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Community Mental Health Practitioner

Employer
Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
Location
Lowestoft
Salary
£24,907 to £30,615 a year gross per annum (pro rata)
Closing date
10 Aug 2022

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Profession
Practitioner
Service
Community
Grade
Band 5
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
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Job Details

Are you looking for a role with a clear career pathway? Do you want to challenge yourself and progress into a senior role within a set time-frame?

Our Waveney Adult Community Mental Health Team are seeking a dedicated Community Mental Health Practitioner to join their team.

Our collaborative team are based at Victoria House, Lowestoft, but travel across all of Waveney to visit service users. You'll be working alongside a close knit multi-disciplinary team of Assistant Practitioners, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Peer Support Workers, Psychologists, Psychological Therapists, Psychiatrists and Care Support Workers.

We provide a community-based service to Lowestoft and rural Waveney market towns and villages; we have excellent working relationships with external agencies and partners who are all working together to develop recovery-based care plans.

We're a relatively new, developing team and are looking for individuals with experience working in the community and with a knowledge/understanding of assessment, the referral process, case handling and working collaboratively with the wider MDT.

Our expectation is for you to join us as a Community Mental Health Practitioner and progress into a senior role within agreed time frames by achieving set competencies.

We're passionate about enabling our staff to develop by providing a supportive environment & would welcome any applicants who are looking to challenge themselves in a new role.

Main duties of the job

The ideal candidate will be a qualified professional Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Social Worker with experience of working in the community supporting working age adults with mental health problems following the Care Programme Approach.

We'd like you to be able to demonstrate a sound understanding of your role as a Care Coordinator and have an understanding of the triage and assessment process, as we accept a number of referrals from GP surgeries and other services.

You'll need to demonstrate robust and sound assessment skills; our secondary mental health service cares for individuals with severe and enduring mental health problems such as bipolar, trauma, personality disorder and schizophrenia.

We're always developing new ways of supporting our service users; we boast a thriving Recovery College and Therapeutic Day service, plus access to respite and admission prevention support within a supported housing provider.

When you join us, you can expect to enjoy plenty of opportunities for joint working, case formulation, training and a sound supervision structure. Team members are regularly involved in whole service delivery development, including Day service, Psychological Therapies and joint working with Primary Care.

About us

Here at NSFT we pride ourselves on being a welcoming, talented, friendly and supportive team who like nothing better than sharing experiences and learning from each other. In addition to ongoing training and development opportunities, we are committed to providing an environment in which you can thrive.

Why work for us? We have challenges as a Trust, but we have ambitious aspirations, are pushing ahead with exciting transformation work and we need dedicated individuals to support us on our journey. We have strong, established nursing networks coupled with an exceptional leadership team who will ensure you are truly cared for and cared about.

Why Norfolk and Suffolk? The people here are warm and welcoming, you'll never be far from the beautiful coastline or Broads National Park. We're an hour and a half away from London and have an international airport in Norwich too. Our villages, towns and cities are packed full of history, independent cafes, shops and theatres. We have excellent shopping, eating out, top ranking schooling and affordable house prices too.

Job description
Job responsibilities

Please find attached our Job Description and Person Specification for more detail on your Key Accountabilities, then if you feel you have what it takes to make a difference in your local communities, click APPLY!

Interview dates are yet to be set; you will be contacted via email and invited to book a time. These emails may go to your SPAM, so please keep checking all your emails if applying.

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Person Specification
Qualifications
Essential
  • Relevant professional qualification
  • Degree or Diploma in Occupational Therapy Or, Nursing degree or equivalent RN (MH)

Desirable
  • ENB998/Mentorship Evidence of successful post registration academic development at degree level in related field

Skills
Essential
  • Ability to work regularly unsupervised
  • Good observation and reporting skills
  • Crisis management
  • Clinical Assessment

Knowledge
Essential
  • Knowledge of medication and the monitoring of its effects
  • Knowledge of psychosocial interventions
  • An understanding of the policies and guidelines both local and national e.g. National Institute for Clinical Excellence guidelines (Government initiative)

Desirable
  • Knowledge of mental health needs

Other
Essential
  • Ability to travel independently


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Company

Priscilla N&S

“Welcome to Norfolk and Suffolk foundation Trust, we provide an extensive range of mental health services across two counties , working with our communities and partners we continue to develop and transform our services so we can really meet the needs of the people we serve .We are an organisation which truly values nurses , acknowledges the special , unique skills they bring and is committed to developing clinical, academic and leadership pathways whilst supporting, nurturing and caring for you .We have strengthened nurse leadership, created Nurse Consultant , Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist roles with many more expected . We have over 80 Non medical prescribers and will continue to support more each year .  Nursing In NSFT is not without its challenges but we have used them to create opportunities, to learn, to improve and to work differently . Our absolute priority , our number one aim is to improve the care we provide and we will achieve this. Join us and be part of something very special" - Diane Hull, Chief Nurse

Diane Hull - NSNHSFT

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is the main provider of specialist mental health services for the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, serving a population of 1.6 million people. We are a large organisation covering a wide geographical area divided into ‘Care Groups'. There are also Care Groups supporting children, family and young people’s services, and specialist services, including Forensic mental health services.

Each Care Group has its own Leadership team, with the aim of supporting clinically led decision making locally, to support the needs of people accessing services. 

We have inpatient facilities across both counties with smaller bases in rural locations. Many of the Trust’s services are offered in the community, enabling people accessing services to receive the support they need in an environment familiar to them.

At NSFT we believe in recovery and wellbeing, and understand the importance of good physical health, maintaining relationships and achieving a balance between treatments and continuing an active life.

The people in our care, families and carers are at the centre of all aspects of all we do and are vital in helping shape and support our service strategy. Our strategy supports and enables people with mental health problems to live a fulfilling life and make their personal recovery journey. 

Norfolk and Suffolk, in the East of England are some of the safest places to live in the UK, with low crime rates making it a community to be proud of. Housing prices are frequently cited as a reason to move here, as you get an incredible amount for your money compared with other major UK cities.

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About our location

Norwich in Norfolk has something for everyone. It has retained a strong local identity and, with that, a sense of community. Locals say hello to each other, baristas remember our coffee orders and you’ll be among the first to know about interesting local projects.  This strong sense of community, along with excellent shopping, eating out, affordable house prices and excellent schooling is why Norwich has been ranked by the Guardian as the UK’s best city to work in.

Ipswich in Suffolk is steeped in history, yet full of life. According to The London Economic, affordable house prices and hourly commutes to London have earned Suffolk’s county town a slot in their top ten property destinations. “In Ipswich we have got a fantastic cultural offer far better than what towns and cities bigger than us are offering.  We have got very good transport links, especially to London, and house prices are a lot cheaper in the area.

One of Norfolk’s most famous stretches of beaches, Great Yarmouth attracts around six million tourists each year! Situated at the mouth of the River Yare, this old port town is home to beautiful golden sandy beaches and neighbouring towns and villages with scenic views and homely charm.

Full to the brim of history and with a vibrant town centre, King’s Lynn is the ideal destination to enjoy the superb mix of history, shopping and entertainment on offer!  A small, historic market town, King's Lynn is the perfect place to live and work, with fantastic train links and short drives to fantastic beaches.

Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is a unique and dazzling historic gem. An important market town with a richly fascinating heritage, the striking combination of medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and glorious cathedral and abbey gardens provide a distinctive visual charm. With prestigious shopping, an award-winning market, plus variety of attractions and places to stay, Bury St Edmunds is under two hours from London and convenient for Cambridge.

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Travel

For family members who love (or need) to travel, you’re ideally located. Trains run to and from London every 30 minutes from both Ipswich and Norwich, and there are direct rail services from Manchester, Nottingham and Cambridge.   Both counties are well connected to major road networks and Norwich has an international airport. 

Some of our valued employees have told their story of working at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust... use the links below to read these.

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