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Senior Clinical Practitioner

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£46,836 to £52,849 a year p.a. inc.
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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Band 7
Full Time
Thank you for taking an interest in our Senior Clinical Practitioner post for our new Oxleas Rough Sleepers Mental Health Team.

The team aims to improve the mental health of people sleeping rough in the London Boroughs of Bromley, Bexley, and Greenwich. The project will develop close operational working links with other advocacy and support services in the non-profit sector and will enhance, fill gaps, build bridges between services and help existing services work together more effectively so that homeless people are rapidly identified, assessed, supported, and directed so that their recovery is sustained.

The service is designed to complement, strengthen, and enhance existing provision, becoming part of a homeless wellbeing pathway. The service will work within Oxleas and allow access to a range of training and development resources, seminars, clinical support, supervision, and access to the Quality Improvement Programme.

We want you to be part of our team, and our future vision. We believe that within our teams there are opportunities for personal development and careers, we will support and encourage ambition, training and continuing development.

Oxleas is a great place to work, we care about our staff, and we reinvest in our teams. Are you a passionate and committed individual? Are you looking for a varied and exciting career within Community Mental health. If so come and join Oxleas to pursue your ambition.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide the operational management and senior clinical oversight for the project. They will also be actively involved in multi-agency strategic planning and development of mental health services for rough sleepers.

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes.

We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:

o We're Kind o We're Fair o We Listen o We Care

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To act as the senior clinical practitioner providing practice leadership for all practitioners within the team. In this capacity to oversee referrals and manage the team response to requests for urgent assessments.
  • To promote and develop multi-disciplinary working within the team ensuring that respect is fostered between the disciplines.
  • To manage a caseload of rough sleepers with complex needs within the service acceptance criteria. To conduct assessment, liaison, and brief treatment, ensuring that lines of communication are effective and regular reviews are in place.
  • To remain as primary lead for communication with other agencies, even after admission of a service user under their care to an inpatient unit. Furthermore, the post holder will monitor this practice for staff under their supervision.
  • To keep accurate up-to-date records of all contacts with service users and communications with other professionals involved in their care ensuring that electronic records are updated regularly and distributed as appropriate.
  • To maintain and develop collaborative working relationships with service providers from a wide range of agencies.
  • To develop and maintain a high standard of practice based on a comprehensive assessment using a range of psychosocial and clinical approaches.
  • To establish joint and / or co-working practice for clients with other team members and /or external service providers as appropriate.
  • To fully participate in the assessment and care of rough sleepers with mental health needs, implementing appropriate interventions with them and their carers, based on up-to-date theory, the practice model of the service and relevant other guidance

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Relevant clinical qualification (RMN, Dip SW, CQSW, OT, Clinical Psychology)
  • Evidence of post qualification clinical training, regular updating and ongoing development of role and skills
  • Recognized post graduate qualifications in care of the adult with mental health problems
Experience Essential
  • At least 4 years' experience in a field of Mental Health, 2 years of which must be Band 6 or equivalent
  • Experience of working with service users with drug and alcohol problems
Skills and Knowledge Essential
  • Ability to undertake bio-psychosocial assessments in a professional and sensitive manner, using advanced clinical reasoning
  • Ability to negotiate and lead across professional boundaries
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework

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