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Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Isle of Wight NHS Trust
Newport, Isle of Wight
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
15 Dec 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are recruiting for Band 6 Registered Mental Health Practitioners (Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Social Worker)who wish 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.

We are looking for Mental Health Practitioners who have a high level of skill in the assessment and care of people who present to ED in mental health crisis and those who have mental health needs during their inpatient stay in the acute hospital.

The MH& LD Liaison Team provides assessments, advice, and reasonable adjustments for people with mental health needs and learning disabilities accessing treatment at St Mary's Hospital. We aim to improve the parity of care for people of all ages with mental health and learning disabilities in the acute hospital and work with their family and carers to ensure they have the best possible care and treatment.

The MH& LD Liaison Team works across the full age spectrum and provides a 24-hour service across seven days of the week. Additionally, MH& LD Liaison Team collaborates with Ambulance service to support people with mental health needs and learning disabilities in the community through the Mental Health Rapid Response Vehicle service (MHRRV).

Main duties of the job

This position is suitable for a highly motivated, compassionate person who can work under pressure. We therefore welcome applicants with existing crisis and liaison experience but also those who have experience working with older adults, HTTs, CMHTs or mental health inpatients.

You should have excellent written and verbal communication skills and be able to interact at all levels. There will be opportunities for you to participate in the teaching and training of health professionals in ED, medical and surgical wards. This is a challenging but rewarding role, within a busy and evolving multidisciplinary service.

The Isle of Wight NHS is uniquely an Integrated NHS Trust which offers great opportunities learning, professional development and research in liaison services. There is access to training opportunities locally and through the Open University, as well as with mainland universities such as those in Portsmouth, Southampton, and Bournemouth. We offer a supportive working environment, we have a robust appraisal and supervision policy and to assist you to realize your potential and achieve a greater degree of job satisfaction, as well as the usual NHS discounts, pension, salary, generous annual leave entitlement and relocation expenses, subject to meeting criteria.

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

To work as part of Mental Health Services frontline response to people referred for help. Post holder will assess and support people of all ages presenting to the acute hospital with Mental Health and Learning Disabilities.

Job Statement

To ensure and take responsibility for the provision of comprehensive assessments of needs and risks of people referred to the service.

To take responsibility for planning of care, support, signposting and onward referral to people requiring a response from this service.

To plan and take responsibility in collaborating with service users and other services/agencies on how their needs will be met.

To be active in the development of the service and development of professional practice and role.

To ensure that relationships and own behaviour are managed in line with the Trusts Equalities Framework competencies.

To ensure all communications are undertaken in a sensitive, confidential and professional manner.

Liaise with other Trust teams, Social Care services, Police, Safeguarding and 3rd Sector agencies.

1. Communication and Relationships.

To gather and process complex information from a variety of disciplines and agencies regarding initial referrals to the service efficiently.

To take responsibility for ensuring clear communication (both written and verbal), of all intended interventions and plans, to service recipients, their families/carers and other services/agencies involved.

2. Analysis and Judgement

To take responsibility for planning and organising the workload as part of the shift.

To be accountable for the appropriate service response to all referrals, ensuring it is actioned in a safe and timely manner.

3. Planning and Organising.

To assess, organise and provide a range of services in a variety of settings which endeavour to offer alternatives to hospital admission where appropriate.

Identify the need for referrals to Childrens and Adults Safeguarding as and when indicated.

4. Patient and Client Care

To undertake timely and appropriate assessments of, at times complex, health and social wellbeing of service users, taking into account the full range of their health and social needs.

To ensure that assessment methods and intervention models and processes are evidenced based and appropriate to their circumstances and within their capability.

To formulate, using all available information, a care plan designed to meet the service users needs.

To take responsibility for assessing and planning of care to people requiring an urgent and intensive response from Mental Health and Social Care Services.

To take responsibility in ensuring that risk assessments and management plans are carried out in an active and positive manner and in line with Risk Policy.

To take responsibility for the close collaboration with other agencies and care providers within the service to ensure service user needs are met.

5. Service and Policy Development

To demonstrate an innovative practice and seek to develop knowledge and awareness at all times.

To work in partnership with statutory services and non-statutory organisations to develop capacity in managing acute social and health care needs.

To regularly review and develop service practice in consultation with Clinical Lead and Service Lead.

To promote collaborative working relationships with service users and services/agencies which respect diversity

To take a full role in all team development activities and training

6. Managing Financial Resources

Ensure the appropriate use of items purchased under the cost centre for the service.

Ensure any additional shifts are covered with Bank staff before Agency.

7. People Management and Development

To undertake supervision of non-professionally qualified staff including appraisals.

To take part in the Trust Appraisal scheme in order to plan development and training needs.

To seek to share knowledge and skills with colleagues.

8. Information System use and management

Required to be sufficiently computer literate to effectively use all electronic patient records and databases across your departments area.

Responsible for entering timely and accurate data, including care plans to maintain client record and ensure robust data quality.

To ensure that clinical data input is maintained in accordance with the Trust Data collection systems and Data Protection Act.

9. Involvement is Surveys and Research.

To actively review interventions regularly to ensure best evidenced based practice within the service is implemented.

To engage in review and audit of practice.

To input actively in the Clinical Governance/Best Value initiatives as they develop within the Service.

10. Freedom to Act and Autonomy.

To be responsible for the completion of all relevant documents and appropriate distribution to all agencies involved including service user and carers.

An expectation to undertake lone working assessments in the Acute Hospital as required.

To advise ED and Acute ward areas on appropriate medication to support acute mental health presentations of service users in those environments.

To ensure that statutory responsibilities are properly discharged and that policies and procedures of the Social Services Department and the IOW NHS Trust are complied with.

To ensure that practice meets with the requirements and competencies specified by your professions regulating body.

Maintain an up to date awareness of developments in Social and Health Care practice.

To work at all times with due regard for personal safety, adhering to Health & Safety requirements of the service.

To develop your role in the Service utilising personal strengths and protecting role specialism, whilst embracing challenge in creating new ways of working.

To regularly attend Line Management supervision.

To be aware of and committed to the practice of equal opportunities in respect of employment and service provision.

Person Specification



  • RN or Allied health professional (Mental Health)
  • Evidence based and experience of reflective practice
  • Mentorship /supervision qualifications/training



  • Experience in therapeutic engagement to patients in groups
  • Wide knowledge/ appreciation of a range of models of practice in social and health care.
  • Knowledge of interventions and strategies which embrace social and health care needs.



  • Ability to use assessment skills and tools effectively
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and in crisis situations

Employer details

Employer name

Isle of Wight NHS Trust


St Mary's Hospital

Newport, Isle of Wight

PO30 5TG

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