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Mental Health Practitioner

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
4 Oct 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Mental Health Practitioner- Ashfield- Band 6

To provide specialist mental healthcare to service users and to work as part of the Mental Health In-Reach Team and wider MDT.

To deliver a range of specialist interventions at primary and secondary care level to include
  • Referral management, screening assessment, triage, and evidence-based interventions
  • Care Planning and risk assessing
  • One-to-one and group-work facilitation
  • managing a mixed and challenging caseload
Key Principles of the health and wellbeing model for Prison Service:
Service user focus with health promotion at the heart of our care

Putting the right staff in the right place at the right time - specialist posts to ensure that experience is on hand to lead and support service users by employing specialist practitioners in neurodevelopmental long-term conditions, older adults, complex case practitioners and discharge coordinators.

Designing and delivering healthcare for the unique needs of each prison setting.

Being highly supportive of clinical and prison staff with training and support enabling the team to work smarter and as part of an effective MDT.

Main duties of the job

To perform robust assessment, screening, and interventions to service users with mental health and neurodevelopmental and trauma needs

Ensure that all waiting time, assessment and interventions are delivered in a timely manner, and positively contribute to the achievement of the service's performance targets.

Ensure integrated and collaborative working with other specialist services, including continuity of care and through the gate arrangements and liaison

Work closely with community mental health teams (CMHTs) to ensure appropriate sharing of information, continuity of care and the Care Programme Approach (CPA) for all service users where necessary.

To provide comprehensive and timely reports and mental health expertise to multi agency public protection panels (MAPPA), police, probation services, solicitors and court liaison teams as directed.

Deliver active clinical leadership and supervision within the team, covering for the manager and colleagues as required. To receive supervision as directed (line management and clinical).

To participate in resource centre services as directed, delivering psychological therapy and specialist activities under the direction of the clinical lead.

To work in a psychologically minded way with service users in achieving their agreed goals and quality health outcomes.

Please check Job Description.

About us

Oxleas - About Us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes.

We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
  • We're Kind
  • We're Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description

Job responsibilities

To communicate effectively on a range of issues that are often complex in their nature and in complex situations.

Participate in the annual appraisal reviews and demonstrate reflective practice through the Knowledge and Skills Framework

To maintain comprehensive and timely electronic clinical records ensuring confidentiality is maintained at all times.

Provide supervision, mentorship & leadership for junior staff.

Take all necessary care in the working environment, adhering to relevant health and safety policies.

Participate and positively contribute to the services integrated clinical governance arrangements

Carry out administrative tasks as directed including research, audit, data, and activity statistics.

Person Specification



  • Diploma level/Degree in relevant health/social care profession, eg RMN, RLDN OT, Social Worker.
  • Current relevant registration with the NMC or HCPC Desirable relevant, post registration training in one of the following areas: ?Learning disability ?Personality disorder ?Substance misuse/dual diagnosis ?Psychological therapies



  • Two years substantive post-registration experience gained working in a range of frontline adult mental health services, undertaking assessment and delivering interventions.



  • oCommitment to CPD, is able to deliver from a range of possible key therapeutic interventions CBT, Psychosocial interventions, Family Interventions, DBT approaches.
  • oDemonstrates a developed understanding of the recovery principles, and the role of secondary mental health services in the delivery of care o Experience of undertaking carers' assessments
  • oDemonstrates substantial experience of, and relevant professional practice qualification in mentoring/assessing students and learners

Employer details

Employer name

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust


HMP Ashfield

Shortwood Road


BS16 9QJ

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