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Advanced Mental Health Practitioner - Community

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 per annum plus HCAs pro rata
Closing date
16 Jul 2024
About the team:

Lewisham's Community Services have been undergoing a radical transformation programme and an exciting opportunity has arisen to take on the role of Advanced Practitioner in Lewisham Community Mental Health Team Neighbourhood 2.

The Mental Health Practitioner will support the Team Leader to develop and sustain the new model, and assist the team manager with supervision, complex cases, referrals and discharges, and embedding new ways of working in the team.

About the role:

We are looking for a highly experienced and enthusiastic Mental Health Practitioner with a hands-on approach who relishes a challenge, has a real passion for mental health and who models the highest standards of care in their practice. We welcome application from BAME candidates.

This is a varied and challenging role and requires an experienced mental health professional (nurse, social worker or occupational therapist) with an excellent knowledge of working with service users with severe and enduring mental health problems.

You will be supported through regular supervision and access to training. We know that the Trust can only be as good as the people who work here and we'll invest in you to maximise that potential.

We look forward to receiving your application.

About the location:

Speedwell St, Deptford, SE8 4AT

Tel: 0203 228 1200

Main duties of the job

The post holder will:
  • support staff to undertake structured case management sessions and other complex pieces of work
  • offer professional advice to client / patients and their carers, other professionals, statutory and voluntary agencies.
  • facilitate the transfer of patients between primary and secondary care and between the different specialist teams within the Trust and will be expected to provide the function of care co-ordination in some circumstances.
  • be responsible for supporting the provision of clinical supervision to band 6 practitioners and lower grade staff where appropriate.
  • provide clinical leadership in their specific area of practice and may deputise for the team manager in their absence.
  • take on specific responsibility for the management of identified areas of the local service ensuring that clinical and management procedures are carried out to a standard that ensures safe and effective care and complies with the relevant codes of conduct.
  • support the Team Leader with the co-ordination of multidisciplinary working, maintaining excellent communication and working relationships with all team members, and other services within the Trust and ensure effective interface and continuity of care between disciplines and services.

About us

Our Trust headquarters is located at Denmark Hill less than 5 minutes from the train station (zone 2).


We are committed to ensuring our staff get the most out of their benefits package and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. There is an extensive range of excellent benefits for you and your family including:
  • Generous pay, pensions and leave,we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance,flexible working and support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working and job sharing.
  • Career development,there are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
  • Car lease,our staff benefits from competitive deals to lease cars
  • Accommodation,our staff benefits from keyworker housing available which is available on selected sites
  • NHS discounts,with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.

Other benefits include:
  • Counselling services
  • Wellbeing events
  • Long service awards
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff restaurants

Job description

Job responsibilities

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience and knowledge required. For both overviews please view the Job Description attachment with the job advert.

Person Specification



  • Evidence of first level nursing qualification/registration [RMN or RSCN, or first level qualification in social work, psychotherapy, clinical or counselling psychology.
  • Training in Clinical Supervision and appraisal


  • MSc level qualification associated with Adult Mental Health e.g. research, social work, clinical psychology, psychotherapy or equivalent
  • Training in work with patients with EUPD e.g. SCM, MBT,KUF
  • Management training



  • Evidence of a good working knowledge of mental disorders and treatment interventions.
  • Good working knowledeg of MHA, MCA, Care Act and Care Programme Approach.


  • Knowledge of relevant research and its application to assessment, treatment and case management



  • Experience of working as a care coordinator or of managing care coordinators in Adult Mental Health settings.
  • Experience of working as part of a team offering support to those with different professional backgrounds.
  • Experience of clinical governance, audit and the process of clinical supervision


  • Experience of working with people with a history of trauma, Personality disorder and SMI



  • Competent risk assessment and crisis management skills
  • Ability to take on responsibility as duty senior for the CMHT on a rota basis
  • Evidence of using adult safeguarding or child protection in practice effectively.
  • Ability to take responsibility for care delivery in a specific area and maintaining a safe therapeutic environment.
  • Ability to work autonomously, to manage anxiety and stress and to think clearly under pressure.


  • Facilitation of team meetings such as discharge, right care, case formulation, reflective practice

Employer details

Employer name

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust


Lewisham Community Mental Health Team Neighbourhood 2

Speedwell CMHT



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