Senior Practitioner, Mental Health Single Point of Contact

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

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Primary Care
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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This is an exciting opportunity to play a key role in shaping and modernising Mental Health services in Hywel Dda University Health Board based in Prince Phillip Hospital, Llanelli or Withybush General Hospital, Haverfordwest. There are various full and part time hours available.

One of the central points of Hywel Dda's 'Transforming Mental Health Agenda' is a 'Single Point of Contact to improve access for everyone'. This Single Point of Contact will be a 24/7 telephone mental health triage assessment service delivered by skilled professional staff who will provide sensitive and specialist mental health screening to ensure individuals receive the appropriate outcome. The philosophy of the service is as follows:

Compassion- When people ask for support for a crisis of their mental health they are listened to & supported

Prevention- Access to support should be as early as possible, ideally before the point of crisis

Equality- A crisis of mental health should be treated with the same urgency as physical health care

Resilience- Build responses on the strengths of the individual and provide information and options for self-care and self-referral.

Information, advice and guidance will also be provided for families and carers and there will be a professional telephone line for our partner agencies such as GP's, Welsh Ambulance, Local Authority, Police and the third sector.

Main duties of the job

As a Band 6 Mental Health Practitioner you will provide an all-age service offering high quality telephone triage and assessment to individuals presenting with existing mental illness, in mental distress or acute crisis, resulting in a safe and appropriate clinical decision.

The MH Practitioner will Clinical lead a shift with a varied team of staff including Well-being Practitioners, Health Care Support Workers and Peer Workers, acting as a point of escalation and decision maker for clinical triage and risk.

You will support the Clinical Lead in developing the new innovative Mental Health Single Point of Contact service which will be facilitated though the National 111 service.

You will be an experienced Practitioner who can provide aid to the development of the team in line with the organisations core values to deliver a safe and efficient service to those accessing it.

The service will operate 24 hours 7 days a week and you will need to be flexible in your working patterns to meet the service need, which will include out of hours and weekend working.

Ongoing support and professional development will be provided alongside personal development and comprehensive induction and training package.

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

Interviews will be held on 07/10/2022.

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:o Four main hospitals: Bronglais General in Aberystwyth, Glangwili General in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush General in Haverfordwest;o 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;o 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;o Numerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilities services;o 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 theneed for bilingualism thereby enhancing patient and service userexperiences. 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 and registration- RMN, CQSW/Dip, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, (BPS) Qualification in Counselling Psychology
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Post-basic education in the area of practice to postgraduate diploma level
Experience Essential
  • Wide range of experience within a service-related setting
  • Experience of high-quality clinical triage using, knowledge, skills, critical thinking and professional judgement
  • Sound knowledge of clinical/service issues within area of practice
  • Knowledge and application of safeguarding policies and procedures for children and adults
  • Demonstrates research and audit experience
  • Leadership experience
  • Knowledge and application of care coordination
Language skills Desirable
  • Welsh Speaker (Level 1)

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