Community Mental Health Practitioner

Powys Teaching Health Board
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
7 Jul 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 6 Community Mental Health Practitioner to join our established and supportive Community Mental Health Team based in the Ty Illtyd Resource Centre Brecon.

You must be enthusiastic, self-motivated, flexible in approach and be able to work autonomously as part of a team.

In return for your skills and expertise we can offer you a variety of rewarding challenges, continued training and development and the opportunity to work within a friendly and supportive team.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post, English and/ or Welsh speakers are equally welcome to apply.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Annette Long

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work within an established, integrated, multidisciplinary team, focusing upon individuals with severe and enduring mental health problems. The post holder will undertake responsibility for the care co-ordination and case management of a defined caseload of clients with complex and challenging needs as defined within Parts 2 and 3 of The Mental Health (Wales) Measure 2010.

Within their role as Care Co-ordinator the post holder will facilitate the promotion and maintain a high standard of nursing care adhering to current legislation, professional and corporate guidelines.

About us

Powys Teaching Health Board is responsible for meeting the health and wellbeing needs of the people of Powys, mid Wales. As a rural health board with around 133,000 people living across an area that is a quarter of Wales, we provide as many services as possible locally. This is mainly through GPs and other primary care services, community hospitals and community services. As we don't have a District General Hospital, we work closely with other organisations in Wales and England to provide services for the people of Powys. We always strive to deliver as many services in Powys as possible including assessment and follow ups after treatment. The health board also works closely with Powys County Council and the voluntary sector to meet the needs of the community.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • The post holder will work within Powys teaching Health Board policies and procedures
  • The Post holder will be expected to facilitate User and Carer involvement in all aspects of service delivery.
  • The post holder works collaboratively and co-operatively with others to meet the needs of clients and their families.
  • The post holder will assist the Team Manager with the management and organisation of their clinical area and participate in the education, development and supervision of junior staff and student nurses.
  • To participate in the single point of access meetings (SPOA) by being directly involved in the discussion and allocation of referrals to the CMHT.
  • To be responsible for the care co-ordination of a designated caseload of clients with severe and enduring mental health problems.
  • To ensure that the (Wales) Mental Health Measure (2010) legislative standards are adhered to and that standards met.
  • As Care Co-ordinator, will be responsible for undertaking and documenting on the Mental health Measure paperwork, evidence based assessments of clients physical, psychological, spiritual and social needs, taking into account and respecting ethnicity, for a defined caseload.
  • Assess and manage the care of clients with complex risk behaviours ensuring that a comprehensive risk assessment is completed and documented, for all actual or potential areas of risk, i.e. harm to self or others, neglect, exploitation and vulnerability. Inform and liaise with other professionals (where appropriate) in order to positive risk manage and maintain the clients maximum independence and enhance recovery.
  • As Care co-ordinator, responsibility for formulating and developing standard and complex, outcome focused Care and treatment plans in

collaboration with clients and in accordance with the multi disciplinary care programme approach.
  • To co-ordinate and facilitate, in conjunction with the care plan, appropriate resources (e.g. Welfare Rights, Housing Agencies, Voluntary Agencies, Day Services etc.) to effectively implement effective packages of care, recording and reporting any unmet needs.
  • To ensure effective lines of communication are maintained with Inpatient facility to promote good working practices and ensure that client information is passed on appropriately between Community and In-Patient Unit.
  • To monitor and evaluate commissioned services utilised within the care packages.
  • To be responsible for the care co-ordination of reviews in accordance with legislation incorporating statutory and legal requirements under the Mental Health Act 1983 and the Mental Capacity Act, ensuring dissemination of documentation as appropriate.
  • In the role of care co-ordinator, provide written and verbal reports for Mental Health Review Tribunals/Appeals and for other service requirements as necessary.
  • Professionally accountable at appeal tribunals i.e. benefits, housing, medical and Community Treatment Order
  • To maintain accurate clinical documentation in line with Local Health Board policies
  • To undertake self audit of care coordination activity in line with

Welsh Government audit requirements
  • Act as Duty Officer for the CMHT on a rotational basis and ensuring information is processed accurately and communicated to other professionals/agencies.
  • Undertake initial assessments on behalf of the CMHT and recommend and coordinate appropriate action.
  • To co-ordinate, arrange and where appropriate chair case conferences where there is notification of serious concern i.e. Child Protection, Protection of Vulnerable Adults.
  • Responsibility for the safe administration of prescribed depot medications, physical health monitoring in collaboration with GP and providing education ( if appropriate to profession)
  • Monitor the effects and side effects of prescribed medication in conjunction with the Responsible Medical Officer ( if appropriate to profession)
  • Responsibility for supervising and assisting within nurse led medication clinics as required i.e. depot and Clozapine ( if appropriate to profession)
  • To work in an autonomous capacity within the community on a daily basis responding to changing need and risk within the boundaries of safe working practices.
  • Undertake advanced levels of problem solving in the delivery of client care.
  • To consider the needs of carers offering appropriate and expert assessment, support and intervention.
  • To work collaboratively with Childrens Services and other Health and Social Care Agencies when considering the safeguarding of children and other vulnerable individuals. Where necessary undertake assessments and initiate referrals to relevant agencies.

  • To ensure that all clinical psychiatric nursing interventions are evidence based.
  • Initiate and participate in research projects as required.

  • Contribute to the business planning process. Promote the development of services, determining new ideas for improvement within the clinical area and implement change.
  • Ensure the effective and efficient use of resources.
  • Maintain standards and ethics according to Local Health Board Policies and Nursing and Midwifery Council Codes of professional practice.
  • Follow agreed policies and procedures during the course of work, especially with concern to health and safety, care plans and risk assessments. Ensure that staff for which you are responsible also follow these policies and procedures.
  • Receive Personal Development Review from the Nursing Line Manager.
  • To ensure that clinical supervision is received as per Policy, in order to maintain a high standard of nursing care.
  • To provide identified staff with managerial and caseload supervision, ensuring that training/professional needs are identified and that work load is regularly reviewed.
  • To carry out personal development reviews for those staff for which you are responsible.
  • In the role of Mentor/Assessor, to be responsible for facilitating student nurse training placements. Including offering teaching sessions and to be involved in training if required.
  • To be actively involved in clinical audit.
  • To deputise for the deputy county manager as required. To chair business/professional meetings as required.
  • To meet regularly with the designated supervisor for supervision and performance review. To keep the County and deputy county manager informed of any situation that cannot be effectively managed.
  • To ensure that mandatory training requirements are met for yourself and for any staff that you line manage on an annual basis
  • Maintain confidentiality of clients, members of the public and members of staff in accordance with Local health Board Policy.
  • To ensure efficient use of resources through adequate monitoring and control mechanisms and to ensure cost effectiveness of care packages.
  • Maintain an awareness of current changes and developments within the field of mental health.
  • To act as a resource to other professionals and agencies by providing expert advice, guidance and education as appropriate.
  • Assist in the recruitment and selection of staff as required
  • To document and record all data using the requisite IT systems.

Person Specification Qualification Essential
  • Registered Mental Health Professional and Registered with the relevant Professional Body
  • Evidence of continous proffesional develpoment
  • CBT qualifications/Psycho-Social Interventions/qualification
  • Venupuncture
Experience Essential
  • Sound understanding of community and multidisciplinary work.
  • Experience of working within a community setting and with Severely Mentally ill clients
  • Evidence of supervising and developing junior staff
  • Abilty to meet travel requirments for the post
Knowledge and understanding Essential
  • principles of recovery
  • Effectiv skills and knowledge of psycho social interventions
  • Clinical supervision
  • communication skills
  • Advanced risk assessment skills
  • IT skills and knowledge
  • Skills to promote service user involvement
Skills and abilities Essential
  • excellent organisational skills
  • person centred and non judgmental
  • excellent assessment skills
  • Ability to engage with service users
  • ability to speak welsh

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