Mental Health Practitioner

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£25,655 to £31,534 a year per annum
Closing date
31 Aug 2022

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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You will be a member of the MDT in a fast pace community urgent care pathway offering a community response to those experiencing a mental health crisis.

You will work as a member of the MDT in providing high quality, evidence-based, holistic care to patients in line with your professional code of conduct andTrust policies. You will assess, plan, implement and evaluate packages of care based upon individual patient needs, under the guidance of the Team Leader as per NICE guidance.

As required by your manager, you will have responsibility for the day-to-day supervision and management of lower banded staff within your professional group and team locality. This may include the management of these staff in line with agreed Trust HR processes as required.

You will be expected to work collaboratively with key partner organisations, service users, carers, clinicians and other practitioners within the multi-disciplinary team in delivering services; providing a 7-day a week, 24-hours a day service for 365 days a year working shifts where appropriate and operationally required.

In delivering your duties you are expected to display behaviour's that are aligned with the Trust values and in accordance with the NHS Constitution at all times.

Main duties of the job

Please note that this role outline serves to provide an illustrative example of the duties and responsibilities you may be expected to undertake during the course of your normal duties. It is not an exhaustive list and you will therefore be required to undertake other responsibilities and duties that are considered to be commensurate with the band.

Core Clinical Function
  • Provide management and care of patients
  • Produce accurate and timely documentation on all clients in line with your Professional Code of Conduct and Trust policies
  • Conduct / contribute to the assessment process, as well as the observation and ongoing assessment, providing accurate and timely feedback
  • Participate in the planning, implementation / evaluation and ongoing review of treatment plans
  • Provide practical support, advice and education to service users, carers and other disciplines
  • Responsible for the recording of all patient related activity information onto Remedy
  • Carry out risk assessments including any potential hazards in the service users environment
  • Attend multi-disciplinary meetings i.e. referral / review / business
  • Report and document incidents as required
  • Conduct physical health care checks of service users and act upon findings
  • Responsible for administration of medications, assessment of side effects, review concordance and clinical effectiveness of medication regime in line with Trust policy including
  • Provide education and support to develop service users' understanding of mental illness

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including;
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work
  • Day One Flexible Employer

The Trust supports and actively encourages flexible working for all employees. We offer many options and you are encouraged to ask the recruiting manager what is possible for this role. If appointed, you will have the opportunity to apply for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment

Join our Staff bank

What is Staff Bank?

Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

If you are joining our Trust in a fixed term role, please indicate on your New Starter Paperwork that you wish to join our staff bank.

Job description Job responsibilities

Core Non-Clinical Function
  • Take part in service development and review
  • Participate in the recruitment process of other clinical staff as required, supported by senior members of the team
  • Ensure the service meets the agreed performance / contractual targets and adheres to local and government initiatives
  • Deliver training where appropriate for other professionals


In addition to core clinical and non-clinical support the following are additional key activities identified as being necessary to the role in the delivery of your normal day to day activities.
  • Complete mandatory training in line with the Trust Policy
  • Receive annual appraisal and provide annual appraisals to lower banded staff
  • Provide training relevant to lower banded staff
  • Take all allocated annual leave
  • Receive management supervision and provide management supervision where appropriate
  • Comply with the CPD, practice hours and revalidation process requirements set out by your professional body.
  • Medicines competency framework
  • Mentorship and supervision of students and junior staff
  • Receive clinical supervision and provide clinical supervision to Bands 3 / 4
  • Supervise and manage on a day-to-day basis lower banded staff within the professional group and team locality as required and in line with Trust HR processes
  • Ensure lower banded staff are appropriately inducted, receive appropriate supervision, have an annual appraisal and are compliant with mandatory training requirements
  • Attend seminars / conferences and other CPD events external/internal
  • Attend regular key Trust-wide meetings / forums i.e. Professional nurse advisory committee, nurse forum, Link nurse forum (Infection control)
  • Attend additional in-house developmental training, and support delivery of a number of mandatory training e.g. TASI, Infection Control, Safeguarding
  • Be a Paris representative
  • Act as a safeguarding champion


In addition to the above duties you will also be expected to perform the below key activities in line with your job role;

- Complete mandatory training in line with Trust policy and procedures

- To participate in the staff appraisal process and to undertake for any staff you manage

- To keep yourself updated on all matters relating to Trust policy

- To provide management supervision where appropriate

EPUT provides community health, mental health and learning disability services to support more than 3.2 million people living across Bedfordshire, Essex and Suffolk. We have also been running the COVID-19 vaccination programme across mid and south Essex and Suffolk and north east Essex.

The Trust is a large employer in the East of England region, with more than 10,000 staff working across more than 200 sites. We also provide services in peoples homes and in community settings.

EPUT was formed on 1 April 2017 following the merger of North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (NEP) and South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (SEPT). A new leadership team was established at the Trust in 2020.

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Person Specification Essential Essential
  • GCSEs
  • A Levels
  • Additional Professional Qualification / Experience
  • Evidence of personal and professional development in contemporary mental health practice
Educated to Degree Level or equivalent Essential
  • Educated to Degree Level or equivalent
  • Evidence of personal and professional development in contemporary mental health practice

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