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Community Mental Health Practitioner

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum (pro rata for part time)
Closing date
6 Dec 2023
Are you motivated, caring, compassionate, highly skilled at delivering mental health interventions with the ability to work autonomously in a community setting?

Would you like to work in a supportive environment as a band 6 in an Older Adults Community Mental Health Team providing evidence based and person-centred care?

We are currently recruiting into our specialist Older Adult Mental Health service which works across the borough of Gateshead.

Staff work autonomously while being part of a wider Multi Agency Team, which includes Psychiatrists, Occupational Therapists and Psychologists.We have strong links with other parts of the service which includes the Memory Hub, Younger Persons with Dementia unit, Mental Health Liaison and the two in patient mental health wards. As part of an acute trust, we work closely with our physical health colleagues.

We are a service with accreditation status from the Royal College of Psychiatry.

For the post, you must have a genuine interest in older people with mental health problems and previous experience of working in the community is desirable. You will need the ability to work autonomously while contributing to the team as a whole. You are required to have substantial experience working at Band 5 or equivalent in your professional field and a commitment to service development.

Main duties of the job

To provide the highest standard of quality and individualised care for patients which is delivered to ensure safety and a commitment to promoting recovery, wellbeing and maximising independence

To be responsible for the assessment and management of a caseload of community patients with complex mental health needs through the utilisation of enhanced clinical skills

To deliver evidenced based clinical and psychological based interventions

The post holder will be expected to work autonomously while working in collaboration with the multi-disciplinary team, statutory agencies and 3rd sector partner agencies to deliver the best clinical outcomes

To work in collaboration with the patient and where appropriate, the carer, to develop personcentred care plans which focus on Recovery and Wellbeing

To consider carer needs and facilitate the involvement of carers and family in care planning where this is deemed to be appropriate and best suited to the needs of the patient

Co-ordinate effective discharge planning by working collaboratively with patients, families, the members of the MDT, statutory agencies and 3rd sector partner agencies

To provide compassionate care which incorporates the 6 C's and is based on empathy, kindness, respect and dignity

About us

Based in the North East of England we provide a range of hospital and community health services from our leading facilities including the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Blaydon urgent care centre and Bensham Hospital, all within Gateshead.

As a group we employ around 4,200 staff and currently provide 600 hospital beds across Gateshead. Our primary focus is on providing excellent general health services to our local community complemented by key specialist areas including Gynaecology, maternity, palliative care and old age psychiatry.

Alongside a full range of local hospital services, we provide breast screening services for Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland and parts of Durham - and we are the North Eastern hub for the National Bowel Cancer and AAA Screening Programmes, covering a population of around seven million people.

Gateshead NHS Trust values and respects the diversity of its employees and aims to recruit a workforce which reflects our communities. We aim to attract and retain a diverse, talented and committed workforce, who are caring and compassionate, and therefore able to meet the demands of the modern NHS while creating a service which is sustainable and dynamic.

The most important way we will get there is by living the 'ICORE' values of the organisation:
  • Innovation
  • Care
  • Openness
  • Respect
  • Engagement

Job description

Job responsibilities

To provide the highest standard of holistic care for patients through the utilisation of enhanced clinical skills and advice in the assessment and management of patients in the Community setting, in collaboration with the multi-disciplinary team to improve and maintain the quality and safety of patient care

The post holder is responsible for the assessment of care needs and the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care, without supervision.

To contribute to the delivery and development of the Mental Health Servicethrough the use of effective evidence based practice in line with agreed national standards for clinical practice

To be accountable for the planning and delivery of all aspects of patient care in relation to the serviceas set out in the NMC Code of Practice.

To continuously improve clinical care standards in line with the clinical governance framework to ensure the highest quality of care is provided in safest manner

To work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team in the provision of specialist care and knowledge

To communicate effectively with all members of the multi-disciplinary team, patients, carers and the public

To act as a resource and role model for the profession at all times

To provide education and training to clinical staff and internal /external agencies

To supervise and teach junior staff.

To act regularly in the absence of the Band 7 to provide continuing responsibility.

Person Specification



  • First Level Registered Nurse RNMH, RMN, RNLD or equivalent first level qualification e.g. Social Worker, OT, Clinical Psychologist, other.


  • Recognised qualification relevant to speciality
  • Management Development
  • Recruitment and selection training
  • Teaching and Assessing qualification

Knowledge, skills and aptitude


  • oHas excellent communication and organisational skills
  • oEvidence of time management skills
  • oHas a good working knowledge of the Care Programme Approach
  • oHas a good working knowledge of the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act



  • oSubstantial Band 5 experience
  • oExperience working with people over 65 yrs with mental health problems.
  • oIT skills


  • oExperience working in the Community
  • oHas experience in interviewing staff



  • oDemonstrate clinical expertise
  • oDemonstrate leadership skills
  • oAble to work as a member of a team

Special requirements


  • oAbility to work flexibly
  • oCurrent driving licence

Employer details

Employer name

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust


Bensham Hospital

Saltwell Road



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