Team Leader Lewisham Early Intervention Service

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£47,154 to £52,936 a year per annum inc of hcas
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for a highly experienced practitioner in the field of community mental health to provide leadership to an Early Intervention Service in Lewisham. You will be supported to develop leadership skills through training as well as support from the senior management team and our Team Leaders in EI services across the Trust.

You will have the opportunity to develop close links with our community, acute and voluntary care services to support the needs of our diverse population. Have the opportunity to support the team in their everyday work, and utilise your knowledge and experience as well as developing new skills.

There are many opportunities to be part of existing and developing of Quality Improvement Initiatives as well being part of developing our Culture of Trust within SLaM. We also encourage all our staff to embrace our contacts with our colleagues in Research and Development.

You will be supported through regular supervision and access to training. We are committed to helping to develop the people who come to work with us. We know that the Trust can only be as good as the people who work here, and we'll invest in you to maximise that potential. That's why we welcome and value people so highly.

Main duties of the job

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 in collaboration 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 all staff members are aware of the principles of an EI service model of care and that interventions are concordant to NICE guidance.

To manage administrative and operational resources in a cost-effective manner, evaluating the standard of service delivered.

To co-ordinate multidisciplinary working, maintaining excellent communication and working relationships with all team members, and other services within the Trust,

The post holder will carry out clinical and managerial procedures to a standard that ensures safe and effective care delivery to our population.

About us


We are committed to ensuring our staff get the most out of their benefits package and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. There is an extensive range of excellent benefits for you and your family. We want you to feel like you are part of a close knit team at SLaM. It's important to us that you are valued and appreciated and that is why we have a comprehensive benefits package on offer.

Some of our benefits are highlighted here:
  • Generous pay, pensions and leave, we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance, flexible working and support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working and job sharing.
  • Career development, There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
  • Car lease, our staff benefits from competitive deals to lease cars
  • Accommodation, our staff benefits from keyworker housing available which is available on selected sites
  • NHS discounts, with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.

Other benefits include:
  • Counselling services
  • Wellbeing events
  • Long service awards
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers

Job description Job responsibilities

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

Management of Financial and Material Resources
  • 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 financial and material resources.

Management of Clinical Standards
  • Set, monitor and evaluate overall standards of care and practice in the team in liaison with the Clinical Service Lead, Professional Advisors, and other agencies.
  • Ensure that all practices and interactions in the team are based on the preservation and respect 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 the Trust.
  • Ensure that the service provides continuity out of hours, appropriately relating to the senior manager on-call and out of hours medical team.

Management of Human Resources
  • Maintain the efficient use of staffing resources in the team, ensuring that staffing levels are safe, appropriate and contain the necessary skill mix, but recognising and supporting Improving Working Lives within the confines of a safe service.
  • The post-holder will ensure that each member of staff is fully aware of their responsibilities and has a personal development plan which is based on a balance between the needs of the individual and the service.
  • Manage the overall development of the team, encouraging staff to contribute their views and ideas as appropriate.
  • Implement all Trust policies and Human Resource Management, and ensure staff are aware of how to access this information.

Management of Information and Communication
  • Develop and maintain procedures that result in good communication between the multidisciplinary team and other agencies.
  • Arrange and in some instances chair relevant meetings involving other agencies, patients and carers when necessary to facilitate good communication.
  • The post-holder will lead the team in setting, implementing and monitoring realistic and achievable objectives in accordance with the aims and objectives of the service.
  • Attend meetings and forums, representing the team at various levels both within the Trust and with external agencies, ensuring that all staff are kept fully briefed on any new developments etc. The post-holder may be required to participate in specific inter-agency work relevant to the service.

Management of the Environment
  • Ensue that the Health and Safety at Work Act is adhered to by all staff. The post-holder will have particular responsibility for ensuring that all staff receive any training necessary in order to meet the requirements of the Act. (eg. fire training, first aid, etc.). The post-holder will be responsible for taking immediate action to deal with any problem which might affect service user, visitor or staff safety. This will involve liaison with the relevant Health and Safety Co-ordinator.
  • Ensure local response in managing incidents by using the Trust Incident Policy and implementation outcomes to change and improve practice. Personal Development and Freedom to Act

The post-holder will:
  • Be prepared to physically move between sites as needed.
  • Ensure that they are fully aware of current developments and practice in their clinical area.
  • Acknowledge their own limitations and discuss/identify their training and development needs with their line manager.
  • Make effective use of supervision with their line manager on a regular and agreed basis.
  • Be aware of the need to reflect on their practice both as clinician and manager.
  • Manage their own time efficiently.

Other Responsibilities

The post-holder will also be responsible for:
  • Deputising for the Service Manager as required.
  • Establishing and building on excellent working relationships between other services within and external to the Directorate.
  • Ensuring that systems are in place which invite service users and their carers to comment on the quality of services they receive.
  • Ensuring pro-active engagement of the service with Research Projects according to Kings Health partners tripartite mission.
  • Implementation of the complaints procedure including investigation, response, and resolution.
  • Ensuring that their line manager is kept informed of all developments and changes within the team.
  • The safe storage and administration of medications.

Person Specification Experience 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)
  • Significant clinical experience working in mental health care setting (A/I)
  • Experience of recruitment and selection of staff. (A
  • Experience of supervising staff and supporting them in managing the care of service users/carers with complex needs (A / I)
  • Experience maintaining effective professional relationships within the team and across services (A/I)
  • experience of conducting audits
  • Experience of working in an Early Intervention in Psychosis setting. (A/I)
  • Experience of working in CAMHS
  • Experience of using quality improvement methodologies
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Early Intervention in Psychosis model of care
  • Knowledge of evidence based practice specific to Early Intervention
  • Knowledge of current government policy and guidelines concerning provision of community mental health care and of EI in psychosis
  • Extensive knowledge of the principles of risk assessment and risk management
  • Ability to monitor and evaluate service delivery
  • Knowledge of key legislation and guidelines in relation to statutory mental health responsibilities, including Mental Health Act, Care Act., CPA, Safeguarding Adults, Young people and children
  • Theoretical knowledge of psychopathology and the evidence base for the relevant treatment
  • Knowledge of the theory of psychological models, such as CBT, Open Dialogue and Family Intervention
Skills Essential
  • Knowledge of the theory of psychological models, such as CBT, Open Dialogue and Family Intervention
  • Highly developed verbal and written communication skills including communicating complex, highly technical and sensitive information to clients, families and professionals
  • Ability to respond efficiently to complex information within tight deadlines utilising delegation skills as needed A/I
  • Ability to work as part of a team and in a flexible manner with excellent liaison and networking skills(A / I)
  • Clinical and managerial decision making skills (A/)
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