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Community Practitioner

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£30,786 to £37,841 a year per annum inclusive of HCAs
Closing date
30 Jun 2022

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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About the team

Focused Support service offer medium to longer term mental health care to residents in the Borough of Lambeth aged 18 and over regardless of diagnosis using the Care Programme Approach. We are a part of the Lambeth Alliance, and we have a close interface with a variety of SLaM services, other statutory organisations (inc. social care) and voluntary sector.

The Lambeth Living Well Network (LWN) Alliance brings together Certitude, Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group, Lambeth Council, South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Thames Reach organisations to deliver an innovative way of providing mental health support for those who need it in the Lambeth Borough; a fully integrated and coordinated mental health system which focuses on people's strengths and supports their whole health and wellbeing.

As part of our journey, to realising a fully integrated system, we have set up 3 Living Well Centres in Lambeth.

We are looking for dynamic and enthusiastic candidates, with strong leadership skills and a commitment to delivering high standards of care

Main duties of the job

About the role

As a care co-ordinator within our team there are many opportunities for personal development, and learning opportunities around social care, physical health care, and MDT working, with an opportunity to take part in depot and physical health clinics.

The post holder will deliver high quality safe nursing care, ensuringconsistently high standards of practice and clinical excellence which complywith the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) code of professional conduct.The role includes leading the delivery of comprehensive service userassessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of person-centeredcare in a collaborative way. The post holder will co-ordinate a first classservice that includes assessment and monitoring of physical health,maintaining service users rights, supervising junior staff and students, working collaboratively with the Multi-Disciplinary Team and maintaining a safe and therapeutic working environment and accurate records.

Band 5 nursing roles are only open only to staff with a nursing registration,obtained as a result of completing a qualification recognised by the Nursingand Midwifery Council (NMC).

We are looking for practical and ambitious staff who have a real passion for mental health and a positive can do attitude, which will give our service users the best chance of achieving their recovery goals.

About us


We are committed to ensuring our staff get the most out of their benefits package and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. There is an extensive range of excellent benefits for you and your family. We want you to feel like you are part of a close knit team at SLaM. It's important to us that you valued and appreciated and that are why we have a comprehensive benefits package on offer

Some of our benefits are highlighted here:
  • Generous pay, pensions and leave, we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance, flexible working and support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working and job sharing.
  • Career development, There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
  • Car lease, our staff benefits from competitive deals to lease cars
  • Accommodation, our staff benefits from keyworker housing available which is available on selected sites
  • NHS discounts, with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.

Other benefits include:
  • Counselling services
  • Wellbeing events
  • Long service awards
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Staff restaurants

We look forward to receiving your application.

Job description Job responsibilities

Job Purpose:
  • To provide care co-ordination and case management to a defined caseload of service users within the framework of the Care Programme Approach (CPA). The ongoing caseload will consist of service users who are experiencing their first episode of psychosis. The interventions that are provided will focus on engagement, recovery, rehabilitation and integration with the community.
  • To carry out MDT activities, such as assessments and duty responsibilities

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • oRelevant professional qualification with affiliated professional registration - RMN with NMC registration or Occupational Therapist or Social Worker with HCPC registration. (A)
Experience Essential
  • Post-registration experience of working in a mental health setting. (A)
  • Evidence of continuing professional development e.g. relevant training (A/I)
  • Experience of working with service users with complex difficulties, including substance misuse and physical health difficulties. (A/I)
  • Experience of working with service users experiencing a crisis related to their mental health. (A/I)
  • Experience of working as part of a multidisciplinary team. (A/I)
  • Experience of care coordination / case management. (A/I)
  • Experience of undertaking a service improvement/evaluation project (A/I)
  • Experience of providing guidance to students and/or junior colleagues (A/I)
  • Experience of using psycho-social interventions. (A/I)
  • Experience of working with people experiencing psychosis. (A/I)
Knowledge / Skills Essential
  • Skills in clinical assessment / baseline mental health assessment
  • Skills in risk assessment and management
  • Skills in crisis management
  • Knowledge of the Recovery Approach and an understanding of its application in community practice
  • Knowledge of CPA, Community Care Act,Carers Act, Mental Health Act and other relevant legislation as application to practice.
  • Knowledge of psycho-social interventions
  • Skilled in the use of psycho-social interventions.

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