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Keeping Well in South East London (SEL)
Band 7
  • Full time
  • Part time
  • Flexible working
37.5 hours per week
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South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
Keeping Well in South East London
£49,036 - £55,049 per annum inc. HCAS
Salary period
08/12/2022 23:59

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South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust logo

COVID-19 Vacancy Assessment Lead- Psychologist/CBT Therapist/Senior Mental Health Nurse

Band 7

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust has a rich history, well-established community links and an international reputation. We deliver specialist services in the London boroughs of Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark, Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich.

We are committed to provide a high quality and specialist care to our service users and we are recognised for our care and treatment we provide. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as ‘good’.

Our Values

We take pride in providing specialist care to our service users where our Trust values and our promise to be caring, kind, polite, prompt, honest, listen and do what I say I’m going to do is at the heart of everything we do. When you join us, you’ll be part of something special.

As a Trust we are happy to talk flexible working.

Job overview

This is an exciting opportunity to work as part of an NHSE funded initiative. Our team, Keeping Well in South East London (KWSEL) was recently awarded as the winners for the National Positive Practice in Mental Health Award 2022.

We aim to continue providing award winning support to health and social care staff and encourage applicants from the following professional backgrounds to apply to this unique and exciting role as an Assessment Team Lead with KWSEL:

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • CBT Therapist
  • Psychotherapist
  • Senior Mental Health Nurse

The Assessment Team Lead will be an independent decision maker when assessing health and social care staff presenting to the service. They will complete specialist assessments and reach decisions on appropriate treatment plans or onward referrals autonomously and provide evidence-based care as outlined in NICE guidelines. This is a great opportunity to gain leadership experience and be part of a national wellbeing project. 

Main duties of the job

The KWSEL portal is a universal offer and single point of access for all health and social care staff in South East London regardless of employer or place. The service offers access to a Rapid Clinical Assessment (RCA) in which staff members will be assessed by KWSEL and best options for ongoing support will be discussed. This means ongoing discussion/relations with IAPT, secondary care and Trust-based offers (e.g., Employee Assistance Programmes, Occupational Health, staff support) is needed. The site includes a live chat function where staff can talk directly to an Assistant Psychologist (AP) or Senior Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (SPWP) for advice and signposting to the best options to support their needs. There is also a single phone number and email for staff to contact for similar advice.

The Assessment Team Lead will provide management and supervision to other members of KWSEL (e.g., Band 6 SPWPs and APs) and will report directly to the Senior Team Lead. The Assessment Team Lead will be responsible for providing duty supervision for SPWPs conducting assessments as well as completing assessments themselves. This may also include complex or urgent cases. In addition, the role will involve working alongside the team leads in secondary care services to develop referral pathways and ongoing collaborative working.

Working for our organisation

Keeping Well in South East London

There has been widespread recognition that health and social care staff have been negatively affected by the covid pandemic and that support in addition to that usually offered to staff is required. NHS England are funding a number of initiatives across the country to develop staff support. Their brief has been for wellbeing and resilience hubs to be set up in each area pulling together and enhancing support resources for staff and ensuring staff can navigate the various offers available to find support that works for them. In South East London, this work is being led by the Integrated Care Board (ICB), which includes all of the healthcare and social care providers in the area such as the CCGs, Kings College Hospital, Guys and St Thomas’, SLaM and Oxleas. Around 100,000 health and social care staff work in SE London.

KWSEL website allows access to self-help resources, resources for teams, self-assessment tools for people to develop their own support plans and links to the various support offers available to different groups of staff. Staff in need of mental health support are priority referred to our SE London IAPT services (in Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark, Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich) or secondary care following the RCA. There is a live chat function where staff can access advice and signposting to the best options for the support they need. 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

About the role

As well as the above, the Assessment Team Lead may also be involved in:

  • Content management (including accessing pre-recorded training)
  • Content generation (case studies, news articles, webinars)
  • Horizon scanning
  • Linking with external organisations to help further develop the portal offer
  • Arranging and attending other services and events in the trust to promote KWSEL
  • Working alongside IAPT leads to understand the offers both within service and locally 
  • Providing specialist assessment for any complex/urgent risk referrals
  • Providing psychological therapies to a small caseload within local IAPT service/partner organisation (Clinical Psychologist, CBT Therapist, Psychotherapist)
  • Providing specialist supervision for all RCAs in duty supervision
  • Keeping up to date with what is happening locally and nationally (including with the other Keeping Well hubs)
  • Supporting the running of the online chat function
  • Regular engagement with the community forum which is a social network for health and social care staff

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Sound knowledge of risk assessments and tools in mental health and acute care
  • Ability to build and maintain high standards of professional links and communication with a variety of persons and services
  • Knowledge of effective assessment and triage processes
  • Understanding of the principles and practice of safeguarding and risk management and the issues of governance across a large service
  • Understanding how to use data to inform provision in and across a large and diverse staff group
  • Knowledge of key legislation in relation to mental health issues, offenders, and child protection
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of presenting data for service development
  • Experience of leading on service-related projects
  • An awareness of severe and enduring mental health presentations (e.g., psychosis, bi-polar, personality disorders)
  • Knowledge of local, pan-London and national mental health services and the protocols/pathways existing between them


Essential criteria
  • Demonstrate skills in autonomous senior decision-making regarding signposting and referral onwards following a comprehensive assessment and evaluation of risk
  • Experience of working as a Senior Mental Health Nurse at Band 6 level or above in psychiatric liaison/assessment services
  • Able to provide clinical supervision to a high standard, including live supervision
  • Able to lead a team of clinicians e.g., PWPs and APs
  • Highly skilled in delivering interventions remotely via video/ telephone/digital media
  • Strong MS Teams/virtual tools skills
  • Able to work as part of a virtual team and ensure all members are aware of the information they need. Using project management tools to support with this
  • Ability to tolerate and process complex and intense emotions in both clinical and service situations
  • Able to analyse complex issues/problems, gather information and make decisions with a high level of autonomy in decision making where timely decisions are needed
  • Able to support individuals and teams through a process of change that may require significant changes in practice while maintaining service targets
  • Skills in understanding/ designing services to meet the needs of a multi-cultural inner-city area with awareness of racial diversity issues and factors affecting access to mental health care
  • Skills training in IT including navigating patient services and assessing performance via data
Desirable criteria
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Significant skills in designing clinical audit projects, implementing changes and taking responsibility from end to end
  • Project management skills


Essential criteria
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse
  • Doctoral level qualification in Clinical or Counselling Psychology (HCPC registration) and having completed an IAPT HI CBT course, OR, High intensity (HI) therapist, having completed an IAPT CBT course
  • BABCP practitioner full accreditation
Desirable criteria
  • Registered General Adult Nurse/ formal training in physical health
  • Formal training in risk assessment and management
  • Evidence of CPD
  • Training in a different therapy modality offered in IAPT (e.g., EMDR, IPT, DIT, Couples, Groups)
  • Attended CBT supervisor training


Essential criteria
  • Significant post qualifying experience in mental health services with a sound knowledge of the full range of mental health services, both inpatient and community based
  • Must be able to take an overview of the provision of mental health services and ensure service users’ needs are met appropriately
  • Significant experience of working within an IAPT service including screening, triaging, assessing and managing risk and liaising with other professionals involved in clients’ care
  • Experience of providing clinical supervision and offering supervision for triage, qualified or trainee PWPs and/or staff mentoring experience
  • Experience of providing specialist assessment for complex mental health problems
  • Significant experience of delivering therapies either in an IAPT service or a step 4 therapies service. Awareness of stepped care model
  • Experience of developing and facilitating step 2/3 workshops/groups or other training materials
Desirable criteria
  • Clinical experience within Psychiatric Liaison or Crisis Services
  • Experience of working in a CMHT/ specialist therapies team
  • Experience of delivering service outcomes in a multidisciplinary context
  • Experience of content generation and management


Essential criteria
  • Recognition of own limitations, strengths and weaknesses and an ability to seek advice when necessary
  • Ability to manage and prioritise clinical demands, supervision and ability to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team, contributing to effective team functioning and holding team roles
  • Ability to manage verbal aggression and hostility directed at self
Desirable criteria
  • Ability to negotiate and reach compromises in verbal discussions in a manner that inspires confidence and respect from others

Employer certification / accreditation badges

London Healthy workplaceCapital Nurse, LondonHappy to Talk Flexible WorkingNo smoking policyLondon Living Wage is a voluntary commitment made by employers, who can become accredited with the Living Wage FoundationMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Improving working livesDisability confident employerStonewall equality policy. Equality and justice for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans people.Stonewall Silver 2022

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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Oluwakemi Ezediuno
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