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Senior Mental Health Practitioner

The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa
Closing date
3 Dec 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
As a Specialist Mental Health Practitioner, you will be part of the Trust Mental Health Team. You will work with team members and the Safeguarding Team to provide an integrated and comprehensive service to patients with Mental Health conditions.Acting as a source of mental health knowledge and expertise, you will provide Trust wide support to older adult patients presenting with Dementia and/or Delirium and support staff in their day-to-day management and care of these patients.

You will ensure a timely and effective response to referrals from staff within the Trust and carry out assessments and work in partnership with staff, patients, and carers to develop patient centred care plans, and provide regular review of progress.

You will support the Lead for Mental Health and Complex Vulnerabilities in monitoring performance against national guidance, local policies and key performance indicators in relation to Mental Health in order to continually develop the service.You will work with other Team members to monitor, and quality assure the use of restrictive practices across the Trust ensuring this is in line with the relevant legislation.

Main duties of the job

Provide specialist assessment of people with complex mental health needs, including those with dementia and delirium

In partnership with the multi-disciplinary team and the patient, formulate appropriate individual treatment plans and support and advise staff on care delivery

Review treatment according to patient presentation and ensure the correct avenue of follow-up and support pathways are in place

Undertake an initial screening of all mental health referrals determining the level of risk and clinical need, implementing the correct pathway/response in partnership with external agencies.

Provide support and advice to Trust staff relating to complex mental health issues including the use and application of the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act including the deprivation of liberty

Support the Trust in ensuring appropriate use of restrictive interventions

About us

At the Dudley Group our patients and staff are at the heart of all that we do and that is to provide a world class service that aligns with our vision of excellent health care, improved health for all. We are seeking to recruit staff who share our vision and values of making Dudley Group an incredible workplace

We are committed to becoming a diverse and an inclusive employer and where people feel sense of belonging. Seeking to expand diversity within our teams, we positively encourage applications from under-represented groups such as ethnically diverse, disabled and LGBTQ+ groups. We are also under-represented in-terms of gender within nursing roles and we would welcome applications from people from male and non-binary backgrounds.

Dudley Group offer many opportunities for our staff to develop and grow within their roles through our Learning & OD department. These include topics such as communication, wellbeing, team development, cultural competency, and values, plus much more. For those in a Management/Leadership role, there are additional programmes to support you to develop the skills you need. These include our Managers Essentials Programme and a Leadership Programme that all managers will attend as part of your Dudley Managers Induction. Our Learning Prospectus is a great way to discover the details behind what's available for you here at The Dudley Group.

We are committed to home life balance through flexible working and making reasonable adjustments where possible

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description for full details of the main duties and responsibilities that the post holder is required to undertake.

Person Specification



  • Registered Mental Health Nurse
  • Diploma/Degree in related subject area
  • Teaching and assessing qualification or relevant experience



  • Indepth knowledge of the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act
  • Indepth knowledge of the needs of patients with dementia and delirium
  • Indepth knowledge of the application of restrictive interventions including detainment and deprivation of liberty
  • Detailed knowledge of the impact of risk and protective factors that affect people with mental health conditions



  • Experience of working with patients with dementia and delirium or with older adults
  • Experience of delivering evidence based interventions and assessment across a broad range of mental health conditions
  • Experience of undertaking risk assessments and risk management
  • Significant experience of working as an autonomous practitioner and can demonstrate innovative practice


  • Experience of working with patients with mental health conditions in a general acute hospital setting

Communication and Relationship skills


  • Ability to present written and verbal information with clarity and precision
  • Ability to advise Trust staff and external agencies regarding the health management of patients with mental health conditions

Employer details

Employer name

The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust


Russells Hall Hospital

Pensnett Road



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