Band 6 Community Mental Health Practitioner

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 - £39,027
Closing date
17 Jul 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Midlands Partnership foundation trust are currently going through Community remodelling and Mental health transformation. A focus of this transformation is early assessment and intervention by the right health professional as this enhances recovery and promotes psychological well-being for people with mental health issues and mental illness.

Through a recovery approach, we aim to ensure people are supported to engage with the most appropriate intervention and care pathway in accordance with NICE guidance and treatment of non-psychotic disorders. In support of this exciting next step in community transformation we are looking for enthusiastic nurses who will provide compassionate, person-centred assessment and short term intervention to adults experiencing mental health difficulties. They will support individuals and their family/carers as well as work collaboratively with multi-disciplines, agencies and third sector services.

You will find the team extremely supportive whilst you are growing into the role. We have a good team spirit, and great team work is at the heart of the service.

Main duties of the job
  • To work as a skilled autonomous practitioner within a multi disciplinary team.
  • Provide thorough assessment and evidence based interventions to support mental health recovery.
  • Triage of routine referrals considering advice and guidance back to GP’s, signposting to third sector and external health/social care services or further assessment/intervention within secondary Mental health services.
  • Providing short term and brief interventions to patients as directed by NICE guidance.
  • Liaison with in-patient teams in regards to discharge planning and discharge follow ups: 72hour, 7 day, short term assessment and intervention.
  • Assessment, formulation and transfer for more long term intervention and coordination needs within secondary mental health services.
  • Good communication and relationship building skills for example with GP’s and Inpatient teams.

Job description

Job responsibilities
  • To ensure that all referrals are triaged and signposted effectively and promptly as per service guidelines

  • To have a firm understanding of Best Practice principles and specific interventions delivered to non-psychotic disorders/mental health difficulties and apply this to clinical practice

  • To inform doctors, family members and other involved agencies, e.g. housing providers, of progress, possible risks and contingency strategies/signposting options to deal with anticipated problems.

  • To work flexibly and competently in the community and any given location to meet client needs across all functions of the service.

  • Provide a high level of communication and relationship skills with clients, carers and other professionals internally and external to the Trust.

  • To contribute to effective multi-professional working with the service and other pathways. Specifically this requires flexibility in working practices and a willingness to acquire familiarity with all areas of the Teams work. This will involve advising and taking advice from colleagues in order to provide a well-integrated service.

  • To be able to advise on issues relating to medication and liaison with the teams NMP’s/ANP’s and consultants ensuring advice and communication to GPs.

  • To carry out duties in a non-discriminatory manner and to always treat service users with dignity and respect.

  • To be available for supervision from the team lead/s or nominated supervisor who will be from a health or social service background.

  • Proactive in making autonomous clinical decisions, with high-risk user population.

  • Demonstrate high level of skills in assessment and identifying symptoms of conditions in both mental health and physical health specific to non-psychotic difficulties/disorders.

  • Ability to travel based on the needs of the service.

  • Responsibility for service development, interagency and liaison link working with other agencies.

  • What we are looking for:

    We take pride in supporting, developing and engaging with our workforce. Staff engagement, recognition and wellbeing are vital to the success of our organisation, and we strive to provide a setting in which our staff can showcase their skills, innovative solutions and dedication to healthcare.

    By becoming part of our growing organisation, we will invest in your career with a variety of professional training courses, development and progression opportunities to enable you to reach your potential. From apprenticeships and clinical placements to volunteering roles and agency work, there is something for everyone within our Trust.

    Successful applicants will be able to function autonomously and in multidisciplinary teams. There will be an expectation that the post holder will work flexibly, possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills and effective clinical reasoning.

    The post will involve a responsibility of thorough assessment with varying complexity. The environment can be fast paced and challenging, however, highly rewarding. Your role will involve working with other agencies, families, carers and local communities. Experience of working within a community mental health setting is desirable.

    A valid UK driving license plus the use of your own car for business purposes is essential due to the large rural nature of our catchment area; for qualifying staff the Trust has a lease car scheme in place.

    If you would like any further information, or wish to arrange an informal visit, please contact Nicola Faulkner, Pathway Operational Lead / OT or Anna Clutton, Quality Lead / Nurse – Tel 0300 303 3426 or

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