Senior Practitioner

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year Based on full time hours
Closing date
10 Dec 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you reaching your full potential in your current role? If you feel you have more to give keep reading and see what we have to offer you!

Meadows Adult CMHT is looking to recruit a Registered Social Worker, Nurse or Occupational Therapist with enthusiasm and passion for working in Adult Mental Health. Are you looking to progress your career but need some more support and guidance to achieve your goals?

Meadows Adult CMHT is looking for an enthusiastic, dedicated and talented professional to join the team.

To help you achieve your full potential we pledge to facilitate successful applicants to engage in the coaching and training currently offered through the Trusts Academy of Clinical Excellence and actively encourage your participation on a self directed development journey.

To fulfil the requirements of this role you need to hold a professional registration in Social Work, Nursing or Occupational Therapy and be competent in completing high quality assessments of individuals needs. The successful applicant will be expected to carry a caseload and participate in the teams shared care rota. As the successful candidate will be working alongside other agencies to promote holistic recovery focused care as well as producing reports, completing audits, and running clinics as necessary, excellent communication skills are a must.

Applications will be reviewed regularly and if successful invited to interview, before the closing date.

Main duties of the job

To be an active member of the multi-disciplinary team supporting the assessment and care planning for our service users.

To act as care co-ordinator to an agreed caseload of service users with severe and enduring mental illness.

To undertake ongoing assessment, treatment and evaluation for service users known to the service

To support the delivery of therapeutic interventions either individually or within a group setting.

Support the transformation of the team to deliver local evidence based care.

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


*To lead the clinical management of a designated group of service users.

*To allocate work to junior colleagues, reviewing progress and agreed outcomes.

*To co-ordinate and monitor the delivery of person centred healthcare to a designated group of service users, using complex clinical decision making where appropriate.

*To work as a member of the multi disciplinary team in assessing and planning care and responding to changes in service users' health.

*To identify and ensure the provision of the necessary physical care to service users, to help them complete daily living activities, ie: personal hygiene, diet and fluid intake, clothing and laundry, manual handling, personal environment, manual handling, elimination, maintaining rest and sleep and activity, physical observations.

*To act in a manner to respect the customs, individuality, values, sexuality and spiritual beliefs, actively supporting the individual to fulfil these.

*To identify and provide appropriate intervention and emotional support for service users.

*To create, develop and maintain professional supportive relationships with all members of staff with other professionals and agencies to enhance recovery.

*To ensure prescribed physical observations are undertaken as follows: blood pressure, temperature, pulse, respirations, blood sugars, urinalysis, weight and height and act upon exceptions appropriately.

*To work with service users and carers across the adult age range.

*To work in flexible ways with service users who may be difficult to engage or demonstrate a degree of diagnostic uncertainty.

*To undertake direct work with service users and their families, including formulating care plans, crisis management, and advocacy.

*To be confident in using social inclusion, person centred and recovery focussed models of care.


*To accurately record all contacts with service users in case notes in line with the Trust's record keeping policy.

*To ensure effective communication with clients, relatives and carers, visitors, staff and others.

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

*To develop measures to improve communications where barriers exist.

*To ensure that consent to intervention or assessment is sought in a manner that is meaningful to the service user.

*To communicate with people in a manner that is consistent with their level of understanding, culture and background.


*To lead the development, maintenance and monitoring of service standards and policies, collect and collate data/ information effectively for the purpose of audit, research and service performance.

*To identify, implement and evaluate, with others, areas for potential service improvement and agree further action.

*To contribute to the maintenance, monitoring and implementation of service standards and policies.

*To promote shared decision making with service user / carer/ relative involvement, as appropriate, in all aspects of their care.

*To contribute and make suggestions to the improvement of services.

*To identify issues of concern at work and alerting appropriate personnel.

*To present a positive image of the team, service and trust.

*To work effectively in own team and as part of the whole organisation.

*To ensure the availability of clinical supervision and preceptorship.

*To ensure structures are in place for effective appraisal, personal development and performance management and audit these regularly.

*To assess and plan care in a manner that is consistent with evidence based practice, policies and procedures and the management of risk.

Risk Assessment

*To understand the range of risks potentially faced by the service user group.

*To work in partnership with others to identify and assess the nature, location and seriousness of the particular risks.

*To recognise potential crisis situations and act responsively and responsibly, to resolve the situation seeking assistance if required.

*To contribute to the CPA process and support service users, and others, through the process.

*To be aware of the potential for vulnerability and abuse amongst the service users/families and using the local policy to inform appropriate personnel in line with safeguarding vulnerable adults and children and Southern Health FT Policies.

*To follow the Southern Health FT Lone Working Policy ensuring that home visiting, and any autonomous activity is effectively reported and logged.

*To work with other members of the multi-agency team to plan, monitor and review the effectiveness of the risk management plan.

*To take all possible precautions to safeguard the welfare and safety of staff, service users, visitors and the public, by implementing all policies related to health, safety and risk.

*To recognise the range of risks related to infection.

*To take appropriate measures to control infection and minimise associated risk.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse, Social Worker, Mental Health Practitioner or O.T.
  • Computer skills
  • Significant post qualifying experience
  • Mentorship course
  • Clinical supervision training

Employer details

Employer name

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust


Bridge Centre

New Road



RG21 7PJ

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