Team Leader - Assessment and Liaison

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£46,836 to £52,849 a year PA pro rata inc HCAS
Closing date
31 Jan 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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We provide a service for people aged 18-65, who live in the London Borough of Croydon or are registered with our aligned GP Practice and have a main diagnosis of a non psychotic mental illness.We provide advice on the best treatment and care options available to people who have moderate to severe mental illness, such as anxiety, depression or personality disorder.We work with a team of health and social care professionals including nurses, doctors, social workers, psychologists We also work closely with the patients, their carers and GPs.

Main duties of the job

  • To make sure people who are referred to the service are seen by the most appropriate member of the multi-professional team
  • To offer education, consultation and guidance to colleagues to support them in successfully treating more people in primary care.
  • The service will be sensitive to the needs of the local population and will ensure equity of access and service delivery for all service users regardless of ethnic background, gender, culture, marital status, sexual orientation or physical disability.
  • The Assessment and Liaison teams provide a range of medical, psychosocial and psychological evidence-based interventions in line with NICE guidelines and the Engagement Assessment and Stabilisation (EAS) pathway. These include:
  • Advice and consultation to colleagues in primary care to help them look after people in primary care in line with NICE guidelines.
  • Advice and signposting people to services in primary care, and the voluntary and independent sectors.
  • Care Act compliant Assessments.
  • Safeguarding Adults investigations.
  • Support, signposting and advice for carers, including more formal Carers' Needs Assessments.
  • Assessment of people who have significant mental health problems and have no recourse to public funds, and would be considered destitute plus according to the Care Act 2015.
  • Provide short term, assessment and stabilization interventions within a multi-disciplinary setting for up to 12 weeks.

About us


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
  • Staff restaurants

We look forward to receiving your application.

Job description Job responsibilities

Key Responsibilities:

1) Offering comprehensive, specialist, initial assessments and formulations to service users. To manage the provision of appropriate interventions/treatments to a small case load of service users experiencing transitional mental health problems. To exercise autonomous professional judgement for the assessment, coordination and transfer to the relevant team of a designated caseload. To provide comprehensive ongoing assessment and outcome monitoring of all allocated clients. To participate in the team assessment and duty rota. To liaise closely with crisis services and emergency out of hours services. To provide evidence based care as outlined in NICE guidance.

2) To attend regular clinical and management supervision and appraisal. To provide specialist the teaching and training of mental health professionals and other staff working in the service. To undertake the mentorship of students working in the service.

3) To ensure the maintenance of standards of practice/Codes of Conduct according to the employer and regulating and professional bodies (NMC/HCPC). To ensure client confidentiality is maintained at all times. To attend clinical/managerial supervision on a regular basis as agreed with manager. To participate in individual performance review and respond to agreed objectives. To maintain accurate and timely written records.

4) To form and maintain effective working relationships with all services in the borough, including Home Treatment, Promoting Recovery, inpatient units and psychiatric liaison teams. Maintain and develop effective primary care liaison/link working with aligned GP practices. To ensure that the views of users and carers are sought and incorporated into all care delivered. To ensure that care is sensitive to a diverse population.

5) To contribute to the development of best practice within the service. To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and procedures in relation to Mental Health and Primary Care Services. To take responsibility for their own health and safety and the health and safety of colleagues, patient and the general public. To deputise in the absence of the clinical lead. To undertake the role of duty senior on a regular basis. To undertake any other duties as appropriate to grade as requested by the Clinical service Lead.

6) All employees are expected to comply with statutory requirements and the Trust's employment policies while carrying out their work. All employees have a responsibility and a legal obligation to ensure that information processed for both patients and staff is kept accurate, confidential, secure and in line with the data Protection act (1998) and Security and Confidentiality Policies.

7) This post is one of continual development and the post holder will be encouraged to develop skills and capabilities, including participation in projects and training events. Accordingly, the range of duties and responsibilities outlined above may change from time to time to reflect the changing needs of the organisation.

Person Specification shortlisting Essential
  • qualification RMN, Social work, OT
  • Experience CMHT, assessments, care coordination, risk assessment, physical health
  • Knowledge Skills racial awareness/diversity, relevant legislation, evidence based interventions, BPS assessments,
  • Skills/ability strengths, clinical governance, knowledge of secondary MH care, psychoogical skills
  • Experience of leading a team
  • Experience of providing clinical supervision
  • Experience of MDT
  • training, student supervisor/assessor, MSc
  • MDT working, experience of working with patients with depression, anxiety, PD, Psychosis
  • knowledge of local area/community resources
  • computer literate, skills in therapy, nurse prescriber

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