Senior Community Mental Health Practitioner

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum
Closing date
21 Oct 2022

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Learning Disability
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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An opportunity has arisen for a Community Senior Practitioner (Registered Mental Health Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker) to join the West Integrated Community Mental Health Team in the Hambleton and Richmondshire Locality. The West ICMHT covers a large geographical area in Richmondshire and the Dales with the team based in Colburn.

We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic, motivated and experienced clinician to deliver assessment, care co-ordination and treatment/intervention within an integrated multidisciplinary team. The successful candidates will be able to demonstrate strong assessment/clinical/therapeutic skills delivering care/treatment to individuals living with complex mental health needs over a variety of environments and across a large geographical area. Linked to the geography of the patch there would be an expectation that the successful applicant would have the ability to convey themselves to and from base to home visits.

The post holder will be joining post service transformation in Hambleton and Richmondshire where service delivery is working towards enhanced hours and a six day service. The post holder would be expected to demonstrate a flexible and adaptable approach and with the advent of COVID-19 to demonstrate the use of technology to support new ways of working. This is a fantastic opportunity for individuals looking to gain experience at a Band 6 level, as well as those with existing experience.

Main duties of the job

Promotes and maintains safety, privacy and dignity of all patients.

Acts, wherever applicable, in accordance with the Mental Health Act and associated policies and procedures. Responsible for recognising the potential for or signs of patient harm, abuse or neglect, including poor clinical practice, reporting all such concerns and taking all reasonable steps to protect the patient.

Responsible for ensuring the highest professional standards and attitudes at all times.

Provides clinical advice on complex issues to other members of the clinical team and staff from other disciplines.

Undertakes risk assessments in accordance with the Trust's Clinical Risk Assessment and Management Policy.

Where professionally appropriate may be responsible for the safe transport and administration of medicines in accordance with Trust policy.

Supports individual patients and their families/carers in the community.

Responsible for decision making and coordination in a crisis situation.

Demonstrates safe breakaway techniques in the management of violence and aggression as required.

Attends Mental Health Act tribunals.

Participates in the duty rota as required.

About us

We are geographically one of the largest NHS Foundation Trusts in the country with an annual income of £423m and a workforce of over 7,500 staff operating from around 160 sites. Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health and learning disability services for the people of County Durham and Darlington, Teesside, North Yorkshire, York and Selby, serving a population of around 2 million people. We also provide additional specialist services to other parts of Northern England.

We deliver our services by working in partnership with 8 local authorities and clinical commissioning groups, a wide range of voluntary organisations, as well as service users, their carers and the public. The services are spread over a wide geographical area of around 3,600 square miles, which includes coastal, rural and industrial areas.
Our alues
The most important way we will get there is by living our values all of the time. These are:
  • Respect - listening, inclusive, working in partnership
  • Compassion - kind, supporting, recognising and celebrating
  • Responsibility - honest, learning, ambitious

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job Description and Person Specification which details all the main duties and responsibilities of the role.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Current professional registration with an approved professional body.
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development.
  • For registered nurses: MIP, FLIP, ENB 998 Teaching & Assessing in Clinical Practice or City & Guilds 730 Teaching in Adult Education. Must be achieved within agreed timescale.
  • Recognised sign-off mentor, clinical educator or equivalent. Must be achieved within agreed timescale.
  • Key skills in literacy, numeracy and ITQ level 2 (or equivalent)
  • Leadership or management qualification
  • Post-graduate qualification in a relevant area
Experience Essential
  • Significant experience working with people with mental ill health in a care environment.
  • Working collaboratively with service users and their families/carers.
  • Providing clinical supervision to individuals or groups as professionally appropriate.
  • Mentoring or facilitating students on practice placement.
  • Leadership or management experience
  • Significant experience working with people with mental ill health in a community environment.
Knowledge Essential
  • Demonstrable knowledge to post-graduate level of evidence-based practice in caring for patients in the designated field.
  • Understanding of relevant legislation (e.g. Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act).
  • Care Programme Approach and its application in practice.
  • Clinical Risk Assessment and Management and its application in practice.

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