Trainee Mental Health Community Practitioner - Wyre Forest

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year
Closing date
30 May 2023
Job summary

An exciting opportunity has arisen to employ a Trainee Mental Health Practitioner for a 12-month fixed term or secondment opportunity. This role will focus on the delivery of population based mental health care for the community of Wyre Forest. You will be working alongside a team of highly specialist practitioners and have direct relationships with the professionals within the local Primary Care Networks (PCN). If you are seeking a role that will encompass new ways of working that will be the future delivery of community mental health care in England, then this is an opportunity you should not miss. If you are a newly qualified RMN, OT or Social Worker, the Trainee MHP post offers a developmental package allowing you to work towards a Band 6 position in the team with guidance and support from experienced staff members and gives you the opportunity to spend time in other clinical areas to develop your knowledge and understanding of the service. Consideration will be made for flexible working and there may be some opportunities for staff members to work from home where clinically possible. Although this is a secondment/fixed term opportunity, there may be opportunity to apply for a permanent position in the team depending on future circumstances.

Main duties of the job

The main duties of a Trainee Mental Health Community Practitioner within our team includes (but not limited to):
  • Being supported in completing assessments on patients referred within the Wyre Forest locality. Referrals would typically come from GPs, however, may also come from internally within the trust or other agencies.
  • Holding a caseload of patients with a range of mental health illnesses and providing treatment to these individuals using evidence-based interventions as appropriate.
  • To develop care plans with patients and the MDT, to the utilise these care plans to support them in recovery.
  • To be able to risk assess and risk manage patients in response to their current needs.
  • To be supported in taking part in the duty system and act appropriately when dealing with patients who are experiencing difficulties in the absence of their allocated worker.
  • Receive clinical and managerial supervision regularly.

A developmental plan will be available for this post and if you meet the requirements of the developmental plan you will be offered a Band 6 post within the team.

About us

We are community hospitals, neighbourhood teams and community health services across Worcestershire and the provider of Mental Health and Learning Disability services across both Herefordshire and Worcestershire. We work in partnership with other organisations to keep our community well at home for as long as possible.

We provide services for people of all ages, across a range of settings, experiencing both physical and/or mental health conditions.

We have an open and supportive culture, recognised by the CQC and other external regulators. We want you to thrive, offering you every opportunity to develop. We will support you; help you fulfil your ambitions with a varied and flexible training programme; and empower you to make positive changes within your team or service. We endeavour to offer an attractive work-life balance, with flexibility in our approach to help you get the most out of your career.

We provide our staff with direct access to a wealth of resources to support their wellbeing, from our Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub, to wellbeing festivals or access to free online exercise classes.

At the core of our values, we are committed to equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights. We take every opportunity to strengthen our approach to equality and diversity in delivering best patient care and the employment of our staff.

We would encourage you to visit the Trusts Recruitment Microsite, click the Employer Website link.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For full details of the duties and criteria for the role please refer to the job description and person specification attached.

Person Specification



  • Relevant professional qualification relating to Health or Social Care e.g., in nursing (RMN), social work (BSc/Dip SW), Occupational Therapy (BSc OT)
  • Current professional registration


  • Evidence of continuing professional development



  • Assessment and management of clinical risk
  • Working within a multi-disciplinary team


  • Assessment of people presenting with mental health problems.
  • Working in a primary care setting or secondary care setting
  • Experience of delivering evidence based psychosocial interventions
  • Managing own caseload
  • Some community experience (however this can include time as a student or pre-qualification)



  • Knowledge of mental health illnesses, understanding the signs and symptoms
  • Knowledge of principles of risk assessment and management
  • Knowledge of Mental Health Act 1983 and Mental Capacity Act 2006 and other relevant legislation

Additional Criteria


  • Will be required to complete breakaway/de-escalation training
  • Will shadow and participate in regular locality duty system if required
  • Able to meet the travel requirements of the post

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