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Mental Health Practitioner

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year Based on full time hours
Closing date
21 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Attention all dedicated RMN, OT, and Social workers!

Are you eager to positively impact others' lives? Do you excel in a nurturing team that's on the rise?

The Southampton Older Persons Community Mental Health Teams are on the lookout for committed and qualified professionals to enhance our teams in Southampton located at Moorgreen Hospital West End & The Western Community Hospital Millbrook. The Band 6 positions present a thrilling chance to conduct mental health assessments and offer advice and support to our clients.

Prior experience with the elderly and individuals with severe mental illnesses is preferred, whether in a hospital or community setting.

Expertise in Dementia care and assessment would also be an asset for the available positions.

The role of a care coordinator is both challenging and fulfilling, serving as the initial point of contact for the elderly facing mental health challenges and significantly influencing the care we deliver in our community.

Main duties of the job

We are seeking candidates with the following qualities:

- Exceptional communication and collaboration skills

- A dedication to person-centered care

- Robust initiative and self-motivation

- Outstanding teamwork capabilities

- Proficiency in advanced nursing interventions and community assessment techniques

- Readiness to participate in relevant training programs

- A fervent commitment to quality enhancement

About us

Southern Health stands as one of the UK's largest NHS Foundation Trusts, focusing on mental health, learning disabilities, and community-based physical health services.

Our Trust extends over 200 locations throughout Hampshire, dedicated to delivering superior healthcare to a variety of communities.

- We operate as a cohesive team, prioritizing the well-being of patients and staff in everything we do.

- Our workforce exceeds 7,000 members, embodying skill and diversity, with a strong emphasis on continuous development. We provide tailored training, leadership programs, and extensive career opportunities.

- We value and heed your input, ideas, and concerns through a robust network of staff groups, enhancing awareness and fostering recognition of equality, diversity, and inclusion.

On this foundation, we are collaborating with other local NHS Trusts to amalgamate our community, mental health, and learning disability services throughout Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Our new entity is scheduled to debut in April 2024, merging Southern Health, Solent, Isle of Wight, and Sussex Partnership Trusts.

Despite its increased size, the new Trust will persist in addressing the distinct needs of various communities, refining services to improve healthcare accessibility countywide.

We invite you to join us on this transformative venture to redefine healthcare in Hampshire.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To effectively co-ordinate the care of a complex caseload of service users with severe and enduring mental illness.

To undertake initial and detailed assessments where this is clinically appropriate.

To formulate care plans in line with identified need.

To provide recovery focussed therapeutic interventions in line with the agreed care plan and risk assessment.

To assess risk, develop risk management plans, review and adjust in line with the service user's needs.

To work in collaboration with service users as experts in their own care, promoting the principles of recovery, choice and personalisation, which value and empower the service user.

To use tools which promote user empowerment e.g. Wellness Recovery Action Plans (WRAP)

To be proactive in ensuring service users receive the range of interventions they need in line with their care plan, whether or not the post holder provides those interventions. This will include physical health monitoring.

To have a proactive approach to the role and needs of carers / families.

To be proactive in monitoring mental health needs and respond in a timely fashion if needs change adjusting the care plan accordingly.

To participate fully in caseload supervision and management, to ensure that care plans are matched to need.

To work with relevant agencies, procedures and legislative requirements, in particular, The NHS and Community Care Act, Mental Health Act, Data Protection Act, Adult & Child Protection Procedures.

To work in accordance with all relevant policies and procedures including care planning, risk assessment and safeguarding

To deliver evidence based interventions in accordance with those agreed for use within the service

To actively monitor and review the effects of prescribed medication for the patient group noting its efficacy and the affect of potential side effects and acting promptly to escalate concerns or seek advice regarding potential medication changes.

To administer prescribed medication where required including depot medication in accordance with agreed Medicines Procedures

To develop a professional relationship with service users based on principles of recovery.

To comply with requirements to monitor and record agreed outcome measures and key performance indicators e.g. mental health minimum data set.

To accurately record all contacts with service users in the RiO electronic record in line with Southern Health FT record keeping policy.

To ensure effective communication with service users, relatives and carers, visitors, staff and others.

To ensure that all communication takes place in a manner that is consistent with legislation, policies and procedures.

Person Specification



  • Registered mental health nurse
  • Social Worker
  • Occupational therapist



  • OPMH experience
  • Community mental health team experience

Additional Criteria


  • A full driving license is required, along with access to a car for work purposes, as completing home visits is a crucial aspect of this role.

Employer details

Employer name

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust


Western Community Hospital

Walnut Grove



SO16 4XE

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