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Mental Health Practitioner

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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The Forensic Outreach Liaison Service (FOLS) is a community-based service in Sussex providing holistic support to individuals with mental health issues that relates to their offending/risk behaviour. The main focus of this exciting role will be to provide support in the community to individuals with mental health and offending behaviour.

We are looking for an individual who is enthusiastic, able to demonstrate a strong sense of initiative, based in Sussex, adapting to any given situation, who works well as part of a team. You will carry out specialist assessments and devise robust risk management plans, whilst implementing bespoke interventions in your role. The role encompasses both working as an experienced clinician with service users but also by having skills in leadership, supervision and service development and improvement.

We offer a smaller case load, training opportunities whilst you are working in a supportive environment within a specialised team.

We can offer opportunities for continued professional development, regular supervision and support. The FOLS also has regular CPD days which are bespoke to the team.

All we ask is that you are committed to delivering a quality service to those under your care and that you are passionate in regards to developing and improving service provision. We will ensure you have a suitable induction period, and training will be provided according to your needs. We also support the option to lease a trust car in our service.

Main duties of the job

You will be employed as either Forensic Community Psychiatric Nurse -/ Occupational Therapist / Social Worker, substantive contract within the FOLS team, based in Sussex. The base is flexible.

You will be working with patients with offending behaviours, this will include those on restriction orders under the Ministry of Justice.

You will provide support with transition from secure hospital into the community.

You will be a Lead Practitioner holding a case load, and providing a specialised range of clinical interventions.

You will monitor, evaluate and modify treatment in order to measure progress and ensureeffectiveness of interventions.

You will undertake clinical assessment, formulation, intervention, hold CPA reviews.

To assess and manage on going risks as identified during the assessment, ensuring that this is done in collaboration with the service user and careers.

To regularly review risk and feedback to the MDT

To offer specialist nursing assessment and advice where required.

You will adhere to the team and Trust's lone-working policies at all times.

To protect the health and safety of our staff/workers, patients, and those attending our sites, we encourage our workforce to get fully vaccinated against COVID

About us

About the Trust:

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health and learning disability care for children, young people and adults across Sussex.

Working in Sussex:
  • Travel easily between coast and countryside, with a blend of picturesque villages and seaside towns there's always new experiences to be enjoyed
  • Embrace the city life with great access to visit Brighton and London
  • With easy access to Gatwick and Heathrow and excellent railway links across the UK there is plenty of opportunity for adventure

We'd love you to join our organisation that is rated 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring by the Care Quality Commission. Our staff agree, with 82% of people in our recent staff survey telling us that they recognise that care for patients is our top priority.

Other key staff survey results include:
  • 70% highlighting flexible working opportunities as a key point for satisfaction at work
  • 79% reporting feeling able to make suggestions to improve the work within their team
  • 77% identifying the opportunities to show initiative in their roles

This post offers a Golden Hello, or a Relocation package up to a maximum of £2000. (pro rata applies and subject to terms and conditions. Please see attached Protocol document).

Job description Job responsibilities

To be a core member of the team, using specialist assessments.

To provide a highly specialised range of clinical interventions relevant to the care group and have knowledge of evidence-based models of practice.

To manage a caseload of clients with complex needs.

To work in partnership with the individual service user and their families and careers as appropriate to ensure the delivery of the care plan, and to enable the development of a plan to facilitate their safety, promote their well-being and support their independence and inclusion in the community, by using recognised age appropriate self-management tools where applicable This may include working closely with partner agencies ,voluntary sector agencies, , MAPPA ,which may be able to more appropriately help the service user complete these tools.

To administer and monitor medication prescribed to individual service users, providing information and advice.

To discuss with the service user and when appropriate, with their careers, their health problems and how they see and understand them, facilitating a process of developing their understanding and maintaining their hope for the future.

Person Specification QUALIFICATIONS Essential
  • Registered Nurse, OT or SW Qualification
  • NMC/ HCPC Registration
  • Mentorship Course / ENB998 or equivalent
  • Significant post qualification experience
  • Experience of working with people with serious mental Health problems
  • Experience of risk assessment of & research into suicide and self-harm
  • Experience of working with self-harm client group

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