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Mental Health Practitioner

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
23 Sep 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting and challenging opportunity has arisen for enthusiastic and driven Band 6 mental Health practitioner to work within the Urgent Response Team for Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Urgent Response Team is a service which will provide 24/7, 365 days a year access to all aspects of mental health care, advice, support and treatment. This role will involve 3 specific areas of work including our first response telephone line, our section 136 assessment suite and our specialised assessment clinic.

Our assessment clinic provides the completion of holistic mental health assessments for service users who are experiencing all aspects of mental health difficulties. This encompasses liaising with GP's, service users, family/carers and the MDT in order to collaboratively complete individualised treatment plans for our service users.

Short listing 22nd Sep 2023

Interviews are planned for 2nd Oct 2023

Main duties of the job

1. To coordinate the care of service users carrying out assessment planning, implementation and evaluation of their care under the guidelines of the care programme approach and under the supervision of the line manager.

2. To ensure that the service users care plan is developed to meet the assessed need of the individual and that unqualified staff are delivering care as identified in the care plan.

3. To liaise with family members, carers and significant others when completing the assessment and developing a care plan.

4. To undertake and supervise risk assessments and formulation of risk management plan for service users under your care, taking note of the contributions from other members of the team, family members carers and significant others.

5. To ensure Safeguarding Children and Adults requirements are followed and participate in meetings as appropriate.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Job description

Job responsibilities


1. To be responsible for maintaining relevant professional registration and PREP requirements.

2. To participate in life long learning to maintain and develop practice utilising CPD, self directed learning reflective practice coaching mentorship clinical supervision and performance management in the interests and needs of yourself and the service.

3. To provide an effective link between mental health services and primary care, acting in an advisory capacity to professionals in other fields.

4. To develop effective working relationships with other professional outside of the Trust in order to enhance the delivery of care to service users.

5. To participate as a supervisor and supervisee in the Divisional performance management / supervision framework. Work towards and help others work towards goals and objectives as agreed in personal development plans.

6. To take responsibility for maintaining and developing own knowledge and sills within own area of work.

7. To attend, as appropriate, courses and conferences, and to feedback and share knowledge, gained from attendance.

8. To be professionally accountable for own actions as a registered practitioner.

9. To act, at all times, in accordance with trust policies and procedures, ensuring that unqualified staff are adhering to policy and procedure.

10. To undertake mandatory training as identified by the Trust and Division to ensure that all actions are in line with training.

11. To keep up to date with developments in professional practice and make recommendations for change to senior staff, as appropriate.

Person Specification



  • Appropriate professional qualification or experience at Degree Level e.g. RMN, AHP, Social Worker
  • Evidence of post registration study / continuing professional development e.g. Mentorship in Practice


  • Working towards master level education



  • Minimum of 2 years post registration experience in mental health.
  • Evidence of leadership and management skills.
  • Evidence of experience of managing cases & case loads
  • Evidence of supervising staff.
  • Ability to work autonomously across the organisation/boundaries and with other agencies
  • Experience of working in partnership with other agencies and service users and carers
  • Experience of audit/research and working knowledge of clinical governance.
  • Experience in change management and policy formulation.
  • Experience of using Incident Reporting Systems e.g. DATIX
  • Experience of undertaking and involvement in Serious Untoward Incident Reviews
  • Evidence of experience of working with a range of people with mental health problems in a variety of health care settings



  • Able to communicate effectively both verbally and non -verbally
  • Being responsive and flexible, seeing change as an opportunity to improve services
  • Ability to lead the process of standard setting and audit
  • Leadership Skills
  • Ability to work within a divisional management team, be able to generate own workload and ability to work to strict deadlines.
  • Ability to build purposeful relationships with a range of both internal and external to the organisation
  • Proven knowledge of relevant mental health legislation.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of CPA ECC guidelines.
  • Demonstrate knowledge in the concepts of mentorship, preceptorship and supervision and ability to provide education and supervision to junior staff
  • Demonstrate a good knowledge of professional Codes of Conduct and Staffs' responsibility to identify gaps in their knowledge base.

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


Hollins Park Hospital

Hollins Park



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