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Mental health practitioner

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
22 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to work within our Community Health & Justice Services.

We are looking for mental health practitioners within an interest in mental health of people in the criminal justice system. GMMH offers assessment and access to mental health care through the 5 borough-based teams across our footprint.

We are seeking enthusiastic practitioners to join our teams in Salford and Bolton.

We currently have 1 full time contract in Salford & a 30 hour contract in Bolton.

You will work with a multi-agency team delivering individualised care to people who come into or at risk of coming into contact with the criminal justice system. The post holder/s will carry a caseload within which they will provide assessments, care formulations, clinical risk assessments. Additionally they will liaise with & on behalf of service users to enable timely access to health and social care as well as diversion away from the criminal justice system where appropriate. The post holder/s will be expected to work closely and in collaboration a range of care and criminal justice partners such as, housing officers, police officers/staff, probation officers, GP's, community health services. This is a permanent contract post for a qualified mental health nurse or allied health professional at Band 6 level. You would have the support of a Senior Clinical/ Management Team, as well as the skills and experience of a diverse Multi-disciplinary Team within the mental health services.

Main duties of the job

These posts are offered as a permanent opportunity for an experienced band 6 mental health practitioners to work within the Health and Justice Community Services. The roles will be based at April House in Manchester, St Helena Mill in Bolton, St James's House in Salford and Stretford Police Station in Trafford. The role will involve the case management of service users in the community with mental health problems or neuro diversity difficulties who find themselves in contact with the criminal justice system.

About us

Greater Manchester Mental Health is an award winning mental health Trust, providing health and social care services. The Trust serves communities in Bolton, Manchester, Salford and Trafford as well as specialist mental health services across the North West. We also offer local alcohol and drug services throughout several boroughs of Greater Manchester and Lancashire, as well as regional inpatient services.Please ensure you read the job description and person specification attached and that your supporting information reflects this, as your application will be judged against these criteria. All successful applicants will be notified via the email address provided and all further correspondence will be through email, therefore please ensure that you regularly check your emails after the closing date for this post.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Principal Duties and Responsibilities Work closely with a high demand cohort of service users with mental health problems or learning disabilities. Provide high quality case management to service users with complex needs. Receive referrals and actively engage person/s in a dedicated time frame. Be able work in an assertive outreach based model. To participate in the development of service policy and procedures as well as ensuring that all policies and procedures are implemented and adhered to. Support the evaluation of practice and other aspects of service provision and implementing appropriate measures for improvement. Responsible for providing line management and clinical and managerial supervision to junior team members. Assess, plan, implement and evaluate programmes of support for service users. Be able to use GMMH systems of recording and communication. Refer individuals into services where a need has been identified and there is a service to support. To maintain clear lines of communication between services, with particular regard to risk assessment and risk management. Contribute to the development of standard operating procedures for the service. Be comfortable working and dealing with users and enquiries in a health and justice setting. Support service users to attend and engage in services which seek to reduce criminal behaviour. Triage using evidenced based assessments, care plans which are recorded and monitored for progress to move service users through the systems. Sign post and advise both service users and professionals of all the commissioned serves available in Manchester. Support service users to participate in positive diversionary activities and seek employment.General Duties/Responsibilities Directly engage with individuals who are presenting with mental health problems and support the development of a multi-agency plan of care and/or intervention. Provide brokerage with local service providers to enable a joined up response which addresses underlying issues relating to mental health or other social problems. To attend meetings and participate in service development as appropriate to role. Participate in team and individual and managerial supervision.Training and Research Maintain appropriate data of activity and keep accurate, up to date clinical records. Liaise with other agencies and organisations across health and social care in Manchester on issues related to the service. Network with other similar schemes on both local and national levels. Participate in research activity as and when required and actively promote the concept and practical application of evidence based practice. Participate in the training and supervision of learners/students nursing and social work students. Ensure that Trust clinical governance standards are maintained.Health and Safety / Risk Management To comply with all trust Health and Safety requirements and undertake all mandatory Health and Safety training. To regularly carry out duties as a lone worker in community settings and service users homes and be aware of the risk assessment and management procedures required for this work.

Trust Mandatory On- going Requirements - to be met by the candidate after commencing in post, these will not be assessed at the recruitment stage To undertake any other reasonable duty, when requested to do so by an appropriate Trust manager. To understand and comply with all Trust policies, procedures, protocols and guidelines. To understand the Trusts Strategic Goals and how you can support them. To understand the need to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults and adhere to all principles in effective safeguarding. To carry out all duties and responsibilities of the post in accordance with Equal Opportunities, Equality and Diversity and dignity in care/work policies and principles. To avoid unlawful discriminatory behaviour and actions when dealing with the colleagues, services users, members of the public and all stakeholders. To access only information, where paper, electronic, or, in another media, which is authorised to you as part of the duties of your role. Not to communicate to anyone or inside or outside the NHS, information relating to patients, services users, staff, contractors or any information of a commercially sensitive nature, unless done in the normal course of carrying out the duties of the post and with appropriate permission. To maintain high standards of quality in corporate and clinical record keeping ensuring information is always recorded accurately, appropriately and kept up to date. To ensure their day to day activities embrace sustainability and reduce the impact upon the environment by minimising waste and maximising recycling saving energy minimising water usage and reporting electrical faults, water leakages or other environmental concerns to the facilities department or their line manager. Take reasonable care of the health and safety of yourself and other persons To contribute to the control of risk and to report any incident, accident or near miss

See attached detailed job description and person specification:

Staff benefits

Pay Enhancements 30% additional for Evenings (8pm onwards) and Saturdays and 60% additional for Sundays and Bank holidays.

27 days annual leave plus bank holidays rising to 29 after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years

Excellent pension

Cycle to work scheme

Salary sacrifice car scheme

Wellbeing programme

Blue Light Card Discounts

Person Specification

Professional qualification


  • RMN/ Social Work degree

Post reg experience


  • 12 months

Employer details

Employer name

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHSFT


April House

104 Fairfield Street



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