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Physical Healthcare Practitioner

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 pro rata, per annum
Closing date
26 Apr 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
We are looking to recruit an experienced to an exciting Physical Healthcare Practitioner (PHCP) part-time (22.5 hours) position - Inpatient Mental Health Services Older People (MHSOP) in Scarborough and Malton.

We are seeking a motivated, creative team player with demonstrable leadership experience to help us build the skills, competencies & confidence of our staff across MHSOP wards in the diverse localities of Scarborough & Malton. This is a perfect opportunity for an existing Senior RGN working within Acute or Primary Care Services looking to diversify their professional portfolio or someone ready for a new challenge & development opportunity.

You will be a valuable addition to our highly-skilled multidisciplinary teams, working flexibly alongside another part-time PHCP, to prioritise your presence & input across 2 wards, dependent on inpatient needs.

You will work at:
  • Rowan Lea, Cross Lane Hospital (Scarborough): 20 bed assessment & treatment unit for men & women (range of mental health illnesses)
  • Springwood (Malton):14 bed unit for men & women (dementia)

We welcome applicants who have significant experience of delivering physical health interventions to older adults with a range of complex needs, including organic or functional mental illness, falls, frailty, polypharmacy.

Main duties of the job

As a Physical Healthcare Practitioner, you will have a key role in supporting MHSOP inpatient teams by working as part of the Multi-Disciplinary Team to develop and implement treatment and care plans and to support service improvement within this area of practice. You will work closely with the Physical Health Modern Matron and clinical teams to provide a high quality service to patients through support, intervention and clinical expertise on the various aspects of physical health including: assessment, diagnosis and review, chronic disease management, management of acute presentations, palliative and end of life care and ongoing physical health monitoring. The role also involves collaborative working with the Trustwide Lead for Physical Health on various physical health work-streams, and the delivery of staff training, education and development.

You will support evidence based practice and have experience of working independently & autonomously in a Nurse Practitioner role, utilising clinical assessment skills and demonstrating sound clinical decision making. You will have oversight of a patient caseload, whilst supporting the strategic role of developing physical healthcare across the Trust.

About us

We are the Mental Health & Learning Disability NHS Trust for County Durham and Darlington, Teesside, North Yorkshire, York and Selby.

From education and prevention, to crisis and specialist care -our talented and compassionate teams work in partnership with our patients, communities and partners to help the people of our region feel safe, understood, believed in and cared for.

We nurture the recovery journey of anyone in need of our help. In Our Trust, everyone has a say in how they are supported and treated because we listen to every person in our care until they feel understood. Our patients, their families and carers work together with us towards better mental health.

We're committed to new thinking that improves the wellbeing of our region. We connect with our communities and partners to get mental health care right, in areas that really need it.

We won't rest until everyone in our region has the mental health care they need, to lead their best possible life.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached job description and person specification, which outlines the main duties and responsibilities of the role. It is important for applicants to meet this criteria at the point of submitting their application to ensure chances of being shortlisted for interview.

For more information, we encourage contact with our Professional Leads:

Alyshia Lane

Physical Healthcare Modern Matron - Inpatients MHSOP


Caroline Powell

Physical Healthcare Practitioner - Rowan Lea & Springwood


Karen Ashby

Inpatient Modern Matron (RMN)

Person Specification



  • First level Registered Nurse Adult (RNA) or Registered General Nurse (RGN) with current NMC registration and eligible to practice, or Registered Allied Health professional (AHP) with current HCPC registration and eligible to practice
  • BSc Nursing (or AHP equivalent), or post-registration specialist course at BSc level
  • Post-registration teaching and assessing qualification (e.g. Mentorship, ENB 998 or City and Guilds 730)
  • Post-registration Physical Assessment Skills (Adult) Level 6 qualification
  • Independent prescribing Level 6 qualification (or willing to work towards within 12 months)
  • Evidence of continual professional learning and development


  • Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN) or Registered Nurse Learning Disabilities (RNLD) with current NMC registration and eligible to practice
  • MSc Nursing (or AHP equivalent) or post-registration specialist course at MSc level
  • Post-registration Advanced Physical Assessment Skills and Disease Management Level 7 qualification (or equivalent)
  • Advanced Pathophysiology Level 7 qualification (or equivalent)
  • Clinical Assessment of Patients with Long-term Health Conditions Level 6 qualification (or equivalent)



  • Extensive clinical knowledge and experience
  • Substantial experience of working clinically at Band 6 or above
  • Ability to assess and implement a range of evidence based therapeutic care interventions
  • Proficient in multi-agency partnership working
  • Participation in the development of policies and procedures
  • Demonstrates autonomous working and management of own caseload
  • High level of personal and professional motivation
  • Ability to influence, initiate and manage change
  • Ability to make critical judgements and decisions
  • Evidence of continual professional development


  • Previous experience of mental healthcare or working within a mental health or learning disability environment
  • Experience of providing care for patients with long term conditions
  • Experience of palliative care approaches
  • Experience in maintaining systems to measure performance
  • Experience of managing others



  • Demonstrable knowledge at post-graduate level of physical healthcare
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of physical examination and assessment
  • Substantial knowledge of working at Band 6 level or above utilising clinical assessment skills
  • Knowledge of national policy and guidance in relation to aspects of physical health
  • Knowledge and experience of clinical audit and research
  • An understanding of clinical governance and the application of the clinical governance agenda in the NHS
  • Knowledge of incident reporting and the importance of incident investigation


  • Previous knowledge of mental health care or working within a mental health or learning disability environment
  • Knowledge of mental health problems (e.g. specific mental illness, personality disorder, eating disorders etc.).
  • Evidence of further education in research or audit



  • Advanced skills in physical examination and assessment
  • Appropriate technical skills (e.g. venepuncture, ECG monitoring etc.)
  • High level of record keeping and documentation
  • High level of interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to plan, set objectives, priorities and review performance
  • Computer and keyboard skills and use of Microsoft packages


  • Participated in the delivery of teaching or education packages to patients, carers or staff

Personal Attributes


  • Committed to promoting a positive image of people with mental health conditions and learning disabilities
  • Committed to promoting a positive image of inpatient services and the wider Trust
  • Self-motivated
  • Resilient and calm in a crisis situation
  • Act as a reassuring presence for members of the public in difficult situations
  • CCompassionate in meeting the needs of vulnerable people and their families and carers
  • Able to prioritise and use own initiative

Other Requirements


  • Ability to travel independently in accordance with Trust policies and service need

Employer details

Employer name

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust


Cross Lane Hospital & Springwood Hospital


YO12 6DN

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