Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum + 5% High Cost allowance
Closing date
26 Sep 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
You will work as a member of the MDT in providing high quality, evidence based, holistic assessments and care to patients in line with your professional Code of Conduct and Trust policies.

You will work within a fast paced urgent community care pathway offering an urgent and crisis response to those experiencing mental distress within the community. You will work with non-statutory and statutory services to support people while in crisis.

You will conduct initial assessments, agree formulation of need and develop collaborative care plans underpinned by NICE Guidance delivering a range of interventions based upon individual needs. Assessments and interventions can take place in patients' homes, team bases, hospital and other community settings or via tele-coaching and through the use of assisted technology and online forums. The successful candidate will be working within the Mid and South Essex area conducting assessments and interventions over a 24 hour period.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be able to demonstrate the following:
  • Registration (Mental Health Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Social Worker)
  • Evidence of continual professional development
  • Proven experience of working in a health, social care or community setting as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Proven experience of working with people with mental health conditions and vulnerable service users
  • Proven experience of conducting and contributing to ongoing assessments

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work
  • Day One Flexible Employer

The Trust supports and actively encourages flexible working for all employees. We offer many options and you are encouraged to ask the recruiting manager what is possible for this role. If appointed, you will have the opportunity to apply for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment

Join our Staff bank

What is Staff Bank?

Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

If you are joining our Trust in a fixed term role, please indicate on your New Starter Paperwork that you wish to join our staff bank.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please note that this role outlive serves to provide an illustrative example of the duties and responsibilities you may be expected to undertake during the course of your normal duties. It is not an exhaustive list and you will therefore be required to undertake other responsibilities and duties that are considered to be commensurate with the Band.

Person Specification



  • Registration (Mental Health Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Social Worker)
  • Mentorship preparation
  • Evidence of continual professional development
  • Meet the requirements for revalidation as set out by the NMC
  • High standard of education
  • Good written and spoken English


  • Post graduate qualification or commitment to work towards this
  • Non-medical prescribing qualification



  • Proven experience of working in a health, social care or community setting as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of dealing with confidential and sensitive information
  • Proven experience of working with people with mental health conditions and vulnerable service users
  • Proven experience of conducting and contributing to ongoing assessments
  • Ability to conduct risk assessments of the individual in the service user environment
  • Proven experience of medicines management in line with NMC Standards and Trust policies and procedures
  • Experience in providing psycho-social interventions
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the recovery principles
  • Understanding of / and the ability to conduct assessments and review of care in line with the requirements of the mental health care clusters
  • Understanding and the ability to support the team to meet their key performance indicators and contractual targets
  • Experience in the performance management and supervision of lower banded staff
  • Excellent IT skills i.e. Word / Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • Experience of using an electronic information system
  • Experience of and participation in audit and research
  • Knowledge and understanding of health legislation, principles of CPA and Care Management, Mental Capacity Act, Mental Health Act 1983 and safeguarding, the NHS Constitution, and risk assessment / management
  • Knowledge of current best practice and models within nursing practice in mental health
  • The ability to devise comprehensive care plans that incorporate effective, individualised and evidenced based therapy interventions
  • Understanding of the nature of mental health conditions and how they can affect people's day to day life and impact upon recovery
  • Commitment to ongoing learning through CPD for self and others within operational area


  • Able to deliver from a range of possible key therapeutic interventions CBT, Psychosocial interventions, Family Interventions, DBT approaches
  • Working knowledge of the Paris/ Mobius Clinical Information System
  • Knowledge of working with external agencies involved in the care of people with mental health problems
  • Knowledge of the physical health needs of service users and monitoring of same
  • Understanding of working with Ambulance Paramedic crews and Street Triage teams



  • Literate in IT/Computer Skills
  • Good oral communication skills based on fluency on the English language
  • Ability to manage and coordinate multi-disciplinary meetings i.e. referral / review / business / handover
  • Ability to work with Clinical Manager in the development and implementation of operational / Trust policies
  • Deliver training to colleagues and lower banded staff
  • Ability to critically analyse and review research findings and reports
  • Assess and treat own caseload of service users in accordance with Trust clinical pathways
  • Undertake physical health checks of services users and act on the findings appropriately
  • Undertake a range of clinical duties e.g. providing practical support and guidance to service users
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the Trust Core Values
  • Understand the need for compassion in working with colleagues, servicer users and families
  • Support families and carers within the boundaries of their role and professional code of conduct
  • Capable of working under pressure and meet deadlines where required
  • Act as key worker to a group of service users
  • Take on the role of lead practitioner
  • Self-motivated with a desire to contribute to the ongoing service development
  • Participate in service reviews and research
  • Able to demonstrate a level of flexibility, innovation and creativity in the working environment
  • Ability to engage and motivate people
  • Ability to organise individual and group activities / work skills
  • Experience in risk assessment of service user activity
  • Plan and prioritise own and team workload as required
  • Ability to work effectively and flexibly as a senior practitioner in the multi-disciplinary team
  • Demonstrate the ability to lead, facilitate and support group work i.e. anger management, psycho education and hearing voices
  • Mentorship and supervision of lower banded staff
  • Promoting concordance with medication and treatment regimes in line with NMC regulations and Trust policy
  • Requirement to undertake carers assessments
  • Undertake, supervise and sign off nursing needs assessments
  • Lead and facilitate group work

Personal Qualities


  • Shares the Trust's Beliefs and models this in their attitude and behaviour:
  • Ensures that the organisational values of open, compassionate and empowering are demonstrated by self and others every day and that any matters of concern are addressed in a timely way, either directly or raised with the relevant Line Manager or through the relevant processes within the Trust as appropriate.

Additional Requirements


  • Fitness Analysis as appropriate
  • Current driving licence
  • Ability to travel across sites and across Trust boundaries to attend meetings, etc

Employer details

Employer name

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Sankey House, Pitsea


SS13 3BB

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