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Specialist Mental Health Practitioner

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rota
Closing date
24 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
We are currently looking to recruit a motivated and experienced part time Band 6 Mental Health (MH) Practitioner to join our Ely Neighbourhood Team (NT) Older People's Service. This is a great opportunity to join our effective and friendly team working with a client group with more complex mental health needs.

You will not only be part of mental Health practitioners including CPNs, psychologists, Consultant Psychiatrist, Support Worker, Social Workers, but will be collocated with district nurses and therapy staff, enabling effective coordinated care delivery.

We provide service-user focused, evidence-based interventions for people aged 65 and over living in their own homes/care homes with either functional or organic mental health illness. We provide high quality assessment, treatment, and care coordination which is informed by your professional bodies and National policy.

The post has opportunities to develop skills and knowledge via training, working alongside experienced practitioners and to be involved in service improvement.

You will mainly be covering the city of Ely and the surrounding villages but may also cover other areas of Cambridge as needed, so regular travel is required, successful applicants will need to have a drivers License and access to a vehicle for work.

The post is based at Princess of Wales Hospital. CPFT supports agile working, with flexibility for work-life balance. Visits to the team are welcome. There is free parking and a caf onsite.

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.

You will have the opportunity to manage a caseload of service users, delivering a diverse range of clinical skills delivering therapeutic and recovery-based interventions. We seek to empower service users and carers to actively engage in their recovery journey, working alongside a range of third sector organisations.

The ideal candidate will have a strong team work ethic, sense of accountability, accompanied by an ability to work under pressure at times, and with a desire for innovation. We support agile working for staff, using all appropriate I.T equipment and support

*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
  • Mental Health practitioners in Neighbourhood Teams will provide assessment and interventions for people with significant mental health conditions
  • Offer advice and guidance to colleagues in the neighbourhood team on common mental health conditions.
  • Participate in MDT meetings and ensure key information is recorded in shared care plans
  • Work closely with the mental health integrated care team in order to provide an excellent mental health service.
  • Clinical Assessment of mental health needs

Person Specification



  • Ability to travel in the community
  • Ability to sit for sustained periods of time



  • Relevant professional registered qualification ((Registered Mental Health Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Social worker)
  • Training in supervision and appraisal


  • Post qualifying training
  • Non-medical prescribing qualification
  • Pertinent qualifications to the specialism



  • Significant relevant experience in working within a mental health service
  • Registered Student mentor


  • Experience of working with older adults and/or community mental health settings
  • Have a lived experience of mental health challenges
  • Experience of clinical and managerial supervision of junior staff



  • Positive approach to older people
  • Willingness to embrace integrated model and new ways of working
  • Recognise peoples right to privacy and dignity, treating every person with respect
  • Willingness to be flexible in approach and attitude

Skills and abilities


  • Able to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision
  • Excellent clinical skill in assessment and interventions for common mental health conditions
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to summarise information and communicate with colleagues
  • Excellent understanding of the needs of carers
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people in distress or with communication difficulties


  • Experience of working with nursing home and care providers
  • Experience as safeguarding investigator
  • Experience of doing Best Interest Assessments

Knowledge and understanding


  • Understanding of statutory framework and care commissioning including: safeguarding, commissioning of care and Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity act
  • Knowledge of research in field

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


Princess of Wales Hospital

Lynn Road



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