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Mental Health Practitioner - Homeless (Adult Community)

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa
Closing date
2 Dec 2023
This is fantastic opportunity for a compassionate Mental Health Practitioner to join a service that provides health care to the homeless population of Derby City, liaising with both statutory and voluntary agencies to ensure best outcomes for the service user.

You will be working as part of the community mental health team, focussing on those who are homeless.

Your patients may be vulnerable individuals with complex health and social care needs, such as drug and alcohol dependency and mental health problems.

We are looking for a non-judgmental, skilled and dynamic individual with a commitment to providing high standards of care for this vulnerable group.

You will need to have excellent communication skills, be an excellent problem solver and have the ability to work alone.

Main duties of the job

  • Manage a caseload delegating and referring to nursing/social work/OT and GP colleagues, as well as external services as appropriate.
  • Act as the patient's advocate and, by providing information and support, facilitate the patient's own choices with regard to nursing care, promoting independence and self-care as appropriate.
  • Adopt a proactive, flexible and opportunistic approach in order to promote continuity of care.
  • Undertake and monitor care, using valid evidence-based practice that maintains or improves the health and well-being of the target population, referring as necessary to other services in accordance with established protocols.
  • Undertake a comprehensive range of activities and have key delegated responsibilities for defined areas of care
  • Autonomously assess and treat patients presenting with significant mental health issues.
  • Where appropriate responsible for gaining valid informed consent for relevant assessment and associated intervention processes.

About us

Join 'Team Derbyshire Healthcare' and become part of a talented, compassionate and enthusiastic workforce committed to a vision of 'making a positive difference in people's lives'.

CQC rated us as 'GOOD' overall, commenting on how our colleagues treated patients with compassion and kindness and felt positive and proud about working for the trust.

Benefits include:
  • Commitment to flexible working where this is possible
  • 27 days annual leave/year plus bank holidays, increasing to 29 days after 5 years & 33 days after 10 years' service
  • Yearly appraisal and commitment to ongoing training
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Good maternity, paternity and adoption benefits
  • Health service discounts and online benefits
  • Incremental pay progression
  • Free confidential employee assistance programme 24/7
  • Access to our LGBT+ network, BAME Network and Christian Network
  • Health and wellbeing opportunities
  • Structured learning and development opportunities

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please review the Job Description and Person Specification, please click APPLY FOR THIS JOB - this link will take you to the TRAC Recruitment Site. You will need to register if you do not already have an account.

Currently we are undergoing a transformational change in how we deliver mental health services to people living in Derbyshire.

In February 2020, NHS England published a new Community Mental Health Framework (CMHF), which is a 3 year NHS programme aiming to improve care for people with Severe Mental Illness (SMI).

In Derbyshire, this new way to offer holistic health and wellbeing support in the community will be called Living Well Derbyshire.

This model will offer easily accessible support from a range of organisations in one place - social care, housing support, physical health support - all of which can have an impact on a persons mental health and wellbeing.

The new way of working will aim to reduce barriers to service and by working better together we can aid in recovery and long term wellbeing for the future.

A wide range of professionals dealing with a wide range of issues to reduce unnecessary referrals and handover but with one point of contact and with an easy way back into services.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Registered Nurse RMN/Social Worker/AHP


  • Mentorship training
  • Evidence of on going professional development



  • Must have experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team setting
  • Experience of working with people who have severe and enduring needs and who may be experiencing a crisis in their mental health.


  • Experience of working within a community team
  • Experience of mentorship



  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Ability to establish rapport quickly with clients
  • Ability to assess a situation and act appropriately



  • Detailed knowledge of legislation relevant to Mental Health and Specialist practice where appropriate.
  • Knowledge of current policy documents and their impact on the primary care services agenda
  • Knowledge of the particular issues that characterise the provision of health services to the homeless population
  • Knowledge of local health priorities

Employer details

Employer name

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


St Andrew's House

201 London Road



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