Community Mental Health Practitioner

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
4 Oct 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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As a Registered Mental Health Nurse, the post holder will provide assessment and psychosocial, evidence-based interventions to a caseload of people with mental health difficulties. A focus on a collaborative and strengths-based approach is essential to this role.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work within a Community Mental Health Service that has challenged the traditional boundaries between primary and secondary care in partnership with Service Users and the Voluntary Sector and Community Enterprise.

The post holder will contribute to the clinical service provision of the team, providing supervision for other team members as agreed with the Team Manager. The post holder will participate in team and service development and evaluation. Liaison with a wide range of partners is central to the role.

The post holder must have a full driving licence and have permanent access to own transport with appropriate business insurance.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, fantastic pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will to experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description Job responsibilities

Providing effective assessment using a recovery approach and strengths model.

Establishing, maintaining and ending purposeful, therapeutic relationships with people experiencing mental health difficulties. Practice will be creative and underpinned by specialist knowledge of, and skills in, evidence-based and psychosocial interventions.

Using knowledge of psychological therapies (for example CBT and CAT) in order to work with people preparing for and participating in specific therapeutic work and to work collaboratively with people during periods of consolidation.

Delivering services using a recovery and strengths approach where solution focused intervention, motivational interviewing and communicating hope are central. Using developed persuasive, negotiation and re-assurance skills to facilitate and enable engagement.

Working with people experiencing relapse using a recovery approach to promote strengths and reduce the risk of dependency on mental health and other services.

Assessing risk in collaboration with people experiencing mental health difficulties, significant others and other workers/professionals, alongside use of own professional judgement and team processes. This involves exploring individuals risk of harm to themselves and/or others and may involve working with challenging, hostile and distressing behaviour.

Identifying strengths-based Recovery Plans and Risk Management Plans with individuals and other relevant people.

Taking responsibility for communicating Recovery Care Plans, risk management plans and other important information to relevant people, professionals and agencies as appropriate. Encouraging individuals to take the lead in sharing information wherever possible.

Undertaking care management processes through assessment of needs, identification of appropriate placement/packages of care, presenting funding requests to the Trusts panel and monitoring and reviewing agreed placements/packages.

Communicating highly complex information to a range of people and professionals with a wide range of levels of understanding. Identifying barriers to understanding and using creative methods to overcome them.

Communicating highly complex information between mental health practitioners and partner agencies including medical staff such as clinical information and investigations.

Identifying changed level of risk in relation to clinical investigations and mental state and distinguishing critical information that requires urgent action or rapid onward referral.

Providing and receiving highly complex and sensitive information in relation to Safeguarding and Child Protection work and taking appropriate action. This includes identifying and appropriately reporting concerns to Childrens Social Care while using communication skills in order to maintain a professional working relationship with parents and significant others in often hostile and highly emotive situations.

Communicating highly complex, sensitive and emotive information at Child Protection Conferences.

Identifying adult protection concerns, raising alerts and participating in Safeguarding Adults processes.

Providing and receiving information from carers, significant others and members of the community. Communication can be highly emotive and there can be significant barriers to acceptance of the approach and intervention of mental health services, for example when requests conflict with the rights and wishes of an individual experiencing mental health difficulties.

Using a systemic approach to working with individuals, their families and significant others. Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with carers and significant others.

Identifying and engaging with practitioners with specialist knowledge, for example by requesting specialist knowledge or clinical supervision sessions where appropriate.

Working without direct supervision and being accountable for own actions.

Skilled and constructive use of own supervision sessions, engagement in reflective practice, commitment to continuously develop self-awareness and work appropriately within professional boundaries.

Attend and contribute to team meetings and other appropriate meetings.

Ensure medication and treatments/injections are prescribed and administered by an appropriately qualified professional, as defined within relevant Trust procedures.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • RMN with NMC registration
  • Post-qualifying experience in similar setting
Experience Essential
  • experience of managing risk of clients in crisis
  • experience of assessment, care plan, development and evaluation with clients and carers
  • experience of working with people with mental health problems
Skills Essential
  • excellent communication skills including presentation of cases
  • carry out evidence based interventions
  • ability to manage own time
  • recognise and manage challenging situations in a calm and professional manner
  • work autonomously and independently
  • willingness to lead groups
  • ability to travel around the trust
  • ability to undertake PMVA training
  • considerable period of working day in front of VDU

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