Community Mental Health Practitioner (Nurse/OT/Social Worker) - ILS

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Burton upon Trent,
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
4 Jun 2023
At MPFT we pride ourselves on staff wellbeing and development and we can offer you:
  • Our SOOTHE resources - supporting staff across the trust with their physical, mental and financial health. In addition to the support offered from our occupational health provider Team Prevent.
  • Counselling support and lifestyle information with advice on a variety of personal matters
  • In our Gift providing a platform for your voice to be heard to inform change
  • The opportunity to purchase additional annual leave
  • Opportunities for flexible working ( depending on the role )
  • Career development opportunities and coaching plus access to in house training programs
  • Innovative research training program entitled STARS (Supporting the advancement of Research Skills)
  • Child Care Vouchers Scheme
  • Recognition and engagement through our staff LOVE awards, LOVE long service awards and Staff Engagement Surveys
  • NHS discounts available via the Blue Card and Red Guava schemes

Main duties of the job

Please check out the below videos showcasing why MPFT is a great place to work and to grow your career:

Why Work for Mental Health Services at MPFT - YouTube

Development and Progression Within Mental Health Services at MPFT - YouTube

What is it like to be a Mental Health Nurse in a community setting at MPFT? - YouTube

Are you a qualified RMN/OT or Social Worker looking for a new opportunity to work in an organisation that will help you develop and achieve your goals to become the best you can be? If so, you are in luck.

The Intensive Life Skills Pathway is a multi-disciplinary mental health team providing assessment and intervention for adults experiencing complex emotional difficulties across East and West Staffordshire as part of the Adult Mental Health Service.

About us

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is an award-winning organisation with over 9000 employees. We are one of the largest integrated Health and Social Care providers, covering services across North & South Staffordshire, Shropshire, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, Isle of Wight and Essex.

We pride ourselves on the services provided to support with the well-being of all our employees both physically and mentally and offer counselling support and lifestyle information. Opportunities for flexible working are also available depending on the role. We encourage career development provided by in house training programs and coaching support.

As part of our strong commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion, we welcome applications from candidates who meet the specific criteria, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, physical and/or mental disability or offending background. We are embedding values based and inclusive recruitment practices to ensure that all applicants, from any backgrounds, have an equal chance of success in achieving a role with us.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The team works in a highly psychologically minded way and are passionate about working with service-users who present with high levels of emotional distress and who often have histories of complex trauma and/or adverse experiences. Applicants should have an interest in working with this client group, and an awareness of relevant evidence based interventions.

The pathway utilises Structured Clinical Management (SCM) as a core therapeutic model, combining individual and workshop based interventions. A range of additional therapeutic models are utilised including attachment theory, behavioural theory, Compassion-Focussed Therapy, EMDR, Trauma-Focussed Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mentalisation-Based Treatment, and DBT informed interventions.

What you will get:
  • An annual salary of up to �40,588 (37.5 hours per week) depending on experience
  • 35 - 41 days annual leave including bank holidays(depending on length of service)
  • Ongoing career development and training
  • NHS Pension Scheme one of the most comprehensive and generous schemes in the UK
  • Wellbeing support, such as access to the MPFT Staff Psychology Service, and additional wellbeing days, along with activities throughout the year
  • Annual recognition event recognising our employees who live and breathe our values
  • Flexible working opportunities
  • There is also a range of other benefits including retail discounts and special offers, a cycle to work scheme, an annual leave purchase scheme, and much more!

What you will be doing:
  • You will be responsible for the holistic assessment and formulation of needs of a defined client group.
  • Responsible for care coordination of an identified caseload.
    • Deliver prescribed interventions on an individual and group basis with service users who have difficulty regulating their emotions and utilise self-harm to manage high levels of distress. The interventions will be focussed on assisting the person to identify and achieve their agreed goals, utilising a Structured Clinical Management model focusing on problem solving, managing emotions, getting along with others and managing impulsivity.
    • You will also be expected to be available for consultation, support and clinical supervision to other health professionals working within the Community Mental Health Pathway Service and other areas of the Trust where identified as appropriate.
    • Delivering interventions to this caseload and working within a multi-disciplinary pathway will require advanced communication and interpersonal skills.
    • You will be required to provide and receive highly complex, highly sensitive, and contentious information regarding assessment, diagnosis and treatment of clients with complex mental health presentations.

Things that you will have:
  • A relevant nursing qualification or registration RMN/OT/Therapist/Social Worker
  • Post qualification experience, such as evidence of formal courses and training relevant to people with complex mental health needs related to emotional instability.
  • Strong team-working skills
  • A high level of self-motivation and a flexible approach
  • A positive attitude and be naturally caring and compassionate
  • A commitment to high-quality care and values and evidence-based practice
  • Excellent teamwork skills, and professionalism

Working Monday to Friday 9am 5pm (Flexibility where necessary). Must have access to efficient transport between patient homes which may cover the area of East Staffordshire (Burton, Uttoxeter, Lichfield, Tamworth)

Please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification for more information about the role.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • A recorded/registered qualification in one of the following in CMHN, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Psychological Therapy
  • Post qualification experience, such as evidence of formal courses and training relevant to people with complex mental health needs related to emotional instability


  • Qualification in psychological interventions such as DBT, SCM, CBT, EMDR, MBT, relevant to a client group with complex mental health needs



  • Experience of working with a client group who present with difficulties relating to emotional dysregulation, high risk challenging and chaotic behaviour, highly complex needs relating to trauma
  • Experience of working with people who have difficulty in engaging with services
  • Experience of working with people engaging in high risk behaviours and self harm

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