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Mental Health Practitioner - MHIST Team- East

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
27 Sep 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting and unique opportunity has arisen to be a part of the Mental Health Intensive Support Service.

This is a newly established Service that provides specialist assessment, treatment, interventions & support, to help people recover from complex mental health problems & to regain the skills & confidence to live successfully in the community. The team are incorporating an open dialogue approach when working with patients and families.

Location: Travel across Cheshire East locality with hot desking and remote working. There will be an expectation to travel to Chester (Upton Lea) once a week.

Main duties of the job

As a MH Practitioner, you will work intensively with a small cohort of patients with a range of complex needs, providing high quality levels of care in order to assist these patients to live independent lives.Working alongside the MDT to ensure effective and adaptive patient care with a strong focus on recovery, identifying relapse indicators and promoting independence.

The MHIST team are proactive in pre-empting crisis and preventing admission into hospital, and therefore you must be able to demonstrate excellent skills in risk management, adaptive care planning and communication skills with a genuine attitude of care and dedication to this type of cohort of patients.

This is a unique opportunity to be a part of a rewarding new service and candidates are welcome to apply from a range of health or social work backgrounds, however experience in working in complex patients is encouraged.

About us

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) supports thousands of vulnerable people across Cheshire and Merseyside. We provide physical, mental health and learning disability services to a total population of around one million people.

We offer a variety of roles at all levels, so whether you are just starting out in your career or you are looking to use your skills and experience in a new role, CWP is the right employer for you.

Visit our 'Working for us' pages on our website to find out more about why you should choose CWP.

CWP are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

We welcome applications from people who have direct experience of accessing our services.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please download a copy of the job description for full details.

Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification) and values.

To ensure that we continue to provide Outstanding for Care (as recently been awarded by CQC), CWP recruits people that can demonstrate the Trusts Values and Behaviours in their everyday life. Therefore, if you are invited to interview, you will be undertaking aValues Based Interview/Assessment,which explores not only what you do but how and why you do it.

Before applying, we encourage you to review the Trusts Values and Behaviours which are the 6 Cs Communication, Competence, Courage, Care, Compassion and Commitment. A Guide to completing your application form can be accessed on the right side of this page under the job description.

The Supporting Information Section in your application should therefore reflect your understanding of the Trusts Values and associated Behaviours. You will be expected to provide us with examples from work experience and/or personal life which demonstrate these values through your behaviour.

If your disability meets the definition set out in the Equality Act 2010, and you can show that you meet the essential criteria described in the person specification for an available position, please answer YES to the question: Do you wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme? Please also inform the team if you have any special support needs to be considered as part of the interview and selection processes.

All new clinical support staff will be required to have completed or working towards the Care Certificate (CWP In-house 2 day training to be completed within 6 months of start date).

Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment. Please note that DBS costs will be waived for applicants who are being recruited for COVID-19 reasons.

You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of £13 per year applies. Please see attached Update Service Applicant Guide document for further information.

New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

If you experience any technical difficulties or need help when making an application please contact our Recruitment Team on 01244 393100 and quote the vacancy reference number.

Good luck with your application. We hope to welcome you to Team CWP very soon.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Educated to diploma/degree level and registered with the appropriate professional body
  • Professional knowledge acquired through a relevant degree plus relevant experience for working with complex cases
  • Evidence of continued professional development
  • NVQ A 1 qualification
  • Relevant mentorship qualification as required by governing body
  • Specialist practitioner qualification (SPQ)
Knowledge and Expertise Essential
  • In-depth knowledge and experience of working within the recovery focused philosophy framework
  • Knowledge of delivering individual service user focused specialist assessments
  • Knowledge of evidence based interventions which are measureable and which promote the service users journey along the recovery pathway
  • An in-depth knowledge of delivering psychosocial interventions (PSI)
  • Knowledge and understanding of physical health needs
  • Professional knowledge acquired through a relevant degree plus relevant experience for working in the community
  • Highly developed accurate physical skills and be able to manipulate fine tools and materials
  • Knowledge of developing specialist programmes of care, care packages
  • Knowledge of providing specialised advice in relation to care
  • Knowledge of recording personally generated information
  • Knowledge of working closely with commissioners and care providers
  • Knowledge of legal frameworks including the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act
  • Experience of undertaking surveys or audits necessary to own work
  • Experience of undertaking research and development activity and clinical trials
  • Knowledge of complex care management including the development of bespoke support packages
Experience Essential
  • A minimum of 2 years post registration experience working with adults with mental health problems with a complex nature
  • Experience of planning and organising complex activities or programmes requiring formulation and adjustment
  • Experience of developing specialist programmes of care, care packages
  • Experience of providing specialised advice in relation to care
  • Experience of working closely with commissioners and care providers
  • Experience of following policies and providing comments to propose changes to practice/procedures in own work area
  • Experience of safe management of equipment and resources
  • Experience of being an authorised signatory
  • Experience of conducting professional/clinical supervision
  • Ability to undertake surveys, R&D activity or audits as necessary to own work
  • Ability to regularly undertake equipment testing and adaptation
  • Experience of working within a rehabilitation framework

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