Senior Case Worker - Mental Health Nurse/OT/Social Worker - Band 5

Gloucestershire Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust
£25,655 to £31,534 a year per annum
Closing date
10 Jul 2022

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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To work as a Care Co-ordinator within the GRIP (Gloucestershire Recovery in Psychosis) team for an optimum of 15 service users at any one time with individuals who have an emerging psychosis or confirmed first episode of psychosis. The specific purpose is to deliver specialist care in a collaborative manner that reflects the principles of Early Intervention in Psychosis working. To undertake assessment, treatment and support to people with first episode psychosis and their families.

GRIP (Gloucestershire Recovery in Psychosis) is a county-wide Early Intervention in Psychosis team, that provides care to people experiencing their First Episode of Psychosis. The aim of the team is to work in line with the principles of Early Intervention to deliver specialist care that reflects the principles of recovery and social inclusion.

The team works intensively over a period of up to three years with clients, their families and the wider community to provide the best possible outcomes for people experiencing psychosis and to mitigate the long-term effects of serious mental illness. We are a dynamic, expanding multi-disciplinary team with a strong focus on patient-centred care and promoting hope/collaborative working.

We are pleased to be able to offer two Band 5 posts for a registered Mental Health Nurse, Social Worker or Occupational Therapist.

Main duties of the job

The main duties of the role will be Care Coordinating a caseload of approximately 15 patients who are presenting with their first-episode of psychosis or an at-risk mental state. The role will involve providing specialist assessment, creating collaborative care plans and implementing evidence-based interventions, and managing risk in the least restrictive manner. As a Care Coordinator you will work alongside the patient and their families to provide them with hope for the future, enable them to develop a sense of control over their illness, and support them to re-engage with their interests.

Within this role there will be opportunities to engage in continuing professional development, service and health promotion, running groups, and working with the team to develop our service. There is a strong focus on Family Work within Early Intervention, and there will be opportunities to undertake further training in this, and other relevant approaches. The role will involve providing advice and guidance to other agencies, and working with students.

The ideal candidate will show a keen interest in Early Intervention in Psychosis values - taking a flexible, compassionate and person-centred approach to working with people at a difficult stage in their lives, and promoting hope for the patient and their family. The ideal candidate will be motivated, enthusiastic, and adaptable in their approach.

About us

This post requires the post holder to be able to undertake all statutory and mandatory training and post holders must be able to undertake physical interventions. Fitness for physical intervention will be assessed by Occupational Health.A valid UK driving licence plus the use of own transport for business purposes is essential. For qualifying staff the Trust has a Lease Car Scheme in place and also offers a popular Salary Sacrifice Car Scheme with our partner Tusker.To ensure you fully understand how the Trust, as a Data Controller, will process and store your data please read the attached document 'Applicant and Staff Privacy Notice' prior to applying for the role.Candidates for any staff appointment shall, when making application, disclose in writing to the Trust whether they are related to any governor. Failure to disclose such a relationship may disqualify a candidate and, if appointed, may render them liable to dismissal.

Job description Job responsibilities

Detailed Job Description and main responsibilities are available in the attached Job Description for the applicant.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Mental Health Practitioner - Mental Health Nurse/Occupational Therapist/Social Worker
  • Trained in CBT approaches/ willingness to undertake
  • Trained in Family Work/ willingness to undertake
  • FLAP/ Mentor Trained/ willingness to undertake
Experience Essential
  • Experience of team working
  • Experience of collaboration working with other agencies including the voluntary sector
  • Completion of preceptorship programme if less than 1 year experience
  • Experience of working with young people with mental health problems
  • Working knowledge of the complex needs of people with psychosis
Other Essential
  • Ability to travel around the locality as requested, independently and efficiently. (If you have a full driving licence there will be an expectation to drive trust vehicles where required)
  • Flexibility with working hours when necessary
  • Able to attend and participate in all mandatory and statutory training events
Professional / Managerial / Specialist Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Mental Health Act & legal aspects of Mental Health care
  • Demonstrable skills in risk assessment and management
  • Knowledge of the different approaches to mental health assessment
  • Knowledge of evidence-based intervention with clients in an all phases of mental illness
  • An understanding of national policy in relation to mental health
  • Up to date clinical knowledge including risk assessment, dual diagnosis and health and social care needs
  • Knowledge of Child care / protection issues
  • Ability to work on social factors affecting mental distress e.g. accommodation, substance misuse, domestic violence, welfare rights
Personal skills, abilities & attributes Essential
  • Approachable and flexible
  • Good communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Be able to prioritise tasks and manage time effectively
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to assimilate new concepts and approaches to care
  • Ability to engage positively with service users
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member
  • Ability to undertake all statutory and mandatory training including Prevention and Management of Violence and Aggression
  • Breakaway (subject to Occupational Health clearance)
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office packages e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and Outlook

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