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Integrated Response Hub Mental Health Practitioner

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£25,655 to £31,534 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
12 Aug 2022

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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NHFT are building on their work within the crisis cafes and alongside 3rd sector partners in order to provide the counties first integrated mental health hub that will provide an open access front door to all mental health service in the county. This will include the development of a phone based central service for the initial screening, triage and support of those in crisis alongside the further development of extended Crisis Cafes and hospital at home options within the county and Hubs within Northampton and Kettering.

The development of these services will seek to ensure that we are better meeting the needs of our service users and carers by providing a greater range of responsive and flexible services both in an out of hours

These pathway developments will continue to build on our excellent links with the 3rd sector and will attempt to provide a seamless pathway to all services within the county using a striated approach that ensures user can the most appropriate response for their need.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for a Mental Health Professional to support the delivery and management of the changing front door of mental health pathways within the trust. The role will be at a band 5 mental health practitioner level working closely alongside the band 6's and manager of the service.

We are bringing together an Integrated Response Hub to be delivered by NHFT and our 3rdsector partners. This will play on the success of the Crisis Caf's and hospital at home pilots and provide a new and innovative self-referral pathway in order to better meet the needs of service users in the county, providing an improved response to all.

You will be part of the mobilisation of this new model of response and will be a key component of the successful service delivery.

About us

Please be advised that this position is subject to the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021. All applicants must be eligible to work in a CQC registered Care Home and therefore must confirm that they have had a full course of an MHRA approved Covid-19 vaccination, unless exempt. Any successful applicants will be required to evidence their vaccination status as part of their pre-employment checks.

Please be aware that all staff employed by NHFT are expected to adhere to the current infection prevention and control guidelines, this includes the wearing of face masks at all times that are approved for use within healthcare. If you have and queries regarding this please contact the named person on the job advert prior to completing your application

Job description Job responsibilities


To liaise and communicate effectively with statutory and non-statutory mental health agencies regarding identification of individuals with mental health needs.

To listen and respond to peoples needs using the range of resources available.

To maintain protocols for effective communication between both local mental health services, 3rd sector partners and other interested organisations.

To oversee the specialised risk and mental health assessments of individuals engaged with the crisis care pathway to inform recommendations for their care/treatment.

To promote and develop effective working relationships with key agencies.

To act as a focal point for the identification and planning of aftercare for individuals within the Crisis Care Pathway.

Improve the experience of patients with mental health illnesses who receive care in the crisis care pathway.

Provide specialist mental health perspective to the multi-disciplinary team members regarding assessment, intervention, management and safety planning.

Provide a service to the Crisis Care Pathway countywide.

Contribute to support, training and skill development for individuals and groups in mental health awareness.

To assist the Manager and band 6 colleagues with the day-to-day management and support of junior colleagues within the integrated hub.

To promote and develop effective working relationships with key groups with the general acute hospitals and associated community based teams, EMAS, Police and 3rd sector colleagues.

To work as a key member of the Integrated Response Hub. Offering a range of interventions for individuals with a wide range of mental health difficulties, in line with the service operational policy.

To offer education, opportunistically and on a planned basis, to individuals in order to improve their knowledge and skills of mental health, and reduce the stigma of mental health.

There will be an expectation that out of hours support will be provided within this role, and that the post holder will be able to provide cover for the service Countywide, working on a shift pattern across a 24/7 basis.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Relevant Core Profession within Health and Social Care.
  • Professional registration with the appropriate body.
  • Post graduate diploma or specialist qualification/training to Masters level.
Skills & Experience Essential
  • Able to work independently within role
  • Keen to lead and participate in team development
Attributes Essential
  • Flexible working - may need to work outside regular office hours.
  • Able to travel between locations as required for training and meetings.

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