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Community Mental Health Practitioner

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year PRO-RATA
Closing date
19 Apr 2024
Part Time - 30 Hours Per Week

Due to promotion a Band 6 Community Mental Health Practitioner post has become available. The role is to work with our service users across Calderdale who are older people living with a range of mental health conditions, including Dementia, in the community.

We are looking to recruit either a Registered Mental Health Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Social Worker with clinical experience of working in a mental health service.

We have a strong and well established Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) who work together to deliver person centred assessments, interventions, and support.

We have a mix of professions within the team Consultant Psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, and Health Care Support Workers. We are a community based service working Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

For full job description, please see attached supporting documents.

Main duties of the job

The main duties of the post include:

Independently and autonomously assess, plan, implement and evaluate treatment/interventions and care for patients with attention to mental health/dementia, physical, emotional, social, and cultural issues.

Hold a clinical caseload following the guidelines of Care Programme Approach (CPA) and the role of care co-ordinator.

Provide a joined up service across health and social care providers.

Participate in the role of Duty Clinician.

Beresponsible for providing expert clinical advice and support to MDT members.

Work in a collaborative manner with others to ensure seamless service delivery.

Participate in the use of reflective practice, research, audits and clinical supervision.

Established clinical background in working with service users presenting with mental health issues.

Ideally to have experience of working with older people living with dementia.

Experience of working autonomously.

Experience of leadership responsibilities.

Excellent communication, organisational and interpersonal skills.

Evidence of continuing professional development.

A Full UK driving license and use of own car is essential.

For further information, or if you wish to arrange an informal visit, please contact Mark Whittlesea (Team Manager) on 07766 905796.

All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients.

About us

We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.

Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.

We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.

Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.

Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Supervision and support of other team members.

Participation in service development and clinical governance structures.

Assesses needs and identifies problems relevant to the care of people referred.

Devises a plan of care in partnership with the person and carers.

Implements the planned programme of care to ensure a high standard is achieved.

Reviews the effectiveness of the care provided and where appropriate initiates any action.

Advises and supports the person and carers to promote health and well-being and to prevent illness.

Recognises situations that may be detrimental to the health and well-being of the person and initiates action that may be required.

Establishes and maintains satisfactory communication with all agencies involved in the persons care in both hospital and community.

Functions as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.

Management of enquiries and direct referrals of people in accordance with the Core C.M.H.T. Operational Policy and participates in the team duty rota.

Maintain professional registration and demonstrate commitment to statutory codes of practice and continued professional development requirements.

Responsible for acting up in the absence of the team leader.

Person Specification



  • RMN Current NMC registration.
  • Social Worker/Occupational Therapist-current HCPC registration.
  • Experience of mentoring/supporting learners or ability to demonstrate the skills required for effective mentoring.
  • Practice Education/Practice Assessor Preparation Certificate.



  • Significant experience of working within a mental health setting.
  • Can demonstrate skills in assessing and managing people experiencing mental health problems.
  • Experience of supporting/mentoring and supervising colleagues/students/trainees.
  • Knowledge and evidence of using IT systems.
  • Can demonstrate skills in assessing and managing risk in a variety of settings.
  • Proven ability in assessing the needs and strengths of people and their carers.
  • Experience of delivering a range of therapeutic techniques.
  • Working within an integrated multi-disciplinary environment and co-working with other teams and professions within team meetings, case conferences and professional meetings.
  • Ability to support colleagues with day-to-day caseload management including prioritisation of responsibilities in times of high clinical demand.
  • Ability to promote and develop links with other professionals e.g. practitioners within long term conditions, primary care.
  • Evidence of knowledge and application in practice of national guidance and standards, e.g. NICE, CQC, CQUINs.


  • Experience of working holistically with Adults with an emphasis on coexisting mental and physical health needs that impact on well being.



  • Assessment and care planning skills.
  • Risk assessment and risk management.
  • Relevant post-registration qualifications and / or training.

Special Knowledge and Skills


  • Working knowledge of recent government legislation e.g. Mental Health Act, Health & Safety, Care Programme Approach, Care Act and Safeguarding.
  • Able to work incorporating principles of Clinical Governance.
  • Proven skills in partnership working with people who use services and their carers.
  • Can evidence awareness of equality and diversity and is able to incorporate this into care planning and the delivery of care.
  • Ability to act up in the absence of the team leader.
  • Knowledge of audit processes.
  • Experience of carer service issues.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


  • Knowledge and skills in specialist areas such as dual diagnosis, peri-natal mental health, working with people experiencing psychosis, working with people with a diagnosis of personality disorder.

Physical Attributes


  • Ability to undertake the duties and demands of the post.
  • A satisfactory sickness record over the previous 2 years (subject to the need to act with fairness and equality of opportunity, particularly where the sickness is related to a disability and/or pregnancy).

Personal Attributes


  • Time management.
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team.
  • Reliability, enthusiasm, motivation, resourcefulness.
  • A willingness to work flexibility to meet the needs of service users and the team including extended hours.
  • A Current driving licence and access to a car during the working day is essential (reasonable adjustments will be considered for any applicants who are unable to drive due to a disability).
  • Professional attitude.
  • Leadership skills.

Employer details

Employer name

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust


Laura Mitchell Health & Wellbeing Centre

Great Albion Street



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