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Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An opportunity has arisen for a Senor Mental Health Nurse to join our multi disciplinary team. As an Senior Mental Health Practitioner, the post holder will provide high standards of evidence based client centred care to children and young people with mental health [CYPMH] problems within the THRIVE Framework for service delivery.

The post holder will be expected to provide interventions, advice, consultation and supervision to both colleagues and colleagues within external partner agencies in line with THRIVE and clinical competency.

As the post is identified within the CYPMH strategy, it is expected the role will continue to develop in line with national and local initiatives.

This post is subject toan enhanced with children's and adult's barred listDisclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will demonstrate an attitude which respects and values service users' and their carers.

The post holder will embrace the core values of the organisation and adopt the principles of Recovery and THRIVE. These principles will recognise the need to:

o Promote safe practiceso Value the aims of service userso Work in partnership and offer meaningful choiceo Be optimistic about the possibilities of meaningful changeo Value social inclusion

The team promotes the Thrive model of service delivery and so is continually developing innovative and creative practice - so the successful candidate will share our enthusiasm and hard working approach.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Job description

Job responsibilities

CLINICALTo hold a caseload of both specialist and generic work dependant on clinical competence and experience. To undertake assessments, treatment and consultation work based upon a conceptual framework and employing research based evidence.1.2. To provide direct therapeutic interventions in line with the grading of the post, including assessments, formulation and therapeutic input into children, young people and families referred into the service.1.3. Undertake risk assessments and care plans accordingly, in line with the THRIVE framework1.4.To work in ways that are sensitive to the needs of children and young people families from a wide range of racial, cultural and religious backgrounds.1.5. To be responsible for the screening of referrals to children and Young Peoples services.1.6. To participate directly in the teams duty rotas.1.7. To exercise responsibility and autonomy, within supervisory, managerial and accountability structures, for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients1.8. To deliver care co-ordination, ensuring effective assessment, care planning and risk management processes are maintained. Involve the views of children, their families, referring agents and other professionals involved in the network of care including organising multi-agency meetings.1.9. To produce a clinical formulation and intervention plan founded on evidence based practice in co-operation with the child young person and carers1.10. To hold responsibility for standards of clinical practice within area of specialist knowledge1.11. To work jointly and collaboratively with other team members in order to enhance and develop the provision of services to young people and their families. To have an effective knowledge base of other modalities so as to engage and work effectively with colleagues in other disciplines.1.12. To provide consultation, advice and guidance to junior colleague. To promote effective multi-agency work. To contribute theoretical knowledge to the process of managing risk within the multi-agency network

1.13. Undertake risk management for all children including the protective and risk factors present in the network of significant relationships.1.14. Identify and respond appropriately to child protection issues, as described with the guidelines of Local Safeguarding Childrens Board and Northwest Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust safeguarding policies1.15. Maintain clear and comprehensive electronic clinical records, to ensure information is accurate and complies with Data Protection Act and professional body and Trust standards.1.16. To engage with using routine outcome measures as clinically appropriate including their use in clinical practice and inputting data into clinical records.1.17. To work collaboratively with children, young people and their families and contribute to the trusts service user participation agenda.

COMMUNICATION2.1.To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients and to monitor and evaluate progress during the course of both multi and uni disciplinary care. To effectively communicate professional opinions, verbally and in writing to other relevant professionals.2.2. Attend Child Protection Case conferences as a representative from children and young peoples mental health services.2.3. Provide and receive highly complex, sensitive or contentious information to children, young people and families and to other professionals with in young peoples services.2.4. Communicate effectively with children, young people and their carers, when in crisis and in challenging family situations2.5. Organise and facilitate multi-agency meetings and reviews2.6. Elicit highly sensitive information using engagement/ communication skills which are appropriate to the young persons stage of development2.7. Work, as part of an integrated multi professional team, ensuring good communication and working relationships with other professionals2.8. Provide written reports detailing the progress of the mental health intervention.

TEACHING, TRAINING AND SUPERVISION.3.1. Participate in regular supervision, engage in reflective practice and committed to continued development.3.2. To provide training to other professionals to improve mental health knowledge and skills in line the transformation of children and young peoples mental health services3.3. To provide specific training and /or presentations to other agencies, statutory and voluntary, and promote and deliver specialist training programmes3.4. To contribute to training placements for a range of professional disciplines from different background so that trainees acquire the necessary skills, competencies and experience to contribute effectively to positive change. To assess trainees competencies and write placement reports for trainees in line with Trust, professional body regulations3.5. Work collaboratively with partner agencies within the principles of THRIVE. This will include joint working consultation and training aiming to develop joint working across agencies.3.6. Maintaining registration / accreditation requirements in accordance with the appropriate professional body in line with their professional qualification.3.7. Be accountable for own clinical practice and professional behaviour

MANAGEMENT, POLICY AND SERVICE DEVELOPMENT4.1. Identify priorities within and initiatives within the service and advice managers on the level of resources for service development.4.2. Contribute to the services evidence based practice by engaging with audits and evaluations as appropriate4.3. To contribute to recruitment processes by assisting with shortlisting, interviewing and the induction of recruited staff.4.4. To support the workload of colleagues within the service through co-working practices.4.5. Contribute to service developments.

RESEARCH AND SERVICE EVALUATIONTo maintain an up to date knowledge of the evidence base in relation to mental health knowledge and other interventions.. To contribute to planning and implementing systems for evaluation and monitoring of therapeutic practice and outcomes of clinical work within the service.. Participate in research, evaluation and audit in response to the clinical and professional interest of the post, and to monitor standards, quality and consumer reaction to the provision of services in accordance with NICE guidance. Participate in appropriate audit. Quality assurance programmes and research as directed.

CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT7.1.To receive and engage in regular clinical supervision in accordance with Trust Clinical Governance Standards and the Code of Practice and ethical guidelines of professional body7.2. To contribute to the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards of practice through active participation in internal and external CPD training in consultation with the post holders service manager to meet professional body requirements for CPD andregistration.7.3. To contribute to the development of best practice in the service by taking part in regular supervision and appraisal and maintaining awareness of current developments in the field.7.4. To maintain professional body registration.

Person Specification



  • Registered Core Profession Social Work or Nurse and Up to date Professional Registration (to be maintained).
  • Assessor/Mentorship Training applicable to qualification



  • Experience of working with CAMHS.
  • Experience of mentorship, supervision and co-ordination of staff.
  • Experience of Care Planning process
  • Working in a multi-agency framework
  • Demonstrate a contribution to change management process
  • Experience in positive leadership of a team
  • Demonstrate experience of problem solving approaches
  • Recovery Model
  • Mental Health Act (1983)
  • Effective Care Coordination
  • Relevant National policies and guidance
  • Evidence based and reflective practice
  • Mental Capacity Act
  • Vulnerable Adults Procedure and Child Protection.
  • Safety, Privacy and Dignity Guidelines



  • Continuous Improvement
  • Accountability
  • Respectfulness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Support
  • High professional standards
  • Responsive to service users
  • Engaging leadership style
  • Strong customer service belief
  • Transparency and honesty
  • Discreet
  • Change oriented



  • Demonstrate sound leadership qualities and an understanding of management styles
  • Understanding of quality and change in the clinical setting
  • Ability to delegate and coordinate
  • Ability to work to deadlines
  • Ability to utilise Assessment skills and tools effectively
  • Ability to communicate in a variety of settings.
  • Ability to maintain accurate and up to date clinical records
  • Able to present factual information and refer questions to others where appropriate
  • Able to deal with sensitive issues with tact and diplomacy
  • Ability to develop effective interpersonal relationships with colleagues
  • Effective time & workload management
  • Ability to work to deadlines
  • Ability to identify and minimise risk effectively
  • IT skills

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