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Mental Health Practitioner *New Hire Bonus*

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year Per annum pro rata
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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The permanent posts are eligible for a £1500 New Hire Bonus. An initial payment of £500 will be paid in the first 1 month and a final payment of £1000 will be paid 1 year after your start date. This will be pro-rata for part-time posts. Internal applicants are not eligible.

The post is based within the Family Safeguarding Adult Mental Health Team in Cambridgeshire.

The post-holder will play a clinical role within a small team of Mental Health professionals supporting parents who currently have a child who is involved with Social Care.

The Family Safeguarding model brings together a number of professionals focussing on supporting adult/parental mental health with the knowledge that if the caregiver is well, their ability to care for and protect their child increases.

The wider team of adult practitioners address a number of adult risk factors associated with significant harm to children including substance misuse practitioners, mental health practitioners and domestic abuse practitioners.

You will be part of a multidisciplinary Adult Mental Health Team including Clinical Psychologists, OT, Social Workers, RMNs, and Assistant Psychologists. The AMHT across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Family Safeguarding is refreshingly innovative in approach, led by psychology, placing individualised trauma-informed formulation at the centre of the treatment model, drawing predominantly upon ACT/CFT theory.

Main duties of the job

In addition to a consideration of part time working options, we would like to offer the opportunity of working an annualised hours contract including term time working. There is a large degree of flexibility around different contract options.

Key duties include:

Delivering evidence-based mental health interventions largely in form of brief psychological therapies such as CBT and ACT, as well as advice, guidance, and signposting.

Conducting high quality mental health assessments, and develop individualized treatment plans based on these assessments.

Assessing and attending to risk management in a dynamic and proactive manner.

Attending case discussion referral meetings, contributing with their clinical expertise.

Attending Multi-disciplinary group supervisions, contributing appropriately.

Participating in a range of formal and informal review meetings that take place as part of LA Child Protection strategy.

Managing paperwork and record keeping appropriately, using Local Authority records systems as the main care record, but with access to CPFT's SystmOne clinical record.

Maintaining a commitment to one's own CPD.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities.
  • To provide specialist integrated bio-psycho-social assessments for clients referred to the team, formulating and implementing plans for the management of a clients mental health needs including and involving families and carers.
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models for individuals, families or groups as appropriate.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients.
  • To provide specialist mental health, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulation and treatment plan.
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on all relevant aspects of risk incorporating strengths based model of positive risk management and building resilience.

Person Specification Education/Qualification Essential
  • Relevant Professional Qualification e.g. RMN, OT, Social Work
  • Continuing registration with registered body e.g. NMC or HCPC
  • Training in a brief evidencebased Psychosocial/ psychotherapeutic intervention e.g. CBT, Solution focused therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. This can include short courses with a demonstrable impact on practice
  • Supervisory/ mentorship training or capability
Experience Essential
  • Experience of delivering psycho-social interventions
  • Experience of working in a range of settings relevant to the post
  • Experience of working in situations of crisis and emotionally demanding environments
  • Experience of dynamic risk assessment
  • Experience of assessment of mental health need, informing bespoke treatment plans
  • Experience of working actively as part of an MDT, contributing to a wider care plan
  • Understanding of impact of mental health conditions on the welfare and safety of children and family
  • Experience of working in community mental health services
  • Experience of working with people who have complex needs in addition to mental health e.g. substance misuse issues, learning disabilities, complex social issues
Skills & Abilities Essential
  • Skills in the delivery of evidence based psychosocial interventions
  • Skills in assessment of need, risk, and mental state
  • Ability to deal sensitively with stressful situations
  • Ability to cope with verbal abuse and to recognise and diffuse potential physical abuse from service users.
  • Able to communicate effectively, orally and in writing tailoring the communication to the audience
Other Essential
  • Confident to work autonomously in the community and use own initiative to make decisions in complex situations as well as work as part of a team
  • Able to travel independently across the Trust

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