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Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
12 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
We are recruiting for Band 6 Registered Mental Health Practitioners (Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Social Worker) wish to join us. You should share our passion and drive to ensure that our patients receive quality and compassionate care.

We are looking for Mental Health Practitioners who have a high level of skill in the assessment and care of people who present to ED in mental health crisis and those who have mental health needs during their inpatient stay in the acute hospital.

The MH& LD Liaison Team provides assessments, advice, and reasonable adjustments for people with mental health needs and learning disabilities accessing treatment at St Mary's Hospital. We aim to improve the parity of care for people of all ages with mental health and learning disabilities in the acute hospital and work with their family and carers to ensure they have the best possible care and treatment.

The MH& LD Liaison Team works across the full age spectrum and provides a 24-hour service across seven days of the week. Additionally, MH& LD Liaison Team collaborates with Ambulance service to support people with mental health needs and learning disabilities in the community through the Mental Health Rapid Response Vehicle service (MHRRV).

Main duties of the job

This position is suitable for a highly motivated, compassionate person who can work under pressure. We therefore welcome applicants with existing crisis and liaison experience but also those who have experience working with older adults, HTTs, CMHTs or mental health inpatients.

You should have excellent written and verbal communication skills and be able to interact at all levels. There will be opportunities for you to participate in the teaching and training of health professionals in ED, medical and surgical wards. This is a challenging but rewarding role, within a busy and evolving multidisciplinary service.

We can offer great opportunities learning, professional development and research in liaison services. There is access to training opportunities locally and through the Open University, as well as with mainland universities such as those in Portsmouth, Southampton, and Bournemouth. We offer a supportive working environment, we have a robust appraisal and supervision policy and to assist you to realize your potential and achieve a greater degree of job satisfaction, as well as the usual NHS discounts, pension, salary, generous annual leave entitlement and relocation expenses, subject to meeting criteria.

About us

Southern Health is one of the largest NHS Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health and learning disabilities, as well as offering physical health community-based services.

With a workforce of more than 7000 and a footprint that spans more than 200 sites across Hampshire, we're wholeheartedly committed to providing the best possible healthcare, reaching a range of diverse communities, whilst placing patients and staff at the forefront of all our endeavours.

We are currently working closely with other NHS Trusts to integrate all our collective community, mental health, and learning disability services. Our new organisation, to be known as Hampshire and Isle of Wight NHS Foundation Trust, is set to launch in July 2024.

The transformation will happen in staggered stages Hampshire CAMHS, part of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust joined Southern Health in February 2024, with Isle of Wight NHS Trust mental health and community services transitioning in early May 2024. The final combination of Southern Health and Solent Trusts is anticipated to occur in July 2024, when the new organisation will be formed.

Our new Trust will continue to cater to the unique needs of different communities, making healthcare across the county more accessible, as well as offering staff more opportunities for career development, training and partnership working.

Join us as we embark on this exciting journey to shape the future of healthcare in Hampshire.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Further information about the Trust and this role can be found on the Job Description and Person Specification document attached.

We are happy to talk Flexible Working - all requests for flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process.

Person Specification



  • RN or Allied health professional (Mental Health) Evidence based and experience of reflective practice.



  • Assessment of risk, crisis management, intervention and management.
  • Experience in therapeutic engagement to patients in groups.
  • Wide knowledge/ appreciation of a range of models of practice in social and health care.
  • Knowledge of interventions and strategies which embrace social and health care needs.

Additional Criteria


  • To undertake mandatory Breakaway (personal safety) training.
  • To undertake lone working to patients with mental health concerns.
  • Ability to work over a range of shifts covering 24hr period.
  • Car driver
  • Clean driving licence

Employer details

Employer name

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust


St Marys Hospital

Parkhurst Road


Isle of Wight

PO30 5TG

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