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Senior Practitioner

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Central Way London
£38,762 to £45,765 a year per annum inc HCAS
Closing date
26 Sep 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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This is a rare and exciting opportunity to join the Brent Home Treatment Team. We are seeking highly motivated, enthusiastic and clinically confident individuals, to compliment our highly skilled multidisciplinary team. You should have a genuine interest in working with acute mentally ill service users from a culturally diverse population. Successful individuals should have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and be capable of problem solving and working well under pressure within a 24-hour, 7 days a week rota.

To be eligible to apply you will need evidence of continuing professional development and at least 2 years post registration experience.

You should have strong leadership skills and be able to manage a caseload of service users, co-ordinate the work of the team and act as supervisor for junior staff members. Successful candidates should be able to work well in a multi-disciplinary setting and be competent in developing strong links with other professionals. We can offer excellent group and individual supervision support and CPD opportunities. Learning and reflecting, as a group, is an important ongoing process for our service.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

The post holder will be involved in the ongoing development of the HTT, providing crisis response and acute home treatment to people with mental health problems at risk of admission to hospital. They will co-ordinate the care of service users of the HTT, and assist in the promotion of the use of evidence-based practice through the provision of clinical advice and support; acting as a role model; and providing education and training where appropriate.

About us

Job Flexibility:

The post holder will be required to work flexibly, providing assistance as and when necessary, which may involve them in a developing role.

Working Relationships:

The working relationship between all members of staff should be mutually supportive, with staff deputising and covering for each other when appropriate.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To be fully conversant with statutory and non-statutory services in Brent, and promote effective liaison, working relationships and operational links as appropriate.
  • To represent the HTT at sector, clinical and other meetings.
  • To ensure safe and effective delivery of care to service users utilising the knowledge and skills of staff.
  • To provide support, information and education to family members, carers and other professionals.
  • To maintain a good public image of the HTT with any service user, visitor or carer by professional practice and conduct however difficult the circumstances.
  • To undertake initial assessments of service users accepted by the HTT and take a lead role in the development and implementation of their individual treatment plans.
  • To act as the named HTT worker for identified service users, ensuring the implementation of treatment plans, communication of significant clinical information within the team and to care co-ordinators, completion of documentation, clinical reviews and transfer/discharge procedures.
  • To contribute to the gatekeeping of admissions and ensure effective throughput and discharge from the team.
  • To demonstrate risk assessment and management skills, practising safely and according to individual service user needs.
  • To liaise effectively with referrers and CMHTs, promoting good working relationships and continuity of clinical care.
  • To screen and prioritise referrals to the HTT.
  • To supervise junior staff as required.
  • To act as a role model and clinically expert practitioner within the service.
  • To demonstrate recognition that treatment takes place in peoples homes and to balance the need for engaging users with respect for this.
  • Participate as an active member of the multi-disciplinary team, accountable for your practice, and work in partnership with other health care professionals, service users and others in the delivery of care.

  • Training:
  • To be available to receive clinical and managerial supervision.
  • To participate in academic meetings and teaching sessions.
  • To facilitate the learning environment for pre and post registration students.
  • To be prepared to undertake further training.

  • Policy and/or Service Development:
  • To participate in the formulation of policy and the development of the HTT.
  • To assist in monitoring standards of clinical practice within the team and recommend changes where necessary.
  • To participate in the implementation of professional and Trust-wide clinical policies and procedures.
  • To maintain an effective working knowledge of the Mental Health Act 1983 and the Mental Health Act (Patients in the Community) 1995 and work within these legal requirements.

  • Management of Resources:
  • To take assist in ensuring adequate staffing resources are available to provide the service.
  • Assist in the recruitment and selection of staff.
  • To assist in ensuring compliance with legal requirements concerning the prescribing, storage, transporting and administration of medicines.
  • To work within a 24 hour rota system ensuring a comprehensive service to service users.
  • To be aware of professional accountability and pay due regard to relevant professional codes of conduct and practice.
  • To be responsible for the maintenance of accurate patient records.

  • Research and Development:
  • To collect statistical and research data and compile reports as necessary.
  • To participate in the evaluation of the service in conjunction with the Clinical Governance Department.
  • To participate in research projects relevant to the team and its function.

  • This is an outline of the post holder's duties and responsibilities. It is not intended as an exhaustive list and may change from time to time in order to meet the changing needs of the Trust and Department.

    Job Flexibility:

    The post holder will be required to work flexibly, providing assistance as and when necessary, which may involve them in a developing role.

    Working Relationships:

    The working relationship between all members of staff should be mutually supportive, with staff deputising and covering for each other when appropriate.

    Health and Safety:

    Central and North West London Mental Health NHS Trust has a Health and Safety Policy applicable to all employees. Employees must be aware of the responsibility placed on them under the Employment Rights Act 1996, to ensure that agreed safety procedures are carried out, and to maintain a safe environment for employees, patients and visitors.

    Infection Control:

    The prevention and control of infection is the responsibility of everyone who is employed by Central and North West London Mental Health NHS Trust. Employees must be aware of infection control policies, procedures and the importance of protecting themselves and their service users in maintaining a clean and healthy environment.

    Improving Working Lives:

    Central and North West London Mental Health NHS Trust is committed to the principles of Improving Working Lives and all managers are encouraged to follow Improving Working Lives practices. Consideration will be given to all requests for flexible working in line with Trust policy.

    Staff Involvement:

    Central and North West London Mental Health NHS Trust is committed to involve staff at all levels in the development of the organisation.

    Managers should ensure that staff are encouraged and involved in organisational and service developments including business planning and they are able to influence discussions, which affect them and their working conditions.

    All managers should engender a culture of openness and inclusion so that staff feel free to contribute and voice concerns. They should develop and implement communication systems that ensure staff are well informed and have an opportunity to feedback their views.


    Central and North West London Mental Health NHS Trust acknowledges its responsibility to provide a safe, smoke free environment to its employees, patients and visitors. In expressing its commitment to the prevention of smoking related diseases, the Trust has a Non Smoking Policy and all Trust buildings and vehicles are designated as smoke free areas.


    Employees are expected to be aware of and understand that Central and North West London Mental Health NHS Trust has a policy on alcohol and the consumption of alcohol. Alcohol is not permitted whilst on duty.


    Employees should be aware that the Trust produces confidential information relating to patients, staff and commercial information. All employees have a responsibility for ensuring the security of information and to comply with the Data Protection Acts, Access to Health Records and Computer Misuse Act. Disclosure of personal, medical, commercial information, systems passwords or other confidential information to any unauthorised person or persons will be considered as gross misconduct and may lead to disciplinary action which may include dismissal.

    Equal Opportunities:

    All employees of Central and North West London Mental Health NHS Trust are expected to be aware of, and adhere to, the provision of the Trusts Equal Opportunities Policy, and to carry out their associated duties and responsibilities under this policy. As users of the disability symbol, the Trust guarantees to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum essential criteria for a vacant post.

    Grievances, Disputes, Disciplinary and Other Industrial Relations Procedures:

    Central and North West London Mental Health NHS Trust has grievance, disputes, disciplinary and other industrial relations procedures. Employees are required to make themselves aware of these procedures, copies of which are available on the Trust net, from your manager and the Human Resource Directorate.

    Personal Development:

    The postholder is expected to co-operate in activities which line management believes will contribute to personal and/or to team growth. This includes attending supervisory sessions and training modules, both at their work base and other selected venues of instruction.

    Conflict of Interest:

    Employees are expected to declare any private interest or practice, which might conflict with their NHS employment, and be perceived to result in actual or potential financial or personal gain.

    Person Specification Education and Qualifications Essential
    • Current Professional Registration RMN or CQSW, Dip SW or equivalent or Degree / diploma in Occupational Therapy and HPC Registered Occupational Therapist.
    • Teaching & assessing qualification
    • Evidence of ongoing professional development.
    • Full UK driving license and access to a car.
    Previous Experience Essential
    • Significant post-registration experience in an acute adult setting or community setting.
    Skills and Knowledge Essential
    • Good communication skills, both verbally and written
    Other Essential
    • Sickness (or attendance) record that is acceptable to the Trust; to be checked at interview

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