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Senior Mental Health Practitioner-North Neighbourhood MH Service

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,057 a year pro rata for part time
Closing date
31 May 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 7
Contract Type
Job summary

A new opportunity for a Senior Community Mental Health Practitioner has arisen within the Bromsgrove Neighbourhood Mental Health Team. This is a newly created post and will be for 12 months as fixed term or a secondment opportunity for staff already employed within the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust. This staff member will have experience working in a community setting as a Band 6 clinician and managing a complex, mixed caseload. They will be able to complete highly specialised assessments and interventions on complex individuals, particularly those who have severe and enduring mental illness, a history of substance misuse issues, other co-existing diagnoses or have a forensic history. The successful candidate will be a role model for junior staff within the team, and be able to provide them with support, education and guidance with their level of expertise and knowledge.

Main duties of the job

The job role entails (but not limited to):
  • Provide front line assessments to highly complex individuals and be able to care plan and risk management these patients.
  • Provide specialised evidence-based interventions to patients and be able to determine appropriate needs led plans of care.
  • Work as a key member and resource of the MDT core team.
  • The ability to work flexibly as the need of the service demands is essential.
  • Provide a presence for consultation and support junior members of staff with complex cases and provide support in formulations
  • Liaise with internal and external services such as the police, drug/alcohol services, CNS, EIS, VCS, PCN stakeholders.
  • Have a good working knowledge of the Mental Health act 1983 and Mental Capacity act 2006
  • Communicate highly sensitive and/or emotive information to members of the public.

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

  • Experience in a Band 6 or 7 as a Registered Mental Health Nurse, OT or Social Work (HCPC)
  • Act as a role model to colleagues, always seeking to maintain the highest standards of professionalism.
  • Use their initiative and take responsibility for themselves and the quality of their work and the service they provide to patients.
  • Work as a member of the Neighbourhood Mental Health service in the assessment and management of vulnerable adults with complex mental health needs including those who find it difficult to sustain contact with mental health services.

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 registration in relation to health or social care
  • RMN/OT/Social Worker
  • Masters level qualification or equivalent community mental health experience
  • Recent evidence of continuing professional development


  • Teaching/training qualification
  • Psychological therapy qualification



  • Experience of working in a community setting as a Band 6 clinician
  • Assessment and management of clinical risk
  • Working within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Managing a complex mixed case load
  • Experience of Care Coordination or equivalent
  • Experience of delivering evidence based psychosocial interventions


  • Working with patients with severe and enduring mental illness
  • Working with substance misuse issues and other co-existing diagnoses
  • Working within forensic services



  • In depth knowledge of principles of assessment of people with mental health
  • In depth knowledge of principles of risk assessment and management
  • In depth knowledge of Mental Health Act 1983 and Mental Capacity Act 2006 and other relevant legislation
  • Knowledge and understanding of the mental health transformation and community mental health framework


  • Knowledge of psychological interventions
  • Knowledge of medications for patients with mental health and physical health issues

Skills & Abilities


  • Ability to challenge poor behaviour
  • Role modelling good behaviour
  • A positive attitude and able to act on feedback
  • Ability to praise and be supportive to others
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English in both verbal and written formats
  • Ability to communicate sensitive and complex information clearly and effectively in both verbal and written formats
  • Mental health skills
  • Specialist Care planning
  • Delivery of evidence-based interventions in mental health.
  • Adaptable
  • Ability to recognise own limits
  • Ability to use own initiative
  • Good team player
  • Skilled in the provision of clinical supervision to both peers and junior members of staff


  • Ability to recognise concerns from team members and team dynamics, and to communicate these to relevant team members.
  • Ability to manage conflict.

Additional Criteria


  • Able to meet the travel requirements of the post

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