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IRS - Mental Health Practitioner- RMN/ SW/ OT

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
2 Dec 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Come and join our Initial Response Service team .This is an exciting time to be part of the Urgent Care Pathway and support people with mental health to ensure they access the most appropriate support at the right time.

There has never been a more exciting time to join our Trust. You will be part of delivering a significant transformation to the way services are accessed and delivered. We are looking for experienced Band 6 Nurses, Social Workers or Occupational Therapists to join our expanding team.

The new service offers:
  • A single referral point for GPs and other professionals
  • A 24-hour telephone advice and support for people who use services and carers to be able to self-refer
  • More responsive crisis services with improved experiences for people who use services, carers and professionals

Main duties of the job

Our aim is to provide people with mental health issues access to the support they need at the right time, with positive outcomes.

The service is 24/7 but as Triage Practitioner you will be working ashift patterns and your role will include referral screening, triaging, signposting and supporting the call handlers and administrators team, who provide information and support over the telephone.

Shift times and days are negotiable and can be discussed at interview.

We are looking for people who are dedicated to promoting recovery, and who can inspire people experiencing mental health and their families that recovery is possible for everyone.

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.

For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For more details on this vacancy please review the attached job description and person specification.

Person Specification



  • Recognised Core Mental Health Professional Qualification (e.g. RMN/Dip SW/OT)



  • In-depth knowledge of mental health problems
  • In-depth knowledge of issues that impact upon people with mental health problems
  • Detailed knowledge of the impact of risk and protective factors that affect people with mental health problems
  • Knowledge of medication prescribed for management of mental health issues
  • In-depth knowledge of diversity and anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice.
  • Knowledge of current mental health legislation/policy



  • Experience of post qualification clinical work with service users experiencing a range of mental health problems
  • Experience of delivering evidence based interventions in a time-limited framework
  • Evidence of assessment across a broad range of mental health problems
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Experience of risk assessment and management
  • Experience of multi-agency working.

Employer details

Employer name

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust


The Harbour



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