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Multi Professional Approved and Responsible Clinician

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Crawley, England
£83,571 - £96,376 per annum pro rata
Closing date
20 Feb 2024

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Healthcare, Nursing
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Job overview

Are you an ambitious and experienced MPARC ready to take the next step in your career. A unique & exciting opportunity has arisen to work within our mental health services in West Sussex.

This opportunity is open to qualified Multi Professional's with Approved Clinician status approved by the appropriate authority to act as an Approved Clinician in England for the purposes of the Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended 2007).

We have up to 4 roles available within West Sussex. Post holders will take up roles in West Sussex Division of Sussex Partnerships. Roles available include in-patients within Langley Green Hospital (Amber ward PICU) and in community Assessment and Treatment Services.

It is a requirement to maintain approval to act in the role of Responsible Clinician, as defined in the Mental Health Act 1983 rev 2007, for a specific caseload of patients under the relevant team & to hold accountability for the delivery of care for clinical decisions made.

Main duties of the job

Lead in a specialist field of clinical and professional practice: namely as a Responsible Clinician. To be responsible, in collaboration with operational management and multi-professional colleagues, for the development and implementation of this specialist field of practice/training/research, within locality and across the Trust.

To carry out responsibilities as job planned within the service as a multi professional approved / responsible clinician.

For more details and information please see job description.

Working for our organisation

SPFT are committed to providing the best possible evidence-based care for your patients and have a bold clinical strategy which is closely linked to the work of our ICS.

Working here offers continued training and development, flexible working opportunities, free parking and the benefit of living and working in West Sussex.

West Sussex is a beautiful county with great schools, good transport links, vibrant communities, rural areas, and tourist attractions, including the Coast and the South Downs National Park.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities
  • Providing high quality, needs led profession specific and Approved / Responsible Clinician services for patients within the designated care group, ensuring that patients receive person-centred care and are managed safely, effectively and with compassion.
  • Operating in a statutory role as Responsible Clinician as approved and instructed by the Secretary of State under the Mental Health Act 1983 (2007 amendment), adhering to the Mental Health Act and MHA code of practice, and exercising a high degree of autonomy, clinical responsibility and statutory decision making in regard to patient care, within the context of multi-disciplinary working.
  • To ensure that a person who is detained subject to the Mental Health Act is assessed and appropriately treated in conditions that are necessary in alleviating their mental disorder and any associated risks to themselves or others which includes renewal of detention, discharge, approving leave and making CTO's in in-patients and management of patients on CTO's and assessing patients for detention, in community teams.
  • Being accountable as the MPARC for a specified caseload of patients; taking overall clinical lead responsibility for evidence-based patient assessment, treatment and support, authorising leave, detention, renewal and discharge and statutory representation and report writing when interfacing with the Ministry of Justice, Tribunals and Hospital Manager's in matters relating to the RC role.
  • Providing holistic care with an emphasis on assessment, diagnosis, and psychosocial formulation, review of pharmacological treatment and medicines management (in conjunction with a medic where needed), support and consultation in the management of complex patients.
  • Delivering clinical care within the framework of CPA with a focus on developing bespoke and specialised programmes of care and care packages.
  • Working with a high level of expertise to address the needs for patients who may present with complex mental health challenges or pose a challenge to managing their risks, in conditions where the postholder may be subject to verbal aggression or at risk of physical aggression.
  • Delivering clinical support in line with national guidelines and an international evidence base, with access to up to date evidence base via local resources (e.g. Local NHS libraries) to enable best practice decisions when operating beyond available evidence.
  • Support the delivery of a therapeutic menu of interventions, for patients in the designated care pathway and making highly skilled evaluations and decisions about treatment options considering highly complex clinical information, including theoretical and therapeutic models, and patients clinical and social history.
  • Operating with a very high degree of clinical autonomy and with accountability for own professional and role actions, Interpreting and applying National, Professional and Trust polices and guidelines, ensuring the highest possible clinical standards are retained in relation to their registered clinical / professional practice.

Person specification

Essential and desirable

Essential criteria
  • Registered with regulatory body
  • Educated to Masters level
  • Training in a specialist area of expertise
  • Attendance on leadership training
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of clients presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity, including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of leading a clinical team

Desirable criteria
  • AC status and registered on national database of Approved Clinicians;
  • A leadership qualification
  • Experience of working with clients with multiple and comorbid diagnoses which may include substance misuse; mental illness, intellectual disability as well as ASD

Sussex Partnership NHS FT is committed to supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our communities. Our workforce is currently under-represented from Black and Minority, Ethnic and disabled communities and we would welcome applications from these communities.

We regret that we are unable to advise candidates if they have not been shortlisted. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date please assume that you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

In the event of an excessive number of applicants the Trust reserves the right to close this vacancy earlier than indicated.

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust takes its responsibilities for the safeguarding and protection of children and young people and vulnerable adults very seriously and expects this of all its employees and bank workers. The Trust works with adult and children's social care to ensure that the integrated service has systems in place to equip staff and bank workers with the knowledge and skills to recognize abuse, and take action to safeguard and protect vulnerable adults and children and young people. It is expected that all staff and bank workers familiarise themselves with the appropriate structures and policies and with the Sussex child protection and safeguarding procedures and the Sussex multi-agency policy and procedures for safeguarding vulnerable adults and undertake the relevant essential training and further training appropriate to their role.

Successful candidates are normally offered salaries at the bottom of the relevant salary range. However, where previous or equivalent NHS experience in a similar role can be demonstrated and evidenced, this may be taken into consideration when setting the starting salary.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.


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Who we are

We provide specialist NHS mental health and learning disability services in south east England. People receive care, treatment and support from us in hospital, at home and from a range of community services. Our services are rated ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission and ‘outstanding’ for caring.

Where we are

We provide services for people of all ages across Sussex and services for children and young people in Hampshire. There’s something for everyone in our local area, whether that’s the hustle and bustle of Brighton, the scenic South Downs or our wonderful coastline where you can chill out to the sound of the surf.

What we can offer you

When you join us, you’ll be coming to work in an organisation that puts people first. We’ll do everything we can to make you feel valued, respected and included. You will be given plenty of opportunities here for your career to flourish. We’re an organisation which is strong on innovation, research and learning, and we will support your development and help you learn new skills in whichever team or service you work in.

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