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B6 Practitioner - Qualified RMN/Social worker/OT

Pennine Care NHS FT
Ashton under Lyne
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
12 Jul 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Service Summary:

The Home Treatment Team will provide intensive support for patients as an alternative to hospital admission.

The Home Treatment Team hours of operation are 24 hours 7 days a week. thus ensuring the service user can be appropriately referred or signposted to existing services the following morning if required. Research suggests that currently there is a peak of presentations of individuals to the emergency department in the evening which is more likely to lead to admission It has been recognised that most admissions happen in the evening and when service users present in crisis it is usually in the evening.

It is envisaged that this approach will provide a timely and quality experience for the service user and avoid an inpatient admission where clinically appropriate.

Main duties of the job

Key Responsibilities of the Post:

The post holder will work as part of the Home Treatment teams to deliver an effective and efficient response to people who access the service, providing clinical assessments and interventions focusing on relapse prevention and improved quality of life for service users.

Key Requirements of the Person Specification:
  • RMN / Occupational Therapist / Social Worker equivalent.
  • Completion of Preparation for Mentorship/Practice Teacher/Fieldwork Educator qualification or willingness to complete
  • Short courses and experience to post graduate diploma level
  • Post registration experience.
  • Proven experience of working with clients with complex needs

About us

We are proud to provide high quality mental health and learning disability services, both inpatient and in the community across five boroughs of Greater Manchester - Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport and Tameside and Glossop.

Our vision is for a happier and more hopeful life for everyone in our communities and our staff work hard to deliver the very best care for the people who use our services. We're really proud of our#PennineCarePeopleand do everything we can to make sure we're a great place to work.

All individuals regardless of race, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership are encouraged to apply for this post. We would also encourage applications from individuals with a lived experience of mental illness, either individually or as a carer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical To provide robust gatekeeping service for all requested inpatient admissions forthe area with the exception of A& E which will be gate kept by liaison mental health service. To carry out a thorough assessment of the service users current mental healthproblems and individual needs, including a risk assessment. To develop individualised packages of care for service users with mental health problems, including signposting where necessary, within the stepped care model (NICE, 2003), Fair Access to Care Services and the Care Programme Approach. To provide intensive home treatment in service users home / community settings. To provide crisis management and short term psychotherapeutic interventions as appropriate To develop and provide a supported discharge / leave pathway for inpatientsTo identify the need for protection in line with safeguarding children and the Protection of Vulnerable Adult Policy and to comply with statutory obligations. To liaise and negotiate with other professions, statutory and independent agencies to ensure the best possible service is provided to service users and carers. To evaluate systematically and record, outcomes of mental health assessments, adapting care on the basis of these outcomes. To involve family and carers in the assessment and care planning with service users consent. To provide education and appropriate self-help resources to patients and carers specific to individual needs. To maintain accurate and up to date clinical documentation on all service user contacts, ensuring confidentiality at all times. To develop a thorough understanding of deliberate self-harm, suicide, risk formulation and possible management strategies. To contribute to the establishment and review of policies, procedures and practice guidelines relating to the work of the Home Treatment Service and the interface between primary, secondary and specialist Mental Health Services. To undertake evidence based practice. To observe and practice within the legal requirements of the Mental Health Act 1983. To maintain professional awareness by keeping abreast of changing trends in clinical / professional practice. To be aware of professional accountability, with due regard your professional Code of Conduct.

Research and Audit To ensure that PARIS records are efficiently maintained in a timely manner. To contribute to audits as required, providing relevant data as required in line with performance monitoring targets. To record, monitor and inform of any unmet need. To participate in research opportunities as and when appropriate.

Education and Training To contribute to the ongoing training and development of non-mental health trained medical and nursing staff with regard to mental health issues. To have effective presentation skills in order to positively promote the Home Treatment Service. To participate in clinical and managerial supervision in accordance with Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust policy. To provide mentorship, education and training to learners from a range of professional backgrounds.

Service Development To participate in monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of service delivery and contribute to developments relevant to mental health services. To take an active role in Working Groups and Service development initiatives when requested. To participate in the rota planning for the Service and ensure that the Team Manager is informed of any gaps in service provision.

Management and Personnel To provide clinical and peer supervision, advice and support to all teammembers. To provide supervision for junior members of the team and facilitate thecompletion of their IPDRs To deal appropriately with clinical incidents, complaints etc from patients, relatives and members of the public, via line manager, in accordance with Trust policyThis job description is not exhaustive, but is intended to give an overall picture of the role. Other duties within the general scope of the post may be required from time to time. The duties of the post and job description can be reviewed through the agreed process.General Duties of all post holders To undertake any other reasonable duty, which is appropriate to the band, when requested by Senior Staff. To be familiar with and comply with all Trust and departmental policies,procedures, protocols and guidelines. To be aware of and work towards the Trusts strategic goals.

Standards of Business Conduct The post holder will be required to comply with the organisations standing order and standing financial instructions and at all times, deal honestly with the organisation with colleagues and all those who have dealing with the organisation including patients, relative and suppliers. The post holder must ensure that their behaviour and interests inside and outside work do not conflict with their Trust position, duties and/or responsibilities. The post holder must comply with and support the development of theperformance standards within the service/department to ensure the service is responsive to and meets the needs of its customers. The post holder will be required to develop and maintain good workingrelationships with all patients, service users, staff, contractors and whereappropriate, members of the public. The Trust aims to maintain the good will and confidence of its own staff, patients, service users, NHS contractors and the general public. To assist in achieving this objective it is essential that at all times, the post holder carries out their duties in a courteous, sympathetic and professional manager. All post holders who are members of a professional body must comply with standards of professional practice / conduct. It is the post holdersresponsibilities to ensure they are both familiar with and adhere to theserequirements and maintain their professional membership to the relevant body.

Equality and Diversity and Equal Opportunities The post holder must carry out all duties and responsibilities of the post in accordance with the Trusts Equal Opportunities and Equality and Diversity policies, avoiding unlawful discriminatory behaviour and actions when dealing with colleagues, service users, members of the public and all other stakeholders. The post holder must promote awareness of and respect for equality anddiversity in accordance with Trust policies and procedures. The post holder is responsible for treating all staff, patients, service users, NHS contractors and the general public with dignity and respect at all times.Safeguarding Appointments to regulated and controlled activities require an enhanced DBS disclosure. All staff have a responsibility to promote the welfare of any child, young person or vulnerable adult they come into contact with and in cases where there are safeguarding concerns, to act upon them and protect the individual from harm. All staff should refer any safeguarding issues to their manager and escalate accordingly in line with the Trust Child and Adult Safeguarding Policies. All staff should familiarise themselves with the NICE Guidelines when to suspect child maltreatment 2009.

Professional and Personal Development The post holder must ensure that they are aware of their responsibilities by attending the Trust Mandatory Training and Induction Programme. The post holder will be involved in a formal IPDR/KSF review with their manager at least every 12 months. Once performance / training objectives have been set, the staff members progress will be reviewed on a regular basis, so that new objectives can be agreed and set, in order to maintain progress in the service delivery. The post holder will be expected to take responsibility for their own professional development and will be supported by the Trust to achieve development opportunities as appropriate.

Confidentiality and Information Governance Confidentiality is of prime importance. In the normal course of duties, the post holder will have access to confidential documents and information relating to patients, service users, staff and contractors, as well as information of acommercially sensitive nature. Such information should not be communicated to anyone outside or inside the NHS unless done in the normal course of carrying out the duties of the post. Disciplinary action will be considered where a breach of confidence has been established. All information obtained or held during the post-holders period of employment that relates to the business of the Trust and its service users and employees will remain the property of the Trust. Information may be subject to disclosure under legislation at the Trusts discretion and in line with national rules on exemption. The post holder must maintain high standards of quality in corporate and clinical record keeping ensuring information is always recorded accurately, appropriately and kept up to date. The post holder must only access information, whether paper, electronic or in other media, which is authorised to them as part of their duties. The post holder must work to the requirements of data protection laws as applicable to the UK, which includes the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

Person Specification



  • RMN / Occupational Therapist / Social Worker equivalent.
  • Completion of Preparation for Mentorship / Practice Teacher / Fieldwork Educator qualification or willingness to complete
  • Short courses and experience to post graduate diploma level
  • Evidence of on-going CPD


  • Non-medical prescribing qualification
  • Formal teaching qualification.
  • Further training in brief psychosocial interventions.



  • Post registration experience.
  • Proven experience of working with clients with complex needs.
  • Experience of working with individuals who present to mental health services in crisis and have symptoms of mental health illness
  • Experience of working in multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Experience of providing supervision to junior staff


  • Adult acute mental health work experience
  • Experienced in the use of outcome measures such as CORE, PHQ9 and GAD7
  • Experience of working with a recovery model of care
  • Experience of gatekeeping



  • Understanding of current mental health legislation, Safe Guarding and Child Protection Legislation
  • Awareness of NICE Guidance in the treatment of mental health problems and knowledge of treatments and interventions appropriate for individuals with mental health needs
  • Understanding of confidentiality and data Application Form Interview AFC 10/09/19 JME-368-19 Senior Home Treatment Team Practitioner Band 6 protection issues.
  • Knowledge of psychosocial assessment and risk assessment / management processes

Skills and Abilities


  • Comprehensive mental health and risk assessment skills.
  • Ability to construct effective packages of care and risk management plans
  • Ability to deliver a range of evidence based interventions.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Comprehensive I.T Skills
  • Ability to form productive working relationships with service users, carers and multi-disciplinary staff.
  • Good organisational and prioritisation skills.


  • Skills in planning, delivery and evaluation of training.
  • Skills in the area of audit or research

Work Related Circumstances


  • Must be able to work on a rotational basis over a 24 hour, 7 days off duty
  • Use of a car or access to a means of mobility to travel across the Trust footprint in line with service needs
  • Willing to carry out all duties and responsibilities of the post in accordance with the Trust's Equal Opportunities and Equality and Diversity policies
  • Appointments to regulated and controlled activities require an enhanced DBS disclosure.

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Pennine Care NHS FT
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