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Mental Health Practitioner

Isle of Wight NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 Per Annum, Pro Rata
Closing date
1 Dec 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are recruiting for a Mental Health Practitionerwho wishes to join #TeamIOWNHS. You should share our passion and drive to ensure that our patients receive quality and compassionate care and work with us to ensure the Trust continues its journey towards great people, great place.

In joining us, your role will include supporting the team to ensure the delivery of effective and sustainable evidence based practice pathways, namely Reablement (12 week structured interventions), Intensive Rehabilitation (24 month pathway which can include supported accommodation) and finally, our Assertive Outreach pathway.

In addition, we have close links and are forging pathways and partnerships with Recovery colleagues from Solent NHS to share ideas in best practice as well as beginning to develop ways of co-production working with people with mental health difficulties using our service to ensure their voices are heard in our continued development and team journey.

This is an exciting time to join the IOW NHS Trust. Following a recent CQC Inspection, we have been rated as GOOD. Furthermore, The Mental Health and Learning Disability (MHLD) Division is embarking on delivering the new Strategy for the Isle of Wight MHLD Services, No Wrong Door. This Strategy was co-produced with key stakeholders including people with mental health difficulties, families and carers, staff, partner organisations including those from the third sector and commissioners.

Main duties of the job

We are passionate about providing excellent CARE, which is why our values are Compassion, Accountable, Respect and Everyone counts. Our mission is to make sure that our community is at the heart of everything we do and that we hold our values across all our services.

We are committed to endorsing inclusion, diversity and multiculturalism throughout out services and as such, our procedures and policies ensure that applicants are always treated fairly throughout the recruitment process.

For more information about our Team, who we are and what we think of working here, feel free to contact me on 01983 552543, regards, Eoin O'Callaghan, Interim Team Lead - Mental Health Recovery Service.

About us

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust is the only integrated acute, community, mental health and ambulance health care provider in England. We serve a population of approximately 150,000 residents, making the services we offer variable and personalised with a flexible approach to our service users.

Working for our Trust brings a variety of benefits, including an onsite day nursery, cycle-to-work scheme, discounts at local businesses and gyms, and the opportunity to hire Trust's beach hut in Ryde. We offer many flexible working opportunities, speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement for you and if it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

The Isle of Wight is a unique and stunning gem located off the South Coast of England, a short ferry journey from Portsmouth and Southampton, with journey times taking from as little as 10 minutes. London can be reached in 90 minutes by rail from Southampton or Portsmouth. The island offers an amazing coastline with beautiful countryside, year-round events, festivals and award-winning attractions.

Our 2020-2025 strategy sets out to ensure that we continue to be a provider of excellent and compassionate care. As part of this strategy, we are proactively taking steps to ensure that we recruit and retain the highest quality of talent to provide CARE and we would welcome applications from under-represented groups to ensure our Trust is an inclusive and diverse employer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will experience working in a way that is very different to traditional community based mental health teams. For example, working from a psycho-social perspective, all our interventions and ways of working are psychologically informed and evidence-based, and we work closely together as a team by taking part in team group reflective sessions lead by our Psychotherapist, daily huddles, and supportive, meaningful, and regular supervision. All our CPA Care Co-ordinators have small caseloads of around 12 15 and youll be one of six Band 5 Mental Health Professionals working across the Island, supported by Band 6 Senior Mental Health Practitioners, Recovery Support Workers, Peer Support Workers, an Assistant Psychologist, a Senior Psychological Therapist, a Psychotherapist, a Social Worker, an Occupational Therapist, a Nurse Consultant and Medics.

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the 'Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

Person Specification



  • Social Worker with live Social Work England Registration, Occupational Therapist with live HCPC registration or RN[MH] with live NMC registration
  • Training in Risk assessment and management skills.


  • Nurse Mentorship Qualification or relevant professional equivalent
  • Post registration training in evidence based psychological interventions.



  • Evidence of on-going development and post registration/qualifying training.
  • Ability to build on the knowledge, skills and priorities of people working in a range of disciplines
  • Experience in the assessment, and support of people with living with mental illness.


  • Evidence of undertaking audit work
  • Innovative, creative and a willingness to try new ideas

Physical Skills


  • Current, clean driving license Access to own transport for work purposes



  • Able to present ideas with clarity and in a persuasive and influential style
  • Able to manage and prioritise effectively own time and clinical caseload.
  • Effective time management and prioritisation skills
  • Able to work effectively in crisis situations in order to maintain the safety of both staff and People With Lived Experience.
  • Knowledge of and ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team



  • Ability to assess, plan, implement and evaluate support plans
  • Ability to demonstrate a creative and flexible approach in order to deliver a high standard of care and support.
  • Ability to set, monitor and evaluate standards for quality within the service

Communication Skills


  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to communicate effectively across multi-disciplinary groups
  • Excellent Interpersonal skills/Communication skills

Employer details

Employer name

Isle of Wight NHS Trust


Innovation Centre

St Cross Business Park


PO30 5WB

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