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Senior Mental Health Practitioner - Recruitment Bonus

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
Contract Type
Full Time
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**This post offers the £3000 New Hire Bonus. Please note this only applies to External applications. See attached Terms & Conditions for full details**

Are you a qualified Mental Health Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Social worker?

Are you looking for new challenges and opportunities?

Why not consider working for our Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team based in Cambridge. The team provides 24/7 care to service users experiencing an acute mental health crisis at home as an alternative to hospital admission. The team is accredited by the Royal College of Psychiatrists (HTAS) and has a strong focus on delivering high quality care to service users and their friends and family.

The post offers the opportunity to work intensively with service users in crisis, undertaking assessments in the community and developing care plans as part of a multi disciplinary team. You will be responsible for leading care and treatment interventions and supervising junior staff in the delivery of care. The team is embedded within an integrated acute care pathway and works closely with inpatient wards and The First Response Service to deliver seamless care.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work within the Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team to provide a mental health service seven days a week, 24 hours a day within a community setting, by providing an urgent response and/or psychosocial assessment to those who present with a range of mental health problems and who are in mental health crisis.

Referral agencies include the First Response Service, in-patient facilities, psychiatric liaison service and other adult CPFT mental health services.

To work in partnership with service users and carers to provide treatment within the least restrictive environment.

To provide rapid response assessment to those at risk of being admitted to hospital and provide care, support and treatment within a community setting or facilitate admission to hospital and promote rapid discharge.

To work completely within the Framework of the Care Programme Approach (CPA).

To provide clinical risk and mental health assessment, formulation and short-term contingency planning for people presenting in mental health crisis.

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.
  • Screen referrals to the service and prioritise referrals effectively and safely
  • Provide holistic psychosocial assessment, and subsequent planning and implementation of individual packages of care and treatment.
  • Undertake clinical risk assessments, based on latest empirical evidence and compliant with local policies and procedures.
  • Undertake risk management; practising safely and according to individual service user needs.
  • Provide evidence based clinical interventions, making autonomous clinical decisions about own professional practice.
  • Responsibility for the development, planning and implementation of brief care and treatment interventions for individual patients.
  • Ensure that individual episodes of care are delivered in a timely, effective and integrated manner.
  • Promote a recovery model that empowers patients, carers and relatives to be at the forefront of decision making and ownership of their packages of care and treatment.
  • Act as the patients and relatives advocate.
  • Enable patients and carers to manage disability, loss and change.
  • To provide support, information and education to family members, carers and other professionals
  • To liaise effectively with referrers and professionals within CPFT, promoting good working relationships and continuity of clinical care
  • To supervise junior staff as required
  • To act as a role model and clinically expert practitioner within the service
  • Participate as an active member of the multi-disciplinary team, accountable for your practice, and work in partnership with other health care professionals, service users and others in the delivery of care.
  • Champion patients rights, including: dignity, equality, diversity, choice and respect.
  • Be conversant and proactive with Government legislation pertaining to the Mental Health Act, CPA, National Service Framework, NHS Plan and Clinical Governance.
  • Represent the Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team at meetings.
  • When undertaking all of the above ensure good documentation is provided and entered within the appropriate systems of record sharing.
  • Participate in the teams support and training of students
  • The post will include flexible working patterns over a 37.5 working hours per week to incorporate cover for 24 hours, 7-day service, including on call if required to meet the needs of the service users & carers.

We firmly believe that it makes good business sense to have a workforce representative of the communities we serve and so encourage applications from all sections of the community.

Person Specification Education / Qualifications Essential
  • Mental Health Nurse Qualification or Social Work Qualification or occupational therapy Qualification
  • Current NMC/HCPC/Social work Registration
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Clinical supervision qualification
  • Post Graduate level education in psychological therapy
  • Non medical prescribing
Experience Essential
  • Mental health care/ treatment relevant to the service
  • Working with people with acute mental health difficulties
  • Multi agency working/ working across service interfaces
  • Working within a multicultural framework
  • Teaching/ training and/ or supervision of clinical staff
Skills & Abilities Essential
  • Assessing, formulating and working with people in a heightened state of dsitress
  • Clinical risk assessment and contingency planning
  • Able to meet the service needs for mobility across the geographical area covered.
  • Able to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision
  • Effective organisational and time management skills
  • Ability to follow instructions & support junior & senior staff
  • Ability to work flexibly
  • Clear evidence of effective & safe decision making and problem solving
  • Ability to contribute to service development and ability to manage change
Knowledge & Understanding Essential
  • Evidenced based clinical interventions relevant to the service
  • Relevant specialist clinical courses/training
  • Models of care and treatment relevant to working with people in mental health crisis
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Sound knowledge of Mental Health Act, Care Act, Mental Capacity Act
  • RiO and SystmOne PAS
Physical Requirements Essential
  • Successful completion of Health Screening
  • Able to cover shifts over a 24hour period, 7 days a week
  • Ability to travel promptly across a large geographical patch
Other Essential
  • There to assist patients, carers, families, referrers and colleagues
  • Works flexibly
  • Motivated, reliable and committed to team working
  • Embrace opportunity to work with local community, 3rd sector and other partners
  • Values opinions of others
  • Innovative and pioneering approach to new ways of working

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