Mental Health Practitioner

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum
Closing date
15 Jul 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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We have an exciting and unique opportunity for a Band 6 Mental Health Practitioner to work within one of the Bolton integrated neighbourhood teams. These teams include professionals from health, social care and the community and voluntary sector with the aim of improving health and wellbeing in the local community and empowering local residents.

As a Mental Health Practitioner you will provide the mental health expertise within the integrated neighbourhood team. This will require an ability to work flexibly Monday - Friday between 9:00am and 5:00pm.

The post holder will be based in one of the following location in Bolton:

Waters Meeting Health Centre, Pikes Lane Health Centre or Winnifred Kettle Health Centre.

Main duties of the job

To work as part of the integrated neighbourhood team providing support, advice, consultation and where appropriate care for people, regardless of age and diagnosis, presenting with mental health related problems, to enable safe management of clients within Primary Care.

About us

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH) is one of the leading mental health trusts in the UK.

Serving a population of 1.2million people, across one of the most exciting and affordable cities in Europe, GMMH provides community and inpatient mental health care, alongside prison in reach, substance misuse services, a specialist centre for mental health and deafness and inpatient perinatal mental health care.

The Trust employs around 5700 people, who make a difference across 130 locations. Staff at GMMH work to improve lives with a culture based on five core values:
  • We are caring and compassionate
  • We inspire hope
  • We work together
  • We value and respect
  • We are open and honest

GMMH is one of the most active research trusts in the UK, with one of the highest levels of recruitment to clinical trials for mental health.

We have been rated 'Good' overall by the Care Quality Commission. Our substance misuse services and leadership were rated as 'Outstanding'

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To complete patient assessments as required for people with low level mental health needs such as, but not limited to, low mood/depression, anxiety disorders, mild cognitive impairment and contribute to the assessment of and differentiate between delirium and mental disorder.
  • As part of the integrated neighbourhood team, act as a key worker for clients (with a mental health component) who are at risk of hospital admissions due to a long term physical condition.
  • To undertake comprehensive assessment including EMI assessments for people with complex health and social care presentations.
  • To in reach and provide appropriate clinical support and advise into the intermediate care bed bases in Bolton
  • To work as a link clinician; developing professional relationships within Primary Care and Social Care Services to allow effective development of care pathways within localities.
  • To triage/consider individuals with complex presentations and to direct them to or refer into specialist services within Primary/Secondary Care or the voluntary/third sector.
  • To maintain close working relationships with Secondary Care Services, keeping them informed of developments within Primary Care.
  • To have an up-to-date and comprehensive knowledge of local resources and services available and how to access them; providing information and guidance to GPs and other colleagues in Primary Care.
  • To consider early intervention principles and provide guidance regarding people with more complex presentations identified in consultation with GPs.
  • To provide informal and formal training to GPs and other Primary Care colleagues on topics relating to mental health, in order to develop their skills in the diagnosis and management of mental disorders.

Person Specification Education and Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working in mental health
  • Experience of both functional and organic mental health disorders
  • Multi-disciplinary/multi-agency working
  • Experience of working in a community mental health setting
Knowledge Essential
  • Understanding of the health and social care integration agenda
Skills and Abilities Essential
  • Ability to clearly communicate clinical reasoning
  • Sound knowledge of psychosocial interventions
  • Sound understanding of safeguarding agenda, MCA and DOLS
  • Ability to communicate with a range of agencies

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