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Mental Health Practitioner - CYPMHS

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
St Helens
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
2 Dec 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
The CYPMHS community division have developed a brand new and exciting B5 WTE MHP rotational post (Core/None Core). The successful candidate will be permanently employed in one community core CYPMHS team however will be rotated every 3 months for 1 year spending 3 months in their own team then onto our Mental Health for Schools Team (MHST), CYPMHS Response Team, Community CYPMHS and Children'sEating Disorder Team to experience a range of our services. They will then return to their original base and permanent team of employment. We would welcome applicants from a core and none core background, also newly qualified professionals. Candidates applying will be expected to work the same shift pattern as the core team they are placed in for example (Mon- Fri 9-5) however will have the opportunity to work shifts/weekends when with the CYPMHS Response Team. We are looking for candidates who are passionate about working with CYP and Families, enthusiastic, a team player, resilient, adaptable to the different teams, have excellent communication skills and bring transferrable skills from previous experience.

We currently have 1 post available based within St Helens CYPMHS at Peasley Cross Site.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will work within all CYPMHS teams as part of a multi-disciplinary team delivering assessment and formulating, take part in the duty rota, hold a caseload, access regular supervision, complete outcome measures and complete a competency framework for their therapeutic modality.

The post holder will provide high quality, evidence-based care for service users and their carers within inpatient and community services. To carry out duties as a practitioner under the supervision of a mentor.

To function as an associate nurse/named nurse/care coordinator/ to service users assisting in assessment, planning and evaluation and review of care, within a recovery focused model of care. Where appropriate, to take part in a 24-hour system of rostering including internal rotation.

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

  • To coordinate the care of service users carrying out assessment planning, implementation and evaluation of their care under the guidelines of the care programme approach and under the supervision of the line manager.
  • To ensure that the service users care plan is developed to meet the assessed need of the individual and that unqualified staff are delivering care as laid down in the care plan.
  • To liaise with family members, carers and significant others when completing the assessment and developing a care plan.
  • To develop a risk management plan for service users, taking note of the contributions from other members of the team. Ensure that all significant people are aware of the risk management plan and are actioning it appropriately.
  • To direct unqualified staff in order to ensure delivery of a high standard of care to service users.
  • To participate in setting standards for care based on sound evidence based and research findings.
  • To participate in the systematic monitoring and evaluation of service users for with guidance from a supervisor.
  • To communicate with other members of the multi-disciplinary team to ensure the communication of any relevant information which has an impact on the service users care.
  • To use verbal and non-verbal communication skills gained through training or experience to impart sensitive information.
  • To check understanding of information where there are often barriers to effective communications due to distress, psychiatric symptoms or where English is not the first language.
  • To use skills gained through training and experience to give and receive information to other individuals with regards to a service users care in the reviews and multi-disciplinary meetings. These individuals may be external to the Trust.
  • To have knowledge of the Mental Health Act / Mental Capacity Act and other relevant legislation. To support services users and their carers when the Mental Health Act is being used to admit the service user to hospital. To ensure that service user rights under the Mental Health Act are effectively communicated to them and outcomes documented.
  • To provide and co-ordinate the provision of a range of therapeutic activities for service users and monitor their effectiveness.

  • To take responsibility for the safe administration

    Person Specification



    • Appropriate professional qualification RMN AHP Social Worker


    • Degree
    • Evidence of post registration study
    • Approved training in CYPMHS



    • Experience of working with a range of people with mental health problems
    • Effective Care Co-ordination
    • Care Planning and evaluation
    • Quality and clinical audit
    • Health & Safety/Risk Management Mental Health Act
    • Demonstrate knowledge in the concepts of mentorship, preceptorship and supervision.


    • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team
    • Experience of working with young people
    • Appreciate the process of standard setting and audit



    • Continuous Improvement
    • Accountability
    • Respectfulness
    • Enthusiasm
    • Support
    • High professional standards
    • Responsive to service users
    • Engaging leadership style
    • Strong customer service belief
    • Transparency and honesty
    • Discreet
    • Change oriented



    • Able to communicate effectively
    • Possess good listening and negotiation skills
    • Ability to work as a member of a team
    • Professional attitude
    • Flexibility
    • Possess a caring, compassionate and empathic attitude



    • Access to transport
    • On going post-registration development

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


    Peasley Cross

    Marshalls Cross Road

    St Helens

    WA9 3DA

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