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Community Mental Health Practitioner

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
28 Jun 2024
The Trust rated 'Good' in our recent CQC report, and winners at the Gloucestershire Health and Social Care Award's 'Mental Health Team of the Year 2016', has a number of opportunities for Mental Health Nurses to join the Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team.

The Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Teams are an integral part of Urgent Care Services providing triage and assessment providing home treatment, gate keeping of hospital beds and providing telephone support to those individuals that are suffering with psychological, emotional and mental health distress. We are an open access service working with the those aged 11 to end of life whom are suffering with a functional illness.

We are now seeking highly motivated and committed band 5 nurses to join us in providing this service and complement our current team of professionals, assisting with the day to day running of the service and ensuring you are professionally accountable and responsible for service users' care. As the ideal candidate for this post you would be an RMN qualified nurse looking for a new challenge and seeking an opportunity to make a real difference to people's lives. We're looking for candidates with excellent communication skills and a passion for helping those experiencing a mental health crisis. You will have the ability to build relationships with key partner agencies and help us to integrate more effectively with other services, as well as thriving on working in a high pressure situation.

Main duties of the job

  • To be a member of a multidisciplinary MHARS team that will provide a 24 hour, 7 days a week service.
  • To participate in the provision of a comprehensive assessment, planning, short term intervention, support and education service to clients referred to the service with a range of psychiatric illnesses and mental health crises.
  • To have face-to-face contact and the provision of telephone advice ensuring that the needs of the service users are met in the most sensitive and appropriate way.
  • To maintain responsibility for a shared caseload of up to 20 to 30 service users.
  • The post holder will receive regular supervision from Band 6 Clinicians and/or the Team Manager.

The team operate a mixed economy shift system allowing staff to choose either a standard shift working pattern (7.5 hour shifts) or long shift working pattern (12 hour shifts). This is negotiated with the team manager with those choosing to work long shifts having to pick up a regular short shift or long shift to make up contracted hours. Nights undertaken are 9.5 hours.

The qualification, training & experience requirements for the role are underlined in the Job Description/Person Specification.

About us

We have in excess of 5000 staff working over 50 sites, providing a diverse range of services. We strive to support an organisational culture that is welcoming, builds and celebrates inclusivity and diversity and provides a sense of belonging and trust.

The annual NHS Staff Surveygives our people the opportunity to tell us about their experience working at the Trust. For the 2023 survey just over 2800 colleagues gave us their views (58.5%). It was great to see from the results that colleagues are saying that:
  • 89.7% believe they are making a positive difference to patients/service users
  • 73.3% would recommend the organisation as a place to work
  • 82.4% agree that care of patients and service users is the organisations priority
  • 76.7% would be happy with the standard of care for a friend or relative

Our results put us as 5th nationally as a Community, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities NHS Employer of Choice and 1st equal amongst all NHS Provider Trusts in the South West. However, we know we have more to do and will continue to drive forward our commitment to making GHC a Great Place to Work.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will be a member of the Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team working with people in Gloucestershire who are thought to be experiencing a period of mental health crisis or psychological distress. The service will provide an acute, mobile, 24 hour, 7 days a week community service as an alternative to hospitalisation.
  • To contribute to the rapid assessment and implementation of crisis resolution or evidence based home treatment for service users who are experiencing an acute mental health crisis.
  • To optimise the service users ability to remain in the community and/or be cared for in the least restrictive environment in line with the principles of recovering and social inclusion and the 10 essential capabilities.
  • To facilitate early discharge from hospital and respond to agencies requiring assessment of clients who are being considered for immediate psychiatric hospitalisation.

Person Specification



  • NMC or Social Worker or Occupational Therapist or awaiting results from University
  • Registered with the HCPC or awaiting results from University



  • Working knowledge of recovery approach and social inclusion.
  • Experience in the provision of Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment
  • Experience of collaboration working with other agencies including the voluntary sector.



  • Knowledge of current Mental Health Act legislation and Mental Capacity Act.
  • Demonstrable skills in risk assessment and management.
  • Knowledge of the various approaches to mental health assessment.
  • Knowledge of evidence based intervention with clients in an acute phase of mental illness.
  • An understanding of national policy in relation to mental health
  • Knowledge of child care/protection issues.
  • Demonstrated commitment to continuing professional development.


  • Ability to work on social factors affecting mental distress eg accommodation, substance misuse, domestic violence, welfare rights.
  • Knowledge of various approaches in the care and treatment of clients with dual disorder (drug and/or alcohol and mental illness).

Employer details

Employer name

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust


Pullman Place

Great Western Road



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