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Mental Health Practitioner/SCM Worker

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
£32,306 to £390,027 a year Pro rata for part time
Closing date
10 Aug 2022

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Band 6
Full Time
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The Complex Needs Service (CNS) supports patients diagnosed with Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder using the Structured Clinical Management framework. This is a specialist role, working as part of a well-resourced closely-knit team where your contributions may play a significant part in a person’s transformative recovery.

Your role will be one element in a structured treatment package working alongside the team which comprises psychologists, occupational therapist, social worker, consultant medical psychotherapist, occupational therapy assistants, peer support workers. Whilst having a good knowledge of the whole patient group under the care and treatment of the CNS, your responsibilities will focus on a small caseload maximum of 10. You will have a high level of supervision and will attend weekly group reflective practice, facilitated by an external therapist. You will be delivering weekly therapeutic contact, predominantly based on MBT and DBT and will be given training throughout which will aid your overall skillset.

This is a 12-18 months post with potential to extend.

You will work Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm excluding bank holidays, working from community bases.

We are a supportive multidisciplinary team with a diverse skillset and for any queries that arise in your day there is a variety of different disciplines available to access for support.

Main duties of the job

You will be a vital part of the patients journey throughout the Structured Clinical Management treatment program, from Assessment, stabilisation, treatment, graduation and discharge back to their GP.

This is not a typical care coordination role, you will see you patients weekly and develop a good therapeutic rapport enabling you to deliver psychologically informed therapies within the framework.

Your patients, as they move throughout the treatment program, will also have CNS Skills group and additional appointments with the Occupational therapy assistants and Peers support works as needed.

Your maximum caseload will be 10 patients all with the diagnosis of Emotionally unstable personality disorder.

You will have opportunity to be a co-facilitator in some group work such as Difficult life experiences, family and friends group and CNS Skills group.

In addition to this you will have regular Clinical Supervision, Weekly Group reflective practice, Management Supervision and Daily Huddles.

You will be actively encouraged to undertake training to support you in your role and your professional development. This will entail formal training and peer support/mentoring. For example DBT Foundational Training, MBT Fortnightly workshops, Compassion Focused Therapy for Personality disorder are some of the trainings team members have engaged in over the last 12 months.

About us

We are community hospitals, neighbourhood teams and community nursing services across Worcestershire and the provider of Mental Health and Learning Disability services across both Herefordshire and Worcestershire. We work in partnership with other organisations to keep our community well at home for as long as possible.

We provide services for people of all ages, across a range of settings, experiencing both physical and/or mental health conditions.

We have an open and supportive culture, recognised by the CQC and other external regulators. We want you to thrive, offering you every opportunity to develop. We will support you; help you fulfil your ambitions with a varied and flexible training programme; and empower you to make positive changes within your team or service. We endeavour to offer an attractive work-life balance, with flexibility in our approach to help you get the most out of your career.

We provide our staff with direct access to a wealth of resources to support their wellbeing, from our Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub, to wellbeing festivals or access to free online exercise classes.

At the core of our values, we are committed to equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights. We take every opportunity to strengthen our approach to equality and diversity in delivering best patient care and the employment of our staff.

We would encourage you to visit the Trusts Recruitment Microsite, click the Employer Website link.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Following assessment, where indicated, provide treatment using effective evidencebased interventions, as appropriate and participate in training and supervision to do so.
  • Ensure that information and progress regarding patients are communicated promptly and accurately to other team members and relevant organisations whilst having due regard for confidentiality.
  • Where indicated act as Care Coordinator to ensure that each patient in their care receives an individual assessment and regularly updated care plan which is formulated with the service user. This will be in line with the Trust’s CPA Care Coordination Policy where indicated.
  • Standard keyboard skills to be able to meet the IT requirements of the post
  • Participate in regular clinical and managerial supervision with peers and clinical supervisors.
  • The post requires a substantial amount of mental effort as the post holder will be working on a daily basis with patients experiencing emotional distress.

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • Experience of working in a Mental Health setting.
  • Assessment of people presenting with mental health problems
  • Assessment and management of clinical risk
  • Working within a multidisciplinary team
  • Managing own case load
  • Experience of Care Coordination
  • Training/developing staff and / or patients
  • Experience of delivering evidence based psychosocial interventions
Qualifications Essential
  • Relevant professional qualification relating to Health or Social Care e.g., in social work, nursing, OT, with full current UK professional registration
  • RMN, BSc/DipSW, BSc OT
  • Recent evidence of continuing professional development
  • Teaching/training qualification
  • Psychological therapy qualification
Additional Criteria Essential
  • Ability to meet the travel requirements of the role

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