Mental Health Practitioner

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£25,655 to £31,534 a year plus 5% HCA
Closing date
11 Jul 2022

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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New band 5 and 6 community nurses are offered the opportunity to apply for fast track programmes to support rapid progression to the next band.

Band 5 Mental Health Practitioner

Main duties of the job

As part of the transformation within EPUT and to further develop the service, an opportunity has arisen for a Mental Health Practitioner.

As a Mental Health Practitioner you will be a member of the MDT in a fast pace community urgent care pathway offering a community response to those experiencing a mental health crisis.

You will have the responsibility for the day-to-day supervision and management of lower banded staff within your professional group and team locality.

You will work collaboratively with key partner organisations, service users, carers, clinicians and other practitioners to provide a 7 day a week, 24 hours a day service, 365 days a year, working shifts were appropriate and operationally required.

Important Notice: Recently the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021 (the Regulations) which amended on 22 July 2021 and come into force on 11 November 2021 that anyone directly employed to work in a Care Home or who are required as part of their role to be deployed to a CQC registered care home are required to have had both their COVID vaccinations, unless they are exempt. This is therefore a requirement of this role and will form part of our pre-employment checks

This post also attracts payment for High-Cost Area Supplement of 5% of the basic salary (minimum of £971 and a maximum of £1,682 per annum).

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Open, Compassionate and Empowering. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including;

  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • Day One Flexible Employer, the Trust supports and actively encourages flexible working for all employees. We offer many options and you are encouraged to ask the recruiting manager what is possible for this role. If appointed, you will have the opportunity for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment.

Job description Job responsibilities

For further details / informal visits please contact:Blessing Tasara, Clinical Manager on 0787 6740275

Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
  • Registration (Mental Health Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Social Worker)
  • Evidence of continual professional development
  • Meet the requirements for revalidation as set out by the NMC
  • High standard of education
  • Good written and spoken English
  • Post graduate qualification or commitment to work towards this
  • Mentorship preparation
Knowledge Essential
  • Proven experience of working in a health, social care or community setting as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of dealing with confidential and sensitive information
  • Proven experience of working with people with mental health conditions and vulnerable service users
  • Proven experience of conducting and contributing to ongoing assessments
  • Ability to conduct Crisis and routine risk assessments of the individual in the service user environment
  • Proven experience of medicines management in line with NMC Standards and Trust policies and procedures
  • Experience in providing psycho-social interventions
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the recovery principles
  • Understanding of / and the ability to conduct assessments and review of care in line with the requirements of the mental health care clusters
  • Understanding and the ability to support the team to meet their key performance indicators and contractual targets
  • Excellent IT skills i.e. Word / Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • Experience of using an electronic information system
  • Knowledge and understanding of health legislation, principles of CPA and Care Management, Mental Capacity Act, Mental Health Act 1983 and safeguarding, the NHS Constitution, and risk assessment / management
  • Knowledge of current best practice and models within nursing practice in mental health
  • The ability to devise comprehensive care plans that incorporate effective, individualised and evidenced based therapy interventions
  • Understanding of the nature of mental health conditions and how they can affect people's day to day life and impact upon recovery
  • Commitment to ongoing learning through CPD for self and others within operational area
  • Able to deliver from a range of possible key therapeutic interventions CBT, Psychosocial interventions, Family Interventions, DBT approaches
  • Working knowledge of the Remedy Clinical Information System
  • Knowledge of working with external agencies involved in the care of people with mental health problems
  • Knowledge of the physical health needs of service users and monitoring of same
  • Experience in the performance management and supervision of lower banded staff
  • Experience of and participation in audit and research
Skills/Experience Essential
  • Literate in IT/Computer Skills
  • Good oral communication skills based on fluency on the English language
  • Deliver training to colleagues and lower banded staff
  • Assess and treat under the guidance of a Band 6 own caseload of service users in accordance with Trust clinical pathways
  • Undertake physical health checks of services users and act on the findings appropriately
  • Undertake a range of clinical duties e.g. providing practical support and guidance to service users
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the Trust Core Values
  • Understand the need for compassion in working with colleagues, servicer users and families
  • Support families and carers within the boundaries of their role and NMC professional code of conduct
  • Capable of working under pressure and meet deadlines where required
  • Act as key worker to a group of service users
  • Self-motivated with a desire to contribute to the ongoing service development
  • Participate in service reviews and research
  • Able to demonstrate a level of flexibility, innovation and creativity in the working environment
  • Ability to engage and motivate people
  • Ability to organise individual and group activities / work skills
  • Experience in risk assessment of service user activity
  • Plan and prioritise own and team workload as required
  • Ability to work effectively and flexibly in the multi-disciplinary team
  • Promoting concordance with medication and treatment regimes in line with NMC regulations and Trust policy
  • Requirement to undertake carers assessments
  • Lead and facilitate group work
  • Ability to work with Clinical Manager in the development and implementation of operational / Trust policies
  • Ability to critically analyse and review research findings and reports
  • Demonstrate the ability to lead, facilitate and support group work i.e. anger management, psycho education and hearing voices
Personal Qualities Essential
  • Shares the Trust's Beliefs and models this in their attitude and behaviour
  • Ensures that the organisational values of open, compassionate and empowering are demonstrated by self and others every day and that any matters of concern are addressed in a timely way, either directly; or raised with the relevant Line Manager; or through the relevant processes within the Trust as appropriate.
Additional Qualities Essential
  • Fitness Analysis as appropriate
  • Current driving licence
  • Ability to travel across sites and across Trust boundaries to attend meetings, etc

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