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Community Practitioner

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
22 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The West Northumberland Community Treatment Team are looking for a qualified Community Mental Health Practitioner, either Band 6 or a Band 5 with experience and a wish to progress into a band5/6 development position. If you want the opportunity to become part of a warm, friendly MDT with a great range of skills and experience, then this post for you. We are looking to recruit someone with a real positive outlook and a sense of team spirit.

Quote from Nurse within the team: I wanted to add something to this advert for 2 reasons. Firstly, people think Hexham is, 'too far away'. I live 15 miles away and it takes less than 30mins to get here. Its 20 mins from Newcastle. Secondly, I have worked here for 20+years and it is one of the friendliest and most supportive environments I have ever worked in. Everyone looks out for each other, there is a lot of humour in the office, and even some homemade cakes now and again! You can even sample my free range eggs!

Quote from Advanced Practitioner within the team: There is no better county to be a community practitioner in than Northumberland! Although it's a big county to cover, the scenery is just lovely, with easy access along the Tyne Valley, Hadrian's Wall and Kielder Forrest. The people here are as lovely as the scenery too! The team is full of friendly banter and listening ear's, so you will feel right at home straight away in a supportive cake-fuelled environment.

If you have any questions please do get in touch.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for someone who is committed to providing compassionate care that is based on empathy, kindness, respect and dignity. You will assist in the delivery of therapeutic clinical based interventions and activities which meet individual needs embracing equality and diversity. In return one of our top priorities is looking after our staff so that we have a happy and healthy workforce.

You will engage in regular family/carer contact to support and encourage collaborative decision making

Be responsible for the Assessment and Management of service users who have substantial and complex needs.

To consider Carer needs and ensure they are involved in Care Planning where appropriate

To deliver evidenced based Clinical and Psychologically based Interventions.

To work as a member of the MDT ensuring that high quality individualised care is delivered which ensures safety and a commitment to promoting recovery and wellbeing and maximising independence.

Coordinate Treatment Planning & Interventions, Reviews and Discharge Planning.

Work flexibly to meet the needs of Service Users across pathways which may include working extended or flexible hours.

To have access to a car for work purposes and a UK driving licence.

To support the overall running of the team and service, by feeding into MDT meetings and cover role of duty worker.

About us

We aim to attract and retain a diverse, talented and committed workforce, who are caring and compassionate, and therefore able to meet the demands of the modern NHS now and in the future. In return we can offer a dynamic working environment in which to build a career.

Job description

Job responsibilities

We want you to be committed to ensuring that only the highest standards of care are delivered to our service users, their families and carers. In return one of our top priorities is looking after our staff so that we have a happy and healthy workforce.

You will need to be clinically confident or be willing to work towards being experienced, solution focussed and competent in working with individuals, their families, and carers, in a community setting. You should have a collaborative and enthusiastic approach as well as the passion and commitment to developing and promote recovery-based approaches for adults with mental health related needs.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please find attached job description for full details.

Please do get in touch if you have any questions or would like to come along and meet the team. We would be delighted to meet with you and have a chat over a cuppa

Please find attached job description for full details.

Advertising date : 6 September 2023

Closing date : 20 September 2023

We welcome your application.

Person Specification

Education and Qualification


  • First Level Registered Nurse RNMH, RMN, RNLD or equivalent first level qualification e.g. Social Worker, OT, Clinical Psychologist, other.
  • Mentor Training.
  • Evidence of post-registration training in clinical/ psychological interventions / skills relevant to the post.
  • Proven track record of post registration clinical experience relevant to the post.
  • Training in CPA (Care Programme Approach), Safeguarding, MAPPA (Multi Agency Panel for the Protection of Vulnerable Adults) and Child Protection.
  • Up-to-date knowledge/experience of relevant legislation.


  • Post Registration Qualifications in Psychological Interventions
  • Experience of working within a community team.
  • Non-Medical Prescribing

Knowledge and Experience


  • 12 - 24 months minimum experience post registration.
  • Awareness and understanding of professional accountability, NMC standards and other local and national initiatives.


  • Understanding of difficult to manage/challenging behaviours.
  • Experience of managing clinical risk

Skills and Competencies


  • Proven ability to carry out and provide comprehensive written assessments of individuals with complex mental health needs.
  • Risk Assessment and Risk Management / Safety Planning skills.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of effective & appropriate treatment options including a range of evidence based clinical approaches as identified in N.I.C.E. Guidance).
  • Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Evidence of a high level of professional, organisational and leadership skills (self & others).
  • Ability to adapt within a changing environment. Ability to work under pressure.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to use electronic recording and relevant IT equipment.
  • Ability to work effectively with other professionals using a multi-agency approach. Ability to work autonomously and within a team. Excellent time and case management skills Good conflict resolution skills
  • Excellent time and case management skills Good conflict resolution skills. Proven track record of acting as an effective advocate for service users and their carers.


  • Clinical leadership
  • Training and induction of staff.
  • delegation skills
  • debriefing skills
  • teaching and presentation skills

Role/Team specific requirements


  • Able to maintain professional development.
  • Good, effective communications skills
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary Team
  • Ability to meet the mobility and geographical requirements of the post.

Employer details

Employer name

CNTW NHS Foundation Trust


Fairnington Centre, Hexham General hospital

Corbridge Road


NE46 1QJ

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