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Mental Health Practitioner- *NEW HIRE BONUS*

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Band 5
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Job summary

�3000 - New Hire Bonus

The permanent posts are eligible for a �3000 New Hire Bonus. An initial payment of �1000 will be paid in the first 1 month and a final payment of �2000 will be paid 1 year after your start date. Please see attached New Hire Bonus Terms & Conditions

We are looking for an enthusiastic, committed individual with a relevant clinical registration (mental health nursing, OT, social work) to join The Ely older people's community mental health team (Neighbourhood Team) based at Princess of Wales Hospital (free parking, caf onsite) in the beautiful city of Ely. We are a small, friendly and supportive multidisciplinary team embedded within an exciting Integrated Care model. We provide patient focused, evidence-based mental health interventions and assessment for people aged 65 and above, with a range of Functional and Organic mental health illness. You will manage a caseload of service users, delivering a range of clinical skills and therapeutic and recovery-based interventions.

The ideal candidate will have a strong team work ethic and sense of accountability, accompanied by an ability to work under pressure at times. We support agile working and promote regular supervision and continued professional development. You will mainly be covering Ely and the surrounding villages but will also cover other areas of Cambridge as needed. Therefore, successful applicants will need to have a drivers License and access to a vehicle for work.

Main duties of the job

Mental Health practitioners in Neighbourhood Teams will contribute to assessment and provide interventions for people with significant mental health conditions including dementia and functional mental health illnesses, in collaboration with the service user, their carers and MDT colleagues.

To engage in supervision and be supported to hold a caseload.

Offer training, advice and guidance to colleagues in the neighbourhood team on common mental health conditions.

Participate in Neighbourhood Team MDT meetings and ensure key information is recorded accurately in shared care plans and records.

Work closely with the mental health integrated care team in order to provide an excellent and holistic mental health service.

To have a working knowledge of current mental health and wider legislation, in addition ensuring effective application of CPA assessment and care planning principles and effective risk assessment.

Part time and flexible working considered.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities
  • To provide an ongoing assessment of the care needs, plan care in collaboration with the service user, their carers (where appropriate) and MDT colleagues. Delivery care in a safe and effective manner and ensure that needs are reviewed on a timely basis commensurate with service user needs.
  • Supporting service user medication concordance in association with MDT colleagues. This will be achieved by demonstrating a working knowledge of medications and policies commonly used in older peoples mental health services including relevant NICE guidance e.g. anti psychotic prescribing in dementia care
  • To actively engage in partnership working in respect of the patient, carers and service development
  • To have a working knowledge of current mental health and wider legislation, in addition ensuring effective application of CPA assessment and care planning principles and effective risk assessment.
  • Contribute to the assessment, treatment, evaluation and effectiveness of treatment / care offered and review plan with multi -professional team / team manager.
  • Liaise effectively with other members of the service team, primary health care teams, residential/nursing homes, adult social care and other organisations contingent upon the client.
  • Employ specific skills to help resolve/manage problems in older persons mental health e.g. anxiety management strategies, behavioural management strategies in dementia, family support skills etc.
  • Be familiar with and observe statutory and local policies in the prescribing, custody and administration of medications in line with the Trusts medicine management policies and procedures.
  • Maintain a high standard of written reports, records of visits/interventions, care plans recording the progress of clients in line with standards for records and record keeping
  • Participate in: Clinical case management and supervision groups. Lead as appropriate, clinical meetings/reviews. Administrative/management meetings as required.
  • To engage in clinical supervision and mentorship to enhance professional development.
  • To develop and promote good relationships with service users and carers and obtaining feedback where possible.

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • RMN level 1 RMN level 2 OR Qualified Occupational Therapist or Social Worker with mental health experience


  • ENB 998 or other teaching qualification, mentorship



  • Experience in acute or community mental health setting
  • Experience of working with people with a diagnosis of dementia


  • Community experience
  • Primary care experience
  • Have a lived experience of mental health changes

Knowledge & Skills


  • Able to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision
  • Ability to work flexibly as part of a team
  • Good communication skills
  • Good report writing
  • Able to assess, plan and implement care


  • Understanding of clinical supervision

Personal Qualities


  • Demonstrates empathy for the concerns of others
  • Listens to and understands directly and indirectly expressed feelings
  • Encourages others to express themselves openly
  • Manages strong emotions and responds constructively to the source of problems
  • Shows respect for others' feelings, views and circumstances

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