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Mental Health Practitioner

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
27 Apr 2024

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Spread your wings at Mersey Care and apply for a role within our Children and Young Peoples Mental Health Services.

We offer a wealth of training and further career opportunities within our services.

Young people are our future - make a difference to a young person's life!

Spread your wings and apply now.

Main duties of the job

The CYP Crisis Response Team provides a crisis service for young people 24hrs a day 7 days a weekYou'll be given opportunities to develop your career from day one, so if you have ambition, commitment, and share our aim to deliver perfect care, with regular formal CPD opportunities to further develop your potential.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Job description

Job responsibilities


To coordinate the care of service users carrying out assessment planning, implementation and evaluation of their care under the guidelines of the care programme approach and under the supervision of the line manager.

To ensure that the service users care plan is developed to meet the assessed need of the individual and that unqualified staff are delivering care as laid down in the care plan.

To liaise with family members, carers and significant others when completing the assessment and developing a care plan.

To develop a risk management plan for service users, taking note of the contributions from other members of the team. Ensure that all significant people are aware of the risk management plan and are actioning it appropriately.

To direct unqualified staff in order to ensure delivery of a high standard of care to service users.

To participate in setting standards for care based on sound evidence based and research findings.

To participate in the systematic monitoring and evaluation of service users that you have responsibility for with guidance from a supervisor.

To communicate with other members of the multi-disciplinary team to ensure the communication of any relevant information which has an impact on the service users care.

To use verbal and non-verbal communication skills gained through training or experience to impart sensitive information.

To check understanding of information where there are often barriers to effective communications due to distress, psychiatric symptoms or where English is not the first language.

To use skills gained through training and experience to give and receive information to other individuals with regards to a service users care in the reviews and multi-disciplinary meetings. These individuals may be external to the Trust.

To have knowledge of the Mental Health Act / Mental Capacity Act and other relevant legislation. To support services users and their carers when the Mental Health Act is being used to admit the service user to hospital. To ensure that service user rights under the Mental Health Act are effectively communicated to them and outcomes documented.

To provide and co-ordinate the provision of a range of therapeutic activities for service users and monitor their effectiveness.

To take responsibility for the safe administration of medication to service users ensuring that the Trust policies and procedures and the Nursing & Midwifery Councils regulations are adhered to.

To ensure that all relevant information with regards to a service users care and treatment is documented accurately and legibly into the health record. To supervise and monitor the entries made by unqualified staff.

To under the guidance of a supervisor provide reports both in written and verbal formats as requested e.g. for a service user Mental Health Act Tribunal or Managers Hearing.

To contribute to teaching sessions in order to pass on knowledge and skills.

To use skills gained through training and experience to de-escalate situations where service users become physically or verbally aggressive.

To ensure that unqualified staff members get appropriate support following violent or other untoward incidents.

To ensure that all incidents or near misses are documented as per Trust policy and that any follow up action is taken.

To actively participate in service user reviews ensuring that service user needs are met and that the team has all the relevant information on which to base their clinical decisions.

To develop care plans that enable service users to reach and maintain their optimum level of health and independence to help them to remain in the community in their chosen setting.

To react pro-actively in cases of service user crisis and put in place immediate plans to resolve the situation with supervision and guidance as appropriate.

To assist in the assessment and supervision of nursing and other students.

To assess and monitor the physical and mental health of service users, seeking advice and support from medical staff as appropriate.

To actively participate in team meetings in order to positively influence team working and the development of research based practice.

Person Specification



  • Appropriate professional qualification by RMN, AHP Social Worker



  • Continuous improvement
  • Accountability
  • Respect
  • Enthusiasm
  • Support



  • Experience of working with a range of people with mental health problems
  • A demonstrated understanding of Equality and Human Rights



  • Able to communicate effectively.
  • Possess good listening and negotiation skills
  • Ability to work as a member of a team
  • Be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge base regarding: Effective Care Co-ordination / Care Planning and evaluation / Quality and clinical audit / Health & Safety / Risk Management / Mental Health Act
  • Demonstrate a good knowledge of the Code of Conduct and the nurse's responsibility to identify gaps in their knowledge base.
  • Demonstrate knowledge in the concepts of mentorship, preceptorship and supervision.

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


Knowsley Recourse and Recovery centre

Dragon Lane


L35 5DR

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