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Mental Health Practitioner - Duty Worker

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

South Kent Coast Community Mental Health Team is currently looking to recruit a Mental Health Practitioner Duty Worker (Band 6) from one of the following professional backgrounds: Registered Mental Health Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Social Worker to join the community mental health team.

The main purpose of this role is to provide advice to known service users, to provide adviceto new service users or other professionals when they are seeking help and tocarry outurgent assessments.The Duty Worker is not expected to carry a caseload of clients.We work through an assessment and recovery approach with people accessing secondary level mental health services for severe and enduring mental illness. We provide comprehensive multi-disciplinary services and work closely with long term specialist mental health teams (e.g. Early intervention, Crisis and home treatment team) tertiary service providers, primary care, local statutory and non statutory agencies, service users and carers.

Main duties of the job

Carry out and coordinate comprehensive, systematic assessments which take account of relevant mental, physical, social, cultural, psychological, spiritual, and environmental factors, in partnership with service user and others through interaction, observation and measurement.

Work collaboratively with other disciplines, service user and their carers to agree a holistic person centred care plan that addresses the needs identified through assessment.

Deliver and evaluate safe, person centred care in partnership with the service user and their carers to support recovery.

Act as a clinical leader supporting best practice in line with NICE guidance.

Facilitate and review approved Quality Improvement initiatives within the care setting

About us

Come and work with us in the Garden of England where we combine exceptional professional development opportunities with a tremendous quality of life.

We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people across the county.

The Trust (rated Good overall by the CQC and Outstanding for care) has 3,283 staff working in 66 buildings across 33 locations, covering an area of 1,450 square miles.

You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.

The nature of our work attracts kindness and compassion as standard and everyone from our cleaners and porters to the chief executive and chairman are recognised as playing a vital role in providing an exemplary service.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description for full details of the main responsibilities of the role.

Person Specification



  • RMN, Social Worker or OT
  • Practice Assessor/educator
  • Completed preceptorship
  • Completed Edward Jenner Programme


  • Evidence of continuing professional development.

Knowledge and Skills


  • Significant knowledge of and ability to apply relevant legislative frameworks and policies relating to care e.g. Mental Capacity Act
  • Good understanding of the principles of the Recovery Approach
  • A comprehensive understanding and ability to apply principles of risk assessment and risk management.
  • To be competent in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating care
  • Good knowledge and practice of IT skills.
  • Enhanced leadership skills e.g. taking charge, delegation of duties, supervising others.


  • Ability to support and develop an environment which ensures effective clinical care and innovation.



  • Significant experience at Band 5.


  • Experience of working within the NHS.

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