Mental Health Practitioner

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
27 Sep 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a band 6 Mental Health practitioner to work alongside the ARRS mental health workforce (additional roles reimbursement scheme) to support the delivery of an enhanced recovery and support service for adults in North Staffordshire who are self-harming or having suicidal thoughts. The new Self-Harm Support and Recovery service pathway will support a larger number of patients, particularly those who present to primary care.

The role will involve developing an in-depth, specialist knowledge base around self-harm that can support the work of the wider team. Preventative self-harm support will be delivered at a Primary care level working flexibly to meet the local population mental health needs within the Primary Care Networks . Coverage of support via the roles will be spread evenly and can be flexed responsively to meet local population health needs if required.

Many people who self-harm are not known to secondary care services, so the aim will be to ensure they are seen at an earlier stage and able to receive the specialist mental health help and support they need; reducing the possibility of ending up in an emergency department.A biopsychosocial model to all intervention content will ensure alignment to NICE guidance to provide an early intervention, preventative approach to deliberate self-harm

Main duties of the job

  • To undertake assessments of individual client's difficulties, establishing risk and determining the appropriate course of action taking into consideration all possible options. The relationship should adopt 'partnership approach' engaging service users in the positive management of their health and wellbeing.
  • To enhance a strengths and asset approach focusing on harnessing and improving service user own network to improve resilience. Building effective use of community linkages. g., community lounges, Social Prescriber and, Locality Connectors.
  • Initiate direct referral routes into secondary care and IAPT services if appropriate enabling fast track appropriate support.
  • In line with NICE guidance, develop clinically supervised support programmes. Provide an atmosphere of respect and understanding to establish the likely physical risk and the person's emotional and mental state using a Biopsychosocial approach.

About us

Our Trust is on an incredible journey of innovation and we'd like you to be part of it.

Our vision is 'To be Outstanding in all we do and how we do it.' Our teams pride themselves on compassion, team work and resilience. The Trust supports you by offering a flexible shift system including twilight shifts and compressed hours to support working families and our staff parking is free on all our main sites.

As an employee and representative of the Trust, you are required to demonstrate and uphold the Trust's Values. These are:

Proud to CARE:


Caring with compassion, it's about how we listen, what we say, what we do.


Friendly, welcoming, sharing ideas and being open


Taking personal and collective responsibility, being accountable for our actions


Striving for the best, for high-quality safe care and continually improving

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Proactively identify and manage treatment plans for patients with dementia and serious mental illness.
  • Diagnose and manage both acute and chronic conditions, integrating both drug- and non-drug-based treatment methods into a management plan.
  • Review medication for therapeutic effectiveness, appropriate to patient needs and in accordance with evidence-based practice and national and practice protocols, and within scope of practice.
  • Work with patients in order to support compliance with and adherence to prescribed treatments.
  • Prioritise health problems and intervene appropriately to assist the patient in complex, urgent or emergency situations.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Relevant professional qualification - degree level or equivalent
Experience Essential
  • Significant post qualification experience
Knowledge Essential
  • Management of patients with long-term conditions

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