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Community Mental Health Practitioner - Forensic - Recruitment Bonus

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
12 Aug 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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****This post is eligible for the £3,000 New Hire Bonus. Please note this only applies to External applicants. See attached Terms and Conditions for full details****

We have an exciting opportunity for 6 registered mental health practitioners to work on a full-time permanent basis (Band 6, 1.0 wte) in the Forensic psychiatry community service.

This specialist service consists of 2 multi-disciplinary teams based in Cambridge and Peterborough which between them cover the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area.

The service works with adults with mental health disorders who present with a risk of significant harm to others, to achieve optimal management of risk, minimize re-offending and promote relapse prevention and recovery so enabling individuals to realise their full potential.

Main duties of the job

To provide specialist community mental health practitioner input to the 2 multi - disciplinary teams across the county (based in Peterborough and Cambridge). This will include the provision of specialist knowledge regarding the management of complex cases.

To work in close liaison with the Consultant Forensic Psychiatrists and other members of the 2 multi - disciplinary teams to co - ordinate the input of the team and to act as a key professional in the full assessment of individual care needs and to plan, implement and review appropriate care and risk management.

The service will run 7 days a week, excluding bank holidays, and will include shift work (8am till 8pm) on a rota basis.

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.
  • To work within the Forensic Psychiatry Community Service to provide specialist assessment, care planning and interventions.
  • To take a lead role in the care planning process, take on care co ordination responsibilities and work within the Care Programme Approach ensuring that Service and Trust policies are adhered to.
  • To take a lead role and work with those people who have more complex and challenging needs across the caseload.
  • To develop practice within the teams in the assessment of health and well being needs.
  • Working closely with the Consultant Forensic Psychiatrists and other members of the 2 multi disciplinary teams, act as a central link in the ongoing management of complex cases for the team.
  • To provide specialist knowledge and advice to other agencies for the purposes of public protection.
  • To provide written reports in respect of Mental Health Tribunals as required.
  • To act as a social supervisor for those people who remain subject to Mental Health Act restrictions whilst living out of hospital.
  • Take part in the evaluation of the care of individuals at review meetings, case conferences, ward rounds etc.
  • To attend and contribute to team meetings, providing specialist professional advice and support to staff regarding the management of individual service users and their programmes of care.
  • To provide specialist clinical advice across the Trust as required.To liaise with community statutory and non- statutory community and inpatient services.

Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
  • Current professional registration with an approved professional body
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development
  • Training Relevant to Practice
  • Post Graduate Diploma
  • Specific training in psychological approaches
Experience Essential
  • Significant previous experience of working with service users with acute psychiatric disorders and complex mental health needs
  • Experience of managing a caseload
  • Experience of supervising staff and providing mentorship
  • Experience of working with service users with Forensic histories
  • Experience of working with service users diagnosed with learning disability and or neurodevelopmental disorders.
  • Experience of working in assertive outreach, crisis or home treatment services
  • Lived experience of mental health challenges
Knowledge and Understanding Essential
  • Thorough understanding of care planning and the Care Programme Approach (CPA).
  • Knowledge of physical healthcare needs.
  • Commitment to and understanding of evidence based practice.
  • Awareness of safeguarding issues and responsibilities under relevant legislation.
  • Understanding of the legislation relating to care including - Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act, Care Act, Children's Act, Equality Act 2010, Health and Safety Act and the General Data Protection Regulations.
  • Knowledge of NICE guidance relevant to practice area.
  • Knowledge of the role of the MOJ and other criminal justice agencies.
Skills and Abilities Essential
  • Ability to undertake assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of treatment plans.
  • The ability to supervise and participate in providing teaching and training to other staff.
  • Proven skills in undertaking risk assessments and management plans.
  • Skill in caseload management at both an individual and team level.
  • An understanding of the needs of the client group in community settings
  • An understanding and commitment to the principles of recovery and social inclusion
  • An understanding of the role of health promotion and education with the client group.
  • Knowledge of current research and evidence based practice in clinical work relating to community and forensic mental health teams.
  • In depth knowledge and skill related to a particular therapeutic intervention such as CBT, DBT, family work and psychosocial interventions.
  • Experience in group work
Physical requirements Essential
  • To be able to travel independently between locations in a timely manner
  • Routine and regular use of IT equipment

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