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Team Leader

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year Based on full time hours
Closing date
28 Jan 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Team Leader to join our award-winning Southampton service, The Lighthouse.

The service is run in partnership between Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust and Solent Mind. The team comprises of both clinical staff employed by SHFT and Peer Specialists employed by Solent Mind.

The Lighthouse is a self-referral, drop-in service for anyone who feels they are experiencing a mental health crisis. It aims to be easily accessible to our Southampton community and open to all who wish to access it. It also offers an innovative virtual service promoting support via text message and telephone. The clinical model focuses on supporting visitors to self-manage and work in partnership with the staff to create safety plans based on peer support and practical, recovery focused approaches their mental health.

Other responsibilities will include leading a small team of clinicians and taking a lead role in ensuring the delivery of training.

The successful candidates will have the opportunity to be involved in the development of crisis care for adult mental health service users in the City of Southampton. They will have a drive and enthusiasm for crisis care and a passion for service development.

We would encage potential applicants to get in touch and arrange a visit.

Main duties of the job

The primary function of this role is to provide clinical and managerial leadership to the

day-to-day operation of The Lighthouse team. This will involve out of hours working to support the team in clinical practice, alongside some core hours working.

To provide clinical and managerial leadership to the day-to-day operation of the clinical team, monitoring workload, allocating duties and ensuring duties are discharged safely and effectively.

To supervise the day-to-day work of the clinical team, and provide expertise and guidance in complex and high risk cases, in line with Trust policies and procedures.

To support the building and embedding of a culture within the team based on principles of recovery and self --management.

To lead and support on team wellbeing and joint clinical supervisions between SHFT and Solent Mind staff.

To promote an open access service for anyone who is in a self- defined crisis.

To lead on co-production principles and have oversight of the continued development of the service through a working committee.

To lead on the evaluation of the service

To link between SHFT and Solent Mind to ensure joined up ways of working, excellent communication between the services and high quality standards of care.

To Deputise for the Service Manager as required

About us

Are you committed to providing remarkable care and service?

Are you passionate about helping people and want to make a difference every day?

We want to meet you!

Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities. We are committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect through our 6,500 strong workforce.

Southern Health has over 300 sites across the county and we serve 1.5 million people throughout all stages of their lives. Our aim is to work alongside the people we support (and our health and care partners) to deliver the best possible care and constantly improve.

Here at SHFT we have so much to be proud of:
  • Working as a team and supporting each other, we put patients and our staff at the heart of everything we do.
  • We have a skilled and diverse workforce and are committed to our staff development, offering bespoke training packages, leadership pathways and career opportunities.
  • We offer a variety of benefits such as an amazing pension scheme, generous annual leave, Childcare Choices scheme, many discounts (Blue Light card, The Company Shop, NHS Staff Discounts, cycle to work scheme) and much more.

Come to work with us, together we will provide outstanding treatment and care to improve lives.

Job description Job responsibilities


To be responsible for the day-to-day management of the clinical service, working closely with the Service Manager.

To supervise and manage the daily workload in such a way to maximise efficiency, ensuring that duties are discharged safely and effectively.

To be available to practitioners for advice, guidance and support in the discharge of their duties, ensuring the team works within the care planning policy and risk policy.

To ensure that data is captured effectively to allow for a thorough evaluation of the service to be undertaken.

To line manage an identified group of practitioners, including supervision, appraisal and development.

To undertake investigations in line with the relevant organisational policy (e.g. complaints, CIRs, HR investigations)

To identify and address poor performance in line with organisational policy.

To alert the Service Manager in a timely manner to any concerns about the team's effectiveness, or that of any of its members.

To lead inter-agency processes on behalf of the Service Manager in complex and/or high risk cases, such as safeguarding, case conferences etc.

To be involved in recruitment and selection.

To act as an authorised signatory for invoices, salary claims and employment changes.

To work within agreed budgets (NHS & LA).

To deputise for the Service Manager as required, and lead on agreed areas of work for the team.


To play a key role in ensuring the team is complaint with CQC standards.

To contribute to a culture which supports learning and improvement.

To ensure agreed service standards are upheld and monitored, through the use of audit, benchmarking, user feedback etc.

To ensure all staff use the electronic records (e.g. RiO) appropriately and in line with


To use data to inform service evaluation and improvement.

To share best practice with the team and ensure it is embedded in day-to-day practice.

To ensure that principles of recovery, choice and personalisation underpin the work and attitude of the team.


Managing Risk

To promote a culture in which there is a positive approach to managing risk, working

closely with other senior clinicians, including medical staff, to ensure this occurs.

To ensure that the service promotes a culture of self-management of risk, supporting service users to manage their own mental health.

To ensure all practitioners are working in line with the organisational policy and procedures for managing risk, including safeguarding.

To ensure that lone-working arrangements are in place and followed at all times.

To work across disciplines and agencies to ensure risk is managed (e.g. Police).

To take all reasonable precautions to safeguard the welfare and safety of staff, service

users, visitors and the public, by implementing all policies related to health and safety,

security and risk, including infection control.

To ensure the service works in line with care planning, risk management and

safeguarding policies.

Professional Development & Responsibilities

To receive clinical and managerial supervision, and participate in appraisal and


To adhere to relevant professional code of conduct/practice at all times and to ensure the team does.

To engage in agreed training requirements, including statutory and mandatory


To be responsible for the orientation and induction of new staff.

To offer learning opportunities and ensure mentorship requirements are met.

Participate in the Area on call rota as required.

To carry out lead responsibilities on behalf of the Senior Manager.

Maintain professional responsibilities in line with the professional regulation required of

your professional body (ie NMC, GSCC, HPC etc).

To carry out profession specific competencies as required in line with Adult Mental

Health's Clinical Strategy.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Relevant professional qualification. Mental Health Nurse or OT with appropriate registration with NMC or HCPC.
  • Management or leadership qualification and/or training.

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