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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
16 Jul 2024

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Band 6
Full Time
Essential Qualifications required:
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse/ Social worker

The post is a full-time, fixed term for 12 months, post covering the service over 7 days per week working long days and nights. The team covers Lancaster, Morecambe and surrounding areas.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a band 6 mental health practitioner to work in the Home Treatment Team in Lancaster.

The Home Treatment Team cares for people who are experiencing acute episodes of mental illness or emotional distress. The service is an alternative to admission and offers intensive support to service users and their families in the community.

The service works closely with the in-patient wards to support early discharges and with other parts of the mental health services as well as third sector providers, so great communication skills are essential.

As a member of the team you would be working with a multi-disciplinary team consisting of Mental Health Nurses Support Workers Occupational Therapist Psychologist and Consultant Psychiatrist.

For more details and informal discussion please contact us on the details provided.

Main duties of the job

You will provide a comprehensive assessment and triage service and, where necessary signposting or clear onward facilitation to a mental health pathway.

Your referrers will mostly include IRS (initial response service), Police and Acute Hospital colleagues, trust employed mental health practitioners working in GP service. Service users will be triaged collaboratively and a decision will be made in consultation with the referrer and with the use of a clinical tool, within the response time required.

This comprehensive, collaborative triage system will lead to comprehensive assessment clear onward facilitation of service users to the most appropriate care following assessment.

The post holder will provide evidence based mental health assessments and/or signposting to alternative service provision for people who present requiring a specialist urgent mental health assessment.

Home Treatment Team

You will be a member of a team who provides comprehensive assessment, co-ordination and the delivery of a high quality mental health service for service users of Home Treatment who in the absence of the team would require hospital admission.

You will help to co-ordinate the care of Home Treatment service users, and assist in promoting the use of evidence-based practice through the provision of clinical advice and support acting as a role model and providing education and training where appropriate.

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



  • Registered Mental Health Nurse/OT/ Social worker



  • Able to understand the difference between crisis planning and contingency planning and able to formulate explicit planning in these areas
  • Knowledge, understanding and experience of the care pathways for psychosis and non psychosis and relevant interventions
  • Effective communication with service users, carers and members of the multidisciplinary teams. Strong customer service and negotiation skills



  • Motivational skills
  • Assertiveness skills in relation to bed management
  • Demonstrate the ability to work sensitively in a non judgemental way with service users who are in crisis

Employer details

Employer name

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust


East Barn



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