Community Mental Health Practitioner

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
Bishop Auckland
£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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An exciting opportunity has risen for Band 5 Mental Health Practitioner to join North Durham Dales Community Mental Health Team.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and dynamic individual who is able to work with the wider MDT, voluntary sector and third sector organisations.

Wellbeing of colleagues and working collaboratively is essential as we see this as an important aspect to keeping our staff happy at work.

The team aim is to work in partnership with patients, carers and others utilising the Trust Combined Pathway to work towards a level of recovery as deemed by the individual.

Whether you are a student in your last year of studies, a newly qualified professional or looking for a new and exciting opportunity in Adult Mental Health services, we are keen to hear from you.

Main duties of the job

This rewarding post will offer opportunities for continued professional development and training in mental health practice. With the strong links we have with our local universities' post-grad qualifications can be supported throughout your career pathway. You will be offered a robust induction, preceptorship or ASYE supported by clinical supervision to support you during your first year in practice.

About us

We are passionate about teamwork and creating a great place to work, we can consider flexible working patterns with a focus on promoting wellbeing and a positive work life balance. Given we have learnt many things during the pandemic, technology and remote working have offered insight to new approaches to how we work and further discussion can be had about this upon appointment. To discuss this further, you should contact the team manager prior to interview to consider if the options are suitable for you and the service demands.

Job description Job responsibilities

The successful applicant will work with a caseload of patients offering evidence based psychological interventions, medication administration and monitoring, working closely with social workers to carry out assessments under the care act.

Although this is an autonomous role the post holder will receive full support via the daily MDT meetings, supervision, and team training. As well as an appraisal to support professional development.

Due to the nature of the role it is essential that applicants are able to travel independently across the locality and have access to a suitable vehicle for business purposes. If necessary, adjustments can be considered in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. A lease car scheme is in operation as well as other NHS staff benefits.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Current professional registration with an approved professional body.
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development.
  • or registered nurses: MIP, FLIP, ENB 998 Teaching & Assessing in Clinical Practice or City & Guilds 730 Teaching in Adult Education or willingness to work towards. Qualification must be achieved within agreed timescale
  • Trained Clinical Supervisor (within agreed timescale).
  • Key skills in literacy, numeracy and ITQ level 2 (or equivalent)
  • Post-graduate qualification in a relevant area
Knowledge Essential
  • Evidenced based knowledge of best practice in caring for patients in the designated field.
  • Understanding of relevant legislation (e.g. Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act).
  • Care Programme Approach and its application in practice
  • Understanding of Safeguarding and its application in practice
  • Clinical Risk Assessment and Management and its application in practice.
  • Clinical Governance and Clinical Supervision.
  • Awareness of psychological models of care and treatment
Experience Essential
  • Working with people with mental ill health.
  • Working in a person centred therapeutic organisation
  • Working collaboratively with service users and their families/carers
  • Working in partnership with other agencies

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