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Specialist Mental Health Practitioner *New Hire Bonus*

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
2 Dec 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
�1500 - New Hire Bonus

The permanent posts are eligible for a �1500 New Hire Bonus. An initial payment of �500 will be paid in the first 1 month and a final payment of �1000 will be paid 1 year after your start date. This will be pro-rata for part-time posts. Internal applicants are not eligible to receive this bonus. Please see attached New Hire Bonus Terms & Conditions

We are currently looking to recruit a full time enthusiastic and motivated Band 6 Mental Health Practitioner (Mental Health Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Social Worker) to join the Fenland Neighbourhood Team. This is a great opportunity to join our friendly, dynamic and busy adult Neighbourhood Team.

Based at Doddington Hospital,you would be a part of an established, well-integrated team including consultant psychiatrists, CPN's, psychologists, peer support worker's, social workers and OT's with links to other specialist services within CPFT and a very interesting and developing 3rd sector.

CPFT supports agile working.

Main duties of the job

As a practitioner in the team you will act as a Care Coordinator for people who use the service, conduct physical health checks and promote Carer involvement in the delivery of care with service user consent.

You will have the opportunity to manage a caseload of service users, delivering a diverse range of clinical skills and building a therapeutic and recovery based relationship. We seek to empower service users to actively engage in their recovery journey, working toward an effective discharge with ongoing support from a wide range of third sector organisations and support.

The ideal candidate will have a strong team work ethic, sense of accountability, accompanied by an ability to work under pressure at times, and with a desire for innovation. We are able to support agile working for staff, using all appropriate I.T equipment and support.

This service covers Fenland and surrounding rural areas therefore, successful applicants will need to be able to travel independently.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please note for this role you will be required to travel independently around the county meeting strict time deadlines. You will need to hold a full UK driving licence* and have use of a vehicle. You cannot use public transport for this role as this is not a reliable form of transport and will not allow you to meet service needs. Please confirm in your application that you meet the specified criteria.

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities
  • Mental Health practitioners in Neighbourhood Teams will provide assessment and interventions for people with significant mental health conditions
  • Offer training, advice and guidance to colleagues in the neighbourhood team on common mental health conditions.
  • Participate in Neighbourhood Team MDT meetings and ensure key information is recorded in shared care plans
  • Work closely with the mental health integrated care team in order to provide an excellent mental health service.
  • Clinical Assessment of mental health needs

*DVLA have a number of reciprocal arrangements with overseas countries, for further information please visit the DVLA website

Person Specification



  • Relevant professional registered qualification (Registered mental health nurse or Occupational therapist)
  • Training in supervision and appraisal


  • Post qualifying training
  • Non-medical prescribing qualification



  • Significant experience in working within a mental health service.
  • Experience of working with older people with mental health needs
  • Registered Student mentor
  • Experience of clinical and managerial supervision of junior staff


  • Experience of working with an older people's community mental health service.
  • Have experience of mental health challenges

Skills & Abilities


  • Able to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision
  • Excellent clinical skill in assessment and interventions for common mental health conditions
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to summarise information and communicate with colleagues.
  • Excellent understanding of the needs of carers
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people in distress or with communication difficulties


  • Experience as safeguarding lead
  • Experience of doing Best Interest Assessments
  • Experience of working with nursing home and care providers

Knowledge & Understanding


  • Excellent understanding of statutory framework and care commissioning including: safeguarding, commissioning of care and Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity act
  • Excellent understanding of research in field

Physical Requirements


  • Ability to travel in the community
  • Ability to sit for sustained periods of time



  • Positive approach to older people
  • Willingness to embrace integrated model and new ways of working.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


Alan Conway Court

Doddington Hospital


PE15 0UG

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