Bucks Gateway Adult Mental Health Practitioner

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year Per annum | pro -rata
Closing date
4 Oct 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking forautonomous, driven, and confident practitioner(s). This role provides the opportunity for continuing professional development (CPD), with scope toinfluence service innovation and development. This role is for practitioner(s) who pride themselves on providing a high-quality comprehensive triage for those identified as needing mental health support within a secondary mental health setting. This is an exceptional opportunity for someone to develop their career and skills set in a highly innovative and transformative service.

Main duties of the job

Oxford Health and Buckinghamshire are leading the implementation of the Community Mental Health Framework to improve patients experience of care and plug the gap between Primary and Secondary Care Services. These unique roles willempower patients aged 18+ years to access timely and evidenced based support from Mental Health service.

The post holder is integral to accomplishingease of access to mental health care for Buckinghamshire's population at primary and secondary care level in an efficient and timely manner. The successful applicant(s) will facilitate improved opportunities for joint working with Buckinghamshire's voluntary care sector, whilst contributing to theleadership and development of personalised care , transformation agenda and Integrated care systems (ICS).

As part of the Bucks Mental Health Gateway Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) your role will provide mental health comprehensive triage, signposting and professional advice to patients , their family and your colleagues. You will work with professionals to facilitate brief intervention for patients, toenable recoverywithin the community, whilst recognising the value in your skills toensure prompt access to secondary care specialismsas appropriate.

About us

Gateway Mental Health Practitioners are being recruited from a range of disciplines registered with a professional body; Occupational Therapists, Mental Health Social Workers, Mental Health Nurses, and Psychological Therapists,all roles are vital to implementing specialist mental health triage functionality within Buckinghamshire. We welcome applications from all disciplines mentioned!

Benefits of working for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust include:
  • Excellent opportunities for career progression
  • 27 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, with an increase to 33 days with continuous service
  • NHS Discount across a wide range of shops, restaurants and retailers
  • Staff accommodation
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Lease car scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.

Job description Job responsibilities

Successful candidate(s) on appointment as Gateway Mental Health Practitioner will receiveformal bespoke induction, organised collaboratively between Oxford Health and industry experts by experience , with capacity for continued informal induction at candidates consideration. You will be based within a fit- for- purpose buildingon a day-to-day basis, with the opportunity forhybrid working. Candidates will be employed by Oxford Health and will receive clinical management and professional supervision through the trust, in addition tofull training and development opportunities. As a directorate and team, we value continued professional development and so keen to support you with your Professional Development Planthroughout your employment.

The post holder will work as part of the Bucks Adult Mental Health Gateway team across the partnership and have specific responsibilities as a Gateway Mental Health Practitioner:
  • To be main point of contact within Gateway.
  • To work as part of the Gateway team performing comprehensive triage functions in line with Trusted Assessor Model.
  • To provide specialist advise to referrer.
  • To liaise with service users waiting to establish current presentation, give advice and formulate management / safety plans whilst waiting for specialist teams assessment/intervention.
  • To support the delivery of a high quality link worker provision into primary care, secondary mental health services, social care partners , community based resources and voluntary sector . This will include providing consultation and training to staff in a range of agencies in relation to the mental and emotional well-being of individuals experiencing severe / enduring mental health conditions.
  • To support the Gateway/Team Operational Lead in the delivery of the service, ensuring it meets national guidance and local key performance indicators.
  • To support the learning and development of new team members, students , Newly qualified, junior staff members when required
  • Maintaining accurate and timely records.
  • Ensuring legal requirements and subsequent amendments underpinning Children and Adult care are adhered to.
  • To provide best evidence practice to service users which complies with legislation, policies and protocol and relevant quality, governance and local and national guidelines.
  • Ensuring that the local demographics are taken into consideration for service provision and improvement.

Risk assesses clients for suitability for interventions.

To evaluate and make decisions on suitability of new referrals, adhering to the services referral protocols, and refer unsuitable clients on to the relevant service or provide recommendation to referrers following discussion with clinical lead.

See Job Description for full details

Person Specification Training and Qualifications Essential
  • oA recorded/registered qualification in one of the following - nursing, social work, occupational therapy, arts therapy or a psychological therapy ,
  • oEvidence of post registration qualifications
Experience Essential
  • oSignificant post qualification experience in a mental health setting, working with adults and older adults with severe mental illness.
  • oExperience of mental health triaging, assessment and complex decision making
  • oExperience of working with adults who have serious mental illness and carers in community settings
Knowledge Essential
  • oTo have ability to manage case load and experience of acting as care coordinator for clients on a case list
  • oTo be able to function as part of multi-disciplinary team and liaise with external agencies i.e. primary care, social and health care.
  • oLegal framework, policies and guidance relevant to assessing client needs - mental health, physical health ,social, emotional, psychological , spiritual etc
  • oTo have knowledge and understanding of quality improvement tools and methodology

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