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Mental Health Professional

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
25 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Registered Mental Health Nurse, Social Worker, or Occupational Therapist to join our Home Treatment Service in Somerset.

Due to additional funding, we are developing a First Response Service in Somerset, to provide telephone support and triage to individuals presenting in mental health crisis. This new team will sit under the umbrella of the Home Treatment Service and will work closely with the Home Treatment teams, with staff being able to spend time working across both services.

You will act as a key member of the multi-disciplinary team, liaising with statutory services and other agencies. You will be part of a dynamic team, who are responsible for ensuring rapid community assessments of mental health and risk. You will have sound assessment skills and provide brief interventions to clients as an alternative to admission.

This expansion will develop capacity for the Home Treatment service to provide additional treatment and care to patients at home, as an alternative to hospital and contribute to the provision of acute community mental health care in Somerset.

As well as taking pride in caring for our patients, we also prioritise caring for our colleagues. You will be part of a compassionate team who understand the challenges that arise when working and the importance of supporting one another through these.

Main duties of the job

We recognise that recovery from acute mental illness is best met within a persons own home, so we strive to provide safe, intensive mental health treatment and intervention at home as an alternative to admission to psychiatric hospital.

You will be a key member of a skilled Multi-Disciplinary Team who will offer a wide range of psychological, medical and social interventions to support recovery

As well as working with a clinical caseload and their families, the home treatment team gatekeep admissions to and facilitate early discharge from psychiatric inpatient settings.

The service has seen many positive developments in a short period, which we continue to play an important role in- supporting individuals in a Step- up House as an alternative to hospital, and having close working links with the Mindline phone and Crisis Safe Space services in the county. These collaborative and integrated working models are part of an exciting future for the people of Somerset in what is available to support their Mental Health.

This role will involve flexible working across a 24-hour shift rota (days and night shifts) in a 7 day a week service.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the expanding service and we welcome informal discussions prior to your application.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, continuing professional development and regular informal conversations around career progression, annual recognition awards to celebrate and recognise our colleagues achievements throughout the year and not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

We work hard to make sure that inclusion is part of everything we do. We know that true inclusion means we're able to provide the best care for our patients and provide a fulfilling career for all our colleagues.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London - there is truly something for everyone!

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable.

We have six active and impactful colleague networks. These networks provide a safe space for colleagues to share their experiences and learn from one another, but also influence change across our trust:
  • Multicultural Network
  • Women's Network
  • Armed Forces' Network
  • LGBTQ+ Network
  • Lived Experience Network, for colleagues living with disabilities
  • Autistic Colleague Network

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see Job Description for full details.
  • The team act as a gatekeeper to admissions so the you'll be able to consider referral information from other services and be able to contribute to decision making regarding the most appropriate treatment option.
  • You'll also work in our triage hub, responsible for accepting and triaging urgent referrals from a variety of sources, for those experiencing a mental health crisis.
  • You'll be expected to maintain a high standard of electronic patient records.
  • You'll work collaboratively with colleagues in the team and across the community mental health service. There will be an expectation that they will work flexibly across the service which covers a 24-hour period, 7 days a week.
  • We are looking for someone who is professional in how they communicate, work with care and compassion, are competent, committed, courageous, reliable, trustworthy and dependable in undertaking allocated tasks and responsibilities.

Person Specification



  • RMN, Social Work or Occupational Therapy Qualification
  • Current registration with relevant professional body
  • Evidence of post qualifying professional development in an acute setting

Knowldege and Experience


  • Significant post registration experience in multi-disciplinary community mental health services
  • Experience of managing risk of clients in crisis
  • Experience of assessment, care-plan, development and evaluation in conjunction with clients and carers


  • Good knowledge of resources and working practices across health and social care

Personal Qualities


  • To be able to demonstrate an awareness and responsibility whilst recognising the impact frequent exposure to distressing circumstances has on care and compassion.



  • Ability to travel round Trust area to fulfil the requirements of the role.

Skills and Abilities


  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills including presentation of cases to multi-disciplinary case conferences.
  • Able to carry out evidence based interventions.
  • Ability to lead a team, demonstrating teaching and mentorship skills and work effectively as part of a team.
  • Experience of carrying out supervision to junior staff, coordinating the care of clients and delegating tasks.
  • Ability to undertake PMVA training to required level for role.


  • Ability to work in partnership with other agencies.
  • Experience of multidisciplinary working in a community setting

Employer details

Employer name

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


The Bridge

Priory Health Park Glastonbury Road



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