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Mental Health Practitioner

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year Per annum
Closing date
2 Jul 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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  • To provide a fast, responsive service to assess individuals needs for access into mental health services
  • To undertake Mental Health Assessments including Risk Assessments, providing rapid and holistic assessment, care and sign posting of individuals presenting with other urgent risk issues.
  • To be proficient in referring to other clinicians within the service and/or referring to other services/agencies where necessary.
  • To provide a gatekeeping function as detailed in the Operating Procedure.

To provide managerial support to the team in the absence of the Team

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will be dynamic and forward thinking they will be passionate about working with service users with acute mental health concerns and providing a recovery focused approach. The successful applicant will have the ability to work as part of a Team and in partnership with local services.

There will be an expectation that the successful applicant will also undertake night duty and shift work as part of their role.

Successful applicants will be provided with a full induction and appraisal to formulate a Personal Development Plan and to identify training and development needs

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as; term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.

For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about this role.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Recognised Core Mental Health Professional Qualification (e.g. RMN/Dip SW/OT)
Knowledge Essential
  • In-depth knowledge of mental health problems
  • In-depth knowledge of issues that impact upon people with mental health problems
  • Detailed knowledge of the impact of risk and protective factors that affect people with mental health problems
  • Knowledge of medication prescribed for management of mental health issues
  • In-depth knowledge of diversity and anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of post qualification clinical work with service users experiencing a range of mental health problems
  • Experience of delivering evidence based interventions in a time-limited framework
  • Evidence of assessment across a broad range of mental health problems
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Experience of risk assessment and management
Skills & Abilities Essential
  • Ability to assess service users' presenting problems and needs, quickly and accurately, under pressure
  • Ability to determine the most appropriate course of action from a range of available options.
  • Ability to communicate clearly the outcomes of assessment, verbally and in writing.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills and communication skills both oral and written
Work Related Circumstances Essential
  • A willingness to work flexibly to meet the demands of the service.

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