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Clinical Team Leader - PICU

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£40,448 to £47,965 a year pa inc HCAS
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Do you think you have what it takes to work within an innovative and unique mental health service within central London?

If so, we have the opportunity for you!

Following on from the promotion of previous post holders we are looking for Registered Mental Health Nurses who are looking for a new challenge to take on the role of Clinical Team Leader on our PICU wards at St Charles. Both Nile Ward (male PICU) and Shannon Ward (female PICU) are accredited by the National Association of Psychiatric Intensive Care and Low Secure Units (NAPICU) and based at St. Charles Hospital in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea with good transport links.

CNWL prides itself on its investment in staff both in terms of developing career skills but also its commitment to staff health and wellbeing.As part of this post you will receive this and much more!

As a Clinical Team Lead you will form an integral part of the MDT and be responsible for supporting the Ward manager to lead a dedicated team of registered and unregistered staff by having an active role in developing, monitoring and maintaining care standards; through role modelling, clear decision making and demonstrating your highly developed clinical skills.

In addition to the above you will be expected to adopt the Bleep Holder Role as required where you will act as the Unit Coordinator.

Main duties of the job

Why join our PICU wards?
  • An opportunity to work with our nationally accredited PICU teams. This accreditation means that they have achieved and are delivering the highest standards of clinical excellence as governed by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
  • As part of this accreditation we are continuously exploring innovative ways to improve the experiences of both our service users and our staff. Our recent Quality Improvement (QI) initiative helped to reduce violence on the ward by 43%.
  • We are committed to empowering our service users and to allow our staff more time to do what they love, NURSING. We have weekly Communal Cooking where a patient will cook for the other patients and staff and they will all eat this together improving relations between everyone and creating a warm, friendly environment.
  • We have service user-led projects including incredible wall murals which have been completed by our service-users, gardening sessions for our new sensory garden!
  • Our sensory gardenhave been created with the aim of improving our therapeutic and community-based environments.
  • Through the development of our QI projects we created the Trust's first Health and Fitness Practitioner who creates enhanced workout programmes and delivers nutritional education to our service users. This has allowed these service users to feel more able to continue their recovery in the community and has led to an average of 3-6kg less weight gain since its implementation.

About us

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

You will be offered;
  • Shift work that can support you to have a healthier work-life balance.
  • Great transportation links that will make your commute easier.
  • Commitment to develop you as a practitioner as evidenced by current staff progressing to Band 7 positions and others being supported to complete their Nursing Advocate and Advanced Clinical Practitioner training.
  • Opportunities to shadow our other services at St Charles such as HTT, FRT, HBPoS and speciality inpatient services.
  • Regular supervision and career mapping including development programmes.
  • Participation in case-formulation and specialist, psychology-led training sessions.
  • The chance to work with a strong, forward-thinking and innovative service that will allow you to flourish as a practitioner and do what you do best, nursing.
  • Hidden Gem, annual award ceremoniesand award-winning Staff Networks that have thousands of members and exciting events.
  • Excellent staff benefits: our benefit packages are amongst the best in London and include: childcare vouchers, health and wellbeing services, season ticket loans and cycle to work scheme.

Job description Job responsibilities

If you think you have what it takes to work with our exciting team then we want to hear from you.

Interview date TBC

Key Responsibilities

Central and North West London NHS Trust is committed to providing safe, effective services and providing patients and families with a positive experience.

Patient Safety

Band 6 nurses contribute to the provision of safe and reliable services by:
  • Using their clinical judgement and risk assessments to keep the people using our services as safe as possible
  • Safeguarding people by recognising and responding when an adult or child might be at risk from abuse but also recognising their own limits and asking for help and escalate concerns when necessary
  • Escalating safety concerns and by doing so acting as effective advocates for those who use our services
  • Being open and transparent about their own practice
  • Supervising the work of others
  • Reflecting on everyday practice to identify areas where improvements in safety or quality can be made
  • Working with others to create a culture of continuous improvement
  • Maintaining accurate, legible, comprehensive records
  • Maintaining compliance with their mandatory training

The NMC plays an important role in safeguarding the public by regulating the work of nurses and all nurses, including Band 6 nurses, are expected to register with the NMC each year and adhere to the NMC Code of Conduct.

Clinical Outcomes

Band 6 nurses often work with people who have complex needs and contribute to the effectiveness of services by:
  • Being confident, autonomous practitioners who take responsibility for the care they give to patients but also take responsibility for overseeing the work of others in the team including less experienced nurses and staff without a professional qualification
  • Providing skilled, evidence based nursing care which adheres to agreed policies and procedures
  • Working with patients and families in all stages of the care planning process including assessing risks and needs
  • Acting as patient advocates in the multi-disciplinary team and overseeing the work of others to ensure that they are also responding to the needs of patients and providing clinically effective care
  • Working as autonomous practitioners and taking responsibility for the care they give to patients but also work as team members
  • Contributing to creating and maintaining high performing teams by:
  • communicating well with all members of the team
  • understanding their role in the team and how they help the team achieve its objectives
  • reflecting on their own practice regularly and encouraging the whole team to reflect on their practices in handovers and team meetings
  • encouraging the team to learn from adverse events or respond to data analysis from audits or benchmarking exercises and implement sustainable initiatives which improve clinical outcomes.

Patient Experience

Band 6 nurses contribute to the people using our services feeling respected and empowered to make decisions about their health and wellbeing by:
  • Working in partnership with patients and their families and carers
  • Gaining consent and, as far as possible, involving people in all decision making
  • Signposting patients and carers to the courses provided by the Recovery and Wellbeing College or services provided by the local authority or voluntary sector
  • Reassuring people by being professional, responsive, knowledgeable and confident
  • Demonstrating clinical leadership and challenging any poor behaviour to patients, families or other staff members and creating a positive, inclusive culture in which everyone is treated with kindness and respect and the trusts values are embedded in all practice
  • Responding to complaints or concerns effectively and quickly in line with the Trust policy

Supporting yourself and others

All services and teams in the Trust should be able to demonstrate that they are meeting the Care Quality Commission (CQC) standards of care. Band 6 nurses are expected to be Clinical Leaders and play an active role in ensuring that the team understands the CQC standards and what individual team members do to help achieve those standards by:
  • Taking a lead role in gathering and recording evidence which demonstrates that CQC and locally agreed standards are being met: assessing the performance of the whole team by using audit and benchmarking exercises and often contribute to the implementation of quality improvement initiatives
  • Contributing to the performance management of teams and creating a positive culture in which the team can learn from mistakes and is enthusiastic to improve
  • Deputising for the team leader / ward manager and ensuring that there is no fall in performance in their absence. This may include managing the team and coordinating

Engaged staff are more productive and Band 6 nurses play a role in engaging in other staff members in the Trust and the work we do by:
  • Providing supervision and annual appraisals to individuals and giving constructive, regular feedback which helps those individuals reflect on their work, understand their objectives and the CQC standards and monitor their progress towards achieving them
  • Participating constructively in their own supervision and annual appraisal processes
  • Using continuing professional development funds to develop a relevant clinical specialism, gain sign-off mentorship skills or undertake accredited leadership or management

Clinical Leadership

Service Specific Responsibilities

The service specific responsibilities attached to this Band 6 nurse post are explained in the Service Specific Section attached to this Job Description and the attached Person Specification.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse
  • Numeracy skills required for the safe administration of medicines
  • Evidence of relevant Continuous Professional Development
  • Mentorship qualification
Experience Essential
  • Previous experience as a Band 5 nurse
Skills Essential
  • Able to communicate with the multi-disciplinary team, present cases, take note of actions, update others in the team and use handover effectively. Speaking face to face but also by telephone and writing letters and reports.
  • Maintaining accurate, timely, concise and legible clinical records both electronic and handwritten which adhere to the CNWL policies
  • Able to talk to people about sensitive issues in a supportive manner but also challenge others assertively where necessary
  • Able to maintain electronic patient records Use Microsoft Word for letter and report writing
  • oWork well with other members of the team including communicating effectively, being kind and considerate, reliable and enthusiastic
  • oHelp others in the team achieve their objectives and deliver safe, effective care
  • oMentor, teach and support others in the team
  • oSupervise others in the team
  • oContribute to the culture of the team and play a role in making it inclusive, kind and hard working
Attitudes, aptitudes, personal characteristics Essential
  • Be a role model and embody CNWL's values by being Caring, Respectful, Empowering and working in Partnership.

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