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Senior Practitioner

West London NHS Trust
Hammersmith & Fulham
£40,057 to £45,839 a year plus HCAS
Closing date
2 Jul 2022

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Band 7
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Senior Practitioner post for Mental Health Integrated Network Team (MINT)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a suitably qualified and experienced senior mental health nurse to work closely with the Team manager and other senior clinicians within one of the MINT services in Hammersmith & Fulham. The teams have been established over recent months following a successful bid for additional resources.


The Long-Term Plan, together with NHSE's Community Mental Health Framework, provides a historic opportunity to address gaps in the provision of Mental Health care within communities.

Community teams will move away from siloed, hard-to-reach services towards joined-up care and whole population management approaches, establishing a revitalised purpose and identity for community mental health services. One of the LTP's key objectives is to develop new and integrated models of primary and community mental health care [which] will support adults and older adults with severe mental illnesses.

It supports the development of place based and personalised community mental health services wrapped around the Primary Care Networks (PCNs), and outlines how these developments will help to improving care for people with severe mental illnesses.

Main duties of the job

The Senior Practitioners play critical roles in providing nursing leadership and MDT accountability within the Multi-disciplinary MINT teams. The teams offer enhanced access and provision to psychological therapies, improved physical health care, employment support, personalised and trauma-informed care, medicines management and support for self-harm and coexisting substance use. In addition, the teams will work proactively to address social and racial disparities, using a bio-psycho-social approach, which includes dedicated LINK workers and Peer support.

Key to the success of the teams is the engagement and liaison with the local Primary Care Networks as well as the Local communities in supporting the delivery of this vision. This work is ongoing and is critical in using all available resources effectively and in a joined up manner.

We are seeking to recruit high caliber professionally qualified nurse practitioner with excellent communication skills; a clear commitment to delivering patient-centered quality care and a commitment to developing and supporting the workforce.

We believe that this is an exciting opportunity to influence and support the delivery of responsive holistic and joined up care in partnership with communities, third sector agencies and GPs.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We'rerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holder will lead and monitor the performance and care delivery of the nursing staff in theMINT team; ensuring local professional leadership. They will participate in review of clinical policies and guidelines relevant to the area and support and implement changes to practice. Additionally, they will liaise with other organisations and professionals to promote communication and good practice; be able to undertake audit activity and supervision to other staff in service area/care group.

They would need to have an understanding of psychosocial interventions to include psycho-education, wellness recovery action plans and discharge planning.

The post holder will also be responsible for the assessment of care needs and the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care for a small and defined caseload; and maintaining associated records.

In addition, the post holder will be responsible for supporting the team manager in providing effective leadership within a clinical team providing a high quality service within the resources available within a defined geographical area.

Person Specification Qualifications and Training Essential
  • Registered Nurse, (mental health) appropriate to the job role.
  • Evidence of post registration training in relevant service area
  • Completion of Mentorship Course/ENB equivalent/Practice Educators
  • Degree/diploma level supplemented by specialist qualification, training, experience, courses to masters level equivalent relevant to the care group
Experience Essential
  • Experience of supervising staff and students
  • Able to manage a caseload of people with complex mental health needs
  • Awareness of Trust policies and service specification
  • Extensive post qualifying experience in relevant service area
  • Lived experience of mental health issues
Knowledge Essential
  • Comprehensive knowledge of interventions specific to service area
  • To understand performance reports and how they relate to team
  • To have a good knowledge of service objectives
Personal Qualities Essential
  • Demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills with staff, patients, families, carers and professionals
  • Able to establish links with other services and professionals
  • Able to effectively manage risk

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