetings and forums, representing the team at various levels both within the Trustand with external agencies, ensuring that all staff are kept fully briefed on any newdevelopments etc. The post-holder may be required to participate in specific inter-agencywork relevant to the service.Ensure that all communication (verbal or written) between the team and other departmentsor agencies is of a high standard both in its content and presentation.Ensure that all written and electronically stored information is accessible only to authorisedpersonnel and is stored in accordance with the Data Protection Act.Ensure that administrative staff are aware of the importance of the collection of statisticaldata and ensure that this is collected and stored in an accurate and timely fashion.

Person Specification Qulifications Essential
  • RMN qualification or other professional registration e.g.Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Psychology
  • Mentorship Course (or other relevant teaching/assessment course).
  • A recognised management qualification (e.g. MSc) or evidence of other advanced education
Essential Essential
  • Significant experience of working in a multidisciplinary community mental health team, at band 6 or equivalent. Demonstrating a range of clinical / leadership skills within mental health services (A / I)
  • Experience of working with people experiencing psychosis and their families/carers (A/I)
  • Experience of working in an Early Intervention in Psychosis setting. (A/I) Or Cahms
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Early Intervention in Psychosis model of care. (A/I)
  • Knowledge of current government policy and guidelines concerning provision of community mental health care and of EI in psychosis (A/I)
  • Extensive knowledge of the principles of effective risk assessment and risk management A/I
  • Knowledge of the theory of psychological models, such as CBT, Open Dialogue and Family Intervention
Skills Essential
  • Ability to respond efficiently to complex information within tight deadlines utilising delegation skills as needed A/I
  • Skills in emotional resilience: Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate and to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive and/or challenging behaviour cope in difficult interpersonal situations
  • Specialised clinical skills, e.g. group work, anxiety/anger management, family work skills

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