The Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead (WAM) Older Peoples Mental Health Service is looking for an enthusiastic, caring and highly motivated Mental Health Practitioner with a relevant professional qualification (Mental Health Nurse or Social Worker) to join our friendly and innovative team. The post holder will have the opportunity to work across the teams, CMHT, HTT and Memory Clinic.
The post holder is responsible for managing his/her own caseload, working collaboratively with other disciplines from both statutory and voluntary sectors as well as contributing towards the development of the service. He/she may be required to take a lead in an area of special interest, such as working with carers or Younger People with Dementia. The post holder is also responsible for ensuring clinical governance guidelines are followed and to be involved in delivering training and educational programmes as well as participating in audit and research.Main duties of the job
- To undertake initial comprehensive assessments in a range of settings including patient's own home, considering the person's physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs.
- To ensure that all programmes of nursing care interventions are based upon the service user's individual needs and that they are consistent with the Memory Clinic Care Pathway
- To identify and select from a range of health, social and voluntary agencies which could assist and improve the care of individuals and their families.
- To participate and support on the MSNAP accreditation process
- To provide specialist consultation and advice on issues relating to the care of older people with mental health problems to other professionals within the wider care community such as Adult Social Care Service, Residential and Nursing Care Homes, Sheltered Housing, Day Centres etc.
Berkshire Healthcare has a record of achievement and success that places us as one of the best performing Trusts in the country. We are rated 'Outstanding' by the CQC, we have a history of strong financial performance, and we have a highly skilled and engaged workforce. We aspire to be an outstanding organisation for everyone: our people, our patients, their families, and their carers.
Some of the benefits of joining our team:
- Flexible working opportunities and a strong emphasis on your work / life balance
- Annual leave - 27 days for new starters, plus bank holidays. Increasing to 29 days after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years NHS service. Pro rata for part time staff
- Excellent learning and development opportunities
- Salary sacrifice scheme for a new car
- Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave for eligible staff
- Advanced IT enablement and support
- Confidential telephone care service providing independent support and advice for staff.
- And so much more
We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.
The Trust may close any vacancy prior to the advertised closing date due to the high level of responses we receive for some of our vacancies.Job descriptionJob responsibilitiesPlease see attached job description for more information about this role and working at Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.Person SpecificationEducation/Qualifications/TrainingEssential
Continuous Professional DevelopmentEssential
- Registered Mental Health Nurse / Social Worker / Occupational Therapist
- Willingness to undertake further personal and professional development
Knowledge, Skills & AbilitiesEssential
- Experience of working with older people with mental health problems
- Two years post qualification experience
- 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
- 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
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- Driving License and access to a car.
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