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Safeguarding Team Mental Health Practitioner

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Band 6
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for someone to join our Family Safeguarding Service as a Mental Health Practitioner working in Fleetwood (base) and North-West Preston as a 12month maternity cover post.

We are looking for an organised, compassionate, and reflective individual who is passionate about working collaboratively with families to safeguard children. Are you an energetic, skilled mental health professional? Are you somebody that relishes change and service development? Do you see the opportunity to positively influence a person's emotional health and well-being as a privilege? If so, we want you to join us on our journey to be the best we can be for our families.

The service is funded by Lancashire County Council to provide specialist assessment and treatment for parents of children open to the Family Safeguarding Service who have identified mental health difficulties which are impacting upon their ability to safeguard their children. The integrated service is positioned at the primary care level, offering preventative early intervention. The overall aim is to provide families with the right mental health support, at the right time, in the aim of keeping families together when it is safe to do so.

Main duties of the job

You will join a team of Mental Health Practitioners who work closely with Social Care colleagues including Social Workers, Domestic Abuse Practitioners, Substance Misuse Practitioners and Probation to provide high quality safe and effective care for our service users. You will be provided with regular clinical supervision for one of the Clinical Psychologists in the team.

Key roles and responsibilities include:
  • Completing mental health needs and risk screening assessments.
  • Signposting service users to relevant services or referrals to Clinical Psychologists within Family Safeguarding Service.
  • Consulting on mental health issues to teams within the Family Safeguarding Service.
  • Attending team meetings and group supervisions as needed in Family Safeguarding team.
  • Assisting the service user to engage in relevant adult mental health services and contributing to the development and implementation of service evaluation measures.
  • Undertaking short-term supportive, psychologically informed intervention work with parents who have anxiety and other mental health difficulties that impacts upon their ability to engage with the Family Safeguarding Service.
  • Co-facilitating training, workshops, and disseminating knowledge of mental health difficulties across the team/s.

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as; term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.

For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about this role.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Recognised Core Mental Health Professional Qualification (e.g. RMN, SW, OT)
Knowledge Essential
  • In-depth knowledge of issues that impact upon people with mental health problems.
  • In-depth knowledge of diversity and anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice.
  • Knowledge of current mental health legislation/policy.
  • Knowledge of Psychosocial formulation and interventions
Experience Essential
  • Post qualification experience of clinical work with service users experiencing a range of mental health problems.
  • Experience of delivering evidence based interventions in a time-limited framework.
  • Evidence of assessment across a broad range of mental health problems.
  • Experience of multi-agency working
Skills Essential
  • Ability to determine the most appropriate course of action from a range of available options.
  • Time management and caseload management skills.

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