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Community Mental Health Practitioner

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
10 Jul 2024
37.5 Hours Per Week.

Hello, my name is Judith Megson, I am the team manager for the older adult community mental health team (CMHT) in Kirklees.

We are seeking to recruit someone who matches our values and who can support us to continue to provide high standards of assessment, treatment and care to our service users, to enable them to live well in their community.

In return you will be supported and encouraged to develop your skills and knowledge so that you continue to develop and grow as a clinical practitioner.

There is a strong focus on staff well-being.

We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic and motivated qualified practitioner who can work in a flexible, innovative and creative way. The role will primarily be based in Huddersfield, however, as the team has 2 geographical bases, you will be required to deliver a mental health service Kirklees wide in line with clinical demand.

The teams core working hours are Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Flexible working options are available.

You will need to be a car driver and have the use of a vehicle to undertake any necessary travel in connection with the duties.

If this has piqued your interest, then give me a call.

For full job description, please see attached supporting documents.

Main duties of the job

A key element of the role will be care coordination, supporting colleagues, duty worker and prioritisation of workload in times of high clinical demand.

Undertake assessments and review care plans of service users which promote engagement, stability, recovery and risk management.

Manage a varied caseload covering functional and organic mental health presentations.

Work autonomously but contribute to the functioning of a multi-disciplinary team.

Work with service users with both short-term interventions and severe and enduring mental health needs to promote health and well-being.

Document care delivery to a high standard in line with professional standards, local and national guidance.

Recognises situations that may be detrimental to the health and well-being of the service user and initiates action that may be required.

Support student education when allocated to the team and to contribute to the preceptorship and education of newly qualified staff where appropriate.

Administration of depot medication in the community.

Maintain professional registration and demonstrate commitment to statutory codes of practice and continued professional development requirements.

All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients.

About us

We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.

Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.

We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.

Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.

Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Has continuing responsibility for the provision of skilled interventions to people with mental health problems in the community. Works within a multi-disciplinary team as a member of a

Management of own caseload in line with C.P.A. procedures and risk management protocols.Provision of leadership to the Core Team in respect of psycho-social interventions topeople and carers

Supervision and support of other team members

Participation in service development and clinical governance structures.

Assesses needs and identifies problems relevant to the care of people referred.

Devises a plan of care in partnership with the person and carers.

Person Specification



  • Significant experience of working within a mental health setting.
  • Can demonstrate skills in assessing and managing people experiencing mental health problems.
  • Experience of supporting/mentoring and supervising colleagues/students/trainees.
  • Knowledge and evidence of using IT systems.
  • Can demonstrate skills in assessing and managing risk in a variety of settings.
  • Proven ability in assessing the needs and strengths of people and their carers.
  • Experience of delivering a range of therapeutic techniques.
  • Working within an integrated multi-disciplinary environment and co-working with other teams and professions within team meetings, case conferences and professional meetings.
  • Ability to support colleagues with day-to-day caseload management including prioritisation of responsibilities in times of high clinical demand.
  • Ability to promote and develop links with other professionals e.g. practitioners within long term conditions, primary care.
  • Evidence of knowledge and application in practice of national guidance and standards, e.g. NICE, CQC, CQUINs.


  • Experience of working holistically with Adults with an emphasis on coexisting mental and physical health needs that impact on wellbeing.



  • Assessment and care planning skills.
  • Risk assessment and risk management.
  • Relevant post-registration qualifications and or training.



  • RMN Current NMC registration.
  • Social Worker/Occupational Therapist-current HCPC registration.
  • Experience of mentoring/supporting learners or ability to demonstrate the skills required for effective mentoring.
  • Practice Education/Practice Assessor Preparation Certificate.

Special Knowledge/Skills


  • Working knowledge of recent government legislation e.g. Mental Health Act, Health & Safety, Care Programme Approach, Care Act and Safeguarding.
  • Able to work incorporating principles of Clinical Governance.
  • Proven skills in partnership working with people who use services and their carers.
  • Can evidence awareness of equality and diversity and is able to incorporate this into care planning and the delivery of care.
  • Ability to act up in the absence of the team leader.
  • Knowledge of audit processes.
  • Experience of carer services issues.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


  • Knowledge and skills in specialist areas such as dual diagnosis, peri-natal mental health, working with people experiencing psychosis, working with people with a diagnosis of personality disorder.

Physical Attributes


  • Ability to undertake the duties and demands of the post. A satisfactory sickness record over the previous 2 years (subject to the need to act with fairness and equality of opportunity, particularly where the sickness is related to a disability and/or pregnancy).

Personal Attributes


  • Time management.
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team.
  • Reliability, enthusiasm, motivation, resourcefulness,
  • A willingness to work flexibility to meet the needs of service users and the team including extended hours.
  • A Current driving licence and access to a car during the working day is essential (reasonable adjustments will be considered for any applicants who are unable to drive due to a disability) Professional attitude.
  • Leadership skills.

Employer details

Employer name

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust


Folly Hall Mills 4th Floor Large Mill

St Thomas Road



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