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Mental Health Practitioner - RECONNECT

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
26 Sep 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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BDCFT is looking for enthusiastic and innovative Band 6 Mental Health professional to be an active part of a team of trained and competent professionals in Acute Mental Health, who can deliver a timely and compassionate assessment which effectively sign postsservice users with mental health issues who are in the Criminal Justice System.

This role will be to provide a service in partnership with the Liaison & Diversion team, with key aims of jointly and compassionately signposting service users into appropriate care and support who are located within the local prison services. The successful applicant will be working alongside Liaison & Diversion as part of the Reconnect Programme for those identified within a prison setting who require support and increase access and uptake of healthcare or relevant support services for individuals who have health vulnerabilities on release from Prison, either on remand or on completion of their sentence

The successful applicants will need to be an excellent motivated practitioner, able to work within another team, respecting their views and methods, while simultaneously promoting Mental Health and collaborative working. In addition, close relationships and partnership working will be essential with other key stake holders such as the Voluntary Care Sector, Local Authority, Blue light services and above all the service users and their families.

Main duties of the job

  • Job Purpose:

  • The aim of the service is to divert vulnerable people out of the criminal justice system and into services that can support them longer term.

    West Yorkshire Liaison and Diversion (L&D) is an NHS England commissioned service delivered by Wakefield Council. This post is a partnership post with BDCFT.

    The Reconnect Mental Health practitioner will work as a senior member of a multi-disciplinary team providing intensive mental health and social care assessments, to identify care pathways for individuals released from Prison. The Reconnect Mental Health practitioner will work in HMP Leeds, HMP New Hall and HMP Wealstun, undertaking intensive mental health and social care assessments, to identify those with health vulnerabilities and in need of support services on release and ensuring detailed care plans are in place.

    The Reconnect Mental Health Practitioner will establish and maintain effective working relationships with senior delivery partners within the Prison, Local Authority, Probation, NHS, Police, Adult Social Care, Mental Health Services, Substance Misuse providers and Accommodation providers to coordinate care plans which will support individuals to engage with local services.

    About us

    Everything we do is underpinned by our core values: -

    We Care - We act with respect and empathy, and always value difference

    We Listen - We understand people's views and respond to their individual needs

    We Deliver - We develop and provide excellent services and support our partners

    We will consider a variety of flexible working arrangements to enable staff to balance their work and home lives and support staff by offering a fantastic range of benefits including :

    Additional cost of living payments for bands 1 - 7

    Advanced Fuel expenses payment

    Increase mileage rates for > 3500

    A wide range of health and wellbeing support packages

    A range of internal and external development and learning opportunities

    Plus many more.

    We are also proud to pledge our support to the Armed Forces and hold a Bronze Award in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.

    BDCFT is dedicated to environmental and social sustainability by delivering on the commitments within our Green Plan. All staff are actively encouraged and supported to participate in training and to identify and implement sustainable quality improvement across all service areas and activities.

    Job description Job responsibilities

    Closing Date: 25th September 2022

    Shortlisting Date: 26th September 2022

    Interview Date: 10th & 11th October 2022

    Please read the attached Job description and person specification for more details about this role.

    Person Specification Qualifications Essential
    • Registered Nurse Mental Health Nurse
    • OR Allied Healthcare Professionals
    • OR Registered Social Worker with 2 years mental health experience
    • Clinical supervision qualification.
    • Teaching (clinical practice) qualification/certificate or equivalent experience.
    • Qualification / training in criminal justice mental health related field.
    Experience Essential
    • Mental health care/treatment relevant to service.
    • Working with people presenting in mental health crisis.
    • Independent decision making.
    • Experience working with vulnerable adults.
    • Multi-agency working/working across service interfaces.
    • Must be able to demonstrate a commitment to service user involvement.
    • Working within a multicultural framework.
    • Experience of teaching/leadership of others.
    • Teaching, training and supervision of clinical staff.

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