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Community Mental Health Practitioner

Full Time - 37.5 Hours Per Week

This is an exciting opportunity to join a well established, hard working and welcoming team in the East sector of Barnsley. As an Enhanced Mental Health Team (EMHT) we are a group of specially trained people who work together in order to offer support to service users who experience complex mental health difficulties. The successful applicant would enjoy the challenge of working with a varied caseload of service users with the support of colleagues from different professional backgrounds.

We work flexibly with service users as a multidisciplinary team depending on their level of need and coordinate services and care to work towards mental health stability and recovery.

The enhanced pathway is open 365 days a year and during the week the hours of work are divided into two shifts, between 8.30-19.00, there will also be a requirement to work some weekends (9-17.00)

All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients.

Main duties of the job

  • Your role will include the monitoring of patients under the care of the East Enhanced Team, their response to treatment, engaging patients in holistic care planning and care coordinating care and treatment plan.
  • We utilise the FACT model in patient care where appropriate and you will be responsible, when shift coordinator and as a care coordinator for being responsive to patients under this model of care.
  • Create, undertake and review comprehensive patient care plans with the input of service users which promote engagement, stability, recovery and risk management. Work alongside other professionals in delivered of planned care, evaluate and review as appropriate.
  • Document care delivery to a high standard in line with professional standards, local and national guidance.
  • Advises and supports the person and carers to promote health and well-being and to prevent illness, educate around harmful behaviours, signpost to relevant primary, secondary and charitable services.

  • About us

    We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.

    Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.

    We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.

    Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.

    Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.

    We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

    We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.

    Job description

    Job responsibilities


    JOB PURPOSE: The post holder will be responsible and accountable for the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of skilled interventions to address identified needs and risk for allocated clients on a defined caseload. Works within a multi-disciplinary team as a member of an Enhanced Team.

  • To work as a member of an integrated multi-disciplinary team providing comprehensive assessment of clients and their carers, planning, implementing and evaluating skilled interventions to address identified needs.
  • To have knowledge of current issues and research relevant to the legislative framework and systems in which mental health care is delivered.
  • To contribute to service development within the clinical governance structure and policies and procedures of the Trust. Adhering to NHS guidance outlined by the relevant statutory registration bodies.

  • Professional
  • Assesses needs and identifies problems relevant to the care of people referred. Devises a plan of care in partnership with the person and carers. Implements the planned programme of care to ensure a high standard is achieved. Reviews the effectiveness of the care provided and where appropriate initiates any action.
  • To be competent in all aspects of care and risk management as defined within the framework of the care programme approach.
  • To work collaboratively with clients, carers and multiple other agencies to provide effective care to optimize and maintain clients mental health and overall functioning, ensuring needs are met.
  • Management of enquiries and direct referrals of people in accordance with the Enhanced Team Operational Policy and participates in the team duty rota. To participate in the team duty rota.
  • Maintain professional registration and demonstrate commitment to statutory codes of practice and continued professional development requirements.
  • To be responsible for the safe custody, transportation and administration of medicines including I.M. preparations.(if appropriate to qualification)
  • Contribute to the running of physical health clinics for appropriate patients ~(if appropriate to qualification)

  • Education
  • Provide peer supervision and support to other team members and to take personal responsibility and supervise junior staff in the maintenance of written and electronic client and Trust records including inputting data related to own work activity.
  • To have an understanding of and participate in the clinical audit process.
  • To have an awareness of evidence based practice relevant to the specialist area and participate in the education of individuals and target group.
  • To participate in the Trusts values based appraisal system, understanding appropriate training and participating in personal development opportunities.

  • For full job description, please see attached supporting documents.

    Person Specification

    Special Knowledge/Skills


    • Working knowledge of recent government legislation e.g. Mental Health Act, Health & Safety, Care Programme Approach, Care Act & Safeguarding
    • Able to work incorporating principles of Clinical Governance
    • Knowledge of working collaboratively with people and their carers to ensure their involvement in the assessment and care planning process
    • Shows awareness of cultural diversity and is able to incorporate this into care planning and the delivery of care
    • Knowledge and evidence of using IT systems
    • Good written and verbal communication skills.
    • Knowledge of audit processes
    • Knowledge of carer services/ issues/ assessment


    • Knowledge of audit processes
    • Knowledge of carers services / issues / assessment



    • Assessment and care planning skills and risk assessment and risk management.


    • Relevant Post basic qualification and training

    Physical Attributes


    • Ability to undertake the duties and demands of the post. A satisfactory sickness record over the previous 2 years (subject to the need to act with fairness and equality of opportunity, particularly where the sickness is related to a disability and/or pregnancy).



    • Registered Mental Health Nurse / Social Worker / Occupational therapist


    • Experience of mentoring/supporting learners or ability to demonstrate the skills required for effective mentoring



    • Can demonstrate skills in assessing and managing people experiencing mental health problems
    • Can demonstrate skills in assessing and managing risk in a variety of settings
    • Proven ability in assessing the needs and strengths of people and their carers
    • Ability to deliver a range of therapeutic techniques which can be incorporated into one to one and / or group interventions
    • Working within an integrated multi-disciplinary environment and co-working with other teams within team meetings, case conferences and professional meetings


    • Ability to support colleagues and supervise students/trainees
    • Experience of working
    • holistically with adults with an emphasis on coexisting mental and physical health needs that impacts on wellbeing

    Personal Attributes


    • Ability to work on as part of MDT.
    • Good communication skills. Ability to work on own initiative, with reference to policies and procedures.
    • A Current driving licence and access to a car during the working day is essential (reasonable adjustments will be considered for any applicants who are unable to drive due to a disability)
    • A willingness to work flexibly to meet the needs of services users and the team including extended hours
    • Reliable and enthusiastic
    • Motivated and resourceful
    • Professional attitude

    Employer details

    Employer name

    South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust


    Lundwood Medical Centre

    Pontefract Rd



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