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Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Employer
Livewell Southwest
Location
Plymouth
Salary
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa, pro-rata - Plus shift enhancements for 24/7 service
Closing date
30 May 2024

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Profession
Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Grade
Band 6
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
37.5 hours per week.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for enthusiastic and motivated individuals to join our new First Response Service. The Service promotes a dynamic and innovative way of working, triaging and responding to crisis referrals, using both tele-coaching and video communication technology as well as face-to-face assessments. (Livewell's First Response Service links closely with our AMHP Service including the Joint Response Unit which could involve working alongside multi-agency colleagues (ie Police, Paramedics) during the evenings providing acute assessment and care and support to people experiencing mental health crisis in the community (responding in a marked response vehicle). As such this B6 role could provide the experience required for future AMHP training, subject to further expression of interest/application, and AMHP posts/training becoming available. It is not an expectation for postholders' to pursue any AMHP related opportunities if they do not wish to do so.)

This role may not be eligible for sponsorship under the Skilled Worker route, please refer to the Direct Gov website for more information with regards to eligibility.

Main duties of the job

The role of Senior Mental Health Practitioner will require working collaboratively with key partner organisations, service users, carers, clinicians and other practitioners within a multi-disciplinary team in delivering services to provide brief clinical risk and mental health assessment, formulation and short-term contingency planning for people presenting in mental health crisis. The service provides a 7-day a week, 24-hours a day service for 365 days a year and involves working shifts.

Although based in the First Response Service the service and role are part of our integrated community mental health service offer and as such may also provide the opportunity to work across different team(s). There may also be opportunities in the future to work in our Home Treatment Team, or Psychiatric Liaison Service.

About us

Livewell Southwest is an independent, award-winning social enterprise providing integrated health & social care services for people across Plymouth, South Hams & West Devon, as well as some specialist services for people living in parts of Devon & Cornwall. With teams in community hospitals, GP practices, sports centres, health & wellbeing hubs.

As an organisation with a strong social conscience, we always value being kind, respectful, inclusive, ambitious, responsible and collaborative. Transforming services to make them sustainable, ensuring that we value, support & empower each other.

We are committed to involving the people we care for, families & carers in everything that we do, working towards co-production where we can. Helping us to deliver the right care for people, in the right place & at the right time. By putting people at the centre of what we do, we ensure to support people to lead, healthy independent lives & be the very best at helping people to live well.

Valuing our employees making an investment in their development a priority. We offer:

Protected CPD time for registered staff

Various development pathways and ongoing regular training packages for all staff

Leadership & mentoring programmes

Access & funding for training including Care Certificate, Assistant Practitioners Course & Scholarship Into Nurse Training

A Robust Preceptorship

A bespoke induction programme

Existing members of the NHS Pension Scheme can continue their membership when they join the organisation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Senior Mental Health Practitioners provide brief clinical risk and mental health assessment, formulation and short-term contingency planning for people presenting in mental health crisis.
  • Working within the community, Senior Mental Health Practitioners provide face-to-face assessments working closely with other mental health services and agencies such as the police, ambulance and local authority.
  • Using a range of brief solution-focused interventions, Senior Mental Health Practitioners empower patients, carers and their families in decision making and divert to a range of health and social care resources for support.
  • The post involves working with clients of the First Response Service in a range of settings. These include primary care settings, community settings, and other health service sites, as required. This could include the Joint Response Unit vehicle. Lone working in the community is a major element of this job as is potential exposure to verbal and physical aggression. The working environment includes exposure to high levels of distress in others
  • The First Response Service links closely with our AMHP Service including the Joint Response Unit:

- As such the postholder, subject to demonstrating the necessary skills and attributes, and dependent on post and course/funding availability, could consider applying to undertake AMHP training (there will be an additional internal recruitment process at this point)

- The role could also involve working alongside multi-agency colleagues (ie Police, Paramedics) during the evenings providing acute assessment and care and support to people experiencing mental health crisis in the community (responding in a marked response vehicle).

The nature of the working environment requires regular and

frequent travel from base to and between the above-

mentioned settings.

The role will require working collaboratively with key partner organisations, service users, carers, clinicians and other practitioners within a multi-disciplinary team in delivering services.

The First Response Service provides a 7-day a week, 24-hours a day service for 365 days a year working shifts.

There is a requirement for substantial periods of concentration and sitting.

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Degree in Healthcare in relevant area supplemented by a post-graduate qualification or specialist training with relevant experience.
  • Professional Qualification (e.g. RMN, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist)
  • Professional Registration (e.g. NMC, HCPC, Social Work England)
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Mentorship qualification or equivalent experience


Desirable

  • Clinical supervision qualification.
  • Medical / non-medical prescribing
  • Teaching (clinical practice) qualification/certificate or equivalent experience
  • Leadership qualifications.


Experience

Essential

  • Mental health care/treatment relevant to service
  • Working with people presenting in mental health crisis
  • Multi-agency working/working across service interfaces
  • Working within a multicultural framework.
  • Suitable Candidates will show a clear willingness to develop skills in the areas of both functional mental health problems and older peoples/complex care mental health needs


Desirable

  • Teaching, training and/or supervision of clinical staff
  • Previous experience of working in a community mental health setting.
  • Evidence of developing and contributing to service development.
  • Experience of change in health care.


Personal Qualities and Attributes

Essential

  • Successful completion of Health Screening
  • Willingness to undertake Hepatitis
  • B immunisation/Hep B immune
  • Enhanced DBS check will be required for this role
  • There to assist patients, carers, families, referrers and colleagues
  • Works flexibly
  • Committed to team working
  • Motivated, reliable and visionary
  • Embrace opportunity to work with local community, 3rd sector and other partners
  • Values opinions of others. Innovative and pioneering approach to new ways of working.
  • Positive approach to older people
  • Recognise peoples right to privacy and dignity, treating every person with respect
  • Willingness to embrace integrated model and new ways of working
  • Willingness to be flexible in approach and attitude
  • Ability to manage change in a positive manner
  • Recognise peoples right to privacy and dignity, treating every person with respect


Employer details

Employer name

Livewell Southwest

Address

Crownhill Court

Crownhill

Plymouth

PL6 5DH

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