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Mental Health Practitioner

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum pro rata
Closing date
7 Jun 2024

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We invite you to apply for the Band 5 Mental Health Practitioner in the South Memory Assessment Service, Cambridge and Ely. We are looking for someone with a keen interest in dementia and older people's care. This post is open to registered nurses with the right attributes to enhance the developing Memory Assessment Service.

You will be contributing to the assessment of memory functioning and participating in the treatment process including post-diagnostic support. You will support service users and carers, offering information and signposting them to other agencies. You will work closely with colleagues from the multi-disciplinary team, psychiatrists, nurses, psychologists and others. We will provide the necessary support to ensure your development within your role

If you are looking for a new challenge, enjoy variety in your work and wish to be part of a team striving to make a difference for our community by supporting people with memory loss then we want to hear from you.

Main duties of the job

To work within the integrated multi-professional team and the Memory Assessment Service.

To be accountable for contributing to assessing, interpreting, planning and implementing treatment and care to patients within professional guidelines, with the support of the Band 6 mental health practitioner.

To keep the patient at the centre of his or her care, ensuring patient and carer participation in decision making.

Provide support and education to peers, new staff, non-registered staff and Students.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please note for this role you will be required to travel independently around the county meeting strict time deadlines. You will need to hold a full UK driving licence* and have use of a vehicle. You cannot use public transport for this role as this is not a reliable form of transport and will not allow you to meet service needs. Please confirm in your application that you meet the specified criteria.

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities

Clinical Service Specific
  • To work within the integrated care team-mental health memory service to ensure that patients needs are met.
  • To contribute to the assessment of memory functioning and health and social care needs, interpreting, planning and implementing treatment and care to patients within professional guidelines, with the support of Band 6 mental health practitioner.
  • Wherever possible to avoid hospital admission and reduce inpatient length of stay to ensure those patients receive the appropriate care in the most appropriate setting.
  • To keep the patient at the centre of his or her care, ensuring patient and carer participation in decision making.
  • To support the band 6 mental health practitioner with interventions including support and guidance to both the person with dementia and their carer.
  • Organise and manage own time allocating work appropriately.
  • To ensure that record keeping is to a consistently high standard
  • To use evidence-based practice, to ensure clinical care is effective and appropriate.
  • To highlight and report appropriate and potential risks.
  • To ensure that they contribute and work towards the service/organisational aims and objectives of the Neighbourhood teams and the new model of care
  • To ensure that accurate and timely written records are kept which comply with the Trust policy and NMC guidance, reporting on any issues as appropriate.
  • To ensure that they comply with current good practice in informing/updating all members of the multi-disciplinary team, their colleagues, service users and appropriate others of changes involving current nursing care plans, patients progress and other relevant matters that pertain to the care of the patient
  • Provide support and education to peers, new staff non-registered staff and students
  • To support the band 6 with day to day planning and delivery of a high quality nursing service.

*DVLA have a number ofreciprocalarrangements with overseas countries, for further information please visit the DVLA website

Person Specification



  • RMN level 1 RMN level 2 . or HCPC registered professional with mental health training i.e. Occupational Therapist or Social worker
  • Evidence of professional development


  • ENB 998 or other teaching qualification, mentorship



  • Experience in acute or community mental health setting - can be part of your training.
  • Experience of working with people with a diagnosis of dementia - can be part of training.


  • Community experience
  • Primary care experience
  • Have a lived experience of mental health changes

Knowledge & Skills


  • Able to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision
  • Ability to work flexibly as part of a team
  • Able to plan and implement care
  • Accepts responsibility and accountability for own work and can define the responsibilities of others.
  • Recognizes the limits of own authority within the role
  • Seeks and uses professional support appropriately
  • Understands the principle of confidentiality


  • Understanding of clinical supervision

Personal Qualities


  • Demonstrates empathy for the concerns of others
  • Manages strong emotions and responds constructively to the source of problems
  • In highly stressful situations keeps own feelings in check, takes constructive action and calms others down
  • Has a range of mechanisms for dealing with stress, can recognise when to use them and does so.
  • Shows respect for others' feelings, views and circumstances



  • Recognise peoples right to privacy and dignity, treating every person with respect
  • Positive approach to older people
  • Willingness to be flexible in approach and attitude with respect
  • Willingness to embrace integrated model and new ways of working.
  • Able to travel independently in community.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


Davison House, Brookfields Hospital

351, Mill Road



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