Senior Community Mental Health Practitioner

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year per annum
Closing date
7 Jun 2023
Are you a candidate that enjoys variety and excels in providing support for complex patients?

Do you possess an exceptional clinical skill set that helps in making a difference?

An exciting opportunity has risen for a Band 6 Senior Mental Health Practitioner to join the Community Rehabilitation and Recovery Team across Durham and Darlington. Due to recent investment you will be joining us at an exciting time to develop the service to meet the requirements of the Community Mental Health Framework (CMHF).

We are looking for an enthusiastic and dynamic individual who are able to work with the wider MDT, voluntary sector and third sector organisations

Main duties of the job

Key skills and responsibilities will include working in rotation with other senior Practitioners within the team to carry out Rehabilitation assessments to determine the needs of the individual and how these can be met by the team. You will be responsible for having oversight of Rehabilitation bed availability and supporting patient flow from inpatient settings as well as working alongside community mental health teams in assessing service user needs for community rehabilitation interventions. This will guarantee continuity of care for service users transiting into and out of rehabilitation services. You will be responsible for providing coordinating and delivery an individualised support package that will enhance their skills and keep them sage and well in the community. Effectively liaising with referring agents will be crucial within your role. The role will involve producing robust treatment reports and recommendations in accordance with Trust and local policies.

It is essential that you exemplify excellent interpersonal skills as they will be paramount when establishing close working relationships with all appropriate agencies and networks in the field of Mental Health, locally, regionally and nationally. There will be an expectation that you will have a small clinical caseload working alongside the Community Rehab and Recovery team in delivering specialist rehabilitation interventions.

About us

We will support you by providing a positive working experience within our very own team and service, with the commitment of giving you access to opportunities that will be essential in your professional development. Furthermore, you are guaranteed throughout to receive robust supervision and appraisals, talent management and access to training opportunities. There will also be exciting opportunities to help to support service development beyond the team and across the Locality.

Lease car scheme is available and enhancements as the team provide a 7-day service working 365 days of the year. We are looking for highly motivated staff who will lead the way as role models within the team, demonstrating compassionate leadership. The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic, proactive and flexible, having the ability to work on their own initiative and be able to communicate with internal and external agencies relevant to patient care. You must be able to demonstrate best practice in community mental health service delivery.

We are a team that is compassionate, inclusive, and committed working together to provide excellent care to support our community .

Job description

Job responsibilities

This role would be befitting for a candidate registered as a mental health nurse, occupational therapist or social worker that would then familiarise themselves and work in the Durham and Darlington Community Rehabilitation and Recovery Team.

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for further detailed information to ensure that you meet the role criteria before applying.

Additional contact details

Sarah Tweddle :Modern Matron

Durham & Darlington Tees Valley Rehabilitation Services

Mob: 07717480789

Person Specification



  • Current professional registration with an approved professional body.
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development.
  • For registered nurses: MIP, FLIP, ENB 998 Teaching & Assessing in Clinical Practice or City & Guilds 730 Teaching in Adult Education. Must be achieved within agreed timescale.
  • Recognised sign-off mentor, clinical educator or equivalent. Must be achieved within agreed timescale.
  • Key skills in literacy, numeracy and ITQ level 2 (or equivalent)


  • Leadership or management qualification
  • Post-graduate qualification in a relevant area



  • Significant experience working with people with mental ill health in a care environment.
  • Working collaboratively with service users and their families/carers.
  • Providing clinical supervision to individuals or groups as professionally appropriate.
  • Mentoring or facilitating students on practice placement.


  • Leadership or management experience
  • Significant experience working with people with mental ill health in a community environment.



  • Demonstrable knowledge to post-graduate level of evidence-based practice in caring for patients in the designated field.
  • Understanding of relevant legislation (e.g. Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act).
  • Care Programme Approach and its application in practice.
  • Clinical Risk Assessment and Management and its application in practice.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust


Inglewood , Lanchester Road Hospital



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