Advanced Mental Health Practitioner - Band 7

Gloucestershire Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year Pro rata
Closing date
28 Aug 2022

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Band 7
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Mental Health Practitioner to join the new Gloucestershire Integrated Care System (ICS) Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub, known as The Wellbeing Line (TWBL). You will join a creative and dynamic team who are committed to developing this exciting and innovative service. We welcome applications from nurses, social workers, psychologists, psychological therapists and AHPs.

TWBL is a confidential service hosted by Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust. The key purpose of the service is to support health and social care colleagues across the ICS. TWBL works closely with Primary Care Networks, NHS Providers, Independent Care Providers, Gloucestershire County Council and the Clinical Commissioning Group/ICB.

The focus of TWBL is to:

Assess the individual mental health needs of staff who contact TWBL and support them to access relevant advice and treatment.

Provide mental health and wellbeing support and consultation for team managers/leaders and bespoke support for teams.

Proactively engage with the organisations within the ICS to identify needs/gaps in service provision, support local wellbeing initiatives, and share best practice between the organisations.

Provide proactive outreach to engage staff who do not typically access mental health support services and to better understand their needs (e.g. Staff from Black and Minority Communities, staff that are LGTBQ+ and other marginalised groups).

Main duties of the job

To complete thorough clinical assessments, and deliver individual and group-based interventions based on psychological and wellbeing needs. Considerable scope to shape and develop the role, to further develop skills in training and consultation to teams, and to be involved in service evaluation and audit. The post would be of particular interest to individuals who are experienced in working with staff mental health and well-being, group staff support, compassion focused care and/or trauma-informed practice.

Whilst this role is home-based, there will be a requirement to attend ICS bases across Gloucestershire. The successful candidate will therefore need to be available to travel, as required.

The role is temporary due to the way that this initiative is being funded. It is hoped that this funding will become permanent and if so the successful candidate will be offered first refusal on the permanent role unless there is an employee within the Trust who is 'at risk' and could have a reasonable claim on the role.

About us

*Internal applicants who wish to be considered for a secondment opportunity should discuss with their line manager the suitability of a possible secondment*

At Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, we are supportive of the people we care for in the community and aim to provide a fully responsive service to everyone who needs it. This is the same approach we take for our employees. We look to value the skills and experiences of those we work with, whether they are service users, carers, families or those looking to work with us.

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust is part of the NHS. We treat NHS patients according to NHS principles and standards. The difference is the Trust is accountable to local people, rather than to Government, and so we are able to work closely with our community to develop services in the way that best suits the needs of local people.

Job description Job responsibilities

We are keen to develop a more representative diversity of our senior staff and particularly encourage applications from those individuals with protected characteristics - in particular from women, ethnic minorities, LGBTQ+ and disabled candidates.

The qualification, training & experience requirements for the role are underlined in the Job Description/Person Specification.

The Trust aims to recruit and retain the best possible staff who, through the application of their skills, qualification and experience, will make a positive contribution to our business of providing quality health care services. It is the Trusts view that the costs associated with moving house in order to take up a post with us should not restrict our ability to recruit the excellent people we need; therefore, we support staff to relocate with our relocation policy.

This post requires the post holder to be able to undertake all statutory and mandatory training and post holders must be able to undertake physical interventions. Fitness for physical intervention will be assessed by Occupational Health.

A valid UK driving licence plus the use of own transport for business purposes is essential. For qualifying staff the Trust has a Lease Car Scheme in place and also offers a popular Salary Sacrifice Car Scheme with our partner Tusker.

To ensure you fully understand how the Trust, as a Data Controller, will process and store your data please read the attached document Applicant and Staff Privacy Notice prior to applying for the role.

Candidates for any staff appointment shall, when making application, disclose in writing to the Trust whether they are related to any governor. Failure to disclose such a relationship may disqualify a candidate and, if appointed, may render them liable to dismissal.

Please view the JD&PS attached to this vacancy for the detailed main responsibilities for this role.

Person Specification Short-listing Essential
  • oProfessional Health or Social Care qualification (eg: RMHN or MHSW) OR oHCPC registration as a Practitioner Psychologist
  • oTraining to an accredited level in one or more model of psychological therapy
  • oCurrent registration with a regulated professional body/ organisation (eg: NMC, HCPC, BPS, ACP, BABCP)
  • oProven track record of working with diverse communities and individuals
  • oUnderstanding of the barriers to access and engagement for individuals who hold protected characteristics.
  • oSignificant, recent clinical experience in the specialist assessment of mental health.
  • oSignificant experience delivering psychological therapy in own field
  • oExpert understanding of Clinical Assessment and mental health formulation.
  • oExpert understanding of risk assessment/management and its documentation.
  • oBroad range of post-qualification experience, preferably working at a highly specialist level in an increasingly autonomous capacity.
  • oExamples of contributing to service development initiatives.
  • oExtensive working knowledge of the makeup of the wider health and social care community including statutory and non-statutory services and direct experience of multi inter-agency working and collaboration.
  • oDetailed working knowledge of how specialist mental health services are organised and operate, where and how they fit into the health and social care community.
  • oExperience of working in a primary care setting.
  • oExperience of the wider community mental health service in recovery / crisis teams.
Experience Essential
  • oSignificant, recent clinical experience in the specialist assessment of mental health.
  • oUnderstanding of local mental health teams and referral policies.

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