Outreach Practitioner

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£40,448 to £47,965 a year per annum inclusive of HCAs
Closing date
8 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

We are seeking a Mental Health Professional to work in the SUN Service Team.This service is completely different from other services you might be familiar with. There is no care coordination and you have a maximum of two sessions in a day in a group setting. We provide therapeutic two and half hour group sessions to adults with longstanding emotional and behavioral problems (personality disorder), and who may feel they do not get adequate support from mainstream services. The service operates in community venues across five boroughs delivering a group model intervention.

You will be a Registered Mental Health Nurse or social worker with post registration Mental Health experience, preferably within a community mental health setting. We would consider someone with risk and crisis management experience and extensive experience of working with people with mental health problems and not limited to personality disorder.

You will be committed to effective team working and to the coherent delivery of the SUN group model as required with a range of clinical skills in assessment, crisis intervention ,as well marketing and networking skills.

You will be committed to working creatively to provide a community service for people experiencing mental health problems. You will be well organised, able to work autonomously, have excellent communication skills, both written and oral, and be a team player.

Main duties of the job

Outreach Practitioner

Ideally you must hold a full driver's license and have access to your own vehicle. The role involves running group sessions in the community working alongside and integrally with the Trust wide personality disorder services and senior clinicians of the service to ensure that the treatment programme is delivered, monitored and evaluated.

To work as part of a team that provides mental health services that promotes Recovery .
  • To focus on providing support in groups , directly and flexibly to meet the specific needs of service users in accordance with their crisis and support plan (CASP).
  • To undertake, during groups, risk assessments and risk management and crisis plans as appropriate.
  • To demonstrate an understanding of the distress caused by, and social and personal consequences of, personality disorder for service users and their carers.

We offer a supportive working environment, with a visible and accessible management team. Supervision is a priority as we pride ourselves in supporting the staff to be able to meet the needs of the clients and we are committed to delivering an exemplary service with a strong culture of training and education.

About us

We are Proud to Belong at South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust.

We have expert services, a rich history and a clear commitment to providing the best quality care for those with mental ill-health. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as 'good' - we aspire to be 'outstanding'.

This is a great time to join us. We are transforming the way we care for our communities to support our mission of Making Life Better Together. We have built two brand new mental health facilities at Springfield University Hospital, which are amongst the best in the world. More developments are planned across our sites and services.

We are inclusive and diverse and strive to be actively anti racist. We want to attract people from all backgrounds and experiences to enrich the work we do together. We are proud to co-produce and involve our local communities in all that we do.

We offer flexible working, career development and a variety ofbenefits to enable a positive, welcoming environment in which our people and their careers can thrive.

Come and join our inclusive teams and help our patients on their recovery journey.

Job description

Job responsibilities

This job description will be reviewed regularly in the light of changing service requirements and any such changes will be discussed with the postholder.The postholder is expected to comply with all relevant Trust policies, procedures and guidelines, including those relating to Equal Opportunities and Confidentiality of Information.

The postholder is responsible for ensuring that the work that they undertake is conducted in a manner which is safe to themselves and others, and for adhering to the advice and instructions on Health and Safety matters given by Manager(s).

If postholders consider that a hazard to Health and Safety exists, it is their responsibility to report this to their manager(s).

The postholder is expected to comply with the appropriate Code(s) of Conduct associated with this post.

Person Specification



  • Considerable experience of working psycho-therapeutically with people with mental health difficulties particularly
  • people with personality disorders Experience of working with people in a community mental health setting using principles of the therapeutic community
  • Considerable experience of facilitating therapeutic group interventions.
  • Experience of working as a Care Co-ordinator and implementing CPA
  • Experience of, and commitment to, a recovery based socially inclusive model.
  • Experience of working within an integrated multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of working in partnership with service user and carer groups
  • Experience with client information computer systems
  • Experience of working with people with challenging behaviours


  • Experience of working in a community nursing environment
  • Experience in the delivery of psychological therapy, particularly for patients with personality disorder

Training & Qualifications


  • Core Mental Health Qualification (RMN, CQSW, OT, DipSW, CPsychol, MRCPsych) or Evidence of continuing Professional Development


  • Diploma in Psycho-social interventions, or similar post registration qualification relevant to the post
  • UKCP registered psychotherapist/BACP accredited counsellor
  • Full and current UK driving licence MBTI trained

Knowledge & Skills


  • Knowledge of Personality Disorders and understanding behaviours in context of this diagnosis.
  • Knowledge of appropriate mental health legislation and national policy.
  • Knowledge of the recovery model and other theoretical models related to the care of people with personality Disorder
  • Excellent understanding of Mental Health disorders and a range of evidence based treatment models
  • Knowledge of the principles of risk management and risk assessment and positive risk taking in this client group.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to assess clinical situations quickly and use initiative
  • Good time management skills and ability to prioritise
  • Effective team worker oGood IT skills oSkills in assessment, care planning and case management oAbility to interpret research and apply to practice
  • Clear understanding of the Mental Health Act, and National Policy
  • Ability to work as an active member of the multidisciplinary team oKnowledge of recent initiatives in treatment of personality disorder oKnowledge of our business and how it supports patient care oAbility to work under pressure


  • Audit and Research skills
  • Knowledge of psycho-social interventions
  • Group facilitation skills
  • Report writing skills Demonstrable knowledge (at least theoretical) of MBT

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