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Community Mental Health Practitioner

Hywel Dda University Health Board
£34,212 to £41,197 a year per annum (pro rata if part-time)
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Job summary

This is a fixed term/secondment vacancy until 30/06/24 to meet the needs of the service.

If you are an internal applicant this post will only be offered on a secondment basis and you will need to have gained your line managers approval for the secondment prior to going to interview.

Hywel Dda University Health Board are currently looking to recruit a suitably qualified and motivated individual who has an interest in working with older adults experiencing mental illness both functional and organic to join the South Carmarthenshire Older Adults Community Mental Health Team based at Caebryn Unit, Prince Philip Hospital , Llanelli.

The post holder will be responsible for the assessment of care needs, the development of programmes of care and the implementation and evaluation of these programmes of care for a defined clinical caseload. The post holders will also be expected to undertake the role of a Care Co-ordinator within the Care Treatment Planning under the Mental Health (Wales) Measure 2010.

This post offers an excellent opportunity to work in an interesting and developing service environment. You will have considerable opportunities for training and professional development and regular Clinical Supervision will be available.

Main duties of the job

Essential to the post is the ability to work in collaboration with the multi-disciplinary team and with voluntary organisations, local authority and other appropriate health and social care sectors to negotiate care provision across the primary/secondary care interface. The individuals will be expected to respond to crisis situations, exercising clinical judgements and assessing complicated events and situations within clients own home, in other care settings and as part of their duty rota involvement.

As an autonomous practitioner, you will demonstrate self-management skills and independence in thought and action and take personal responsibility for professional performance e.g. regular lone working and with clients in the community.

The post holder will be responsible for supervision, PADR's and caseload management support of the Health Care Support Workers within the CMHT. The post holder would be expected to deputise for the band 7's in their very short term absences.

So whether you are experienced and highly skilled already in your field and want a change of practice or you are looking to take the next step into the community to develop your career, we would welcome your application. Please also feel free to make contact and/or arrange an informal visit even before you apply if you would prefer, we would be keen to hear from you.

About us

Hywel Dda University Health Board is the planner and provider of NHS healthcare services for people in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and its bordering counties. Our 11,000 members of staff provide primary, community, in-hospital, mental health and learning disabilities services for around 384,000 people across a quarter of the landmass of Wales. We do this in partnership with our three local authorities and public, private and third sector colleagues, including our volunteers, through:

Four main hospitals: Bronglais General in Aberystwyth, Glangwili General in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush General in Haverfordwest;

Seven community hospitals: Amman Valley and Llandovery in Carmarthenshire; Tregaron, Aberaeron and Cardigan in Ceredigion; and Tenby and South Pembrokeshire Hospital Health and Social Care Resource Centre in Pembrokeshire;

48 general practices (four of which are managed practices), 47 dental practices (including three orthodontic), 99 community pharmacies, 44 general ophthalmic practices (43 providing Eye Health Examination Wales and 34 low vision services) and 17 domiciliary only providers and 11 health centres;

Numerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilities services;

Highly specialised and tertiary services commissioned by the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee, a joint committee representing seven health boards across Wales.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will be able to find a full job description and person specification attached within the supporting documents.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; English and/or Welsh speakers are equally welcome to apply.

Interviews will be held on 16/06/23

The Health Board is committed to supporting its staff to fully embrace the need for bilingualism thereby enhancing patient and service user experiences. In our commitment to increase the number of staff who are able to communicate in Welsh with patients and professionals, we welcome applications from Welsh speakers.

The ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable for this post. If you do not meet the Welsh Language requirements specified, the Health Board offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal desirable requirements during the course of your employment with us.

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Person Specification

Qualifications and Knowledge


  • Professional Qualification/Registration from recognised body - ie: RMN, OT, Social Worker
  • Post-basic education in the area of practice to postgraduate diploma level
  • Post registration experience
  • Demonstrate an understanding of relevant legislation ie: Mental Health Act, Capacity Act, Mental Health (Wales) Measure


  • Relevant degrees



  • Wide range of experience within a service related setting
  • Demonstrates achievements in developments of care standards/procedures guidelines
  • Demonstrates effective team working
  • Use of I.T. skills


  • Demonstrates research and audit experience
  • Clinical Audit experience

Language Skills


  • Welsh Speaker (Level 1)

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