Clinical Lead Nurse (Inpatients)

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
31 Mar 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
You will be required to be; innovative, flexible and able to engage clients with complex needs. Strong team working principles are essential and you will network with a variety of people as well as work in partnership with a range of different agencies both internal and external.

This is an opportunity for an experienced clinician to join an established team working in an inpatient forensic rehabilitation environment, supporting individuals with a Learning Disability or Autism diagnosis. You will be required to have strong skills in the management of care planning and risk management, coordinate and plan care for those with complex needs and work within a team making decisions using structured clinical judgement risk management tools and utilising best practice guidance.

The successful candidate will be required to work closely with the MDT and management, provide support to staff through supervision and leadership.

Main duties of the job

To improve the lives of people with mental ill health and/or learning disabilities by minimising the impact of their condition through the delivery of excellent services to promote recovery and wellbeing.

To be compassionate in meeting the needs of patients and their carers.

To be responsible for the provision of excellence in clinical care, providing clinical leadership to the ward/unit team and promoting a culture of evidence-based practice.To be professionally accountable and responsible for the standards of patient care on the ward/unit.Act as named nurse or care co-ordinator as appropriate.To facilitate others in the team to develop competence by providing leadership, day to day supervision, clinical advice and clinical supervision to registered nurses, associate practitioners, healthcare assistants and students.To be committed to and take a lead role in activities integral to the Trust's Quality Improvement System.During a rostered period of duty, to provide a senior nursing presence on a supernumerary basis.To promote at all times a positive image of people with mental ill health and/or learning disabilities.To promote at all times a positive image of the Inpatient Services and the wider Trust.

About us

We are the Mental Health & Learning Disability NHS Trust for County Durham and Darlington, Teesside, North Yorkshire, York and Selby.

From education and prevention, to crisis and specialist care --our talented and compassionate teams work in partnership with our patients, communities and partners to help the people of our region feel safe, understood, believed in and cared for.

We nurture the recovery journey of anyone in need of our help. In Our Trust, everyone has a say in how they are supported and treated because we listen to every person in our care until they feel understood. Our patients, their families and carers work together with us towards better mental health.

We're committed to new thinking that improves the wellbeing of our region. We connect with our communities and partners to get mental health care right, in areas that really need it.

We won't rest until everyone in our region has the mental health care they need, to lead their best possible life.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for further detailed information to ensure that you meet the role criteria before applying.

Clinical Responsibilities, Patient ContactPromotes and maintains safety, privacy and dignity of all patients in the delivery of patient centred care, recognising and respecting differences including spiritual and cultural beliefs.Takes steps to obtain patient consent to care and treatment in accordance with the Mental Capacity Act, ensuring that patients who lack mental capacity are cared for in the least restrictive way; where restrictions are in place, considers whether a deprivation of liberty is occurring and raises this with the MDT to agree appropriate authorisation.Acts, wherever applicable, in accordance with the Mental Health Act, Duty of Candour and associated policies and procedures.Responsible for recognising the potential for or signs of patient harm, abuse or neglect, including poor clinical practice, reporting all such concerns and taking all reasonable steps to protect the patient. Responsible for identifying and reporting concerns regarding the safeguarding of all those who may be at risk.

Responsible for maintaining and further developing a physical and psychological environment conducive to the provision of high quality careResponsible for ensuring the highest professional standards and attitudes towards the care of patients are maintained at all times and that care is delivered in accordance with evidence based practice, the 6 Cs and the Trusts Values and Behaviours by all members of the ward/unit team. Patients have a range of mental health conditions and/or learning disabilities, may demonstrate behaviours that challenge and may have difficult family situations of relevance.Provides clinical advice on complex issues to nursing staff on the ward/unit and staff from other disciplines.Acts as named nurse for a group of patients and takes responsibility as care co- ordinator as appropriate.Assesses patients including those with complex needs and develops, implements and evaluates intervention plans as part of the multi-disciplinary team, with the involvement of the patient and where appropriate, their carer.

Ensures intervention plans are based on current risk assessment, evidence based practice, critical thinking and whole system support requirements that take account of relevant physical, social, cultural, psychological, spiritual, genetic and environmental factors.Undertakes risk assessments in accordance with the Trusts Clinical Risk Assessment and Management Policy, devising and implementing actions and intervention plans which take the risk formulation fully into account.May be required to accompany and provide support to patients away from the clinical area dependent on current risk assessment. This may include social inclusion/community integration/transfer to and from appropriate areas e.g. acute hospitals, police stations etc. Drives Trust vehicles as and when required, if licensed.

Responsible for the safe administration of medicines in accordance with Trust policy, legal requirements and NMC guidance.Provides health education and advice on health promotion to patients and their carers.

Plans and co-ordinates clinical interventions to challenging behaviour such as self- harm and aggression. Promotes positive behaviour support based on a formulation of the factors surrounding a patients behaviour. Demonstrates safe physical interventions in the management of violence and aggression as required.Carries out ECG or venepuncture as required, if trained.Demonstrates safe moving and handling of patients using equipment as required.Attends Mental Health Act tribunals as required.

Additional contact details

Paul Wilson - Service Manager


Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • RNMH/RNLD, current professional registration with NMC.
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development.
  • MIP, FLIP, ENB 998 Teaching & Assessing in Clinical Practice or City & Guilds 730 Teaching in Adult Education.
  • Recognised sign-off mentor or willingness to work towards. Must be achieved within agreed timescale
  • Key skills in literacy, numeracy and ITQ level 2 (or equivalent)
  • Leadership or management qualification
  • Post-graduate qualification in a relevant area
Experience Essential
  • Significant experience working with people with mental ill health and/or learning disabilities in an inpatient or community environment
  • Providing clinical supervision.
  • Mentoring students on practice placement experience.
  • Leadership or management experience
Skills Essential
  • Working collaboratively with the MDT and service user
  • Supervision and mentorship
  • Care Programme Approach and its application in practice
  • Mental health act and Mental Capacity act awareness and appplication in practice

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