Mental Health Practitioner

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
29 Sep 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic Mental Health Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Social Worker to join our local Older People Community Mental Health Team. This post involves working in Southampton providing skilled assessment and treatment interventions to older people living with mental health problems and the successful candidate will take on the role of a care coordinator for patients. There are posts based at the Western Community Hospital and Moorgreen Hospital. This is a substantive post and available full time, part time hours may be considered. We are a very friendly and supportive team.

You must have a genuine interest in working with older people and be able to demonstrate a real commitment to providing high quality and compassionate care to patients and their families. You will play an important role in the team as we aspire to provide excellent patient care and develop our services in line with national and local drivers.

There is a strong multidisciplinary focus within the team and you will be integral to the implementation of programmes of care and evaluating and communicating effectively with other parts of the service.

It is essential you have a driving licence and access to a car.

Main duties of the job

1.1 The Senior Community Mental Health Practitioner will work as a core member of the Community Mental Health team to co-ordinate the care of a complex caseload of service users supervising a Band 5 Community Practitioner/Band 3 Community HCSW where appropriate.

1.2 Working under the supervision of the Deputy Team Manager/Team Manager the practitioner will formulate care and risk management plans in accordance with identified need and ensure that these are recovery focussed and developed in collaboration with the service user and where appropriate their relative and carer.

About us

Are you committed to providing remarkable care and service?

Are you passionate about helping people and want to make a difference every day?

We want to meet you!

Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities. We are committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect through our 6,500 strong workforce.

Southern Health has over 300 sites across the county and we serve 1.5 million people throughout all stages of their lives. Our aim is to work alongside the people we support (and our health and care partners) to deliver the best possible care and constantly improve.

Here at SHFT we have so much to be proud of:
  • Working as a team and supporting each other, we put patients and our staff at the heart of everything we do.
  • We have a skilled and diverse workforce and are committed to our staff development, offering bespoke training packages, leadership pathways and career opportunities.
  • We offer a variety of benefits such as an amazing pension scheme, generous annual leave, Childcare Choices scheme, many discounts (Blue Light card, The Company Shop, NHS Staff Discounts, cycle to work scheme) and much more.

Come to work with us, together we will provide outstanding treatment and care to improve lives.

Job description

Job responsibilities

2.1 To effectively co-ordinate the care of a complex caseload of service users with severe and enduring mental illness. 2.2 To undertake initial and detailed assessments where this is clinically appropriate.

2.3 To formulate care plans in line with identified need.

2.4 To provide recovery focussed therapeutic interventions in line with the agreed care plan and risk assessment.

2.5 To assess risk, develop risk management plans, review and adjust in line with the service user's needs.

2.6 To work in collaboration with service users as experts in their own care, promoting the principles of recovery, choice and personalisation, which value and empower the service user.

2.7 To use tools which promote user empowerment e.g. Wellness Recovery Action Plans (WRAP)

2.8 To be proactive in ensuring service users receive the range of interventions they need in line with their care plan, whether or not the post holder provides those interventions. This will include physical health monitoring.

2.9 To have a proactive approach to the role and needs of carers / families.

2.10 To be proactive in monitoring mental health needs and respond in a timely fashion if needs change adjusting the care plan accordingly.

2.11 To participate fully in caseload supervision and management, to ensure that care plans are matched to need.

2.12 To work with relevant agencies, procedures and legislative requirements, in particular, The NHS and Community Care Act, Mental Health Act, Data Protection Act, Adult & Child Protection Procedures.

2.13 To work in accordance with all relevant policies and procedures including care planning, risk assessment and safeguarding

2.14 To deliver evidence based interventions in accordance with those agreed for use within the service

2.15 To actively monitor and review the effects of prescribed medication for the patient group noting its efficacy and the affect of potential side effects and acting promptly to escalate concerns or seek advice regarding potential medication changes.

2.16 To administer prescribed medication where required including depot medication in accordance with agreed Medicines Procedures

3.1 To develop a professional relationship with service users based on principles of recovery.

3.2 To comply with requirements to monitor and record agreed outcome measures and key performance indicators e.g. mental health minimum data set.

3.3 To accurately record all contacts with service users in the RiO electronic record in line with Southern Health FT record keeping policy.

3.4 To ensure effective communication with service users, relatives and carers, visitors, staff and others.

3.5 To ensure that all communication takes place in a manner that is consistent with legislation, policies and procedures.

Person Specification



  • Registered Mental Health Nurse

Employer details

Employer name

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust


Western Community Hospital

Walnut Grove



SO16 4XE

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