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Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Oct 2022

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Learning Disability
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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As part of the 10 year NHS plan to reform the way we deliver mental health services the Darlington Locality we are looking to recruit 2 x Senior Registered Practitioners (RMN/Social Worker/OT) that will be primarily based in the front end of the service. This role will be a vital part of the new ways of working with a collective team working together with our other colleagues in the community to support patients receive the right service from day one. Integrating services around the needs of the person minimising duplication and enabling services to work together.

The Senior Practitioners in the HUB will be able to provide excellent assessment skills, interpersonal and team working, and be able to work collaboratively with a range of statutory and third sector agencies.

The successful applicants will work with a range of agencies locally to facilitate safe care and treatment. Experience of multi-agency working would be helpful. A keen ability to network well and interact with professionals, carers and patients across multi-agency settings is essential.

This post will initially be based at West Park Hospital, however we are looking to acquire alternative premises in the community setting. The aim is to have a Hub location that is easy accessible and convenient for the people will who work with and alongside.

Main duties of the job

You will provide learning opportunities for Students from all different professional areas, and have ability to provide an environment that is culturally safe to develop experience and skills.

Our service has a commitment to staff development and offers regular, well-structured management and clinical supervision. There is a robust system of appraisal and personal 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.

About us

We are geographically one of the largest NHS Foundation Trusts in the country with an annual income of £423m and a workforce of over 7,500 staff operating from around 160 sites. Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health and learning disability services for the people of County Durham and Darlington, Teesside, North Yorkshire, York and Selby, serving a population of around 2 million people. We also provide additional specialist services to other parts of Northern England.

We deliver our services by working in partnership with 8 local authorities and clinical commissioning groups, a wide range of voluntary organisations, as well as service users, their carers and the public. The services are spread over a wide geographical area of around 3,600 square miles, which includes coastal, rural and industrial areas.
Our alues
The most important way we will get there is by living our values all of the time. These are:
  • Respect - listening, inclusive, working in partnership
  • Compassion - kind, supporting, recognising and celebrating
  • Responsibility - honest, learning, ambitious

Job description Job responsibilities

The Access Practitioner job description gives an overview of the current expectations, experience and skills required. but this role will be developed within the new model and will evolve to be part of the bigger Hub Team, and as such their will be opportunity to complete a variety of work. The Hub will provide the gateway to a variety of services that will be developed by the Senior Practitioners working in the team.

We welcome Registered RMN/Social Worker/Occupational Therapist - you must be able to demonstrate a knowledge, skills and experience of assessment and treatment of Mental Health conditions over a period of time. As this post will involve having a high level of assessment skills, it is essential to have experience in this aspect of care.

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • oSubstantial experience in working in mental health post qualifying
  • oProven experience in assessment of mental health problems
  • oSupervision of other staff
Knowledge & Skills Essential
  • oAbility to motivate and drive other team members
education Essential
  • registered with a governing body

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