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PDCS Mental Health Practitioner

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

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking to recruit a full-time Band 5 Mental Health Practitioner to work within our Personality Disorder Service. This will be an exciting opportunity to develop continuing practice and role development skills. It is a post suitable for either an experienced Band 5 mental health practitioner looking to develop their knowledge base or, a newly/soon to be qualified member of staff and preceptorship will be fully supported.

This post requires that you have a Professional Health/Social Care qualification (or you will be completing shortly), and are either a mental health nurse, social worker, or occupational therapist and that you have a professional registration with the HCPC or NMC (or soon will have). Your application will not be considered if you do not have (or soon to complete) the training as above.

This post will be based at our office in Chesterton Medical Centre, Cambridge but also having the ability and flexibility to travel to our other bases throughout Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Huntingdon and Wisbech.

Main duties of the job

The service has undergone an innovative redesign and is embarking on an exciting phase of delivering a high-quality service which strives for excellence for its service users. PDCS is part of the Exemplar project in Peterborough, working closely with the community and other services.

There are a variety of areas within the team that would give valuable experience. We have varied treatment pathways from short term management of risk presentations, moderate term group treatment pathways and longer-term caseloads that give the opportunity to develop some structured clinical intervention skills. There are a wide range of weekly work plans from working in the duty team, facilitating groups, case load management, along with taking part in group reflection and supervision, training and education.

The service provides evidence-based treatment protocols for patients with moderate to severe personality disorder which cover three main areas of impairment that the illness can present: namely psychological, occupational and social, with a specific focus on managing high chronic risk.

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 be an active participant in the multi-disciplinary team, formulating care plans and utilising appropriate assessments.
  • To take part in all quality initiatives actively supporting and participating in both policies and service developments in the specific care group.
  • Carry a caseload, actively working with service users and carers.
  • To participate in regular clinical, professional and managerial supervision.
  • To maintain and contribute to standards of professional care, ethics, policies and procedures.
  • To contribute, to improve access for patients to local generic health care services, primary, secondary and specialist services.
  • To maintain record keeping within Trust guidelines, national standards and NICE.
  • To ensure that all patients have an individual risk assessment and care plan which has been created collaboratively.

Person Specification



  • Professional Health/Social Care qualification and HCPC or NMC Professional Registration
  • Registered or will be registered as either a nurse, social worker or occupational therapist.


  • Post registration training/experience relevant to the service area



  • Experience of multidisciplinary working
  • Undergraduate experience of working and learning in a mental health setting


  • Lived experience of mental health challenges
  • Experience of working as a care co-ordinator in a mental health setting, during or post training.

Skills & Abilities


  • Demonstrable commitment and enthusiasm for working with people with personality disorders.
  • Good team worker with effective interpersonal skills. -Innovative, flexible and adaptable.
  • Self-management / able to manage a caseload with indirect support.
  • Able to manage pressure of working in an intensive environment.

Knowledge & Understanding


  • Basic understanding of the impact that personality disorder can have on daily life.
  • Knowledge of relevant professional Standards
  • Strong understanding of and commitment to recovery principles (including social inclusion and vocation)
  • Basic knowledge of Mental Capacity Act (2005)

Physical Requirements/Other


  • Routine and regular use of computer
  • Post holder must be able to travel across all Trust sites (names the sites or the region) therefore must be independently mobile
  • Be able to work flexibly and outside 9-5 if required
  • Demonstrable commitment to continuing professional development

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


Chesterton Medical Centre

35 Union Lane



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