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Head of Allied Health Professionals – Mental Health Care Division

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£54,764 to £63,862 a year per annum
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Senior Manager
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are recruiting to an 8B Head of Allied Health Professionals post within our Mental Health Care Division within Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust. This is an exciting opportunity providing clinical and professional leadership to the Allied Health Professionals working within our inpatient mental health and addictions, mental health community care and mental health urgent care and short term assessment services.

The 8B Head of Allied Health Professionals will work across Liverpool, Sefton, Warrington, Halton, St Helens and Knowsley and be part of the Senior Leadership Team within the Division. They will also be part of the Allied Health Professionals leadership structure working alongside the Head of Allied Health Professions across the Trust and reporting professionally into the Executive Nurse and Therapy Team.

Main duties of the job

The Head of The Head of Allied Health Professionals is responsible for providing clinical and professional leadership to all the Allied Health Professionals within their portfolio.

They will represent Allied Health Professionals at all levels, ensuring the highest levels of clinical practice and professional standards are embedded and that the services delivered are personalised, patient centred and innovative.

They will ensure the Allied Health Professionals have the correct leadership, clinical and governance structures in place so they are able to practice in a safe, effective and efficient way to deliver high quality services.

Prospective candidates should contact Lynn King, Trust Strategic Lead for Allied Health Professions and/or Rachel Bilsbury, Deputy Associate Director of Nursing for further details in regard to this post.

The post will close on 24th August with shortlisting to follow and interviews proposed for 7th September 2022.

Applicants shortlisted for interview will be expected to give a presentation of 10 minutes (maximum) on the following topic:

As a senior leader appointed to this new and exciting professional leadership role, what will be your immediate priorities and key opportunities for the Allied Health Professions workforce

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

Please see attached Job description and person specification for more details on the post holders roles, responsibilities and specification.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Appropriate Allied Health Professional qualification (Diploma/Degree).
  • Health and Care Professions Council Registration as an Allied Health Professional.
  • Educated to master's level or equivalent experience.
  • Evidence of on-going professional development.
  • Management or leadership qualification at postgraduate level or equivalent experience
  • Evidence of management of clinical services.
Knowledge/Experience Essential
  • Extensive relevant clinical and professional leadership experience in physical health services
  • Comprehensive senior management experience working in and being accountable for health services
  • Extensive relevant experience at postgraduate level working in Allied Health Profession services.
  • Experience of managing effective health care services with the proven ability to motivate.
  • Experience of leadership and management of complex change management programmes, service transformation and service development.
  • Successful implementation and monitoring of clinical outcomes, measures and audits
  • Good understanding of Allied Health Professions professional issues and workforce development.
  • Experience and ability to work under pressure and meet competing deadlines
  • Experience of budget management and ability to analyse and implement financial reports and data
  • Experience of presenting complex reports / presentations to Commissioners / partners and the Trust.
  • Experience of taking decisions relating to the risk or safety of individuals and carrying professional responsibility for those decisions within a safeguarding and risk framework.
  • Experience in developing and implementing policies and strategies
Skills Essential
  • Expertise in managing people, managing conflict, and balancing demand for resources with availability and prioritisation of same
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity and uncertainty and remain resilient in times of change.
  • Proven skills in effectively chairing meetings.
  • Proven persuasion and negotiation skills
  • Determination, creative, facilitative, flexible.
  • Highly motivated.

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