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Complex Needs Service Mental Health Practitioner

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum (pro rata)
Closing date
28 Sep 2023

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We have a vacancy in our Complex Needs Service on the Wirral for a Mental Health Practitioner.

This is an exciting role and very rewarding work.

The service's remit is improving outcomes for people who have high levels of service utilisation who present with severe personality disorder.The objectives of the role are to increase the clients' stability, reduce levels of service utilisation (particularly urgent and unplanned care), broadly improve mental health outcomes, increase the likelihood of the person's engagement in formal, planned mental health therapy treatments so that discharge may take place in a planned, recovery focused way.

Wirral Complex Needs team is a fantastic team to work for. We are a small team working with a caseload of clients with personality disorder delivering psychological therapy. We look forward to your application

Main duties of the job

  • Manage a caseload and work within relevant codes of practice at all times
  • Undertake individual service user focused specialist assessments on all referrals received by the team.
  • Use skills for assessing, interpreting and appropriate diagnosis of mental health service users conditions and carrying out appropriate action.
  • Signpost to the appropriate service to meet individual service user and carer needs.
  • To deliver evidence based interventions which are measurable and which promote the service users journey along the recovery pathway.
  • Provide training in specialist area.

  • About us

    CWP provides health and care services for local people, including mental health, learning disability, community physical health and all-age disability care - including the provision of three GP surgeries.

    Our aim is to help people to be the best they can be, adopting a compassionate, person-centred approach to everything we do. We were recently rated as Outstanding for Caring by the Care Quality Commission with a Good rating overall.

    We have been recognised by the Health Service Journal as one of the top places to work in the health service for the last two years running. CWP also scored the highest in the north west (among mental health, learning disability and community Trusts) for staff recommending CWP as a place to work in the NHS Staff Survey 2020.

    We have services across Wirral and Cheshire, as well as Trafford, Warrington, Bolton, Halton and Liverpool - and provide specialist services for the North West as a whole.

    Apply now to join our skilled and friendly teams and help us to deliver our vision to improve health and wellbeing by providing high quality care. We offer a variety of roles at all levels.

    CWP are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

    We welcome applications from people who have direct experience of accessing our services.

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

    Please download a copy of the job description for full details.

    Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification) and values.

    CWP recruits people that can demonstrate the Trusts Values and Behaviours in their everyday life. Therefore, if you are invited to interview, you will be undertaking a Values Based Interview/Assessment ,which explores not only what you do but how and why you do it.

    Before applying, we encourage you to review the Trusts Values and Behaviours which are the 6 Cs Communication, Competence, Courage, Care, Compassion and Commitment. A Guide to completing your application form can be accessed on the right side of this page under the job description.

    The Supporting Information Section in your application should therefore reflect your understanding of the Trusts Values and associated Behaviours. You will be expected to provide us with examples from work experience and/or personal life which demonstrate these values through your behaviour.

    If your disability meets the definition set out in the Equality Act 2010, and you can show that you meet the essential criteria described in the person specification for an available position, please answer YES to the question: Do you wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme? Please also inform the team if you have any special support needs to be considered as part of the interview and selection processes.

    We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for our Armed Forces community. Please answer YES to the question in the application form.

    All new clinical support staff will be required to have completed or working towards the Care Certificate (CWP In-house 2 day training to be completed within 6 months of start date).

    Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment.You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of �13 per year applies.

    New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

    CWP encourages and supports all staff to become vaccinated against COVID-19.

    Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

    If you experience any technical difficulties or need help when making an application please contact our Recruitment Team on 01244 393100.

    Good luck with your application. We hope to welcome you to Team CWP very soon.

    Person Specification



    • Educated to diploma/degree level and registered with the appropriate professional body
    • Professional knowledge acquired through a relevant degree or experience plus relevant experience working with complex cases


    • Evidence of continued professional development
    • Relevant mentorship qualification as required by governing body

    Knowledge and Expertise


    • In-depth knowledge and experience of working within the recovery focused philosophy framework
    • Knowledge of delivering individual service user focused specialist assessments
    • Knowledge of evidence based interventions which are measureable and which promote the service users journey along the recovery pathway
    • An in-depth knowledge of delivering psychosocial interventions (PSI)
    • Knowledge and understanding of physical health needs
    • Professional knowledge acquired through a relevant degree plus relevant experience for working in the community
    • Highly developed accurate physical skills and be able to manipulate fine tools and materials
    • Knowledge of developing specialist programmes of care, care packages
    • Knowledge of providing specialised advice in relation to care
    • Knowledge of recording personally generated information
    • Knowledge of working closely with commissioners and care providers


    • Knowledge of legal frameworks including the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act
    • Experience of undertaking surveys or audits necessary to own work
    • Experience of undertaking research and development activity and clinical trials
    • Knowledge of complex care management including the development of bespoke support packages



    • A minimum of 2 years' experience working with adults with mental health problems with a complex nature
    • Experience of planning and organising complex activities or programmes requiring formulation and adjustment
    • Experience of developing specialist programmes of care, care packages
    • Experience of providing specialised advice in relation to care
    • Experience of working closely with commissioners and care providers


    • Experience of following policies and providing comments to propose changes to practice/procedures in own work area
    • Experience of safe management of equipment and resources
    • Experience of being an authorised signatory
    • Experience of conducting professional/clinical supervision
    • Ability to undertake surveys, R& D activity or audits as necessary to own work
    • Ability to regularly undertake equipment testing and adaptation
    • Experience of working within a rehabilitation framework

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


    Stein Centre

    Derby Road


    CH42 7HB

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