Senior Mental Health Practitioner - Band 6

Gloucestershire Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience £32,306 to £39,027 per annum (pro rata)
Closing date
9 Oct 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are seeking to recruit a Band 6 practitioner to work within the Gloucestershire Criminal Justice Liaison & Diversion Service, based at the Montpellier Unit at Wotton Lawn in Gloucester. This is an exciting opportunity to join our long established team covering all areas of the Criminal Justice Services in Gloucestershire.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and dynamic individual to support the team and develop the service to meet the Specification laid out by NHS England.

The service runs a 7 day embedded service in Police Custody, as well as to a busy Magistrates Court. We are also in the process of developing a service for those individuals attending for police voluntary interviews.

You will help develop links with other agencies both public sector and independent in ensuring the clients seen receive the best possible service.

Hours per week - 37.5

Closing date: 31.05.2022

The preferred candidate will have to successfully undertake police vetting at NPPV Level 2.

Main duties of the job

You will need to

- Have a Professional Registration in Nursing, Social Work or Occupational Therapy

- Work weekends and out of hours as required

- Have experience working with individuals who have been in contact with the criminal justice system

- Have experience in Children's Mental Health Services, Adult Mental Health, Substance Misuse or Alcohol Services

- Have a strong desire to support us to develop this service in a rapidly changing climate

- Have an interest in recovery principles and techniques in a context of best practice

- Be willing to work within a challenging environment, and work with multiple criminal justice agencies

- Be able to engage in audit and evaluation.

- Be part of a team wishing to always improve the user experience of mental health services

There is a particular requirement to ensure that the team is able to provide services to all ages including children.

About us

At Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, we are supportive of the people we care for in the community and aim to provide a fully responsive service to everyone who needs it. This is the same approach we take for our employees. We look to value the skills and experiences of those we work with, whether they are service users, carers, families or those looking to work with us.

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust is part of the NHS. We treat NHS patients according to NHS principles and standards. The difference is the Trust is accountable to local people, rather than to Government, and so we are able to work closely with our community to develop services in the way that best suits the needs of local people.

Job description Job responsibilities

The qualification, training & experience requirements for the role are underlined in the Job Description/Person Specification.

To ensure you fully understand how the Trust, as a Data Controller, will process and store your data please read the attached document Applicant and Staff Privacy Notice prior to applying for the role.

Candidates for any staff appointment shall, when making application, disclose in writing to the Trust whether they are related to any governor. Failure to disclose such a relationship may disqualify a candidate and, if appointed, may render them liable to dismissal.

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Person Specification QUALIFICATIONS Essential
  • Professional Registration in Nursing, Social Work, or Occupational Therapy (Registered with NMC or HCPC)
  • Evidence of formal post registration learning Formal teaching and assessing course
  • Demonstrable post qualification experience in mental health or related area
  • Experience of working within community setting
  • Extensive experience of first line assessments including the assessment of risk
  • Working knowledge of recovering approach and social inclusion
  • Experience of collaboration working with other agencies including the voluntary sector
  • Experience of providing short term evidence-based interventions e.g. CBT, Brief solution focussed therapy.
  • Having experience in the Criminal Justice System
  • Demonstrated commitment to continuing professional development
  • Knowledge of appropriate legislation e.g. current Mental Health Act legislation, Child Protection legislation and other policy related to mental health
  • Extensive skills in risk assessment and management
  • Knowledge of the different approaches to mental health assessment
  • Knowledge of Socially disadvantaged family issues
  • Knowledge of Child care / protection issuesEssential Application form/ Interview
  • Knowledge of Child care / protection issuesEssentialApplication form/ Interview
  • Knowledge of evidence-based interventions with service users in an all phases of mental illness
  • Ability to work on social factors affecting mental distress e.g. accommodation, substance misuse, domestic violence, welfare rights
  • Up to date clinical knowledge including risk assessment, dual diagnosis and complex health and social care needs
  • Competent in the Care Programme Approach and associated countywide risk procedures
  • Experience of supervising staff
  • Broad understanding of National Policy and local implementation, which impacts on the development and provision of services
  • Audit / research / project development in a clinical field

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