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Mental Health Practitioner

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

The First response service (FRS) forms part of the 24/7 Urgent Care Model and urgent care pathway within Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust. The 24/7 Urgent Care model provides mental health assessment, intensive community interventions, advice, support and guidance twenty four hours, seven days a week across several access points for individuals presenting in crisis. Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust has brought all urgent care teams together to create one central hub and thus diverts service users away from blue light services and affords them the right access to the right care at the right time in the most appropriate environment. The components which are part of the 24/7 Urgent Care Model include Mental Health Hospital Liaison, Criminal Justice Liaison Teams, Street Triage Cars, 24/7 Urgent Care Hub, Clinical Decision Units and Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Teams.

The FRS offers great opportunity for a motivated individual with an interest working in an acute hospital environment to expand their knowledge in both crisis intervention and physical health care knowledge working in the urgent care model of diversion of service users away from AED to the Clinical Decision Unit or, to undertake assessments of individuals who self present or are referred via the 24/7 telephone line. t

Shortlisting date is planned for 9th June 2023

Interviews planned for 16th June 2023

Main duties of the job

To work as Senior Practitioner for an area of specialist practice across a range of services within the Local Services Division To utilise expert mental health professional skills to provide assessment, intervention andclinical guidance as appropriate, whilst responding to changes to the service user mental and mental health. To formulate, implement and evaluate interventions with individuals and their carers whereappropriate. To ensure that clinical and non-clinical risk is identified and dealt with appropriately. Toreport to the clinical Lead any risk that cannot be managed at an acceptable level without external support.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To undertake expert assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care for a specificgroup of service users.To offer expert clinical advice for service users, carers, staff and other professionals.To demonstrate advanced competence in highly complex decision making, assessment and themanagement of clinical needs within the specialist area of practice.To work in partnership with service users, carers and other agencies to ensure effectiveness of outcomes.

We are seeking adaptable, flexible, innovative and competent mental health practitioners who have comprehensive experience of working in mental health services and wish to develop their professional skills within the hospital setting. This will involve completing mental health assessments and the ability to effectively signpost while forging links with community organisations across health and social care. You will build and maintain effective relationships with health professionals in the general hospital settings to raise awareness with regard to individuals with mental health issues. You must be able to work independently with confidence in order to make informed clinical decisions regarding appropriate signposting/discharge process.

You should have a Registered Mental Health Professional qualification, with significant experience of working within the field of Mental Health.

Person Specification



  • Registered Mental Health Nurse or Dip.SW/CQSW, Dip.COT/SROT
  • Evidence of post registration study / continuing professional development e.g. ENB 998 / Mentorship in Practice.



  • Significant demonstrable post registration experience. ASW/ Mental Health Practitioner


  • Evidence of experience of working a range of people with mental health problems in a variety of health care settings
  • Experience of Crisis Intervention
  • Experience of leadership and management.



  • Able to communicate effectively both verbally and nonverbally.
  • Possess excellent listening and negotiation skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Ability to work as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Experience of Mental Health assessments
  • Demonstrate a good knowledge of Code of Conduct and the nurse's responsibility to identify gaps in their knowledge base
  • Demonstrate knowledge and experience in the concepts of mentorship, preceptorship and supervision and ability to provide education and supervision to qualified and unqualified staff.
  • Knowledge of developments in community care and of mental health legislation.
  • Knowledge of CPA guidelines.


  • Ability to lead the process of standard setting and audit

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