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Mental Health Practitioner

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

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We have Band 6 Mental Health Practitioner opportunities across our mental health urgent care services in the following teams:

Mental Health Triage and Response - Working alongside the existing and Parliamentary award winning Street Car Triage Service, we support service users and emergency service in line with the 'Right Care Right Person' initiative to ensure the timely response to service users in mental health crisis, and support positive responsive outcomes. Posts in this service are subject to enhanced police vetting.

Crisis Resolution Home Treatment -We operate on a 24 hour, 7 day a week basis providing intensive community-based support for adults with severe and complex mental health problems to prevent the need for admission to hospital.We work collaboratively with a variety of services to support service users at home.

First Response Service -We operate on a 24 hour, 7 day a week basis providing mental health assessment, intensive community interventions, advice, support and guidance across several access points for individuals presenting in crisis. Band 5 to Band 6 Development post will also be considered.

Mental Health Liaison - We assess the mental health of people who attend their local A& E departments with a mental health problem. Once the teams have assessed someone, they may then be referred onto local services to meet their current mental health needs.

Main duties of the job

You will provide leadership and supervision throughout each span of duty, ensuring standards of clinical practice and risk management is maintained. You will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, ensuring agreed interventions are employed.

You will participate in all aspects of Service User care, ensuring that Effective Care Co-ordination is implemented, with due regard being given to patient involvement in determining care approaches.

You will operate in a role that is primarily therapeutic in nature developing effective relationships with service users, in a variety of care settings.

You will maintain close links with external referring agencies and colleagues from other agencies to assist with a high quality of service delivery.

You will carry out your duties in the community as an autonomous practitioner.

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

See attached job description for detailed role and responsibilities.

Interviews will take place on 2 December 2023.

Please note - interviews will take place in person, we are not able to offer remote/virtual interviews (i.e. Microsoft Teams).

Person Specification



  • Registered Mental Health Nurse or Dip.SW/CQSW, Dip.COT/SROT
  • Evidence of post registration study / continuing professional development e.g. ENB 998 / Mentorship in Practice

Knowledge / Experience


  • Significant demonstrable post registration experience
  • ASW/ Mental Health Practitioner
  • Experience of Mental Health assessments
  • Demonstrate a good knowledge of Code of Conduct and the nurse's responsibility to identify gaps in their knowledge base
  • Demonstrate knowledge and experience in the concepts of mentorship, preceptorship and supervision and ability to provide education and supervision to qualified and unqualified staff
  • Knowledge of developments in community care and of mental health legislation.
  • Knowledge of ECC guidelines



  • Continuous Improvement
  • Accountability
  • Respectfulness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Support



  • Able to communicate effectively both verbally and non-verbally
  • Possess excellent listening and negotiation skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Ability to work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


Various Trust Sites

Marshalls Cross Road

St Helens


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