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Clincial Lead, Urgent Care Hub, Band 6

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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The Urgent Care Hub is expanding and we are looking for a Band 6 Clinical Lead to join the team, managing the mental health beds across Somerset. The Urgent Care Hub currently consists of a Team Manager and 2 Clinical Assistants and operates 9-5 Monday to Friday but these hours are likely to extend on successful recruitment to this post

Main duties of the job

The Urgent Care Hub role is to support admissions and discharges from the adult and older persons' wards and provide a clear pathway throughout the patient journey with a clear focus on flow.

The hub receives all requests for admission to hospital from Home Treatment Team, Intensive Dementia Support Service and Approved Mental Health Professionals, discusses the role and expectations of the admission before identifying the most appropriate bed for the patient. The team is in daily liaison with all of the wards, home treatment teams and other agencies including the voluntary sector, to ensure that potential barriers or delays to discharge are kept to a minimum. The aim is to ensure that patients will have a reduced length of stay leading to lower bed occupancy levels and ensuring that patients receive ongoing care within the community setting. The hub also manage the admissions into our Step Up and Step Down beds in Yeovil and Wells respectively.

Team members must have excellent interpersonal, communication and organisational skills. They must be flexible, creative and responsive to managing the changing needs of the service which will be challenging at times. A can do attitude, the ability to build relationships with other services, and an aptitude for making sometimes difficult decisions is required. It is necessary that the applicant is mobile across the county and therefore must have a driving license.

About us

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust is the first NHS trust on the English mainland to provide community, mental health and acute hospital services. We are delighted to announce that in November 2020 Somerset FT was shortlisted for the mental health trust of the year award in the widely acclaimed HSJ Awards. It follows a series of initiatives that we've introduced that have changed the way we develop and plan our mental health services.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holder will be responsible for contributing to the delivery of the Trusts strategic priorities in respect of the Urgent Care Hub and work alongside and report to the Urgent Care Hub Team Manager.

The post holder will contribute to the leadership of the Urgent Care Hub, organising admissions to psychiatric inpatient units including acute, older persons and PICU and having an overview of bed availability within the Trust to ensure the maintenance of patient flow. The Clinical lead will work closely with the inpatient wards to review cases ensuring that facilitation of early discharge is prioritised.

The post holder will be accountable for ensuring a quality based mental health service and will support the Team Manager to manage the teams resources effectively and efficiently, participating in team and ward meetings and staff supervision.

Please also see Job Description.

Person Specification Qualifications/Training Essential
  • RMN, Social work or OT qualification
  • Current registration with professional body
  • Post qualification development in acute MH settings
Knowledge/Experience Essential
  • significant post registration experience on a ward/HTT
  • experiencing of managing risk in a crisis
  • experience of assessment and care plan development with patients and carers
  • experience of working with patients with mental health problems
  • knowledge of resources and working practices across health and social care
  • knowledge of housing practices and benefits systems
Skills/Abilities Essential
  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills including MDT case conferences, professionals meetings and SCRP
  • compassionate/ able to communicate with patients and carers
  • professional and patient focused approach
  • organisational skills, ability to manage own time and that of junior staff
  • ability to recognise and manage challenging situations in a calm manner
  • ability to lead a team demonstrating teaching and mentorship
  • ability to work autonomously and independently
  • ability to record and retrieve information on electronic records, charts and paper
  • work in partnership with other agencies
  • experience of supervising junior staff
personal qualities Essential
  • flexible and adaptable to the frequent changing needs of the service and the patient
  • act in ways that support equality and diversity
  • ability to travel around the trust to fulfill requirements of role
  • ability to work under pressure and on own initiative
  • required to spend considerable period of a working day in front of VDU

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