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Senior Practitioner (Specialist Community Mental Health Team)

The Wigan Specialist Community Mental Health team are looking to welcome a Band 7 Senior Practitioner to the team.

This is a newly created role developed as part of our Community Transformation Plan and will give the successful candidate the opportunity to utilise and develop their own clinical leadership and clinical decision making skills while providing clinical oversight to the SCMHT.

The post holder will utilise co-ordination, delegation and prioritisation skills to work with the clinical team to provide excellent patient care.

You will work alongside a team of passionate, hard working colleagues in the SCMHT team and will be supported by the Clinical Team Manager, Clinical Lead and Senior Practitioners in the SCMHT.

This post is a part-time position (15 hours per week) and the working hours will be 8am - 8pm 7 days a week. Flexible working can be discussed. The post is based at Claire House in Wigan. The post holder will be expected to travel across the Borough to attend satellite clinics across Wigan and Leigh.

This post includes participation in the Bronze on call rota.

Main duties of the job

Key duties willinclude:
  • Overseeing the clinical management of the caseload, reviewing the practice of other staff.
  • Direct supervision of a chosen staff group
  • To develop and maintain relationships and pathways with other services
  • To promote awareness of the role of SCMHT within local service area/team, GP practices and the wider community.
  • Supporting with service management in conjunction with the team manager
  • Working with the Team Manager to support with policy and service improvement and development
  • Supporting service user, carer and stakeholder involvement
  • Promote a culture of learning, education and professional development
  • Championing quality assurance by establishing quality standards relating to the service user and carer experience, implementing Divisional Action Plans and undertaking complaint investigations
  • Adherer to the principles of safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults in line with Trust Policy and local reporting procedure and ensuring junior staff compliance with this.

Please see the full job description and person specification for more details.

About us

Greater Manchester Mental Health (GMMH) Foundation Trust employs over6,400members of staff, who deliver services from more than160locations.

We provide inpatient and community-based mental health care for people living in Bolton, the city of Manchester, Salford,Trafford and the borough of Wigan, and a wide range of specialist mental health and substance misuse services across Greater Manchester, the north west of England and beyond.

Greater Manchester is one of the world's most innovative, original and exciting places to live and work. From the beauty of the surrounding countryside to the heart of the vibrant inner city with great shopping, entertainment and dining options.

Wherever you go you will experience a great northern welcome with people famed for their warmth, humour and generosity.

Our people enjoy their work, have opportunities to learn and develop their skills and are encouraged to generate new ideas that improve care for our service users.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description and person specification

Staff benefits
  • Pay Enhancements 30% additional for Evenings (8pm onwards) and Saturdays and 60% additional for Sundays and Bank holidays.
  • 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays rising to 29 after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years
  • Excellent pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Salary sacrifice car scheme
  • Wellbeing programme
  • Blue Light Card Discounts

Person Specification

Other requirements


  • Able to travel around the Trust footprint
  • Ability to work over 24 hour, 7 days a week team, to facilitate line management and support practitioners.
  • Participate in bronze on call rota subject to agreement

Skills and abilities


  • Understand all Trust Policies and Procedures
  • Understand the Trusts Strategic Goals and how they can support them
  • Understand the need to safeguard children and vulnerable adults
  • Carry out all duties and responsibilities of the post in accordance with Equal Opportunities, equality and Diversity and dignity in care and work policies and principles
  • Maintain high standards of quality in corporate and clinical record keeping ensuring information is always recorded accurately, appropriately and kept up to date
  • Take reasonable care of the health and safety of yourself and other persons
  • Contribute to the control of risk and to report any incident, accident or near miss
  • Protect service users, visitors, and employees against the risk of acquiring health care associated infections
  • Take responsibility for own learning and development



  • Offer advice and consultation to members of the multi-disciplinary team based on solid clinical experience of mental health nursing.
  • Support the Team Managers and other Senior Practitioners / Professional Leads in the daily operation of the Teams.
  • Lead on the implementation of, the Trust-wide Strategies across the Directorate
  • Facilitate a culture of lifelong learning, including involvement in the process of Individual Development and Personal Review (IDPR), and Personal Development Plans.
  • Participate in and ensure provision of Clinical Supervision, both as Supervisee and Supervisor and an understanding of the Knowledge, Skills Framework under Agenda for Change
  • Promote a learning environment for students
  • Ensure compliance with policy, procedure, and protocol, in consultation with the Team Managers, other Senior Practitioners and Professional Leads
  • Participate in multi-agency meetings e.g., Protection of Vulnerable Adults, Child Protection.
  • Understand the Clinical Governance agenda and provide professional representation in local groups supporting consultation and implementation.
  • Full understanding of the Care Programme Approach including the needs and rights of Carers.
  • Understanding of current national policy and initiatives in relation to severe and enduring mental health issues.



  • Post registration experience of working in multi-disciplinary Home Treatment team or other mental health community services
  • Evidence of post registration specialist training and development.
  • Experience of participating in audit and an understanding of implementing Action plans relating to the outcome of audits
  • Knowledge of requirements under the Care Programme Approach including the needs of carers and the mental health Minimum Data Set.


  • Previous experience in a clinical leadership role



  • Professional qualification and current registration (Qualified RMN, OT or Social Worker)


  • Post registration training relevant to mental health/leadership/management

Employer details

Employer name

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHSFT



Claire House



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