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First Responder (Mental Health Practitioner) *New Hire Bonus*

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

I'm Jade, a first responder in the First Response Service (FRS). I have been in the team for 1 year now. I trained as a mental health nurse and chose FRS because I was keen to support people experiencing a mental health crisis and help them access the right support and services they need. We work with such a diverse range of service users and I have really developed my assessment and clinical risk assessment skills since being here. I am grateful that we have autonomy as professionals, but also have a fantastic and experienced team around for support.

We work across the county with people of all ages, providing 24-hour access to mental health services for people who identify or have been identified as being in a mental health crisis. If you are successful, you will be part of a pioneering and award winning team. This role allows you to work closely with other community agencies e.g. police, ambulance services and local authorities to develop a short-term contingency plan for people presenting in a mental health crisis.

We work in shifts to provide 24-hour support, so you'll be working: 08:00-20:00, 11:00-23:00, 20:00-08:00.

Main duties of the job

If you are successful, you will work shifts providing both telephone triage and community face-to-face assessments for individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. You will be expected to provide brief clinical risk and mental health assessments, formulations, and short-term contingency plans for those both calling into the service via 111 option 2 or those referred by other professionals.

You will need to use a range of brief solution-focused interventions to empower patients, carers and their families in problem solving and decision making. You will need to have excellent communication skills and assessment skills and be able to make safe and appropriate plans. You will need to understand the resources offered by other agencies and work closely with them to ensure patients are able to access the support they require.

*We would encourage applicants to make contact and arrange a visit of the service prior to applying, so you get an insight into what the service provides*

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities
  • Provide evidence based clinical interventions, making autonomous clinical decisions about own professional practice.
  • Responsibility for the development, planning and implementation of brief care and treatment interventions for individual patients within First Response.
  • Provide assessment, planning and implementation of individual packages of care and treatment.
  • Ensure that individual episodes of care are delivered in a timely, effective and integrated manner.

Person Specification



  • Mental Health Nurse Qualification or Social Work Qualification OR adult / LD nursing qualification with mental health experience
  • Current NMC/HCPC Registration
  • Evidence of continuing professional development


  • Clinical supervision qualification.



  • Mental health care/treatment relevant to service
  • Working with people presenting in mental health crisis
  • Multi-agency working/working across service interfaces
  • Working within a multicultural framework


  • Teaching, training and/or supervision of clinical staff.

Skills & Abilities


  • Assessing, formulating and working with people presenting in heightened state of distress
  • Communicating (oral and written) complex/highly technical and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Clinical risk assessment and contingency planning
  • Able to meet the service needs for mobility across the geographical area covered
  • Able to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision


  • Brief psychological interventions/strategies for managing crisis

Knowledge & Understanding


  • Evidenced based clinical interventions relevant to the service
  • Models of care and treatment relevant to working with people in mental health crisis
  • Sound knowledge of Mental Health Act, Care Act, Mental Capacity Act


  • RiO and SystmOne PAS

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


Kingfisher House

Hinchingbrooke business Park


PE29 6FH

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