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Community Mental Health Practitioner

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year
Closing date
30 May 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 5
Contract Type
Job summary

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a B5 Community Mental Health Practitioner to join the South Kirklees Core Team.

The wider multidisciplinary Core Team includes CPNs, Social Workers, Psychological Therapists, Psychiatrists, Support Staff and OTs working with working age adults experiencing a range of moderate mental health needs. The team offers a range of therapeutic interventions on a short-term basis, generally for up to one year. Interventions provided can include support focusing on crisis and contingency planning, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, psychological therapies or support around diagnosis and medication issues.

You would work to enable people to overcome barriers caused by an impact upon their mental health due to social, economic, physical and / or psychological factors, or whatever is preventing them from living life how they would like to. You would deliver a high quality, co produced service with a range of service users on your caseload.

All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients

Main duties of the job

The role of the B5 MHT is to deliver crucial therapeutic interventions whilst also assessing and reviewing progress and potential barriers to recovery. The role will require working in service users homes and co producing care plans which identify specific interventions as well as 3rd sector organisations that may be more appropriate for them. Managing your own time and working with a high level of autonomy in the community will be important. There will be opportunities to access a range of development and training, as well as clinical supervision provided by senior staff in Core and opportunities to access group forums to reflect on practice.

This is an incredibly rewarding role - youll have the opportunity to transform the lives of your service users, to give them hope, direction and support their recovery journey. This is also a challenging role, so youll need to be resilient, empathetic, and dedicated to delivering quality evidence-based interventions, sometimes with service users who display high risks to self or others. As a people person, with your can do attitude and strengths-based approach, youll build a good rapport with your service users, gaining a real understanding of their individual needs and personal barriers to recovery.

This role would suit an individual who has experience of supporting service users within health, social care or the voluntary sector, working specifically with people who have experienced serious mental illness.

About us

We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.

Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.

We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.

Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.

Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To work as a member of an integrated multi-disciplinary team providing comprehensive assessment of clients and their carers, planning, implementing and evaluating skilled interventions to address identified needs.
  • To have knowledge of current issues and research relevant to the legislative framework and systems in which mental health care is delivered e.g. CPA, MHA (1983).
  • To contribute to service development within the clinical governance structure and policies and procedures of the Trust. Adhering to NHS guidance outlined by the relevant statutory registration bodies.

  • Professional
  • Assesses needs and identifies problems relevant to the care of people referred. Devises a plan of care in partnership with the person and carers. Implements the planned programme of care to ensure a high standard is achieved. Reviews the effectiveness of the care provided and where appropriate initiates any action.
  • To be competent in all aspects of care and risk management as defined within the framework of the care programme approach.
  • To work collaboratively with clients, carers and multiple other agencies to provide effective care to optimize and maintain clients mental health and overall functioning, ensuring needs are met.
  • Management of enquiries and direct referrals of people in accordance with the Core C.M.H.T. Operational Policy and participates in the team duty rota. To participate in the team duty rota.
  • Maintain professional registration and demonstrate commitment to statutory codes of practice and continued professional development requirements.
  • To be responsible for the safe custody, transportation and administration of medicines including I.M. preparations.(if appropriate to qualification)

  • Education
  • Provide peer supervision and support to other team members and to take personal responsibility and supervise junior staff in the maintenance of written and electronic client and Trust records including inputting data related to own work activity. To identify any areas of concern to a senior member of staff.
  • To have an understanding of and participate in the clinical audit process.
  • To have an awareness of evidence based practice relevant to the specialist area and participate in the education of individuals and target group.
  • To participate in the Trusts values based appraisal system, understanding appropriate training and participating in personal development opportunities.

  • For full Job Descriptionplease see attached in Supporting Documents

    Person Specification



    • Assessment and care planning skills and risk assessment and risk management.


    • Relevant Post basic qualification and training.

    Special Knowledge and Skills


    • Working knowledge of recent government legislation e.g. Mental Health Act, Health & Safety, Care Programme Approach, Care Act & Safeguarding.
    • Able to work incorporating principles of Clinical Governance.
    • Knowledge of working collaboratively with people and their carers to ensure their involvement in the assessment and care planning process.
    • Shows awareness of cultural diversity and is able to incorporate this into care planning and the delivery of care.
    • Knowledge and evidence of using IT systems.
    • Good written and verbal communication skills.
    • Knowledge of audit processes.
    • Knowledge of carer services/ issues/ assessment.


    • Knowledge of audit processes.
    • Knowledge of carers services / issues / assessment.

    Physical Attributes


    • Ability to undertake the duties and demands of the post. A satisfactory sickness record over the previous 2 years (subject to the need to act with fairness and equality of opportunity, particularly where the sickness is related to a disability and/or pregnancy).

    Personal Attributes


    • Ability to work on as part of MDT.
    • Good communication skills. Ability to work on own initiative, with reference to policies and procedures.
    • A Current driving licence and access to a car during the working day is essential (reasonable adjustments will be considered for any applicants who are unable to drive due to a disability).
    • A willingness to work flexibly to meet the needs of services users and the team including extended hours.
    • Reliable and enthusiastic.
    • Motivated and resourceful.
    • Professional attitude.



    • Registered Mental Health Nurse / Social Worker / Occupational therapist


    • Experience of mentoring/supporting learners or ability to demonstrate the skills required for effective mentoring



    • Can demonstrate skills in assessing and managing people experiencing mental health problems.
    • Can demonstrate skills in assessing and managing risk in a variety of settings.
    • Proven ability in assessing the needs and strengths of people and their carers.
    • Ability to deliver a range of therapeutic techniques which can be incorporated into one to one and / or group interventions.
    • Working within an integrated multi-disciplinary environment and co-working with other teams within team meetings, case conferences and professional meetings.


    • Ability to support colleagues and supervise students/trainees
    • Experience of working.
    • holistically with adults with an emphasis on coexisting mental and physical health needs that impacts on wellbeing.

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