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Community Mental Health Practitioner

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, plus HCA
Closing date
27 May 2024
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Community Mental Health Practitioner position within the South West Essex Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team, based in Basildon. We are seeking a motivated and enthusiastic individual who is passionate about community mental health. The post holder will join an evolving team, and will be jointly responsible for the delivery of a high standard community care, forming part of a coordinated plan of home treatment to Service Users predominantly within their own homes.

Main duties of the job

We provide intensive home support to service users aged 18 and over, through a range of referral routes, which include work with our community teams liaison services and partner organisations to provide a range of support options for people experiencing mental health crisis.

We endeavour to provide care in the least restrictive manner by offering an alternative to hospital admission through intensive home treatment. Where required, the team support planned admission to wards and facilitates timely discharge from inpatient care, working closely with wards to identify patients who could be better supported in their communities.

We are seeking Team Lead to join our team of Consultant Psychiatrists, Junior Doctors, Nurses, and Support Workers providing rapid response for adults who are experiencing an acute psychiatric crisis.

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work
  • Day One Flexible Employer

The Trust supports and actively encourages flexible working for all employees. We offer many options and you are encouraged to ask the recruiting manager what is possible for this role. If appointed, you will have the opportunity to apply for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment

Join our Staff bank

What is Staff Bank?

Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

If you are joining our Trust in a fixed term role, please indicate on your New Starter Paperwork that you wish to join our staff bank.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder carries responsibility for the assessment of care needs and their development, implementation and evaluation of programmes for adults of working age with mental health problems that are referred to the Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team. The post holder is responsible on a day to day basis to the Clinical Lead but ultimately accountable to the Team Manager for the overall service. In addition, they will be a member of a multi-disciplinary team and work in close co-operation with wards and Primary Health Care based professionals. They will also review service users admitted to the Mental Health Assessment Unit in Basildon and work collaboratively with the In-Patient Services for as part of the In-Reach role. They will also be responsible for the maintenance of standards of care within the Crisis Resolution Home Treatment service. They will also be responsible for ensuring that an integrated service is provided to their clients and ensure that a good inter-disciplinary working environment is maintained.

This post is open to nurses and social work practitioners. A flexible working pattern is available.

EPUT offer a fantastic relocation package of up to �8,000. Covering a number of expenditures for new recruits relocating from 30 miles or more from their new work base at EPUT.

If you would like more information please contact

Person Specification

Qualifications and Experience


  • oProfessional Qualification (OT, Social Work, RMN)
  • oEducated to Degree Level in Health
  • oEvidence of personal and professional development in contemporary mental health practice


  • oAdditional Professional Qualification/ Experience - Dementia related
  • oAllied Health & Mental Health Practitioner (Mental Health Act 1983)

Planning & Workload Management


  • oEvidence of personal development e.g. in objective setting, time management, skills etc
  • oAbility to plan ways of improving efficiency and cost effectiveness of clinical services
  • oAbility to coordinate work to meet agreed targets and deadlines
  • oEvidence of ability to prioritise workload and competing demands

Interpersonal Skills


  • oAbility to communicate effectively
  • oEvidence of personal development
  • oAbility to provide effective feedback to staff in a constructive manner
  • oAbility to deal sensitively and decisively with conflict management
  • oAbility to build relationships and negotiate satisfactory outcomes
  • oDevelop a positive environment which supports continuous improvement

Leding and Managing


  • oEvidence of personal development
  • oAbility to seek ways of improving individual's performance by training, coaching and development
  • oAbility to manage 'difficult' behaviour by listening, showing tolerance and remaining objective
  • oDevelop team spirit and inclusivity

Flexibility and Awareness


  • oAbility to identify barriers to change and developing plans to deal with them
  • oAbility to work positively in uncertain situations
  • oAbility to flexibly and some unsocial hours required

Analysis and Judgement


  • oAbility to use own judgement confidently and decisively
  • oAbility to know when to seek the support and guidance of more senior colleagues when necessary



  • oAbility to maintain high standards of work
  • oAble to instil confidence in others in the quality of their own work
  • oAble to champion high standards of professional practice throughout the service area
  • oEvidence of user focus in the organisation, delivery and evaluation of care
  • oExperience in the use of risk assessment tools

Technical Knowledge


  • oAble to take on broader responsibilities to improve own and others knowledge and skills
  • oEvidence of the knowledge and skills in the use of information technology to support care and professional development
  • oGood understanding of the Mental Capacity Act and its application in practice.
  • oGood understanding of person centred care and the Recovery Model.
  • oGood understanding of crisis resolution home treatment service provision
  • oGood understanding of positive risk taking.
  • oGood understanding of national policy and the implications for mental health e.g. crisis care concordat, parity of esteem.
  • oEvidence of an understanding of the principle of governance and implications for professionals practice
  • oEvidence of knowledge of professional nursing standards
  • oIT competency
  • oCar Driver /able to travel to all required locations and achieve service activity targets.

Employer details

Employer name

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Basildon Mental Health Unit


SS16 5NL

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