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Mental Health Practitioner

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
31 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Mental Health Nurse (male only) - New Forest (CMHT (East)

The closing date is 31 July 2024

Are you ready to take on an exciting full-time role working in Adult Mental Health with the New Forest CMHT (East) team based at Anchor House, Totton.

If you're innovative, proactive, and passionate about providing high-quality holistic care, then we would love to hear from you. You will have a broad depth of mental health experience working with individuals who have severe and enduring mental illness.

You will be responsible for care-coordinating caseload of service users with complex long-term mental health problems who find it difficult to engage with services. You will have experience in assessing and formulating individual intervention plans and outcome measures for adults with complex mental health problems and have current knowledge of NHS policies and practices in mental health. You will work in a strengths-based and recovery-focused way to support service users to meet their mental health needs.

To act as care coordinator to an agreed caseload of service users with severe and enduring mental illness. To supervise the work of a small team of practitioners within the wider Community Treatment Team. To undertake ongoing assessment, treatment and evaluation for service users known to the Service. To work in a flexible hour's service (this includes being on a staff rota providing services outside of office hours at weekends and bank holidays).

Main duties of the job

To co-ordinate the care of an agreed caseload of service users with severe and enduring mental illness.To formulate care plans in line with identified need. To provide 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. WRAP). To be proactive in ensuring service users receive the range of interventions they need in line with their care plan and whether the team provides those interventions or if signposting is required. This will include physical health monitoring.

To have a proactive approach to the role and needs of carers/families. To be innovative and responsive to individual needs tailoring care accordingly. To be proactive in monitoring mental health needs and respond in a timely fashion if needs change. To participate fully in caseload supervision and management, to ensure that care plans are matched to need and service users can 'flow' through pathways of care. To work in line with all relevant policies and procedures, including care planning, risk and safeguarding. To alert the Team Leader or Manager to any concerns in a timely manner

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



  • Registered Mental Health Nurse
  • Computer skills
  • Significant post qualifying experience
  • Mentorship course
  • Clinical supervision training
  • Current driving licence and use of a vehicle


  • Evidence of formal post registration learning
  • Training in psychological interventions
  • Leadership training or qualification
  • Completion of Preceptorship



  • Previous significant employment within a Community Mental Health Team or equivalent service.
  • Knowledge of risk assessments and outcome measures
  • Care coordination or undertaken clinical case management
  • Experience of providing evidence based therapeutic interventions to individuals with severe and enduring mental health needs
  • Highly developed communication skills
  • Ability to organise self and others to achieve tasks
  • Ability to motivate service users
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Provide clinical supervision
  • Experience of mentorship in practice


  • Facilitating group and/or project work
  • Evidence of experience in education of nurses and/or multi-professional groups
  • Evidence of using psychological interventions
  • Clinical and case management supervisor experience

Additional Criteria


  • N/A


  • N/A

Employer details

Employer name

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust


Anchor House

67-69 Ringwood Road, Totton



SO40 8DX

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