Mental Health Practitioner - Recruitment Bonus

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
29 Sep 2022

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Applicants will need to be (newly) qualified Mental health Nurses, Mental Health Occupational Therapists and Social Workers only.

The permanent posts are eligible for a £1500 New Hire Bonus. An initial payment of £500 will be paid in the first 1 month and a final payment of £1000 will be paid 1 year after your start date. This will be pro-rata for part-time posts. Internal applicants are not eligible.

An opportunity has arisen, for a passionate and enthusiastic individual to be part of our innovative and crucial service in Wisbech. You may be looking to move on from your first qualified post to a community role.

We are looking for people who have a relevant NMC or HCPC registration and:
  • Relevant pre-registration experience of working in mental health environments, however this is not essential.
  • Previous experience and skills which can transfer into this role - good communication, organisational skills and timekeeping amongst others.
  • We welcome applications from people with lived-experience of mental health challenges.
  • People who are passionate about working with older people in the community experiencing mental health challenges.

Main duties of the job

The role involves (but is not limited to):
  • Providing support interventions for people with significant mental health conditions.
  • Working within a multi-disciplinary team with colleagues in the Mental health and Neighbourhood Teams.
  • Monitoring and reviewing the use of prescribed medications.

If this sounds like the role for you then we would love to hear from you!

The successful candidate will be required to be flexible but primarily based at our North Cambs Hospital in Wisbech. We will provide the support to ensure your development within your role. We provide a preceptorship programme and regular support and supervision. We are keen to support and develop our staff through a clear career pathway and encourage promotional opportunities within the Trust.

If you are looking for a new challenge and wish to be part of a team striving to make a difference for our community by supporting people with mental health needs then we want to hear from you.

Please note for this role you will be required to travel independently around the county meeting strict time deadlines. You will need to hold a full UK driving licence* and have use of a vehicle. You cannot usepublic transport for this role as this is not a reliable form of transport and will not allow you to meet service needs. Please confirm in your application that you meet the specified criteria.

*DVLA have a number ofreciprocalarrangements with overseas countries, for further information please visit the DVLA website

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
  • To provide an ongoing assessment of the care needs, plan care in collaboration with the service user, their carers (where appropriate) and MDT colleagues. Delivery care in a safe and effective manner and ensure that needs are reviewed on a timely basis commensurate with service user needs.
  • Supporting service user medication concordance in association with MDT colleagues. This will be achieved by demonstrating a working knowledge of medications and policies commonly used in older peoples mental health services including relevant NICE guidance e.g. anti psychotic prescribing in dementia care
  • To actively engage in partnership working in respect of the patient, carers and service development
  • To have a working knowledge of current mental health and wider legislation, in addition ensuring effective application of CPA assessment and care planning principles and effective risk assessment.
  • Contribute to the assessment, treatment, evaluation and effectiveness of treatment / care offered and review plan with multi -professional team / team manager.
  • Liaise effectively with other members of the service team, primary health care teams, residential/nursing homes, adult social care and other organisations contingent upon the client.
  • Employ specific skills to help resolve/manage problems in older persons mental health e.g. anxiety management strategies, behavioural management strategies in dementia, family support skills etc.
  • Be familiar with and observe statutory and local policies in the prescribing, custody and administration of medications in line with the Trusts medicine management policies and procedures.
  • Maintain a high standard of written reports, records of visits/interventions, care plans recording the progress of clients in line with standards for records and record keeping
  • Participate in:a. Clinical case management and supervision groups.b. Lead as appropriate, clinical meetings/reviews.c. Administrative/management meetings as required.
  • To be familiar with up to date knowledge of current trends, pertinent research findings within this specialised area of practice. To keep up to date with nursing practices ensuring that PREP requirements are met.
  • To engage in clinical supervision and mentorship to enhance professional development.

  • Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
    • RMN level 1 RMN level 2 Evidence of professional development
    • ENB 998 or other teaching qualification, mentorship
    Experience Essential
    • Experience in acute or community mental health setting Experience of working with people with a diagnosis of dementia
    • Community experience Primary care experience Have a lived experience of mental health changes
    Knowledge & Skills Essential
    • Able to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision
    • Ability to work flexibly as part of a team
    • Able to assess, plan and implement care
    • Accepts responsibility and accountability for own work and can define the responsibilities of others.
    • Recognizes the limits of own authority within the role
    • Seeks and uses professional support appropriately
    • Understands the principle of confidentiality
    • Understanding of clinical supervision
    Personal Qualities Essential
    • Demonstrates empathy for the concerns of others
    • Manages strong emotions and responds constructively to the source of problems
    • In highly stressful situations keeps own feelings in check, takes constructive action and calms others down
    • Has a range of mechanisms for dealing with stress, can recognise when to use them and does so.
    • Shows respect for others' feelings, views and circumstances
    Other Essential
    • Recognise peoples right to privacy and dignity, treating every person with respect
    • Positive approach to older people
    • Willingness to be flexible in approach and attitude with respect
    • Willingness to embrace integrated model and new ways of working.
    • Flexibility to work over seven days per week, to support the delivery of a 24hr service if required.
    • Able to travel independently in community.

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