Mental Health Practitioner

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum/pro-rata
Closing date
4 Oct 2022

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Band 5
Contract Type
Part Time
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Are you looking for more enjoyment in your role?

Career development?

Flexibility at work?

If you're reading this advert you may be appraising the last couple of years and mulling over thoughts about your future life and career. And what a time it has been with NHS staff working through unprecedented times; many people have been challenged to reappraise priorities.

At Oxford Health Trust, we do things differently and acknowledge how important it is to have a work life balance. There's no doubt that work can be tricky, and things don't always go to plan, but we are all about supporting each other and being able to laugh together and problem solve when things go awry. You will already know how to do your job, and we can continue to develop this but what is most important is that you are happy in your role with our amazing team who will keep you buoyant if you are having a tough day. Work can bring both rewards and challenges, but it is this strong supportive team that will get you through the day and still smiling by teatime.

The Trust visions are the solid bedrock foundations that embed everything we do. Our team ethos adorns the bedrock and although very simple, is uniquely elegant and works like this: come to work, be happy, be yourself, do your job, be kind, eat lunch and go home on time. We are proud that we have achieved our local vision of a great, positive and supportive place to work; this is what keeps a core of stability in our team during times of change.

Main duties of the job

In our BSW (Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire) CAMHS service we are proud to be developing a needs-led, responsive and accessible service based on the i-Thrive model.

We are looking for an enthusiastic Registered Mental Health Nurse, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist or qualified and registered 'Child Wellbeing Practitioner' to work in our 'Getting Help' team. This role involves working with young people experiencing a wide variety of lower-level mental health difficulties for up to 6-8 sessions. The role will include undertaking the assessment of the young person's mental health needs, collaborative formulation and providing the treatment plan drawing on a variety of interventions that may involve multi-agency networking where necessary.

This successful candidate will be offered in house training in Positive Behaviour Support and DBT informed coping skills. There will also be the opportunity for further training based on individual learning needs. We have good professional support in our service and regular professional regional meetings.

In everything we do, we strive to be caring, safe and excellent. We expect our staff to share and demonstrate these values as we work to constantly improve the quality of care we provide. This ensures that we have the right workforce to deliver effective team-working and excellent patient care and experience.

About us

Oxford Health is a great Trust to work for in terms of acknowledging the challenges posed to staff. Managers not only recognise our most precious resource and put staff well-being high on the agenda but also action initiatives to improve our experience at work.The overarching culture translated to a local level is:Come to work, be happy, be yourself, do your job, be kind, eat lunch and go home on time.

We embody the importance of staff well-being in our practice, and this is why we are interested to get to know you as a person and hear what you would like from your job. Our team is now kitted out with all the technology necessary to make working from home a truly realistic option; working from home and flexible working is a component part of our business.

You will be supported by the generosity of excellent team knowledge and experience. Clinical and managerial supervision are augmented with profession specific supervision as required with systemic and psychodynamic opportunities. This service is investing heavily in training, preceptorships to develop staff skills and career opportunities.

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

Job description Job responsibilities

The roles of Child Wellbeing Practitioner and Mental Health Practitioner suit shorter-term interventions for young people with less complex presentations. In accordance with the iThrive model you would be working within the Getting Help pathway of our service assessing and treating young people. Applications are invited from enthusiastic people who may be a Registered Mental Health Nurse, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist or has qualified as a Child Wellbeing Practitioner with appropriate registration, to work embedded in our multi-disciplinary team.

We have good professional support in our service and regular professional regional meetings. Within our core CAMHS we also host LD CAMHS, a Neurodevelopmental Clinic and The Eating Disorder Service. The service works closely and is augmented with a crisis team, helpline up until 11pm and a team of colleagues who work tirelessly to provide a year round 24/7 service.

When we are not working from home, we are based in the tranquil setting of a friendly community hospital next door to the Savernake forest, which is a fabulous place to walk and get some head space. The vibrant market town of Marlborough, with its infamous college which boasts such luminaries as Sir John Betjeman is only a short walk and provides a wealth of shopping opportunities and a strong sense of community. The town and surrounding countryside are a beautiful; it's a safe place to live, with great schools, a good quality of life and the network rail commute to London is less than an hour.

Please note:
  • 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.
  • Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.
  • Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3 years of employment or study. Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.
  • Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.
  • We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services. This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.
  • Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Relevant professional qualification e.g. registered Mental Health Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Children's Social Worker or Graduate CWP practitioner registered with BABCP or BPS.
  • Current registration with relevant professional body - eg NMC, HCPC
Knowledge Requirements Essential
  • Understanding of working with children and young people with a wide range of mental health needs.
  • Knowledge of a range motivational interviewing, solution focused therapy and a psychological therapy (i.e. CBT/DBT)
  • Knowledge of Child and Adult Protection work
Skills Essential
  • Able to manage a caseload, set priorities and work with members of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Compassionate - Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively with patients, carers and relatives remaining sensitive and empathic
  • Professional and patient focussed approach with inspirational skills, acting as a role model to colleagues and other staff members.
  • Able to problem solve and use own initiative working within limits of delegated responsibility.
  • Ability to undertake PMVA (breakaway) training to required level for role.

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