Team Leader Christchurch & Southbourne Community Mental Health Team

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year p.a.
Closing date
16 Aug 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Old Age
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Team Leader to join the Christchurch & Southbourne Community Mental Health Team based in Christchurch, near the general hospital, and benefits from good public transportation links as the train station is within walking distance. This post offers a unique opportunity for aspiring and developing Band 6 staff or existing Band 7 Leaders looking for a new challenge.

You will have oversight of the involvement of a range of RMHN's, Social Workers/Care Manager, Psychologist, Non-Medical Prescribers, Psychiatrists , Support Time Recovery Workers, Physical health Support Workers and a busy Administrative team.

We are looking for an exceptional person to take on this role and enable the team to further develop their skills, systems and care they offer to the people and carers who the service support. The Christchurch & Southbourne CMHT have experienced a number of changes over recent years and this post requires an innovative and creative Team Leader with a passion for continuing to support and further develop the team.You will need to demonstrate your commitment to providing a visible, consistent, supportive management approach, acting as a positive role model, working with an experienced multi-disciplinary team.

Main duties of the job

As the role is managerial you must be able to make sound clinical judgements, drawing on your previous experiences, whilst working under pressure and have the ability to manage change and have effective time management skills as you may need to flexibly be involved in patient care. The right candidate needs to have a passion for, and experience of, working with working age adults with mental illness.

The right candidate will be responsible for ensuring adherence to all Trust policies in relation to the referral and treatment of patients under the care of this specialist secondary mental health service. You will also be responsible for managing the waiting lists for referrals, and responsible for ensuring that patients are seen within Trust policy timescales.

You will need to be able to build effective relationships with a range of agencies such as the local authority, community teams, primary care networks and third sector providers to provide a seamless service to the people and carers throughout their period of care.

The post holder will benefit from high levels of support from the Integrated Service Manager as well as support from an effective and experienced peer network at both a local and county wide level. You will also work closely to lead the team alongside an experienced Consultant Psychiatrist.

Employment in this post requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which the Trust will cover the cost of.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

Person Specification Education, Qualifications and Training Essential
  • Registered Health Professional
  • Educated to masters level or equivalent level of highly developed specialist knowledge and experience
  • Learning and Assessing in Practice Qualification or equivalent practice educator training
  • Non-Medical Prescriber
Experience, Skills, Abilities & Knowledge Essential
  • Recent experience within a community CMHT role at band 6 or above
  • Able to demonstrate specialist knowledge in clinical assessment, treatment and care for older people's mental health
  • Demonstrable knowledge of legislation relevant to area of practice
  • Evidence of risk management skills and experience
  • Practical experience of facilitating and managing change
Managerial / Supervisory Experience Essential
  • Evidence of proactive involvement in supervision and development of members of the multi-disciplinary team
  • Demonstrable ability to prioritise effectively
Finance / Resources Essential
  • Able to promote the best use of available resources in the pursuit of quality service provision ensuring a safe environment
  • Experience of budget management
Information Technology / Resources Essential
  • Confident in the use of computer systems, spread sheets, databases, data collection and coordination, word processing and report writing
  • Experience of electronic patient / service user record systems, data entry and reporting
Personal Qualities / Attributes Essential
  • Evidence of skills in diplomacy, negotiation and influencing
Additional requirements Essential
  • Demonstrable skills in written and spoken English, adequate to enable the post holder to carry out the role effectively

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