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Mental Health Professional

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
27 Jun 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you a Registered Mental Health Nurse, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist?

We are seeking a registered, motivated mental health professional to work in the Home Treatment Team (previously known as the Crisis Service) based in Yeovil, Somerset.

As part of a front line mental health service, you will be responsible for accepting and triaging urgent referrals from a variety of sources, for those experiencing a mental health crisis. You will be part of a dynamic, multidisciplinary team who are responsible for ensuring rapid community assessments of mental health and risk.

We recognise that recovery from acute mental illness is best met within a persons own home, so we strive to provide safe, intensive mental health treatment and intervention at home as an alternative to admission to psychiatric hospital.

The post holder will supervise junior staff in the process of triaging referrals.

This role will involve flexible working across a 24-hour shift rota (days and night shifts) in a 7 day a week service.

As well as taking pride in caring for our patients, we also prioritise taking care of our employees! You will be part of a compassionate and friendly team who understand the challenges that arise when working and the importance of supporting one another through these.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the service and we welcome informal discussions prior to your application.

Main duties of the job

You will be a key member of a skilled Multi-Disciplinary Team who will offer a wide range of psychological, medical and social interventions to support recovery.

As well as working with a clinical caseload and their families, the home treatment teamgatekeep admissions to and facilitate early discharge from psychiatric inpatient settings and a joint project with the County Council and Enable services to offer an alternative to hospital admission in our Step Up facility.

Delivering high quality rapid assessments, including assessment of risk, formulations and care plans for people who present in a mental health crisis, assessments can take place in mental health, acute care and community settings.

Acting as a key member of the multi disciplinary team, liaising with statutory services and other agencies as a gatekeeper to admissions, formulate and provide alternatives to admission maintaining a high standard of electronic patient records.

Working collaboratively with colleagues in the team and across the community mental health service, working flexibly across the service which covers a 24-hour period, 7 days a week.

Providing holistic psycho-social assessment to clients who present in a mental health crisis and will be expected to be competent and participate in both joint and lone working assessments, accessing all sources of information including the views of family, carers and relatives and supervise Band 5 staff and unqualified staff with this process.

About us

As an organization, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Service Users
  • Families and Carers
  • Supervisor/Line Manager
  • Ward/Team Nurse Manager
  • Service Manager
  • Head of Profession
  • Consultants
  • Doctors in training (Trust Grades and Trainees)
  • Other members of the Unit/Team
  • Recovery partners

The post holder will liaise and work in partnership with Acute Inpatient Services, other Community Mental Health Services, Primary Care, Out of Hours GP Service, Emergency Duty Team, Community Directorate, Housing providers, Voluntary Agencies, Substance Misuse Services, NHS Direct and the Safeguarding Children Team.

For further details please see the JD for full responsibilities.

Person Specification Qualifications/Training Essential
  • RMN, Social Work or Occupational Therapy Qualification
  • Current registration with relevant professional body
  • Evidence of post qualifying professional development in an acute setting
Knowldege and Experience Essential
  • Significant post registration experience in multi-disciplinary community mental health services
  • Experience of managing risk of clients in crisis
  • Experience of assessment, care-plan, development and evaluation in conjunction with clients and carers
  • Experience and knowledge of working with people with mental health problems
  • Significant post registration experience in multi-disciplinary community mental health services
  • Experience of managing risk of clients in crisis.
  • Experience of assessment, care-plan, development and evaluation in conjunction with clients and carers.
  • Experience and knowledge of working with people with mental health problems.
  • Experience of mental health difficulties
  • Good knowledge of resources and working practices across health and social care
  • Ability to be innovative in practice
Skills and Abilities Essential
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills including presentation of cases to multi-disciplinary case conferences.
  • Able to carry out evidence based interventions.
  • Be a role model to STR workers.
  • Compassionate - Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively with patients, carers and relatives about complex and sensitive issues remaining sensitive and empathetic.
  • Listens to others' views respecting and valuing individual patient needs
  • Professional and patient focussed approach with inspirational skills, acting as a role model to colleagues and junior staff members.
  • Excellent organisational skills, ability to manage own time and plan timed activities for staff and patients
  • Ability to recognise and manage challenging situations in a calm and professional manner.
  • Ability to lead a team, demonstrating teaching and mentorship skills and work effectively as part of a team.
  • Ability to work autonomously and independently.
  • Experience of carrying out supervision to junior staff, coordinating the care of clients and delegating tasks.
  • Ability to record and retrieve information on charts/paper and electronic patient records
  • High standards of written communication skills with the ability to use email and internet.
  • Ability to undertake PMVA training to required level for role.
  • Compassionate - Open minded, treats colleagues, patients, carers and relatives with dignity and respect.
  • Ability to work in partnership with other agencies.
  • Willingness to lead groups
  • Experience of multidisciplinary working in a community setting
Personal Qualities Essential
  • To be able to demonstrate an awareness and responsibility whilst recognising the impact frequent exposure to distressing circumstances has on care and compassion.
  • Flexible and adaptable to meet the needs of the patients.
  • Sympathetic and considerate towards patients, carers and relatives.
  • Ability to inspire hope, support recovery and make a difference
  • Act in a ways that support equality and diversity.
  • Access to regular transport with appropriate business insurance.
  • The ability to attend the necessary training with regard to personal safety.
  • Ability to work under pressure and on own initiative.
  • Flexibility and commitment to high standards of service for adults with mental health difficulties.
  • Speak to distressed patients and their relatives in person and on the telephone.
  • Required to spend a considerable period of a working day in front of a VDU.
Other Essential
  • Ability to travel round Trust area to fulfil the requirements of the role.

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