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Director Mental Health

Job Reference: 313-A-21-104003-DN

Leicestershire Partnership Trust
Very Senior Manager

Can you demonstrate our values of Trust, Respect, Integrity and Compassion? Do you share in our ambition to create high quality, compassionate care and wellbeing for all?

Then take a step towards LPT...

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT) provides a range of community health, mental health and learning disability services for people of all ages. Delivered through over 100 settings from inpatient wards to out in the community, our 6,500 staff serves over 1m people living in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

We are searching for the next leader of our Directorate of Mental Health.

With a budget of £70 million and over 1700 whole time equivalent staff in the service, our Directorate of Mental Health is a major provider of services across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

We have recently integrated our adult mental health services and older persons mental health services to provide an integrated directorate to support mental health needs in our area. Alongside this, we are currently engaged in a major co-design of our mental health services with staff, service users and patients. We are bringing the recommendations of this together under our Trust-wide strategy – Step up to Great, to deliver one clear plan for adult and older people’s mental health services.

Within the directorate, we have a range of specialist inpatient and community services.

Our inpatient services include Acute Wards, Forensic Services and Rehabilitation Services such as our Huntingdon’s Disease Unit.

Our community based services include Community Mental Health Teams, Acute Recovery Teams and Crisis Resolution Teams. We also work collaboratively in innovative ways with partner organisations. We were one of the first Trusts in the country to operate a joint mental health triage car with the local police force. Covid 19 has bought challenge to our services, but also opportunity and has seen the launch of our mental health central access point. We understand that recovery goes beyond just treatment, and our services also include The Involvement Centre, Leicestershire Recovery College and Arts in Mental Health team.

Who we are looking for

This is a board level role. We are looking for an exceptional leader who can operate at board level, with proven experience of leading mental health services and transformation in a complex organisation, to continue this improvement journey for the Directorate of Mental Health. You will be someone who can progress our ambitious plans for service improvement and integrated care pathways across our various services.

This is a demanding role, and requires someone who has the resilience to manage services that are under pressure and scrutiny. We need someone who can build on our success, identify where we need change, and make the change happen.

This role will play a major part in improving mental health services for our patients. Whilst we cannot promise it will always be easy, this role offers significant scope to make a real difference to the people we serve.

You will have significant experience of leading large mental health services within a complex organisation and proven experience of service transformation over a range of multi-disciplinary services. You will be an exceptional leader who has improved quality and performance within the NHS or Social Care at scale. You will have experience working with partner organisations and regulators and have a demonstrable understanding of business priorities, NHS and Mental Health policy.

How to apply.

Apply by either attaching your CV and covering letter and applying via this advert or emailing your CV and covering letter to by the closing date of this advert.

Interview date 17th November 2021

Agile Working

We recognise the need to develop modern working practices to enable employees to maximise their performance and productivity whilst maintaining a good work life balance. To this aim the Trust has adopted an Agile working methodology as outlined within the Trust Agile working Policy.

The post advertised falls under the Trust’s Agile working methodology, so if successful you will be appointed as an Agile Worker, and will need to work to the Trusts Agile working policy. Talk to the recruiting manager about what this means in practice for you.

We are committed to providing the best care that we can to our patients. Some roles involve a Maths and English assessment. Where this is so, details will be shared with you in the recruitment process.

Details of our benefits, leadership behaviours and other important information about applying and working for us are contained in the documents linked to our advert.

It is a statutory requirement for roles that involve work in care homes that staff are up to date with their Covid vaccination status to be able to work in that environment, unless the person has a valid medical exemption. Where a role requires this, they will need to demonstrate that they meet this requirement during the recruitment process.

For areas where our teams work to staffing rosters, these are set in advance at a team level and you will join an established roster. Your rostered shifts will be confirmed to you when arranging your start date.

We will consider requests to work alternative hours or vary working patterns in line with our flexible working policy.

To make the most of your application, we may consider appointable applicants for similar vacancies in different locations where this is appropriate and meets our mutual requirements.

For all substantive roles the appointment of new staff (excluding medical staff) is subject to a 6 month probationary period (see Probation Policy).

We aim to develop a workforce that reflects our community. We actively implement equal opportunities in employment and service delivery and seek people who share our commitment. We strongly encourage applications from all sections of the community, particularly from underrepresented groups.

All jobs will require permission to work in the UK.

For all jobs the cost of any DBS disclosure required will be met by the individual. This will be deducted from salary once started.

Applicants ‘at risk’ within the local NHS who meet essential criteria will have preference for interview over other candidates who apply for posts.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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