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Clinical Lead

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year Per annum
Closing date
12 Aug 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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This is a unique and exciting opportunity for a Clinical Lead to join an innovative, clinically and forensically skilled, centralised Offender Health team offering highly specialist risk formulation and management advice, guidance, training and expertise to teams and clinicians working across all divisions in the trust.

The role of the Clinical Lead involves extensive liaison between external agencies central to MAPPA i.e. the Police and Probation which supports the governance arrangements set out by the trust regarding MAPPA. The Clinical Lead will ensure that the quality of the MAPPA and victim liaison operations is of a high standard through regular auditing and benchmarking.

The successful applicant will undergo an extensive training programme on the formulation of risk specifically with regards to sexual and violent offenders and the management of their risk towards others.

This role is offered to Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers and AHPs. The ability to work autonomously and lead on the risk continuum is essential. Relevant experience in forensic services would be desirable but not essential.

Shortlisting is planned for 12/08/2022

Interviews are planned for 23/08/2022

Main duties of the job

1, To interface effectively between the Criminal Justice System, Health, Social Services, 3rd sector and voluntary organisations.2. To attend MAPPA review meetings as a core panel member fulfilling the trust's duty to co-operate function.3. To assess and contribute as appropriate to the management of risk of mentally disordered offenders in the criminal justice system & health.4. To conduct psychological formulations to support the management of risk of mentally disordered offenders in the criminal justice system and health or those who present as a risk to others.5. To offer specialist advice, guidance and consultation on the management of risk of mentally disordered individuals who are presenting as a significant risk to others.6. To support the risk management framework within Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust through involvement with H-RAMM, MAPPA & community risk management processes (CPA).7. To provide management and clinical supervision to junior staff in the team on a regular basis in line with policy and need.8. To collate data and activity reporting on a regular basis for MAPPA and Victims.9. To support the trust victim's agenda - identification and monitoring of victims.10. To provide training and education on the management of risk to others and consideration towards victims.

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

1. To participate in the evaluation of services for offenders with mental ill health, disorder and other vulnerabilities and contribute to consequent proposals for change (i.e., Reconnect Pilot, National Diversion Programme (NDP) & Pathfinder site).2. Provide support, liaison, and advice to a range of agencies i.e., the Police, probation and those in the community that are involved with the care of the service user as necessary as well as health.3. Provide awareness training on mental health issues across a range of agencies including health and social services and CJS agencies.4. Develop and maintain effective working relationships and referral procedures with health services, police, social services, the probation service, and other agencies.5. Networking with national and local agencies, keeping up to date with changes and developments coming into the system.6. To provide verbal or written reports as requested by other departments or the Head of Operations on a variety of issues e.g., complaints, incidents or investigations.7. To maintain a high level of expertise in your area of work i.e., Policies and Procedures, clinical practice and staff management, in order to ensure delivery of high standards of practice in all areas.8. To carry out regular audits that will identify areas of good practice, based on sound research findings. Assist the Head of Operations and Operational Manager the implementation of change.9. To ensure that clinical and non-clinical risk is identified and dealt with appropriately. To report to the Operational Lead any risk that cannot be managed at an acceptable level without external support.10. To assist the Operational Lead in effectively managing the factors which have an impact on service delivery, e.g., finances, resources, and staff sickness/absence levels.11. To manage sickness/absence in the absence of the Operational Manager, by following agreed policies and ensure that appropriate action is taken at all stages.12. To identify to the Operational Lead, area for service development in your area of responsibility.13. To ensure high standards of service delivery at all times.14. To ensure that service governance is an integral part of the business within the service, ensure that all staff are aware of the service governance agenda and how to influence it.15. To participate in local implementation of trust policy and ensure it is adhered to within the service. Report to your Line Manager any policy which causes problems in its delivery.16. To provide feedback, as requested on trust policies, to ensure that the views of the team are represented.17. To ensure that all staff are working within the framework of Care Programme Approach including assessment, care planning, reviewing and auditing.18. To support the management team with the co-ordination of interviews for posts and appointment of new staff.19. To liaise with the Operational Manager, any disciplinary or grievance issues arising with staff within the service and to support the manager in resolving disciplinary or grievance issues, in line with the scheme of delegation.20. To co-ordinate Personal Development Plans that incorporates staff training and development needs.21. To be accountable for your own Personal Development Plan.22. To exercise judgement in the interpretation of policies and procedures influencing your role, seeking advice and assistance as appropriate. To contribute to the development of directorate protocols.23. To take responsibility for carrying out investigations, as directed, into incidents or complaints received by the Trust. Ensure that the investigation if completed within stated timescales and that conclusions/recommendation are recorded in a clear, objective and unambiguous way.24. To contribute to the directorate business plan and ensure it is cascaded to all staff. Ensure that staff have every opportunity to influence the process.25. To ensure that all new staff receive induction, participating as necessary. To ensure that this is recorded on personal files.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Relevant professional qualification - RMN / Occupational Therapist
  • Completed course/module research methods
Experience/ Knowledge Essential
  • Significant evidence of post registration experience, in relevant service areas.
  • Significant evidence of delivering teaching programmes to staff groups
  • Understanding of Adult / Child safeguarding issues
  • Competent in use of IT packages such as Microsoft Word and PowerPoint
  • Evidence of audit's undertaken and outcomes.
  • Demonstrates ability and Knowledge on how to undertake audit and feedback to clinicians
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
Skills Essential
  • Evidence of excellent clinical record keeping
  • Demonstrate the ability to work in highly demanding environment
  • Maintained development of clinical leadership skills
  • Undertaken a leadership programme
  • Evidence of diplomacy and negotiation skills
  • Able to demonstrate imaginative and effective use of resources

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