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South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust

Team Manager

Job Type



Social Work



£49,178 - £55,492

Posted Date

17 November 2023


Closing Date

3 December 2023

We are committed to providing high quality integrated health and social care for local people with mental health problems in South West London and more specialist mental health services for people throughout the UK. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as ‘good’ however we aim to be ‘outstanding’.

Our Values

We take pride in providing specialist care to our service users where our Trust values; being consistent, compassionate, collaborative, respectful and open is at the heart of everything we do. Our mission is "making life better together".

When you join us, you’ll be part of something special – an innovative and rapidly growing organisation that is helping to redefine the Mental Health, education and social care landscape in the UK.

As a Trust, we are happy to talk flexible working.

Job overview
We are currently seeking a Team Manager for Merton Older People’s Community Mental Health Team. We are interested in experienced mental health professional who have previous experience in managing teams or who want to develop their career and have the essential qualities for this post.

The service provides integrated health and social care assessment and treatment for older people with mental illness. The service aims to treat people in the community and in their homes where possible and can arrange any necessary support services from London Borough of Merton. The team can provide access to admission to Crocus Ward on Springfield Hospital site if in-patients care is needed. The team includes doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists, occupational therapists and recovery support workers.

Sub teams of the Merton Older People’s CMHT include the Merton Older People’s Intensive Community Support Team (ICST). The aim of this service is to provide support and treatment for patients enabling them to remain in their own homes when they become acutely ill. It is an alternative to inpatient admission and facilitates early discharge from hospital and Merton Memory Assessment Service this service work with people that requires memory assessment and follow up where necessary.

Main duties of the job
You will need to be passionate about improving the quality of care and support we deliver to people with mental health needs. You must be interested in working with external partners to develop supportive networks and have energy, drive and enthusiasm for working with complex and challenging assessments which require clear communication across agencies.

You will be thoughtful and resilient in the way you manage a multidisciplinary staff team in a busy mental health setting with exciting challenges. You will need strong and effective communication skills, and a positive approach to service user and carer engagement.

Working for our organisation
We are Proud to Belong at South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust.

We have expert services, a rich history and a clear commitment to providing the best quality care for those with mental ill-health. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as ‘good’ - we aspire to be ‘outstanding’.

This is a great time to join us. We are transforming the way we care for our communities to support our mission of Making Life Better Together. We have built two brand new mental health facilities at Springfield University Hospital, which are amongst the best in the world. More developments are planned across our sites and services.

We are inclusive and diverse and strive to be actively anti racist. We want to attract people from all backgrounds and experiences to enrich the work we do together. We are proud to co-produce and involve our local communities in all that we do.

We offer flexible working, career development and a variety of benefits to enable a positive, welcoming environment in which our people and their careers can thrive.

Come and join our inclusive teams and help our patients on their recovery journey.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role.
Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities
- To be responsible for the smooth and effective operational management and co-ordination of the service.
- To work in close partnership with the multi-disciplinary team to actively promoting team working.
- To have regular co-ordination meetings with the team to ensure that the separate elements of team accountabilities are fully addressed.
- To hold full managerial responsibility for staff members (excluding the doctors) ensuring the various disciplines work within an agreed operational policy and providing support and consultation in the process.
- Working closely with the consultant psychiatrist, to ensure that all medically qualified members of the team adhere to operational policies and fully engage in the multi-disciplinary process.
- To ensure that all performance information identified as necessary is collected according to the timescale required.
- To ensure systems are in place to manage intake, allocation, caseloads and clinical review in the team.
- To carry through all agreed procedures in regard to staff disciplinary and sickness absence arrangements. - To work with the Clinical Manager and professional heads of discipline were required to process these issues.
- To promote the Trust’s Equal Opportunities strategy and implement procedures to further this process.
- To act according to the Schedule of Professional Behaviours’

Person specification
Essential criteria
- Professional qualification appropriate to mental health or social care
- Evidence of Post Registration and CPD
- Desirable criteria
- Management qualification at Diploma Level
- Educated to degree level or equivalent

Essential criteria
- Demonstrable experience of health or social care management
- Experience of managing staff and resources
- Experience adult mental health

Desirable criteria
- Project or change management experience

Essential criteria
- Ability to manage and deliver effective service redesign and change
- Knowledge of policy development and implementation
- Ability to build relationships across organisational and professional boundaries
- Team working skills
- Ability to analyse and interpret complex data
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Ability to manage and lead staff
- Up to date knowledge of effective models of mental health and social care provision\

At South West London St Georges Mental Health Trust we are committed to providing services which embrace diversity and that promote equality of opportunity. We are a Disability Committed Employer, and welcome applications from all sections of the community and people of all protected characteristics. We are Members of Stonewall Diversity Champions and Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion.

As part of the Trust's commitment to Equalities and Diversity, the Trust supports the establishment of Staff Networks groups to promote diversity in the workplace:

BME (Evolve) Staff Network
Christian Staff Network
Deaf Staff Network
Mental Health Staff Forum
Women's Staff Network
We are committed to supporting the Armed Forces Community and has signed the Armed Forces Covenant.

We provide reasonable adjustments to the interview process for any candidates with a disability.

Please note:

That the closing date listed is a guide only and that the vacancy may close earlier should sufficient number of applicants have been received
That once you have submitted your application you agree to your application being transferred to a 3rd party e-recruitment system
That should you not have heard from us within three weeks from the closing date your application has not successful
That priority consideration for applications may be given to at-risk NHS employees
That should you be successful and appointed, you authorise South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust to confirm your previous NHS service via an Inter Authority Transfer (IAT) process
That your employment is offered subject to successful completion of a Probationary Period depending on your Band (except medical roles)
That we are a smoke-free Trust

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