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Older Person's Mental Health Practitioner

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
4 May 2024
Are you a motivated, caring and forward thinking Registered Professional who embraces a challenge? Whether you're newly qualified or looking for a change - we want to hear from you!

Taunton and West Somerset Neighbourhood OPMH would like to welcome an Older Person's Mental Health Practitioner to our team.

The team provides needs-led assessment and treatment and support, for older-aged adults in the community, working closely with the Inpatient Ward, First Response Service, Intensive Dementia Service other CMHTs, GPs, Primary Care Network MDTs and Voluntary Services. We work extremely closely with the rest of the integrated neighbourhood teams, which include integrated rehabilitation team and district nursing.

The role will involve managing a defined caseload with a focus on working with individuals and their significant others who experience a complex range of mental health needs and difficulties. Acting as a key member of the Multi Disciplinary Team working within an Integrated Service.

Main duties of the job

You'll undertake complex mental health assessments, care co-ordinate a caseload, have access to psychosocial support, be collaborative in their outlook and must be skilled in positive risk management whilst working within a recovery approach. We work very closely with a wide range of agencies in our community and will be central to this fulfilling role.

You will be committed to a person-centred approach to your work and will have an ability to prioritise and work flexibly. You will hold a caseload that will include patients with functional and organic diagnoses. You will also be part of the Duty worker system that is in place but always be supported by a duty manager and your fellow colleagues - we foster a true team approach!

The team's hubs are based in Taunton and Minehead and whilst you will be based in Minehead there may be occasions when you will be expected to work across both areas to cover the Taunton and West Somerset Neighbourhood.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, continuing professional development and regular informal conversations around career progression, annual recognition awards to celebrate and recognise our colleagues achievements throughout the year and not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

We work hard to make sure that inclusion is part of everything we do. We know that true inclusion means we're able to provide the best care for our patients and provide a fulfilling career for all our colleagues.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London - there is truly something for everyone!

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable.

We have six active and impactful colleague networks. These networks provide a safe space for colleagues to share their experiences and learn from one another, but also influence change across our trust:
  • Multicultural Network
  • Women's Network
  • Armed Forces' Network
  • LGBTQ+ Network
  • Lived Experience Network, for colleagues living with disabilities
  • Autistic Colleague Network

Job description

Job responsibilities

Acting as Keyworker, you'll make ongoing assessments of service users needs to reflect individual circumstances, including assessing risk, promoting and enabling independent functioning, delivering relevant therapies and ensuring that service users are protected from significant harm.

Please see the attached job description for full responsibilities.

Person Specification



  • Registered Mental Health Nurse or Registered Occupational Therapist



  • Knowledge of NMC guidance or HCPC professional guidance for practice
  • Knowledge of care coordination
  • Knowledge of mental health and community care legislation and policy



  • Experience of working in a mental health setting.
  • Experience of working with families, carers and significant others
  • Ability to carry out assessments and psycho-social interventions


  • Experience of working in community mental health setting

Employer details

Employer name

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


Barnfield Unit

luttrell way


TA24 6DF

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