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Senior Community Mental Health Practitioners

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year pro rata, per annum
Closing date
27 Jun 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the North Yorkshire and York Perinatal Team. We are a specialist service that strives to deliver excellent standards of care to expectant and new mothers of all ages with severe and complex mental health problems. We are one team with two cells; one covering the Northallerton and Harrogate area and the other covering the York and Scarborough area. We have 2 full time equivalent posts available, 1.4 for Northallerton/Harrogate and 0.6 in York

We are looking for a highly motivated mental health nurse with some experience in perinatal mental health and further specialist training will be provided to the successful candidates. The post holders must be able to work flexibly and independently within a challenging environment.

The post holder will have experience of assessment and managing risk of service users within the community. They will also have knowledge of psychological interventions and models such as CBT, DBT etc. The post holder must have excellent communication skills with a detailed knowledge of safeguarding procedures.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will undertake comprehensive assessments, including risk assessment, and deliver psychologically informed interventions. They will manage a caseload of service users as a care coordinator and provide perinatal specific support to service users already under the care of other community teams . They will participate in a duty rota, responding to enquiries and urgent clinical matters arising across the North Yorkshire and York locality. Being a car driver with access to a car is essential.

About us

We deliver our services by working in partnership with 8 local authorities and clinical commissioning groups, a wide range of voluntary organisations, as well as service users, their carers and the public. The services are spread over a wide geographical area of around 3,600 square miles, which includes coastal, rural and industrial areas.


The most important way we will get there is by living our values all of the time. These are:

Respect - listening, inclusive, working in partnership

Compassion - kind, supporting, recognising and celebrating

Responsibility - honest, learning, ambitious

Job description Job responsibilities

Please read the job description and person specification carefully and we would encourage any prospective applicants to speak to the manager to find out more.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Current professional registration with an approved professional body.
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development.
  • Recognised sign-off mentor, clinical educator or equivalent. Must be achieved within agreed timescale.
  • Key skills in literacy, numeracy and ITQ level 2 (or equivalent)
Experience Essential
  • Significant experience working with people with mental ill health in a care environment.
  • Working collaboratively with service users and their families/carers.
  • Providing clinical supervision to individuals or groups as professionally appropriate.
  • Mentoring or facilitating students on practice placement.
  • Leadership or management experience
  • Significant experience working with people with mental ill health in a community environment.
Knowledge Essential
  • Understanding of relevant legislation (e.g. Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act).
  • Care Programme Approach and its application in practice.
  • Detailed understanding of Safeguarding and its application in practice
  • Clinical Risk Assessment and Management and its application in practice.
  • Clinical Governance and its application in practice.
  • Understanding of psychological models of care and treatment.
Skills Essential
  • Provide leadership and monitor, co-ordinate and prioritise the activities of a team.
  • Communicate complex and sensitive information effectively to patients, carers/families and all members of the multidisciplinary team.
  • Work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team and undertake lead professional / care co-ordinator responsibilities
  • Provide effective clinical supervision, teaching, training and assessing in clinical practice.
Personal Attributes Essential
  • Compassionate in meeting the needs of vulnerable people and their families and carers.
  • Able to engage with vulnerable people and work effectively in distressing and challenging circumstances
  • Able to work flexibly and co-operatively as part of a team
  • Able to use own initiative and make decisions independently
  • Self-aware and committed to professional and personal development. Able to accept and respond positively to feedback from supervision

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