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Mental Health Practitioner (RMN/OT/Social Worker)

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
15 Jul 2024

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Band 6
Full Time
Essential Qualifications required:
  • Recognised Core Mental Health Professional Qualification (e.g. RMN, SW, OT)

Would you like to gain valuable community experience with a caseload of 15, without care coordination responsibilities, so you can focus on providing collaborative psychosocial interventions? Look no further. This could be the job you've been looking for!

An exciting opportunity has arisen for someone to join our Family Safeguarding Service as a Mental Health Practitioner. This role is based in the Preston area on full-time 12-month fixed term basis (covering Maternity leave). This post is open to those only with a Recognised Core Mental Health Professional Qualification (RMN, SW, OT).

We are looking for an organised, compassionate, and reflective individual who is passionate about working collaboratively with families to safeguard children. Are you an energetic, skilled mental health professional? Are you somebody that relishes change and service development? Do you see the opportunity to positively influence a person's emotional health and well-being as a privilege?

If so, we want you to join us on our journey to be the best we can be for our families.

For further details/informal visits please contact us on the details provided

Main duties of the job

The service is funded by Lancashire County Council to provide specialist assessment and treatment for parents of children open to the Family Safeguarding Service who have identified mental health difficulties which are impacting upon their ability to safeguard their children. The integrated service is positioned at the primary care level, offering preventative early intervention. The overall aim is to provide families with the right mental health support, at the right time, in the aim of keeping families together when it is safe to do so.

We are a small, supportive adult mental health team made up of mental health practitioners (social worker or mental health nursing backgrounds) and psychologists, with a strong focus on reflective supervision and training. The successful candidate will also be part of the Multidisciplinary Team in Preston which is made up of children social workers, child and family practitioners, substance misuse workers and domestic abuse workers (supporting families to overcome the Toxic Trio of substance use difficulties, domestic abuse, and mental ill-health). We follow the Hertfordshire Family Safeguarding Model which has been shown to be effective at reducing the number of children who are taken into care and safely keeping them with their families.

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.

For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about this role.

Person Specification



  • Recognised Core Mental Health Professional Qualification (e.g. RMN, SW, OT)



  • In-depth knowledge of mental health problems
  • In-depth knowledge of issues that impact upon people with mental health problem
  • Detailed knowledge of the impact of risk and protective factors that affect people with mental health problems



  • Post qualification experience of clinical work with service users experiencing a range of mental health problems
  • Experience of delivering evidence based psychosocial interventions in a time-limited framework
  • Evidence of assessment across a broad range of mental health problems

Employer details

Employer name

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust


Children Social Care, Ripon Street



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