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Senior Mental Health Practitioner (Specialist CMHT)

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
Ince-in-Makerfield, Wigan
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
6 Jul 2024
The Wigan Specialist Community Mental Health Team (SCMHT) are looking to welcome an additional 2 x Senior Mental Health Practitioners (Band 6) to the team.

These posts follow on from our first successful round of recruitment as part of our Community Transformation Plan and implementation of the streaming model of care in the SCMHT.

If you are passionate about supporting people and want to progress into a senior position where you can enhance your clinical skills in assessment and risk management, then we would like to hear from you.

This role will provide opportunity for the successful candidates to support junior colleagues through direct leadership and supervision, and also offers opportunity for involvement in service development.

Staff wellbeing and development is paramount - full supernumerary status will be provided to support induction to the team for the first 4 weeks in post. Your skills and development opportunities will be supported as part of your induction process and reviewed regularly during line management supervision and an annual appraisal.

These posts are full-time positions (37.5 hours) and the working hours will be 8am - 8pm 7 days a week. We also encourage applications from staff wanting to work part time hours. Flexible working can be discussed. The post is based at Claire House in Wigan. The post holder will be expected to travel across the Borough to attend satellite clinics across Wigan and Leigh.

Main duties of the job

The Specialist Community Mental Health Team provides care, treatment and support to adults with significant mental health needs, living in Wigan and Leigh.

The Senior Mental Health Practitioners will support a caseload of patients with severe and complex mental health conditions under the direct clinical supervision of a Senior Case Manager (Band 7). The successful applicants will join a caring and supportive team and will be supported by junior staff, including Nurse Practitioners, Support Time and Recovery Workers and Mental Health Wellbeing Practitioners, as well as the wider MDT.

You will be required to have experience of working in a similar setting and role. While experience would be desirable, we will consider supporting preceptors at Band 5 level to meet a number of competencies to achieve a substantive band 6 over a 12 month period.

You will undertake the duties of care coordinator, managing a caseload of service users, with complex mental health needs, under the CPA framework. You will provide direct care and signposting to appropriate services and interventions to meet the patient's needs.

You would also be involved in managing duty calls from adult service users, with severe and enduring mental illness, calls from their carer's, friends and families, for adults who are predominantly open to the team offering advice and support.

About us

Greater Manchester Mental Health (GMMH) Foundation Trust employs over6,400members of staff, who deliver services from more than160locations.

We provide inpatient and community-based mental health care for people living in Bolton, the city of Manchester, Salford,Trafford and the borough of Wigan, and a wide range of specialist mental health and substance misuse services across Greater Manchester, the north west of England and beyond.

Greater Manchester is one of the world's most innovative, original and exciting places to live and work. From the beauty of the surrounding countryside to the heart of the vibrant inner city with great shopping, entertainment and dining options.

Wherever you go you will experience a great northern welcome with people famed for their warmth, humour and generosity.

Our people enjoy their work, have opportunities to learn and develop their skills and are encouraged to generate new ideas that improve care for our service users.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Pay Enhancements 30% additional for Evenings (8pm onwards) and Saturdays and 60% additional for Sundays and Bank holidays.
  • 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays rising to 29 after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years
  • Excellent pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Salary sacrifice car scheme
  • Wellbeing programme
  • Blue Light Card Discounts

Person Specification



  • Professional registration (RMN, OT or Social Worker).


  • Post registration training in relevant field.
  • Leadership/management training.
  • Assessor/mentorship training.



  • Experience of working in an acute environment.
  • Experience of mentorship, supervision and co-ordination of staff.
  • Experience of working as a Nurse in Charge/Shift Co-ordinator
  • Experience of care planning process
  • Working in a multi-agency framework
  • Demonstrate a contribution to change management process
  • Experience in positive leadership of a team
  • Demonstrate experience of problem solving approaches



  • Knowledge of the Recovery Model
  • Knowledge of the Mental Health Act
  • Knowledge of effective care co-ordination
  • Knowledge of relevant national policies and guidance
  • Knowledge of evidence based and reflective practice
  • Knowledge of the Mental Health Act
  • Knowledge of the Vulnerable Adults Procedure and Child Protection
  • Knowledge of Safety, Privacy and Dignity Guidelines



  • Demonstrate sound leadership qualities and understanding of management styles
  • Understanding of quality and change in the clinical setting
  • Ability to delegate and coordinate
  • Ability to work to deadlines
  • Ability to utilise Assessment skills and tools effectively
  • Ability to communicate in a variety of settings
  • Ability to maintain accurate and up to date clinical records
  • Able to present factual information and refer questions to others where appropriate
  • Able to deal with sensitive issues with tact and diplomacy
  • Ability to develop effective interpersonal relationships with colleagues
  • Effective time and workload management
  • Ability to work to deadlines
  • Ability to identify and minimise risk effectively
  • IT skills


  • Project management
  • Formulation of reports
  • Presentation skills
  • Resource and budget management skills



  • Flexible approach to working
  • Commitment to effective teamworking
  • Commitment to service development
  • Good time management
  • Demonstrate continuous professional development
  • Ability to travel in the course of performing duties

Employer details

Employer name

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHSFT


Claire House

Phoenix Way

Ince-in-Makerfield, Wigan


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