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Mental Health Practitioner

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£37,152 to £43,994 a year pa inc HACS
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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We require highly motivated and enthusiastic Mental health Professionals to join our Community Mental Health team and Home Treatment Team, working with Older adults in Harrow. We are a needs' led service and work with service users that are physically frail and have a mental health problem. Caseloads are a mixture of service users with long and enduring mental health issues, acute mental health crisis or issues relating to memory loss and related symptoms.


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Main duties of the job

You will need:
  • to have a minimum of 3 years post registration experience with 2 years of working with older people with mental health problems and a minimum 6 months of working with older people in a community setting.
  • to have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with a sound understanding of current government legislation, the ability to work as part of a MDT and provide high quality care with evidence based therapeutic interventions.
  • Car owner/driver is preferred but not essential.
  • the skills to carry a caseload of older people with complex mental health needs acting as a care co-ordinator for those on CPA or as Lead professional in the CMHT or support individuals as a part of a highly skilled HTT.

  • About us

    In return we offer regular clinical supervision, and excellent professional developmental opportunities within a supportive and friendly environment.

    Job description Job responsibilities

    The CMHT is a multidisciplinary team, comprising of CPNs, psychologists, Art therapist, social workers, OT and doctors. The team is supported by a good admin system and offers excellent work environment. The team has good links with local statutory and non-statutory services. We are based in the Wealdstone area of Harrow, which has easy links to Central London and good local transport connections. The team works closely with Ellington Ward (Bedded unit) based in Northwick Park Hospital.

    The HTT is a nurse led service with a dedicated medic and is well embedded in the CMHT.
    • To triage referrals and allocate work to junior staff as appropriate.
    • To provide a comprehensive mental health assessment for complex patients in the acute phase of a mental health crisis.
    • To assess current risks and identify how the risk and patients mental health needs would best be met.
    • To formulate, implement and review individualised Recovery Care Plans with patients and their carers that aims to address their psychological, physical & social needs.
    • To build and maintain therapeutic relationships with patients and carers and involve them in drawing up care plans.
    • To work with patients care co-ordinator/ lead professional as appropriate to ensure continuity of care.
    • To provide information and advice to carers to support them through the crisis period.
    • To administer , supervise and monitor prescribed medication advising patients and carers on storage, administration and possible side effects.
    • To have a sound understanding and knowledge of current legislation and itsapplication to service users with mental health problems e.g. Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act, Human Rights Act, Freedom of Information Act, Data Protection Act.
    • To attend MDT meetings, Ward Rounds, Discharge CPAs and Mental Health Act Assessments

    Person Specification Education and Qualifications Essential
    • RMN/Diploma/Degree
    • Evidence of continued professional development
    • Valid UK registration with their respective professional body.
    • A post registration qualification in Older People
    • Mentorship
    Experience Essential
    • Post-registration experience in a range of clinical areas
    • Experience of working as member of a Multi -disciplinary team
    • Experience of managing/supervision of staff
    • Experience of working in a community setting
    • Experience of working with dementia,
    • Experience of working with older adults
    Knowledge Essential
    • Knowledge of CPA, Risk Assessment and Risk Management Processes
    • Knowledge and understanding of the needs and rights of service users and their carers.
    • Knowledge of ethical/legal requirements within mental health nursing.
    • Knowledge and understanding of legislation relating to the care of Older Adults with Mental Health problems in the community
    skills and abilities Essential
    • Effective communication skills both verbally and through written reports.
    • Ability to assess complex risk and produce care plans to manage this
    • Effective leadership skills
    • Ability to take responsibility for managing a caseload
    • Ability to manage complex decision making situations.
    • Ability to organize and prioritise own workload.
    • Ability to supervise junior staff and students
    • Teaching and assessing skills
    • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance.
    • Ability to work effectively in stressful and emotionally charged situation
    • Able to manage personal stress.
    • Previous experience of audit and research.
    Other requirements Essential
    • IT skills i.e. Microsoft word, Email, Internet, Motivated and able to motivate others, Assertive and enthusiastic.
    • Car driver, full driving license., Access to own transport.

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