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Community Mental Health Practitioner

Nursing applicants should already hold NMC registration and have successfully completed their preceptorship programme. Please note: Newly qualified Nurses or those due to qualify will be recruited via a separate process.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Community Mental Health Practitioner to join our Community Mental Health Team based at Huntington House, Monks Cross, York to work with older people with mental health needs within the community setting and to contribute to service development.

Main duties of the job

As a community practitioner you will have a genuine interest in collaborative working with older adults experiencing functional and/or organic mental health problems including their carers and families.

As a registered professional this is an ideal opportunity for someone who wants to develop the community clinical skills. As a core member of the team, you will also be responsible for your own caseload, providing assessments, care co-ordination and delivering intervention in the community with people who have complex needs ranging from mild to moderate level of need to severe and enduring level of need and complexity. You will demonstrate excellent assessment skills, interpersonal, and team working skills and be able to work collaboratively with a range of statutory and third sector agencies.

You will have an enthusiastic approach towards your own personal and professional development. In return, you will receive regular appraisal, clinical, management and caseload supervision and will benefit from the support of an experienced and committed multi-disciplinary leadership team, including the Team Manager and the Advanced Practitioner. For newly qualified staff considering the role you will be support with preceptorship development and learning and development opportunities to meet your individual needs.

About us

The vacancy is based at Monks Cross, York. The team are committed to providing excellent evidence-based quality care to older adults. There is an identified need to offer flexible support to our other community teams within our locality. It is imperative that the successful candidate has a flexible proactive approach to their person-centred practice.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Due to the nature of the role it is essential that applicants are able to travel independently across the locality. If necessary, adjustments can be considered in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for further detailed information to ensure that you meet the role criteria before applying.

Person Specification



  • Current professional registration with an approved body
  • Evidence of continuing professional development relevant to post
  • Key skills in literacy, numeracy and ITQ level 2 (or equivalent)
  • For registered nurses: MIP, FLIP, ENB 998 Teaching & Assessing in Clinical Practice or City & Guilds 730 Teaching in Adult Education or willingness to work towards. Qualification must be achieved within agreed timescale.
  • Trained Clinical Supervisor (within agreed timescale).


  • Post-graduate qualification in a relevant area



  • Working with people with mental ill-health


  • Working in a person centred therapeutic role
  • Working in a community setting
  • Experience of working with older adult population
  • Working collaboratively with service users and their family/carers
  • Working in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Working in partnership with other agencies



  • Evidence based knowledge of best practice of caring for service users in designated field
  • Understanding of relevant legislation e.g. MHA/MCA
  • Understanding of safeguarding and it's application in practice
  • Awareness of risk assessment and it's application in practice


  • Awareness of psychological models of care and treatment
  • Awareness of research and evidence-based practice in designated field
  • Clinical governance and supervision of other team members



  • Communicate sensitive and complex information to service users, carers/family members and all members of the MDT
  • Works effectively as part of an MDT
  • Manage their own time and effective prioritisation of own workload


  • Experience of undertaking lead professional and care coordination responsibilities
  • To work towards providing effective teaching, training and supervision of MDT colleagues
  • Competency in ECG and venepuncture or willingness to work towards

Personal Attributes


  • Demonstrates an approach which aligns with trust values
  • Ability to engage with a range of people
  • Ability to work flexibly and cooperatively as part of a team
  • Ability to use own initiative and make decisions independently
  • Self-aware of personal professional development needs


  • Committed to continual quality and service improvement

Other Requirements


  • Ability to travel independently in accordance with Trust policies and service need.

Employer details

Employer name

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust


Huntington House

Jockey Lane


YO32 9XW

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