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Clinical Lead Mental Health and Deputy Head of Healthcare

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year pa inc
Closing date
27 Mar 2023

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Senior manager in mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Thank you for taking an interest in our post Clinical Lead Mental Health. Please find an overview of Oxleas and the prisons within the Dorset prisons.

We hope that you find this useful and look forward to receiving your application.

Oxleas as lead provider directly deliver Mental Health, Physical Health, Pharmacy and Clinical Substance Misuse in an integrated healthcare delivery model. Patients are at the heart of everything we do, and we build individual care around each patient, our teams come together to ensure the best care is delivered to patients at the right time to improve long term outcomes and reduce health inequalities.

Oxleas are the leading NHS provider of healthcare within secure environments, we ensure our healthcare team model is bespoke to each population. We want to encourage staff from all backgrounds to join our team to provide excellent, innovative services for positive, long term patient outcomes.

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 Prisons and/or Forensics? If so come and join Oxleas to pursue your ambition.

Main duties of the job

Main Duties and Responsibilities
  • To play a lead role in the on-going development and delivery of an effective integrated healthcare service team clinical model.
  • To manage a clinical caseload.
  • Ensure all clinics are delivered in a clinically effective, efficient & timely way, in line with service needs.
  • Deliver strategies designed to promote and improve health and prevent disease, working proactively and collaborating with other professionals, organisations and agencies as directed
  • Support systems for the collection, triage & management of all referrals.
  • Monitor and audit of the quality and effectiveness of all aspects of service delivery.
  • Maintain an effective case management service to ensure care and continuity of treatment is maintained throughout an offender's care pathway whilst detained in prison.
  • To liaise with others to share expertise, promote ideas and work collaboratively with key stakeholders, agencies and organisations as required.

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:
  • We're Kind
  • We're Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description Job responsibilities

Key Principles

We are patient focused with health promotion at the heart of our care. We put the right staff in the right place at the right time specialist posts ensure that experience is on hand to lead and support patients e.g., leads in learning disability, long term conditions, older adults, complex case practitioners and discharge coordinators. We specifically design and deliver healthcare for the unique needs of each prison.

We are highly supportive of clinical and prison staff with training and support enabling the team to work smarter and as part of an effective Multi Professional Team.

The post holder will act as clinical lead in the inpatient service:
  • To provide quality primary care interventions to offenders
  • Provide direct line management, leadership and support to junior colleagues.
  • Assist & support senior staff to deliver care within the service
  • Develop specialist practice-based clinical models of care
  • Provide a range of quality services and interventions

Key Tasks and Responsibilities
  • The post holder will exercise a degree of personal and professional autonomy, make complex and critical judgments under the supervision of the Inpatient manager and have decision making skills to satisfy the expectations of the role.
  • To be responsible for inpatient ward rotas, taking into account efficient useof resources, staff capacity and changing service needs
  • Responsible for staff supervision and annual appraisal
  • To support and undertake research, clinical audit and evaluate the service as directed. This will include acute care, long term conditions management and health promotion activities and be in line with the NHS Plan, public health and National Service Frameworks.
  • To demonstrate and provide robust clinical leadership to junior staff with a sound understanding of evidence-based nursing practice to provide a pro-active approach to ensure quality and outcome driven practice on a day-to-day basis.
  • To participate in all monitoring systems to promote the development of evidence-based practice in the specialist field and to promote research as appropriate.
  • To lead in the professional clinical supervision programme, to ensure all junior staff receive appropriate supervision, training and annual appraisal to ensure that it becomes an integral part of team practice.
  • Lead in the identification of all aspects of specific service, training and personal development needs.
  • To lead in the implementation of effective and appropriate patient centred care planning tools / Care Programme Approach (CPA) and consistent delivery throughout all the prisons and forensic units within the service.
  • The post holder will be part of skilled multidisciplinary teams comprising all healthcare staff, including strategic partners, and prison managing a single referral pathway.
  • The post holder will be required to undertake training to maximise uptake of screening, health promotion and prevention activity, including vaccinations.
  • The post holder will ensure a named care co-ordinator is allocated for every patient with complex needs who will ensure a proactive, evidence-based approach to clinical interventions, health promotion/prevention activity, and management of acute and long-term conditions using our stepped care approach.
  • The post holder will ensure that a single, integrated, care plans developed, and the individualised care is regularly reviewed.
  • The post holder will ensure that a comprehensive risk assessments and care plans are regularly reviewed in a needs-led review cycle.
  • The post holder will ensure a care coordination criteria and MDT meetings for patients with complex needs will be tailored to the needs of the establishment.
  • The post holder will ensure that they undertake all training in evidence-based CBT approaches, to enhance consistency and quality of care delivery
  • The post holder will support patients to manage their health at every stage, from oral health to long term conditions.
  • The post holder will ensure that health promotion embedded into every aspect of the service.
  • The post holder will participate in all service reviews as required

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Mental Health / General Nurse / Allied Health Professional
  • Post Graduate Qualification to master's or equivalent experience
  • Experience Working within prison or secure settings
  • Minimum 2 years' experience at a senior management level or supervisory role
  • Knowledge of current National Prison Health Quality & Performance Indicators
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, presenting ideas with clarity in a persuasive and influential style.

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