Community Mental Health Practitioner

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Ellesmere Port
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
4 Oct 2022

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Band 6
Full Time
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Due to a staff member being supported to access a two year postgraduate training program we are able to offer an experienced mental health practitioner the opportunity to join our team on a two year fixed term contract which will be reviewed six months prior to the contract ending.

We are a well established Community Mental Health Team in Ellesmere Port & our resources & staffing have grown significantly over recent months to enable us to provide exceptional, evidence based care for our service users. We have worked hard to develop the teams Clinical Skills so that we can deliver evidence based interventions for patients including accessing training in Structured Clinical Management, EMDR Therapy, DBT Skills and Complex Risk Management training. The successful candidate would therefore be joining a highly skilled & supportive team with a range of disciplines and expertise available within the team including mental health nurses, learning disability nurse, occupational therapist, clinical support workers, associate practitioner, psychotherapists, psychologist and psychiatrists.

We have robust systems in place to ensure that care can be delivered safely for patients and staff & we currently are managing care coordinator caseloads at a capacity of approximately 20 to ensure you have the opportunity to have an impact on a service users recovery journey whilst being supported to develop yourself.

Main duties of the job

The main function of the post is to fulfill the care coordinator role for patients receiving Enhanced Care under the service. This involves working alongside the patient's consultant psychiatrist to coordinate a person centered and collaborative care plan for your service user. You would be responsible for coordinating their care and treatment in line with evidence based practice and appropriate guidelines. All patients under Enhanced Care require a care plan and risk assessment which as care coordinator you will have responsibility for.

When established in the role and after a period of supervision and support you would also cover Duty approximately twice a month on a rota basis. During these days you would respond to Urgent & Priority tasks including supporting patients in crisis and following up on patients requiring an increased amount of contact from the service. To support you in this role we have developed a Duty Triage system that helps you identify appropriate timeframes for Duty responses so that you can prioritize clinical duties in an evidence based approach.

You will form part of an MDT and provide consultation and support to the team during MDT forums such as a weekly case discussion meeting & daily Safety Huddle. Often from these meetings come ad hoc clinical duties such as liaising with other services, supporting a colleague with a double up visit or implementing risk management plans.

For a full description please review the job description.

About us

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) supports thousands of vulnerable people across Cheshire and Merseyside. We provide physical, mental health and learning disability services to a total population of around one million people.

We offer a variety of roles at all levels, so whether you are just starting out in your career or you are looking to use your skills and experience in a new role, CWP is the right employer for you.

Visit our 'Working for us' pages on our website to find out more about why you should choose CWP.

CWP are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

We welcome applications from people who have direct experience of accessing our services.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please download a copy of the job description for a full copy.

Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification) and values.

To ensure that we continue to provide Outstanding for Care (as recently been awarded by CQC), CWP recruits people that can demonstrate the Trusts Values and Behaviours in their everyday life. Therefore, if you are invited to interview, you will be undertaking aValues Based Interview/Assessment,which explores not only what you do but how and why you do it.

Before applying, we encourage you to review the Trusts Values and Behaviours which are the 6 Cs Communication, Competence, Courage, Care, Compassion and Commitment. A Guide to completing your application form can be accessed on the right side of this page under the job description.

The Supporting Information Section in your application should therefore reflect your understanding of the Trusts Values and associated Behaviours. You will be expected to provide us with examples from work experience and/or personal life which demonstrate these values through your behaviour.

If your disability meets the definition set out in the Equality Act 2010, and you can show that you meet the essential criteria described in the person specification for an available position, please answer YES to the question: Do you wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme? Please also inform the team if you have any special support needs to be considered as part of the interview and selection processes.

All new clinical support staff will be required to have completed or working towards the Care Certificate (CWP In-house 2 day training to be completed within 6 months of start date).

Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment. Please note that DBS costs will be waived for applicants who are being recruited for COVID-19 reasons.

You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of £13 per year applies. Please see attached Update Service Applicant Guide document for further information.

New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

If you experience any technical difficulties or need help when making an application please contact our Recruitment Team on 01244 393100 and quote the vacancy reference number.

Good luck with your application. We hope to welcome you to Team CWP very soon.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Qualified Core Profession- Registered Mental Health Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker
  • Professional Registration- NMC, HCP, SWE
  • Postgraduate clinical training relevant to the post (4)
Knowledge and Expertise Essential
  • Knowledge and expertise of working with adults with mental health needs
  • Knowledge of underpinning legislation such as The MHA
  • Knowledge and experience of Community Treatment Orders
Experience Essential
  • 2 years post registration experience in mental health
  • Experience of working with patients in the community

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