Community Mental Health Practitioner

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Leatherhead House
£35,391 to £42,503 a year incl. HCAS Fringe
Closing date
1 Jan 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced and enthusiastic Mental Health Nurse/ Occupational Therapist/ Social Worker to join our busy multidisciplinary Community Mental Health Recovery Service across Surrey. The Trust is an early implementer site working to transform our community mental health services to ensure care is provided within a one team approach in partnership with NHS, Local Authority, Third Sector and charity organisations local to the person. This work will provide exciting opportunities to shape future mental health services and develop roles to support this work.

We are looking for an individual who can work creatively in a community setting with people who use our services and presenting with severe and enduring mental illness. You will be required to assess, plan, implement and evaluate the nursing care needs of a specific group of People who use our services.

Training opportunities will be offered as well as career progression.

If you enjoy working as part of a team, then this would be a role for you. Ability to supervise junior staff would be an advantage. This role includes working Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, 37.5 hours per hours per week. We are able to consider Part-time and flexible working.

The candidate must have a full and valid driving license and access to a vehicle for work purposes due to the community element of this role.

For more information please contact Richard Ilsley on 07385 409877

Main duties of the job

Post holders will work within one of eleven Community Mental Health Recovery Services located across the Trust as identified during the recruitment process

To assess, plan, implement and evaluate the mental health care needs of a specific group of People who use our services.

To mentor, supervise and teach qualified and unqualified staff including students

To lead the care for a specified group of service users.

To participate in the recruitment, deployment and management of staff.

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country within easy reach.

For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

Job description Job responsibilities

Location: various positions across the Trust

Job Purpose: To assess, plan, implement and evaluate the mental health care needs of a specific group of People who use our services.

To mentor, supervise and teach qualified and unqualified staff including students

To lead the care for a specified group of service users.

To participate in the recruitment, deployment and management of staff.

Principal Duties
  • To lead the clinical management of a care package to an individual who uses our services.
  • To co-ordinate and monitor the delivery of person centred healthcare to a designated group of people who use our services, using complex clinical decision making where appropriate.
  • To deliver individual and group therapy
  • To work as a member of the MDT in assessing and planning care and responding to changes in people who use our services health.
  • To ensure provision of the necessary physical care to help people who use our services i.e.: personal hygiene, diet and fluid intake, clothing and laundry, personal environment, manual handling, elimination, maintaining rest and sleep and activity, physical observations.
  • To act in a manner to respect the customs, individuality, values, sexuality and spiritual beliefs, actively supporting the individual to fulfil these.
  • To ensure provision of therapeutic activities, emotional support and stability to clients to ensure effective engagement whilst maintaining professional boundaries.
  • To create, develop and maintain professional supportive relationships with all members of staff with other professionals and agencies to enhance recovery.
  • To ensure prescribed physical observations are undertaken as follows: blood pressure, temperature, pulse, respirations, blood sugars, urinalysis, weight and height and act upon exceptions appropriately

  • To accurately record all contacts with service users in case notes in line with SABP record keeping policy.
  • To ensure effective communication with clients, relatives and carers, visitors, staff and others.
  • To ensure that all communication takes place in a manner that is consistent with legislation, policies and procedures.
  • To develop measures to improve communications where barriers exist
  • To ensure that consent to intervention or assessment is sought in a manner that is meaningful to People who use our services.
  • To communicate with people in a manner that is consistent with their level of understanding, culture and background

  • To lead the development, maintenance and monitoring of service standards, collect and collate data/ information effectively for the purpose of audit, research and service performance.
  • To identify, implement and evaluate, with others, areas for potential service improvement and to agree further action
  • To develop, with others, measures for service standards, including benchmarking, and to identify areas for potential service improvement.
  • To contribute to the maintenance, monitoring and implementation of service standards and policies.
  • To promote shared decision making with service user/relatives/carers, as appropriate, involvement in all aspects of their care.
  • To contribute and make suggestions to the improvement of services.
  • To identify issues of concern at work and alerting appropriate personnel
  • To present a positive image of the team, service and trust.
  • To work effectively in own team and as part of the whole organisation...
  • To ensure the availability of clinical supervision and preceptorship
  • To ensure structures are in place for effective appraisal, personal development and performance management and audit these regularly
  • To assess and plan care in a manner that is consistent with the Evidence based practice, policies and procedures and the management of risk

Risk Assessment
  • To understand the range of risks potentially faced by the service user group.
  • To undertake risk assessments and management strategies in line with trust and local policies, and ensure the delivery of care within same.
  • To recognise potential crisis situations and act responsively and responsibly to resolve the situation, seeking assistance if required.
  • To contribute to the CPA process and to support service users relatives/carers and other agencies within this process.
  • To be aware of the potential for vulnerability to abuse amongst the service users/families, and use of the local policy to inform appropriate personnel in line with safeguarding vulnerable adults and children and SABP Policies
  • To take all possible precautions to safeguard the welfare and safety of staff, service users, visitors and the public, by implementing all policies related to health, safety, security and risk.
  • To identify and address health education issues that cause risks relevant to service user group.
  • To ensure the safe custody of all patients in accordance with their
  • Leave status as defined by the Responsible Medical Officer. This includes the supervision of patients within the community.

Professional/Personal Development

  • To utilise in clinical supervision, and appraisal in enhancing performance development.
  • To identify one’s own development needs and set personal development objective in collaboration with the appraiser.
  • To adhere to the Nursing and Midwifery council code of professional conduct for nurses.
  • To ensure attendance at all SABP essential training.
  • To demonstrate the achievement of competencies through the collection of evidence within a personal portfolio.
  • To participate in the orientation and induction of all new staff.
  • To contribute to the experience of learners and to ensure delivery of mentorship requirements meeting NMC standards for nursing students.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Professional Mental Health Qualification, eg. RMN, OT, SWE

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