Clinical Lead EIP | Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

Type: Permanent

Date Posted: 27-Feb-23

Closing Date: 29-Mar-23

Location: Widnes, WA8 7QA

Salary: Not specified

Clinical Lead EIP | Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Clinical Lead to support Halton and Warrington Early Intervention Team.

The post holder will hold overall clinical leadership responsibility for the team and will be responsible for the overall standards which will include assessment of need, risk and delivery of care within the organisations policy and procedures.

Shortlisting planned for 6th March 2023

Interviews planned for 24th March 2023

The post holder will hold overall clinical leadership responsibility for the team. You will be responsible for the overall standards which will include assessment of need, risk and delivery of care within the organisations policy and procedures.

The post holder will work to ensure continuity of care for service users on their journey through the service. The post holder will be multi-skilled and adaptable in order that they may transfer their skills across the spectrum of service delivered in EIT and be expected to be flexible in terms of delivering care within a variety of settings.

The post holder will be a part of and work closely with the Clinical / Operational Leadership Team to ensure effective and safe services. Ensure effective communication and provide sound clinical supervision to junior staff

The post holder will provide appropriate education within the team and wider health economy in line with Key Performance Targets and identified need.

The post holder will support the development of a skilled and flexible workforce within the Early Intervention in psychosis team service, ensuring staff are supported in developing and maintaining appropriate level of skills identified within the liaison competency framework

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to ‘perfect care’ – care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We’re currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.


To lead the development of the Service and ensure a high level of clinical leadership within the given area of expertise to other staff within the Service.

To provide a specialist mental health screening assessment, including risk assessment and differential diagnosis, using diagnostic criteria, assessment tools and rating scales.

Independently assess, plan and identify mental health needs, facilitate appropriate care and treatment.

Supporting the development of a skilled and flexible workforce, supporting junior staff to achieve their full potential in line with the Competency and Nursing career framework.

Take an active role in education in line with key performance indicators

To develop and maintain partnership working with a wide range of statutory and voluntary agencies.

Effective and autonomous management of clinical caseload.

Making unsupervised decisions in respect of patient’s clinical priority and the suitability for inclusion into and discharge from specialist mental health services.

To act in accordance with infection control policies of the Trust due to frequent exposure to and contact with infectious conditions and substances.

Advise on manual transferring, mobilising and transporting of patients.

Give/receive regular clinical supervision as per Trust policy.

To engage in a high level of communication with Senior

The post holder will be pivotal in ensuring the co-ordination of multiple services to ensure discharges are appropriate and facilitated in a timely manner, and will be organise, manage and develop comprehensive discharge plans with community services.

To deal effectively with issues which are frequently confrontational and complex requiring the use of skills in sensitivity, diplomacy and negotiation.

Adapt communication to take account of others’ culture, background and preferred way of communicating.

Provide feedback to others on their communication where appropriate shares and engages thinking with others.

Maintain the highest standards of integrity when communicating with patients and the wider public


Provide effective leadership to the team.

Formulate and implement local clinical and operational practices and procedures as appropriate.

Ensure the effective deployment of staff and other resources to deliver the required service and the agreed standards. This would involve the review and management of rotas and deployment of staff.

Participate in the recruitment and selection process in accordance with Trust policy.

Ensure effective induction of staff in accordance with Trust policy.

Ensure exit interviews are offered to staff on leaving the organisation/moving teams within the Trust.

Manage and co-ordinate all services delivered to the service user within the clinical area, optimising all available resources.

Ensure the implementation, monitoring and updating of an operational policy / pathways and philosophy for the clinical area.

Ensure the principles of Clinical Governance are incorporated in service delivery by maintaining a high quality service based on agreed clinical standards.

Ensure that service users are cared for within the confines of their respective Mental Health Act status and adhere to the requirements of the MHA 1983 and the corresponding Code of Practice.

Ensure that Trust policies and procedures are understood and adhered to by all staff within their scope of responsibility.

Develop local protocols involving team members and acute trust to ensure a high standard of service delivery is achieved and maintained, particularly with child adolescent mental health services and recovery services.

Lead and ensure staff participation in the formulation of new ideas/suggestions to improve service user care and service delivery.

Lead on and participate in the performance monitoring of services in accordance with national and local targets.

Provide statistical information on workforce and service user activity as required.

Assist in the maintenance and updating of the team’s equipment inventories and services schedules. Ensure regular servicing, maintenance, repair or replacement as required adhering to Health & Safety, COSHH and Medical Devices Agency regulations.

Ensure effective processes of communication are established, maintained and regularly evaluated within designated team.

Maintain and monitor a framework for risk management and Health and Safety that ensures timely and effective planning and appropriate actions.

Investigate complaints and incidents in accordance with Trust policy.

Undertake Serious Untoward Incident investigations/reviews as required.

Ensure that all staff are regularly updated and have knowledge of all emergency procedures.

Active participation in multidisciplinary decision-making process regarding patient care in the capacity of an autonomous clinician.


Organise and undertake ward based teaching where appropriate ensuring that the environment is suitable for student nurse placements.

Lead and support the implementation of evidence based practice in line with current research.

Work closely with Education Facilitator to assist skills acquisition and facilitate workforce planning and development.

Coordinate preceptorship and mentorship for all staff including those in training.

Demonstrate the acquisition and application of knowledge in line with current research and evidence-based practice.

Undertake appropriate continuing professional development.

Promote a positive learning environment by contributing to teaching, training and supervision of junior staff and learners within the organisation.

Provide evidence to support development around the Trust Appraisal system which may include the KSF or other competency profiles.

Design and deliver an ongoing programme of formal mental health education in conjunction with post graduate teaching department to all professional staff within the acute hospital setting.

Provide regular service awareness sessions for staff across hospital settings.

Participate in regular supervision, engage in reflective practice and be committed to continued development.

Develop own skills and knowledge and contribute to the development of others.


Ensure staff awareness of Clinical and Corporate Governance and the need for research-based practice.

Undertake and participate in appropriate audit, quality assurance programmes and research as directed.

This advert closes on Sunday 5 Mar 2023