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Mental Health Practitioner

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
28 Sep 2022

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Band 6
Full Time
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TheMemory Assessment Servicein Cambridge has been successful in its bid for funding from NHSE dementia team to pilot the use of DiADeM (diagnosing advanced dementia mandate, a tool to aid memory assessment for people in the advanced stages of dementia) in care homes.

We are looking to recruit a Nurse/OT who would support our vision and ensure that people referred to memory assessment service residing in care/nursing homes get a high quality, appropriate assessment and diagnosis in a timely manner.

We are currently looking to recruit a full time (37.5 hours per week) enthusiastic and motivatedmental health practitioner to join the team for a fixed term contract of 12 months. If you are looking for an exciting challenge, enjoy variety in your work and wish to be part of an established team striving to make a difference by supporting people with their mental wellbeing and recovery then we want to hear from you. There is a strong system in place to support the successful candidate.You will be based at Brookfields Hospital in Cambridge with an established memory assessment service team and colleagues within wider mental health for older people's services

Main duties of the job

Mental health practitioners in the Integrated Care Team (Mental Health) will provide assessment and interventions for people with suspected dementia residing in care homes

Offer training, advice and guidance to colleagues in care homes and primary care networks about the symptoms of dementia, the benefit of diagnosis and how to identify people that should be referred to the memory clinic.

Supervise and manage the junior mental health practitioners in the memory assessment service

Work closely with the mental health integrated care team in order to provide an excellent mental health service.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities

Assessment of mental health needs of residents in care homes suspected of having dementia.

Delivery of mental health interventions for both service users and their carers in accordance with mental heath care pathways for memory assessment.

To supervise and assess the use of prescribed medications according to professional guidelines and policies. To be familiar with therapeutic and side effects of prescribed medication and observe statutory and local policies in the prescribing, storage and administration of medications.

To practice as a supplementary non-medical prescriber (with appropriate qualification) providing specialist advice in non-medical prescribing and medicine management policy in line with Trusts nonmedical prescribing policy.

To develop the professional role within the memory assessment service.

To offer guidance and support to colleagues working in care homes and primary care networks about the symptoms of dementia, the benefit of diagnosis and how to identify people that should be referred to the memory clinic.

To contribute to local multi-disciplinary team reviews and care planning for identified service users

To work closely with colleagues in the mental health integrated care team and the Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment team to ensure smooth transitions of care and joint work.

Ability to work flexible including working outside core hours if clinically required.

Person Specification Education/ Qualification Essential
  • Relevant professional registered qualification
  • Training in supervision and appraisal
  • Registered Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Social Worker
  • Post qualifying training
  • Degree level qualification
  • Non-medical prescribing qualification
Experince Essential
  • Significant relevant experience in working within a mental health service
  • Experience of working with older people with mental heath needs
  • Registered student mentor
  • Experience of clinical and managerial supervision of junior staff
  • Experience of working with people with a diagnosis of dementia
  • Experience of working with an older people's community mental health service
  • Have a lived experience of mental health challenges
  • Experience of supporting Carers
Skills and Abilities Essential
  • Able to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision
  • Excellent clinical skill in assessment and interventions for common mental health conditions
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people in distress or with communication difficulties
  • Excellent understanding of the needs of carers
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to summarise information and communicate with colleagues
  • Experience as safeguarding enquirer
  • Experience of doing best interest assessments
  • Experience of working with nursing home and care providers
Knowledge & Understanding Essential
  • Excellent understanding of statutory framework and care commissioning including: safeguarding, commissioning of care and mental health act and mental capacity act
  • Excellent understanding of research in field
Others Essential
  • Positive approach to older people
  • Recognise peoples right to privacy and dignity, treating every person with respect
  • Willingness to embrace integrated model and new ways to working
  • Willingness to be flexible in approach and attitude
Physical Requirements Essential
  • Ability to travel in the community
  • Ability to sit for sustained periods of time

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