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Specialist Nursing
NHS AfC: Band 7
Full time 37.5 hours per week
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Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust (formerly Liverpool Community Health)
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£31,696 - £41,787 per annum
29/05/2018 23:59
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Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust (formerly Liverpool Community Health) logo

CAT Team leader

NHS AfC: Band 7

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities, addiction services and acquired brain injury services for the people of Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby, Merseyside. We provide community physical health services in Liverpool, Sefton, secure mental health services for the North West of England, the West Midlands and Wales and specialist learning disability services across Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside. We are one of only three trusts in the country that provide these services.

Our clinical services are provided across 80 sites across the North West. Our teams are supported by a corporate team based at our offices in Kings Business Park, Prescot, Merseyside and Liverpool Innovation Park, Liverpool. Over 8,000 staff serve a population of almost 11 million people.



We are one of the largest Mental Health, Physical Health, Community Services, Learning Disabilities and Social Care Trusts in the country. Working closely with service users, carers and partner organisations, we've been able to make real improvements to our diverse range of services, from health and social care, right through to high secure provision. This passion to improve has been recognised by the CQC who have recently rated us “Good”.

Mersey Care’s vision and values drive our organisation and the way we work together to deliver services. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate during recruitment, and any subsequent employment with the Trust, that their behaviour supports our values of Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respectfulness and Enthusiasm (CARE). The CQC stated “It was clear that most staff across the organisation understood, and were committed to, the vision and values of the organisation. These were well communicated and the work to win both hearts and minds was apparent”.


An exciting opportunity has arisen to join Liverpool Out of Hospital Services (LOOHS) as the Clinical Team Leader for the Community Assessment Team (CAT). 

It is an established service with a proven evidence base to support complex assessments. The team undertake specialist assessments for patients with complex and highly complex health and social care needs, including those on Continuing Health Care, Frailty and Intermediate Care pathways. A sound working knowledge of these pathways is desirable but staff will be supported to become proficient in all pathways and processes. 

The Team also complete specialist assessments for patients who are being considered for Continuing Health Care funding and who are placed in a care home setting via the 28 day Older Persons pathway and intermediate care pathways. They also complete specialist fast track CHC assessments for patients with rapidly deteriorating, life limiting conditions who are in RLBUHT acute settings, 28 day Older Persons Care Home placements and may be required to complete specialist fast track CHC assessments for patients in intermediate care hub bed based settings. 

The Team are also expected to give discharge planning advice and support to staff working within the Acute and intermediate care bed based setting. In addition, to provide advice, support, and education to other healthcare and social care professionals about discharge and transfer of care for patients with complex and very complex health needs. 

The post holder, as Clinical Team Leader, will have responsibility for the delivery of the clinical service provided by the Community Assessment Team. Their primary function is to provide leadership, management, and communication to and for the team, ensuring the delivery of efficient, effective, co-ordinated and responsive high quality care to patients and their families. 

Working pro-actively with the Team the Clinical Team Leader will drive and sustain quality across the service working closely with other Community Intermediate Care Services, Acute Trusts and all relevant stakeholders to ensure the most appropriate outcomes for patients, their families and carers. 

The post holder will have full line management responsibility for the team ensuring appropriate delegation and delivery of patients care and maintain clinical credibility while providing clinical expertise and knowledge to the team when managing complex and highly complex situations. 

The post holder will ensure that all clinical activity provided by the team directly reflects the core objectives of Mersey Care and that the team delivers a service that is flexible, responsive, integrated and patient centred, ensuring the provision of high quality, holistic assessment for patients and their carers. They also ensure the service responds and is accessible to the needs of any members of the Liverpool population. 

This is a community position therefore the ability to travel across the city independently for work purposes are required.

On-going personal and professional development will be encouraged and supported. Supervision will be provided.

Currently the CAT operates Monday - Friday during normal office hours. However in preparation for the anticipated extension of the service over 7 days, all new starters will now be contracted to work between 8am and 8pm, Monday - Sunday including bank holidays as the service requires. Work patterns will be provided in advance via an off-duty. 

Mersey Care employs a Flexible-working Policy and applications will be considered on an individual basis.

Shortlisting is planned for 30th May 2018

Interviews are planned for 7th June 2018

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the resident labour market test. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UKVI website. From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks for Overseas Applicants.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

For further details / informal visits contact: 

Jean Clare. Email: Tel: 0151 247 6740 

Cecilia Smith - Clinical Team Leader for the Community Assessment Team.

Email:  Tel: 0151 247 6740 or 07920295836

If you have problems applying, contact

0151 295 3023