Community Mental Health Practitioner

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year per annum (pro rata)
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

To work within the Community Mental Health Team within a defined geographical area. The post holder will be responsible for supporting the CMHT (Community Mental Health Team) with day-to-day requirements relating to service users within the local care communities:
  • Undertaking assessments and coordinating the care of service users.
  • Ensuring that communication with the service users / families / and GPs is of the highest standard.
  • To develop and maintain positive working relationships with service users, their carers, General Practitioners, third sector partners, other significant professionals, and members of the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Ensuring that clear channels of communication are established and maintained.

To promote and identify areas requiring development within the CMHT in the Cheshire East area and to take a lead role in the development of services in conjunction with the Team Manager, Head of Clinical Services and other professionals.

Main duties of the job

  • Manage individual casework in the most efficient manner possible, taking into consideration the economies of time, distance and expense whilst maintaining the highest standards of care.
  • To manage a defined caseload with responsibility for the review of care needs for service users.
  • Maintain recording systems to support the above, providing statistical information to agencies and the Team Manager/head of clinical services as required.
  • Delivering professional standards of care to the very highest using evidence based practice.
  • Assisting medical staff, and members of the primary care team, voluntary agencies and other professionals, to meet the needs of the people of East locality.
  • Participate in team meetings and review client care and needs with a senior members of the community mental health team,.
  • Interpreting Trust and National Health Service policies for clients and family and professionals as required.
  • Ensuring that all communications with colleagues, clients and families are clearly understood, giving written confirmation of verbal communications where there is observed to be a need.
  • Promote the recovery agenda with service users.
  • Taking responsibility for maintaining and advancing own professional knowledge and keeping abreast with current developments.
  • Ensuring that transport is kept in a good state of repair, as in accordance with Trust policy and reporting problems with transport to the Team Manager.

About us

CWP provides health and care services for local people, including mental health, learning disability, community physical health and all-age disability care - including the provision of three GP surgeries.

Our aim is to help people to be the best they can be, adopting a compassionate, person-centred approach to everything we do. We were recently rated as Outstanding for Caring by the Care Quality Commission with a Good rating overall.

We offer a variety of roles at all levels, so whether you are just starting out in your career or looking to use your skills and experience in a new role, CWP is the right employer for you.

CWP are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences.

CWP is proud to be an accredited Veteran Aware organisation helping to provide and share best practice in NHS care for our armed forces community. As a veteran aware organisation, CWP is committed to delivering on the principles of the Armed Force Covenant and has a 'Bronze' award with the MOD Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (DERS).

The trust offers a Guaranteed Interview Scheme to any armed forces community applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post and encourages applications from armed forces reservists or cadet force adult volunteers.

We welcome applications from people who have direct experience of accessing our services.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please download a copy of the job description for full details.

Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification) and values.

CWP recruits people that can demonstrate the Trusts Values and Behaviours in their everyday life. Therefore, if you are invited to interview, you will be undertaking a Values Based Interview/Assessment ,which explores not only what you do but how and why you do it.

Before applying, we encourage you to review the Trusts Values and Behaviours which are the 6 Cs Communication, Competence, Courage, Care, Compassion and Commitment. A Guide to completing your application form can be accessed on the right side of this page under the job description.

The Supporting Information Section in your application should therefore reflect your understanding of the Trusts Values and associated Behaviours. You will be expected to provide us with examples from work experience and/or personal life which demonstrate these values through your behaviour.

If your disability meets the definition set out in the Equality Act 2010, and you can show that you meet the essential criteria described in the person specification for an available position, please answer YES to the question: Do you wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme? Please also inform the team if you have any special support needs to be considered as part of the interview and selection processes.

We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for our Armed Forces community. Please answer YES to the question in the application form.

All new clinical support staff will be required to have completed or working towards the Care Certificate (CWP In-house 2 day training to be completed within 6 months of start date).

Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment.You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of �13 per year applies.

New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

CWP encourages and supports all staff to become vaccinated against COVID-19.

Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

If you experience any technical difficulties or need help when making an application please contact our Recruitment Team on 01244 393100.

Good luck with your application. We hope to welcome you to Team CWP very soon.

Person Specification



  • RMN
  • Degree or equivalent level qualification
  • Evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Minimum of 2 years post qualified experience working in a community mental health setting at band 5 or 6


  • Mentor qualification
  • Evidence of using Microsoft software

Knowledge and Expertise


  • Specialist knowledge relevant to the service.
  • Working knowledge of all relevant legislation
  • Evidence of undertaking audit work.



  • Experience of implementing significant changes in working practices.
  • Experience of monitoring standards of care.
  • Experience of providing supervision.
  • Experience of working within a multidisciplinary team.
  • Working knowledge of Dementia
  • Working knowledge of older people with functional disorders

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