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Mental Health Practitioner

Employer
Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Yeovil
Salary
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
10 Aug 2022

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Profession
Practitioner
Service
Old Age
Grade
Band 6
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
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The Intensive Dementia Support Service (IDSS) would like to invite Mental Health Nurses RMN, Occupational Therapists or Social Worker to join our innovative team in Yeovil.

We are a countywide crisis service for people with dementia, cognitive impairment who are exhibiting a significant level of behavioural and psychological symptoms associated with dementia. This is a countywide service with 2 team bases, one in Yeovil (East) and one in Taunton ( West).

The team in the East covers Yeovil, Chard, Crewkerne, Wincanton, Glastonbury, Wells, Frome and surrounding villages.

The aim of the team is to be reactive and responsive to treat individuals at times of crisis working closely with our Community Mental Health Teams aiming to prevent hospital admission and facilitate timely supported discharges from the ward

The service provides:
  • Behavioural support planning, including role modelling of care delivery.
  • Review of medication and monitoring of medication changes made by the team's consultant.
  • Interventions to reduce challenging behaviours (distraction techniques, assessment for pain, physical ill health)
  • Referrals and liaison with physical health services both primary and intermediate care
  • Educating and supporting services with individualised activity programmes, and the promotion of personalised care.
  • Signposting to other services

Full time and Part time hours available!

Main duties of the job

We're looking for someone with experience of working in the community and an understanding of Older Persons Mental Health Care.

You'll take on a clinical leadership role within the team overseeing the team caseload, directing and guiding colleagues to ensure patients needs are addressed and met.

You'll take on a duty worker role so your previous experience in risk assessment and the ability to implement risk management plans will be vital to be able to react to the changing needs of your patients.

As well as taking pride in caring for our patients, we also prioritise taking care of our employees!You will be part of a compassionate and friendly team who understand the challenges that arise when working and the importance of supporting one another through these.
  • Are you committed to going the extra mile to enhance patient care?
  • Are you comfortable being part of an open and hardworking culture?
  • Are you ambitious and driven to expand your clinical skills?

If you answered yes to these questions then we would love to hear from you!

About us

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust endeavours to provide development opportunities for those looking to develop a career in the NHS, in both clinical and non-clinical roles.

At our Trust we value outstanding care, listening and leading and working together and always endeavour to put these at the heart of our service.

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of health benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our blue light card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description Job responsibilities

You will frequently take charge of a shift to be responsible and professionally accountable for a caseload within the community working with people with severe organic mental illness who have multiple and complex needs.

This entails taking on a duty worker role, receiving and triaging new referrals and planning /co-ordinating other staff's time to meet patient need.

Please see job description for full responsibilities.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Professional registration RMN on NMC register
Desirable
  • Evidence of ongoing CPD
  • Post graduate qualification linked to speciality
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working in the community with older people with dementia and other mental health conditions
Desirable
  • Working in a home treatment setting
Skills Essential
  • Demonstrates flexibility and autonomy
Desirable
  • Demonstrates some leadership experience
  • Supervision of junior staff
Skills Essential
  • Have undertaken a duty worker/triaging role
Desirable
  • Understand the links between physical and mental health
Skills Essential
  • Good understanding of complex mental health
Desirable
  • Experience of deescalating and managing challenging behaviours
Experience Essential
  • Effective communication within the MDT and wider teams
Desirable
  • Understanding of safeguarding process and referral


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