Senior Nurse Practitioner/ Mental Health Practitioner

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
2 Oct 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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We offer evidence-based treatments to children and young people presenting with emotional and mental health difficulties, so having experience of managing a case load and working with vulnerable children and young people is essential.

Integral to the model is an expectation for the continued development of the team and service as a whole. We are looking for caring and committed clinicians to participate in this service from establishment through to on-going development, as well as maintain their own clinical caseloads and engage in clinical and managerial supervision.

Main duties of the job

As part of the transformation in how we deliver fully integrated care, mental health services and pathways are being redesigned to offer increased accessibility and choice for our service users.

One of our key venues within Knowlsey Borough is Knowsley Resource and Recovery Centre which houses our in- patient facilities, the base for our 24/7 responsive Urgent Care Services and our specialist services, including eating disorders and CYPMHS.

To provide high standards of evidence based client centred care.

To provide case management, clinical assessment and interventions to children, young people and their families with emotional difficulties and complex mental health needs.

The role will include direct and indirect client work as well as consultation and liaison with other professionals around the specialist clinical area of CYPMH. The post-holder will be engaged in all levels of clinical response from urgent assessments to lower priority cases.

The post holder will be expected to work as a member of the CYPMHS service and will be expected to ensure continuing development of their own practice and to support other team members in their development as appropriate.

The post holder will demonstrate an attitude which respects and values service users' and their carers.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. #we're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Job description Job responsibilities


To accept referrals of children and their families, who have been referred to CYPMHS

To assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions that are agreed with the child and caregiver in accordance with best practice. Ensure comprehensive risk assessment of children, young people and families and that risk management plans are in place and documented.

To review plans on a regular basis and discuss in clinical supervision any issues that needs addressing.

To liaise with other agencies in terms of information gathering and sharing as well as managing children and young peoples care when there is more than one agency directly involved.

To inform local child protection co-ordinator and senior clinicians of any concerns regarding protection issues.

Use audit/outcome measures to measure change/quality in accordance with maintaining Improving Access to Psychological Therapies for Children and Young People (IAPT:CYP) compliance.

To organise own caseload and work schedules in agreement with Senior Clinician(s).

To see families/children in the setting most appropriate for effective and efficient care.

Undertake clinical procedures, including the measurement of physical characteristics relevant to their treatment plan e.g. blood pressure, weight etc.

Monitor and record/report effects and side effects of any other prescribed psychotropic medication.

Engage and support service users and carers utilising evidence based psychotherapeutic principles.

Prescribe and deliver evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions.

Act as knowledge resource in specialist area of practice to other team members and other agencies as required.

To ensure co-ordinated service user centred care with a proactive role with other involved professionals.


To be responsible for the supervision and monitoring of caseloads of junior clinicians as and when required.

Participate in the process of clinical supervision.

To observe and maintain agreed policies and procedures as defined by the Trust

Participate in Multi-disciplinary Team meetings and other service related meetings as appropriate.

To inform the lead clinician for the Multi-disciplinary Team of matters that might affect policy decisions.

To co-operate with senior clinicians in CYPMHS in investigating complaints and mishaps.

To participate in in-service training and interagency staff.

To undertake any such duties as may be delegated and appropriate according to level of skill and competency.

Follow policies and protocols with regards to children and family services and share relevant information with other agencies as required by Child Protection procedures.

Supervised for managerial purposes by Team Manager

Participate in the Trusts research, audit and development projects as required.

See Job Description and Person Specification for full list of duties and responsibilities.

Person Specification Qualfication Essential
  • Up to date Professional Registration (to be maintained), e.g. RMN, Social Worker, Psychologist, Occupational Therapist
  • Evidence of continuing professional development in the field of child and adolescent mental health
Knowledge/ Experience Essential
  • Demonstrable experience at Band 5 level (or equivalent)
  • Work with children and adolescents with mental health problems.
  • Community work
  • Child and adolescent development
  • Research methodology/audit cycle
  • Knowledge of child protection issues and legislation, The Children Mental Health Act
  • Knowledge of mental health problems relating to children and adolescents
Values Essential
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Accountability
  • Respectfulness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Support
  • High professional standards
  • Responsive to service users
  • Engaging leadership style
  • Strong customer service belief
  • Transparency and honesty
  • Discreet
  • Change oriented
Skills Essential
  • Mental health and risk assessments of children, adolescents and their families
  • Ability to apply therapeutic knowledge to clinical practice
  • Ability to travel in the course of performing duties.

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