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Mental Health Practitioner

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year pro rata
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
Job summary

To provide specialist mental healthcare to service users and to work as part of the Mental Health In-Reach Team and wider MDT.

To deliver a range of specialist interventions at primary and secondary care level; to include
  • Referral management, screening assessment, triage, and evidence-based interventions
  • Care Planning and risk assessing
  • One-to-one and group-work facilitation
  • managing a mixed and challenging caseload

Main duties of the job

  • To perform robust assessment, screening, and interventions to service users with mental health and neurodevelopmental and trauma needs
  • Ensure that all waiting time, assessment and interventions are delivered in a timely manner, and positively contribute to the achievement of the service's performance targets.
  • Ensure integrated and collaborative working with other specialist services, including continuity of care and through the gate arrangements and liaison
  • Work closely with community mental health teams (CMHTs) to ensure appropriate sharing of information, continuity of care and the Care Programme Approach (CPA) for all service users where necessary.
  • To provide comprehensive and timely reports and mental health expertise to multi agency public protection panels (MAPPA), police, probation services, solicitors and court liaison teams as directed.
  • Deliver active clinical leadership and supervision within the team, covering for the manager and colleagues as required. To receive supervision as directed (line management and clinical).

Please check Job Description for full information.

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes.

We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values: o We're Kind o We're Fair o We Listen o We Care

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To communicate effectively on a range of issues that are often complex in their nature and in complex situations.
  • Participate in the annual appraisal reviews and demonstrate reflective practice through the Knowledge and Skills Framework
  • To maintain comprehensive and timely electronic clinical records ensuring confidentiality is maintained at all times.
  • Provide supervision, mentorship & leadership for junior staff.
  • Take all necessary care in the working environment, adhering to relevant health and safety policies.
  • Participate and positively contribute to the services integrated clinical governance arrangements
  • Carry out administrative tasks as directed including research, audit, data, and activity statistics.

Person Specification



  • Diploma level/Degree in relevant health/social care profession, eg RMN, RLDN OT, Social Worker. Current relevant registration with the NMC or HCPC
  • Relevant, post registration training in one of the following areas: ?Learning disability ?Personality disorder ?Substance misuse/dual diagnosis ?Psychological therapies



  • Appropriate working experience post qualification as a psychiatric nurse
  • Experience in prison or secure settings
  • Post qualification experience in working with one of the above specialisms



  • Clear understanding of CPA policy
  • Clear understanding of Risk Assessment principles and procedures.
  • Knowledge of models of mental health assessment.
  • Show a clear understanding of how to give and receive highly complex and sensitive material.
  • Knowledge of current mental health issues.
  • Knowledge of Criminal Justice System
  • Sound evidence based clinical knowledge of adult mental health treatments and support.
  • Knowledge of Clinical Governance.

Effort and Environment


  • Ability to manage complex & challenging behaviour

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