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Mental Health Practitioner-Older Adult Mental Health Inpatients

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pro rata for part time
Closing date
29 May 2024
We would like to welcome you to the older adult service. What better way to start you career in mental health nursing than by having the support of a multidisciplinary team to increase your skills and confidence as band 5 staff nurse.

We offer training in psychological interventions and within New Haven Unit there are two wards, a bespoke home treatment team and community team to enable good flow and a seamless journey from inpatients to community. We offer flexible working arrangements and are described as kind and caring by the staff that work here.

Your preceptorship will include gradual learning and leadership opportunities, a dedicated mentor and coaching.

Fixed term post- 12 months

We can offer up to 37.5 hrs per week. The working pattern being 3-4 long days/ night (07:30-20:00/19:30-08:00) across a four-week period including weekends and bank holidays.

Contact Kellie Jones Ward manager 01527 488480 for more details.

Main duties of the job

  • Close working with all members of the Multi-disciplinary Team
  • Undertaking mental health needs assessments
  • Assessment and Management of risk
  • Liaising with other services such as, community mental health team, Hospital at Home Team, Mental Health Liaison Team, and the Acute Trust
  • Effective assessment through SBAR and care planning
  • Delegation and shift management
  • Supervising of junior staff, including students
  • Leadership and management skills
  • Knowledge of operational procedures as well as clinical
  • An enthusiastic, motivated and innovative thinker to become part of the Older Adult inpatient service
  • The ability to work autonomously
  • The ability to problem solve, delegate, lead, co-ordinate and manage time effectively
  • Excellent communication and inter-personal skills along with a flexible, responsive approach.
  • Broad knowledge of current best practice in Occupational Therapy and Mental Health

About us

At Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, we are working together to deliver outstanding care. We run community hospitals and community health services across Worcestershire and provide mental health and learning disability services across both Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Our people (all 4500+ of them) provide services for people of all ages, experiencing both physical and/or mental health conditions from over 100 sites.

We will support you to thrive offer flexible working options for a great work-life balance, help you fulfil your ambitions, and empower you to make positive changes within your team or service. Its why we were named Large Apprenticeship Employer of the Year award at the 2022 Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards. We value diversity and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, cultures, and ethnicities.

What we offer
  • 27 days leave plus bank holidays, increasing up to 33 days with long service
  • Generous NHS pension and enhanced pay when you work unsocial hours
  • Flexible and agile working opportunities
  • Great maternity, paternity, and adoption support
  • Wide range of staff networks such as LGBT+ and ENRICH (Equality Network for Race Inclusion and Cultural Heritage)
  • Health service discounts and online benefits including excellent cycle to work and car salary sacrifice schemes
  • Health and wellbeing opportunities

If you would like to know more, please visit our careers website.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Act as a role model to colleagues, seeking the highest standards of professionalism.
  • Use their initiative and take responsibility for themselves and the quality of their work and the service they provide to patients.
  • Assess the care needs of individual patients using evidence based/patient centred principles to plan, implement and evaluate interventions
  • Facilitate 1 to 1 and group interventions.
  • Allocated named patients, ensuring timely review of care plans and assessments.
  • Provide leadership to the team, supervising, monitoring, supporting and educating them in good professional and clinical practices.
  • Assist in maintaining high standards of patient care, ensuring patients individuality and privacy are maintained at all times.
  • Demonstrate effective handover and communication of care
  • Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of all Trust policies and procedures.
  • Adhere to the NMC/OT/HCPC code of Professional Conduct.

For full details of the duties and criteria for the role please refer to the job description and person specification attached

Person Specification



  • Relevant professional qualification relating to Health or Social Care e.g., in nursing (RMN), , Occupational Therapy (BSc OT)
  • Current professional registration
  • I understand that I will be asked to provide original certificates to verify my qualifications at point of offer


  • Evidence of continuous skills and knowledge updating (Personal Portfolio)



  • Assessment and management of clinical risk
  • Working within a multi-disciplinary team


  • Assessment of people presenting with mental health problems.
  • Experience of delivering evidence based psychosocial interventions



  • Knowledge of mental health illnesses, understanding the signs and symptoms
  • Knowledge of principles of risk assessment and management
  • Knowledge of Mental Health Act 1983 and Mental Capacity Act 2005 and other relevant legislation

Skills & Abilities


  • Ability to challenge poor behaviour
  • Role modelling good behaviour
  • A positive attitude and able to act on feedback
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English in both verbal and written formats
  • Able to assess, plan, implement and evaluate programmes of care
  • Mental health assessment skills
  • Adaptable
  • Ability to recognise own limits
  • Able to work as an effective team member
  • Able to supervise and teach junior staff
  • Able to maintain clear and legible documentation
  • Able to deal with a range of people in difficult and complex situations
  • Ability to prioritise problems and use clinical judgment to deal with them
  • Skilled in dealing with psychiatric emergencies
  • Use own initiative and be able to make sound decisions

Additional Criteria


  • Will be required to complete safety intervention training.
  • Able to meet the long day model of working in the inpatient setting

Employer details

Employer name

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust


Princess Of Wales Community Hospital

Stourbridge Road



B61 0BB

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