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Senior Practitioner

West London NHS Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year Per Annum
Closing date
12 Aug 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Working in this role places you in a service that serves as the frontline of community mental health service and will enable you to respond to a variety of clinical needs at short notice.

If you are an Occupational Therapist, Nurse, Social Worker or Registered Health Care Professional, we have an exciting Band 7 opportunity in our Hammersmith and Fulham Crisis, Assessment & Treatment Team (CATT). You will gain a variety of experience as a key member of the community healthcare team and be part of a multi-disciplinary service that other teams call on for help.

The CATT team offers assessments and also brief home-based treatment to people with mental health problems at risk of admission to impatient psychiatric hospital. We also provide what we consider as short term intervention for those presenting with acute crisis mental health difficulties for up to six weeks. The service is developing and expanding to offer structured clinical intervention to meet assessed tailored and planned needs

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for the participating in and overseeing the assessment of care needs, development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care for the team's clients and maintaining the associated records. They will also lead and monitor the performance and work of the staff in the team. The Senior Nurse Practitioner will work closely with the Team Manager and deputise for them when required.

The post holder will work within a 24hour rota system - ensuring that a comprehensive service is provided to patients 365 days a year, an excellent interface with the Single Point of Access and other significant interfaces is maintained and robust gatekeeping at all times.

The post holder should have a variety of significant experience and previous community experience would be ideal.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We'rerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holder will be responsible for overseeing the assessment, co-ordination and the delivery of a high quality mental health service for patients under the care of Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team (CATT) who require crisis assessment by secondary mental health services, crisis intervention and pathway planning, brief interventions in the community, or gate keeping for the inpatient wards and community recovery house safe spaces with the emphasis for potential providing home treatment. They will also lead and monitor the performance of the staff in the team. The post holder will work closely with the team manager and deputise for them when require. The post holder will act as the lead in difficult and complex situations that require strong leadership to resolve and to act as main point of contact should a major incident occur which requires robust management and co- ordination.

The post holder will be involved in the on-going development of services, to ensure that the most relevant care pathway and care plan is devised to provide access to urgent and crisis care. They will be active in the promotion and 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. They will liaise closely with carers, both statutory and non-statutory services, emergency services, and 3rd sector services. They will liaise closely with local services Single Point of Access providing rapid response to mental health crisis situations where necessary and appropriate to decrease the number of unnecessary presentations to Accident & Emergency.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Health Care Practitioner with an approved United Kingdom professional regulatory body.
  • Registered on the NMC register, parts 3, 4 or 13
  • Registered OT, Social worker. (HCPC)
  • Nurse prescriber or willingness to become a nurse prescriber
  • ENB 998, 812 or equivalent
Experience Essential
  • 1 year post qualification work experience.
  • Significant experience in a variety of MH settings as a qualified practitioner
  • Demonstrable experience at band 6 or equivalent.
  • Delivering Clinical supervision/ reflective practice to nursing as well as other professionals
  • 1 year working in a CMHT, CRHTT, Liaison nursing, intake service or equivalent.
Knowledge Essential
  • Demonstrate a wide range of knowledge of the Mental Health Legislation and Framework.
  • Demonstrate a profound ability to assess, analyse and resolve complex clinical and operational issues
  • Knowledge of change management and qualify assurance.
  • Demonstrate the ability to assess, develop, implement and evaluate programmes of care for individuals experiencing acute mental distress.
  • The ability to use a range of therapeutic interventions with individuals in acute mental health crisis.
  • Knowledge of the Mental Health Act and other relevant legislation

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