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Mental Health Advanced Practitioner

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Wyboston, Cambs
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rota
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an individual interested in working as an Advanced Practitioner in the Older Peoples and Adult Community mental health service in the Huntingdon area.

We are looking to recruit an experienced mental health practitioner to both provide care and treatment but also lead a group of experienced and developing mental health practitioners.

The St Ives / St Neots locality includes Huntingdon, with a mix of urban and rural villages. Patients are over age 65 in the main (some younger with a dementia diagnosis) and live mostly in domestic settings with some in care homes. The presentations include the spectrum of mental health disorders (anxiety, depression, psychosis) and/ or dementia. Many have physical co-morbidities, so patients have a number of issues that require a coordinated approach.

For discussion or further information relating to this role please contact Christine Robertson 07789941199

Main duties of the job

Please note for this role you will be required to travel independently around the county meeting strict time deadlines. You will need to hold a full UK driving licence* and have use of a vehicle. You cannot use public transport for this role as this is not a reliable form of transport and will not allow you to meet service needs. Please confirm in your application that you meet the specified criteria.

We are collocated with district nursing and physical rehabilitation colleagues as well as close working relationships with the mental health multi-disciplinary team that include psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists and social workers.

You will require a solid understanding of secondary mental health requirements, coupled with an ability to guide and support clinicians as we endeavour to meet the needs of a diverse community.

You will have frequent peer support / joint working from other North area advanced practitioners.

This is a great opportunity to combine leadership and a clinical role. There are opportunities for personal development within the Trust and opportunities for career development - we would welcome applications from relevant professional backgrounds.

*DVLA have a number ofreciprocalarrangements with overseas countries, for further information please visit the DVLA website

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities
  • The post holder will work within the Integrated Neighbourhood Team with stakeholders including the General Practitioners, core team members, specialist services and partner professionals and agencies from within and beyond the organisation.
  • To ensure that mental health pathways are delivered within the neighbourhood teams and work closely with both neighbourhood team staff and the locality teams to ensure smooth communication and transitions within local services.
  • Undertake assessments to determine patient need and collaborate with key partners and stakeholders including local authorities and independent/private sector providers to meet the individual needs of patients and their families/carers whilst working at all times to reduce risk.
  • To ensure that adults and older people experience a timely, effective and person-centred approach to the delivery of integrated care
  • To manage and provide clinical supervision and leadership to a defined group of Integrated staff working within locality especially mental health practitioners.
  • The post holder will support the development of skills in relation to Multi-disciplinary working, discharge planning/transfer and co-ordination of care in order to achieve a standardised approach and competency within the locality and contribute to the reduction of avoidable bed days.
  • Work within the model of the NT(Neighbourhood teams), providing clinical leadership on the matters relating to mental health interventions.
  • Clinically supervise mental health practitioners within the NT and ensure that there is excellent communication and planning for mental health interventions across the NT and ICT
  • To promote the understanding of common mental health conditions and develop skills and knowledge in the wider neighbourhood team and with key partners.
  • Ensure systems are in place to receive and prioritise mental health referrals to the team and delegation to staff members with the level of skill and competence required to meet patient need.
  • Facilitate the assessment and care planning/ interventions for patients whose needs may frequently be complex and multi-factorial in nature, collaborating with the integrated team, Advanced Practitioners/ medical colleagues, social services and other stakeholders involved in the transfer of care.
  • Engage proactively with key stakeholders to identify patients who require supportive intervention and case management to prevent avoidable hospital admission and enable those individuals to remain in their own home environment.
  • Negotiate the timely transfer home for those patients whose presentation does not require them to remain within or the acute/community hospital environment.
  • Work in collaboration with the integrated neighbourhood team to provide information, prepare patients and their families/ carers for changes in the patients condition and actively encourage and support decision making and choice for end-of-life care including the use of fast track and CHC processes.
  • Prioritise and manage own workload to ensure responsive care/interventions by staff with the level of skill and competence to meet patient need and provide advice and support to team members regarding the care/ management plan.
  • Undertake assessments and reviews for appropriate patients being responsible for ensuring case management plans are in place have been delivered and complete relevant documentation.
  • Ensure own leadership style facilitates effective communication, collaboration and motivation of staff and partners to achieve effective transfer of care.
  • To assess, receive and review data regarding patients who regularly attend/ are admitted to acute care, liaise with the patients and relatives/ carers as appropriate.
  • Lead in the development of annual audit plans for the Mental Health component of the neighbourhood team.
  • Work collaboratively with the Team and professional leads to support professional and practice developments including CPFT Clinical Supervision framework
  • Maintain confidentiality in accordance with the Data Protection Act
  • It is a condition of employment that you are currently a registered professional and it is your responsibility to maintain your professional registration.
  • To work with the area mental health manager and peer group to develop and maintain countywide management systems to demonstrate effective delivery of mental health care
  • To ensure the delivery of mental health services within neighbourhood teams including reviewing available resources as required.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of changes to modernisation and improve operational processes and delivery
  • Assist in leading person centred, performance focussed approach to managing Integrated services
  • To be responsible for the management of and reporting on individual and team performance indicators and the development of remedial action plans as required
  • To undertake mandatory training as required by Trust policies Service
  • Work closely with the MDT and coordinators and Primary care networks, integrating working practices to streamline processes, share knowledge and benefit patient experience, outcomes and flow.

Person Specification

Education / Qualifiation


  • oRegistered Mental Health Nurse or equivalent AHP or Social work qualification.
  • oNMC or HCPC registered
  • oEducated to degree level or equivalent experience
  • oDemonstrate continuous professional development


  • oManagement qualification Enhanced clinical skills qualification in relevant field.
  • oRoute cause analysis training
  • oSafeguarding lead



  • oProven record of experience and achievement in mental health assessment, care of adults and/ or older people
  • ohealth assessment, care of adults and/ or older people
  • oEvidence of effective leadership management in multi-disciplinary teams
  • oDemonstrate effective liaison with care providers, voluntary and statutory partners
  • oKnowledge of common mental health conditions effecting adults and older people


  • oBudget management
  • oManaging across sites
  • oHave lived experience of mental health challenges.
  • oExperience of people management

Skills and Abilities


  • oAble to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision.
  • oExperience of clinical supervision and leadership
  • oExcellent communication skills both verbal and in writing.
  • oAble to demonstrate a clear understanding of partnership working.
  • oDemonstrates an understanding of health, social care and wider role of stakeholders.
  • oDemonstrates an understanding of audit methodology.
  • oDemonstrates ability to analyse and take action on performance and quality data.

Knowledge & Understanding


  • oAccepts responsibility and professional accountability for own work and can define the responsibilities of others.
  • oRecognises the limits of own authority within the role.
  • oSeeks and uses professional leads/ knowledge base and in partnership
  • oSupport staff appropriately.
  • oUnderstands and adheres to the principles of confidentiality.
  • oStandard keyboard skills and ability to communicate through IT using packages such as Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • oAble to utilise electronic patient records systm one.
  • oHR systems and processes

Physical Requirements


  • oDemonstrates empathy for and awareness of concerns of others.
  • oListens to and understands directly and indirectly expressed feelings.
  • oEncourages others to express themselves openly.
  • oManages strong emotions and responds constructively to the source of problems.
  • oShows respect for others' feelings, views and circumstances.
  • oIn highly stressful situations keeps own feelings in check and takes constructive action and calms others down.
  • oHas a range of mechanisms for dealing with stress. Can recognise when to use them and does so.
  • oShows a well-informed appreciation of the challenges of working with the diverse needs of this group



  • oPositive approach to older people
  • oRecognise people's right to privacy and dignity, treating every person with respect.
  • oWillingness to embrace service model and new ways of working.
  • oAbility to travel across the county - sometimes at short notice, and regularly within catchment area
  • oSatisfactory Criminal Records Disclosure
  • oFlexibility to work over seven days per week, to support the delivery of a 24-hr service if the need arises.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


Knowledge Centre

Great North Road

Wyboston, Cambs

MK44 3BA

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