Community Mental Health Professional - Assertive Outreach Team

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year Per annum, Pro rata
Closing date
25 Aug 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you a passionate Registered Mental Health Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Social Worker who is keen to make a difference and looking for a new challenge?

This is a great opportunity for you to work in a small multidisciplinary team with a shared caseload as a Band 6 Community Mental Health Professional within Bridgwater Assertive Outreach Team.

Bridgwater Assertive Outreach Team is part of an expanding Assertive Outreach Service in Somerset and we are welcoming applications from enthusiastic and creative professionals to join our supportive team.

Main duties of the job

The team provides intensive mental health support to individuals with complex, severe and enduring mental health difficulties in the Bridgwater area, working in a creative and dynamic way to deliver specialised care to patients with complex needs. The team focuses on supporting individuals who historically have struggled to engage with standard community mental health support and are at high risk of relapsing or admission into inpatient services.

You will be working as a senior clinical member and delivering care for individuals within a shared caseload in the team. You will have a key role in supporting other members of the team in the development and delivery of mental health care in the community.

You will be committed to a recovery approach and have the ability to be flexible and work as part of a team.

About us

The Assertive Outreach Service in Somerset has a very positive, supportive and dynamic culture that you would be expected to contribute to and benefit from. We are keen to enhance the multi-disciplinary skill set within Bridgwater AOT through the recruitment of this post.

You will receive support and guidance from the rest of the team and a clear supervision structure as well as a focus on your own personal and professional development through the Trust's PDR process.

There will also be the opportunity to take on the supervision of junior members of staff within the team under the direction of your line manager.

Job description Job responsibilities

Job Summary

To provide mental health assessment and planned care to service users with serious mental health difficulties. This will involve managing a caseload, multi-disciplinary working and arranging regular reviews of care. This will include, where appropriate, sharing information with carers/relatives and key workers and agencies, and working with them in the process of assessment and the development and implementation of the clients care plan.


Person Specification Qualifications and Training Essential
  • Professional registration RMN - Nursing
  • Commitment to Continuing Professional Development
  • Evidence of recent relevant training
  • Mentor qualification
Knowledge and Experience Essential
  • Experience at Band 6 level or 2 years experience in community mental health teams at band 5
  • Experience of care planning
  • Working with severe and enduring mental health problems
  • Working with clients who are difficult to engage.
Skills and Abilities Essential
  • Risk assessment skills
  • Knowledge of current developments in community mental health and assertive outreach
  • Understanding of the Mental Health Act
  • Basic IT skills
  • Awareness of Health and Safety issues, particularly concerning lone working
Personal Qualities Essential
  • Speaks to distressed patients, and their relatives, by telephone phone and in person
  • Ability to inspire hope, support recovery and make a difference.

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