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Senior Practitioner Op COURAGE veterans urgent pathway- Barberry

Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
23 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you passionate about ensuring our ex-British Armed Forces - Navy, Army and RAF service personnel have access to excellent mental health care? The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the Nation that those who serve or have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly ensuring they are not at a disadvantage due to their Veteran status. A Veteran is an individual who has served one or more days in the military, and it is this group of people that Op COURAGE works with on a holistic level.

Op COURAGE offers support to Veterans within the geographical patch (Birmingham, Black Country, Staffordshire, Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin) experiencing mental health crisis who require support in engaging with their local primary and secondary services. We do not aim to replace already existing services (e.g crisis teams, CMHT, GP management) but works to build links with these services and advocate for Veterans who may have faced difficulty in engaging or accessing the appropriate support.

Are you skilled in engaging, assessing, helping to support clients who may struggle to engage, present with complex difficulties, and manage dynamic risks? This is an exciting opportunity for a Mental health nurse to join the bigger-picture development of NHS Veteran mental healthcare through the Op COURAGE urgent care pathway.

Main duties of the job

  • Be responsible for Veterans on the caseload with identified, complex needs.
  • Offer psychoeducational, coping skills and support through a period of stabilisation as needed.
  • Liaise with local services, including secondary mental health and primary care services and support engagement with these services to ensure care is being provided.
  • This is a community-based service, providing a high intensity support package of care to Veterans in times of crisis, across a large geographical area (West Midlands, including Birmingham, Black Country, Staffordshire, Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin.
  • The post holder will work within the wider veterans service caseload providing co-ordination of assessment, planning, and implementation of care to veterans and carers within the defined West Midlands Region.
  • Provide professional advice and support to the veteran and their families, as well as other agencies including crisis teams and the police.
  • working within the Veteran's care pathway, alongside non urgent pathway (previously known TILS and CTS).
  • Appointments are made using a combination of communications in person, digital and telephone.
  • This role works to enhance already existing services such as CMHTs, crisis services and charitable organisations rather than replace them - the aim is to improve veteran-service engagement and ensure that Veterans are able to fairly access the appropriate support they require, and are not at a disadvantage due to their Veteran status.

About us

Welcome to Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. Our 4000 clinical and support staff help us to improve mental health wellbeing and meet the needs of the 70,000 people we serve each year. We provide a range of mental healthcare services across Birmingham and Solihull, as well as specialised services nationally. We also offer medical, nursing and psychology training and are proud of our international reputation for both research and innovation.

Our population is culturally diverse, characterised in places by high levels of deprivation which create an increasing demand for our services and a necessity for us to make sure everyone can access the help they need. We are a team of compassionate, inclusive and committed people working together to provide excellent care to support our community. If you are looking for a place to belong, where you can make a real difference to people's lives, join our team where our warm welcome is waiting for you.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further information about the main responsibilities please view the attached job description and person specification.

Person Specification



  • Curent unrestricted registration with HCPC/NMC
  • Experience of supervising qualified staff
  • Ability to work autonomously skilled in the assessment of complex patient material including crisis intervention and risk management
  • Experience of working as a care coordinator for those with complex needs (working knowledge of MHA/MCA)



  • Excellent written skills
  • Effective organisational and delegation skills
  • Ability to demonstrate and apply understanding of policies and procedures
  • Knowledge/Understanding of Armed Forces and the mental health needs of veterans and their families
  • Audit/evaluation skills



  • Experience in a Community Mental health care setting
  • Experience of undertaking formulation, risk assessment and positive risk management
  • Experience of staff supervision
  • Evidence of continuing professional development

Employer details

Employer name

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust


The Barberry

25 Vincent Drive, Edgbaston,


B15 2FG

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