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Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Hywel Dda University Health Board
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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North Ceredigion Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment services are looking for a compassionate and motivated senior mental health practitioner to join our well established team in Aberystwyth. The team is multidisciplinary and mental health nurses, occupational therapists and social workers are encouraged to apply.

The role offers the opportunity to work in acute mental health care in the community, assessing and supporting people in acute mental distress. Working alongside a small team of senior practitioners and health care support workers, practitioners are encouraged to work holistically and creatively to support individuals to get past a period of crisis.

The role involves working with a wide range of services to help meet an individuals needs and is often fast-paced, requiring a rapid and responsive service.

The ideal candidate will have excellent risk assessment and management abilities and be focused on providing a compassionate human response whilst utilising strong therapeutic skills.

The service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, receiving referrals for assessment from A&E, GPs and other local services. The team manages a small caseload of individuals in acute need of mental health support which is provided both at our base in the Community Mental Health Centre, Gorwelion (CMHC) and in a person's home.

Main duties of the job

Receiving referrals from GPs, A&E and other agencies, and screening for risk / appropriateness for assessment.

Assessing individuals in acute mental distress in A&E, in CMHC, and in their homes.

Assessing risk, particularly of significant self-harm or suicide, and developing and implementing risk management plans.

Working therapeutically and practically to provide bespoke support to individuals based on the presenting needs as assessed.

Developing and implementing plans for community treatment as an alternative to hospital for individuals in acute mental distress.

Working alongside and supervising Health Care Support Workers in delivering brief interventions and guided self-help.

Working with other mental health services, GPs, A&E, third-sector organisations, and agencies involved in meeting the many and varied social needs of individuals.

Supporting inpatient services by facilitating early discharge hospital with intensive home treatment where appropriate.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; English and/or Welsh speakers are equally welcome to apply.

Interviews to be held on 17/10/2022.

About us

Hywel Dda University Health Board is the planner and provider of NHS healthcare services for people in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and its bordering counties. Our 11,000 members of staff provide primary, community, in-hospital, mental health and learning disabilities services for around 384,000 people across a quarter of the landmass of Wales. We do this in partnership with our three local authorities and public, private and third sector colleagues, including our volunteers, through:

Four main hospitals: Bronglais General in Aberystwyth, Glangwili General in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush General in Haverfordwest;

Seven community hospitals: Amman Valley and Llandovery in Carmarthenshire; Tregaron, Aberaeron and Cardigan in Ceredigion; and Tenby and South Pembrokeshire Hospital Health and Social Care Resource Centre in Pembrokeshire;

48 general practices (four of which are managed practices), 47 dental practices (including three orthodontic), 99 community pharmacies, 44 general ophthalmic practices (43 providing Eye Health Examination Wales and 34 low vision services) and 17 domiciliary only providers and 11 health centres;

Numerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilities services;

Highly specialised and tertiary services commissioned by the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee, a joint committee representing seven health boards across Wales.

Job description Job responsibilities

You will be able to find a full job description and person specification attached within the supporting documents.

The Health Board is committed to supporting its staff to fully embrace the need for bilingualism thereby enhancing patient and service user experiences. In our commitment to increase the number of staff who are able to communicate in Welsh with patients and professionals, we welcome applications from Welsh speakers.

The ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable for this post. If you do not meet the Welsh Language requirements specified, the Health Board offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal desirable requirements during the course of your employment with us.

Person Specification Qualifications and Knowledge Essential
  • Professional Qualification/Registration from recognised body - i.e. RMN, OT, Social Worker., Registered Learning Disabilities Nurse
  • Post-basic education in the area of practice to postgraduate diploma level.
  • Post registration experience
  • Demonstrate an understanding of relevant legislation ie: Mental Health Act, Capacity Act, Mental Health (Wales) Measure
  • Relevant degrees
Experience Essential
  • Wide range of experience within a service related setting
  • Demonstrates achievements in developments of care standards/procedure guidelines
  • Demonstrates effective team working
  • Use of I.T. skills
  • Demonstrates research and audit experience
  • Clinical Audit experience
Language skills Desirable
  • Welsh Speaker (Level 1)

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