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Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Isle of Wight NHS Trust
Newport, Isle of Wight
£35,392 to £42,618 pro rata, per annum
Closing date
6 Oct 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking to recruit enthusiastic and motivated individuals to join our new Access to Intervention team as Senior Mental Health Practitioners. There has never been a more exciting time to join our team as we are currently in the process or transforming and developing this service.

The team promotes dynamic and innovative way of working responding to crisis referrals, crisis calls, offering a face to face response in a timely manner that is required to meet the needs of the service user and their identified risk. We will offer a period of 72hrs assessment, brief intervention in various formats if identified, and signposting to appropriate services.

Dependant on experience within the mental health field, the following core professional roles will be considered for these posts - Registered Nurse Mental Health, Registered Nurse Learning Disabilities, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist (Learning Disabilities, Dementia, Children and Young People and Adult Mental Health)

The service is the front door for most of the referrals received into secondary Mental Health Services and cover Urgent and Emergency assessments across the age continuum. The team also support the Mental Health Crisis Line for the island providing immediate support to those in crisis.

The successful candidate must have experience working with people with mental health problems. You must be enthusiastic, person-centred, and able to provide a flexible and creative approach to care delivery.

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

We are passionate about providing excellent CARE, which is why our values are Compassion, Accountable, Respect and Everyone counts. Our mission is to make sure that our community is at the heart of everything we do and that we hold our values across all our services.

We are committed to endorsing inclusion, diversity and multiculturalism throughout out services and as such, our procedures and policies ensure that applicants are always treated fairly throughout the recruitment process.

Why not come and see for yourself the CARE we give to our patients and staff. Apply to be part of our team today.

About us

We're thrilled that you are thinking of joining us.

We serve a population of approximately 150,000 residents, making the services we offer variable and personalised with a flexible approach to our service users. Every day brings a fresh challenge to our staff and being part of our island gives you the opportunity to work as one cohesive team.

The Isle of Wight is a unique and stunning gem located off the South Coast of England, a short ferry journey from Portsmouth and Southampton, with journey times taking from as little as 10 minutes. London can be reached in 90 minutes by rail from Southampton or Portsmouth. There is a regional airport at Southampton, with flights to many European destinations as well as UK mainland cities. The island offers an amazing coastline with beautiful countryside, year round events, festivals and award-winning attractions.

At the IOW NHS Trust we are committed to putting the safety and care of our patients first, as well as helping us to protect you and your colleagues and therefore we would recommend that you are vaccinated against COVID-19 and that you understand that we are treating COVID-19 positive patients within our services.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To work as part of the Access to Intervention service for all referrals into adult mental health on the Isle of Wight. The post holder will have a professional qualification and will have experience of working with service users experiencing mental health concerns and providing crisis mental health assessments and interventions.

The post holder will work as part of a team triaging referrals, completing assessments, brief intervention and signposting service users to the most appropriate care and treatment pathway. The post holder will also respond to support and assess people presenting to the mental health services in a state of crisis. The post holder will provide assessments within the community and police station when required.

The post holder will work shifts patterns over a 24/7 week period. The Access to Intervention service is active 365 days per year, the post holder will be expected to work a rolling one year on and one year off for the public holidays, including Christmas, Easter and New Year.

Person Specification

Qualifications & Experience


  • Registered Nurse in Mental Health - Evidence based and experience of reflective practice.
  • Assessment of risk, crisis management, brief intervention and management.
  • Experience in therapeutic engagement to patients in groups
  • Wide knowledge/ appreciation of a range of models of practice in social and health care.
  • Knowledge of interventions and strategies which embrace social and health care needs
  • Current national legislative and professional requirements relating to social and health care and processes implemented locally (Community Care Act, Mental Health Act)
  • Report writing Risk assessment and management
  • Mentorship /supervision qualifications/training
  • Engagement
  • Solution Focused working
  • Liaison/negotiation
  • Decision making

Employer details

Employer name

Isle of Wight NHS Trust


St Mary's Hospital

Parkhurst Road

Newport, Isle of Wight

PO30 5TG

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