Clinical Team Lead

Job Title: Clinical Team Lead
Contract Type: Full-time
Location: London
Salary: £46,000 - £51,500
Job Published: January 25, 2019 12:10

Job Description

Title: Clinical Team Lead

NHS Band Equivalent: Band 8A

Responsible to: Project Manager

Hours: Full-time (35 hours per week)

Salary: £46,000 - £51,500 (dependent on experience and inc. London weighting)

Contract: Fixed-term for 18 months

Location: West London CCG area

Job Summary:

This is an exciting opportunity for a specialist clinical practitioner with a background in child and adolescent mental health to provide clinical oversight for the mobilisation and implementation of 2 multi-disciplinary Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs).  These teams will increase and improve emotional and mental health provision within educational settings for 5-18 year olds in the West London CCG area.  You will be working within a successful Trailblazer site, which has emerged out of the government’s December 2017 plans: Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision: a Green Paper.

Crucially, your overall responsibility will be to provide clinical oversight and management of the MHSTs, develop referral and care pathways and embed evidence-based outcome measurements.  You will work in partnership with the Project Manager, who will provide operational and strategic support, to ensure that children and young people are provided with timely, accountable and effective services.

You will have an active caseload of children and adolescents with mild – moderate emotional and mental health difficulties and will use CBT and Systemic evidence-based models, employing the principles underpinning the national CYP-IAPT programme (Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies).  Early interventions will be delivered in a range of educational settings (primary, secondary, special, alternative provision and sixth form college) across the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, as well as in parts of Westminster borough in the North West.  These will build upon the CCG’s and HF Mind’s whole school approach to mental health provision. 

The MHSTs which you will oversee will consists of a Clinical Psychologist, Family Therapist, Educational Psychologist, 9 Education Mental Health Practitioners, 2 Wellbeing Facilitators and 1 Family Support Worker.  You will be responsible for managing and providing clinical supervision to senior team members, You will receive training in supervision, provided by University College of London (UCL), to support this area of your work.

You will also work closely with families, as well as colleagues and partners in the Local Authority, CAMHS, educational settings where interventions are being delivered and other relevant mental health providers.

Key Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Ensure consistent standards of care across the MHSTs, minimising risk and instigating remedial action if necessary
  • Oversee clinical interventions of the MHSTs, developing strategy and service development in partnership with senior team members
  • Assess the clinical skills required to deliver a safe and high quality service, identifying gaps and plans to address these issues
  • Provide clinical supervision and case management to the 3 senior members of MHSTs, whilst also overseeing coaching and mentoring for all members of the MHSTs
  • Develop care and referral pathways that support improved care for children, young people and their families
  • Ensure and embed evidence-based practice in all clinical work of MHSTs
  • Assume overall responsibility and quality assurance for all reported clinical outcomes and data submitted to NHS Digital’s Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS)
  • Monitor and track progress against access targets for MHST service delivery, ensure that KPIs are met and develop plans to address gaps
  • Ensure comprehensive clinical notes and records are maintained in line with clinical standards
  • Ensure relevant theory and research is promoted amongst MHSTs to support evidence-based practice
  • Support the development and upgrading of policies and procedures relating to evidence-based clinical care for children and young people
  • Assess and develop evidence-based treatment plans to meet the moderate needs of CYP with a range of emotional and mental health difficulties
  • Deliver evidence-based early interventions for CYP aged 5-18 with moderate emotional and mental health difficulties
  • Maintain comprehensive clinical and consultation records
  • Attend clinical supervision 
  • Attend and complete supervision training programme provided by UCL
  • Oversee safeguarding supervision and support for all MHST members, in line with relevant organisational safeguarding policies and procedures
  • Provide oversight of the screening process for CYP referred to MHSTs and appropriate referral of cases both within the team and externally, as required
  • Promote the mental and emotional health of children and young people in educational settings, through clinical interventions in the care pathway
  • Ensure adherence to organisational policies and procedures and that interventions are developed and delivered in accordance with NICE guidelines and clinical standards
  • Lead on coordinating and communicating service delivery with relevant stakeholders, promoting the active involvement of children, young people and their families in planning and implementing care delivery
  • Undertake continued clinical professional development and ensure that relevant CPD opportunities are identified and provided for all MHST members

Essential Criteria

  • Hold a current HCPC registration in area of clinical expertise
  • Post-graduate clinical level degree
  • Familiarity with CBT and Systemic evidence-bases, both within clinical training and delivering interventions
  • Experience in managing a clinical multi-disciplinary mental health team and providing clinical supervision and case management   
  • Several years of direct clinical experience (autonomously providing assessment, developing treatment plans and delivering a range of therapeutic interventions) with children and young people aged 5-18 with mental health difficulties
  • Experience of routine clinical outcome monitoring 
  • Experience of managing clinical risk assessment
  • Knowledge of systemic, cognitive and psychodynamic theories and when each is appropriate
  • Understanding of child development and psychosocial influences
  • Highly developed knowledge of child and adult safeguarding 
  • Experience engaging a range of stakeholders (young people, families, mental health providers, schools, Local Authority staff etc.) and involving service users throughout service planning and delivery
  • Excellent leadership, problem-solving and communication skills
  • Organisational skills and excellent time management 
  • Experience of using Microsoft Office package

Post is subject to an enhanced DBS check

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience using Iaptus CYP data management system and reporting into NHS Digital’s Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS)
  • Experience working in educational settings
  • Experience supervising safeguarding cases

Employee Benefits:

  • Hammersmith & Fulham Mind contributes an above statutory minimum amount equivalent to 2.5% of your earnings and you contribute a further 2.5% to your pension scheme.  This is being increased in April 2019 in line with auto-enrolment regulations.
  • All employees can access 12 free face to face counselling sessions at the West London Centre for Counselling.
  • All employees have access to a 24/7 online and telephone assistance via the Employee Assistance Programme, covering issues such as life support (counselling), legal information, bereavement assistance, medical information and CBT online.
  • Cycle to work scheme which enables you to make savings on the purchase of a bike and accessories through salary exchange.
  • Flexible working hours (when not delivering in educational settings), with core working hours of 10:00 – 16:00
  • 25 days annual leave, in addition to 8 paid public holidays and office closure between Christmas and New year
  • Excellent working environment with supportive team culture
  • Commitment to staff wellbeing through staff wellbeing policies and procedures, including a Staff Wellbeing Committee and staff social activities 
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