Mental Health Assessment Practitioner (Step Forward Liverpool)

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
28 Sep 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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The Step Forward Service now undertakes non-urgent assessments within the newly transformed community model, as part of the Community Excellence Programme.

Working closely with the Step Forward Mental Health Leads, your role will be to undertake assessments and short term interventions across Liverpool.

Our new approach to assessments is focused around the neighbourhood and you will be expected to forge quality relationships with all partners within the community to ensure that need is met responsively in the most appropriate place.

These roles will be based across Liverpool and Sefton.

Shortlisting date is planned for 29th September 2022

Interview date is planned for 5th October 2022

Main duties of the job

To provide high quality, evidence based care within Division for service users and their carers within inpatient and community services.

To work in a socially inclusive way and in line with the recovery model.

To undertake non-urgent assessments within the community

To provide short term interventions to enable need to be met within Primary Care where appropriate

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Job description Job responsibilities

The core function of this role is to carry out assessments in a timely and comprehensive way, taking a formulation approach. The goal is to ensure that need is met in the most appropriate place as soon as possible. Utilisation of wider community assets is key to ensure that a holistic approach is taken to meeting need

Person Specification QUALIFICATIONS: Essential
  • Appropriate professional qualification or experience at Degree Level e.g. RMN, AHP, Social Worker
  • Evidence of post registration study / continuing professional development e.g. ENB 998 / Mentorship in Practice.
  • Minimum of 2 years post registration experience in mental health
  • Evidence of leadership and management skills
  • Evidence of experience of managing cases & case loads
  • Ability to work autonomously across the organisation/boundaries and with other agencies
  • Experience of working in partnership with other agencies and service users and carers
  • Experience of audit/research and working knowledge of clinical governance
  • Experience in change management and policy formulation
  • Experience of using Incident Reporting Systems e.g. DATIX
  • Evidence of experience of working with a range of people with mental health problems in a variety of health care settings
  • Able to communicate effectively both verbally and non -verbally
  • Being responsive and flexible, seeing change as an opportunity to improve services
  • Ability to lead the process of standard setting and aud
  • Leadership Skills
  • Ability to work within a divisional management team, be able to generate own workload and ability to work to strict deadlines.
  • Ability to build purposeful relationships with a range of both internal and external to the organisation.
  • Proven knowledge of relevant mental health legislation.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of CPA ECC guidelines.
  • Demonstrate knowledge in the concepts of mentorship, preceptorship and supervision and ability to provide education and supervision to junior staff
  • Demonstrate a good knowledge of professional Codes of Conduct and Staffs' responsibility to identify gaps in their knowledge base
  • Professional attitude
  • Possess excellent listening and negotiation skills and leadership skills.
  • Excellent oral and written skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and organisational skills.
  • Ability to contribute to developing care excellence within the ward / team area.

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