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Band 6 Clinical Practitioner – K&C Home Treatment Team

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
North Kensington
£40,448 to £47,965 a year per annum inc HCAS
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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The K&C Home Treatment Teams aims to work with individuals and their carers to avert a crisis wherever possible through prevention and early intervention and working jointly with other emergency and non-statutory services to provide a range of crisis care services.

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, excellent assessment, risk assessment and management skills and be capable of problem solving and working well under pressure within a 7-day week rota

We are seeking applications for Band 6 Mental Health Practitioner posts, from experienced candidates who are currently registered with a healthcare professional body, have post-qualification experience in mental health, can demonstrate excellent assessment, risk management and communication skills with the ability to deliver high quality person-centred care.

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 responsible for the assessment, co-ordination and the delivery of a high-quality mental health service for service users of the Home Treatment Team .

The team provide an holistic mental health assessment to facilitate appropriate care planning and risk management,

The team promotes Holistic client centred care in assisting service users to optimise their skills and abilities to promote social inclusion and recovery through activity.

There is a strong emphasis on positive risk taking, risk assessment and management; we pride ourselves on effective treatment and intensive support.

The post holder will contribute to service developments, service evaluation and clinical projects and there is opportunity to develop skill in a range of evidence based therapeutic approaches

About us

We are passionate about delivering first-class patient-centred, safe and effective care, whether it is in a hospital setting, in a community clinic or in the patients own home. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Providing top quality care depends on our ability to employ the best people.

We're always looking to recruit outstanding people who will go the extra mile to support our patients, colleagues, teams and the Trust. With every new employee were hoping to find our future leaders and well support our staff by providing opportunities to develop your career. We're passionate about delivering first-class patient-centred, safe and effective care.

With a diverse culture and equally diverse range of opportunities across mental health, community services, addictions, eating disorders, learning disabilities and more whatever stage of your career you're at, there's always a place for you at CNWL.

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.

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holder will provide direct patient care ,providing crisis response and acute home treatment to people with mental health problems who are acutely mentally ill. The post holder will be responsible for the rapid response to referrals, face to face assessment and facilitating discharge from in-patient services .

Effective communication and interpersonal skills are essential for this position as we work closely with all involved in the service users care including; family, carers and mental health professionals both within CNWL and outer agencies.

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.

The post holder will need to demonstrate excellent risk assessment skills whilst also applying a holistic approach to assessing the health and social needs of people experiencing severe and enduring mental illness.

Additionally, the post holder will be responsible for referring and signposting to secondary mental health services, or alternative statutory or non-statutory agencies, and will be required to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

The Post holder will work closely with the people who use our services, families, friends and carers and play an important contribution in how people experience our services. The Home Treatment Nurses are expected to be kind and responsive but professional and informative and contribute to the quality of the services we provide.

Communication:1. To be fully conversant with statutory and non-statutory services within Kensington & Chelsea and promote effective liaison. Effective communication skills are essential for this position as the HTT work closely with all involved in the service users care including; family, carers and mental health professionals both within CNWL and 3rd Sector organisations.

2. To represent the HTT at sector, clinical and other meetings.3. To ensure safe and effective delivery of care to service users utilising the knowledge and skills of staff.4. To provide support, information and education to family members, carers and other professionals.5. 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.6. 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.7. To act as the named HTT worker for identified service users, ensuring theimplementation 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.8. To contribute to the gatekeeping of admissions and ensure effective throughput and discharge from the team.9. To demonstrate risk assessment and management skills, practising safely and according to individual service user needs.10.To liaise effectively with referrers and CMHTs, promoting good working relationships and continuity of clinical care.11.To screen and prioritise referrals to the HTT.12.To supervise junior staff as required.13.To act as a role model and clinically expert practitioner within the service.14.To demonstrate recognition that treatment takes place in peoples homes and to balance the need for engaging users with respect for this.15.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:1. To be available to receive clinical and managerial supervision.2. To participate in academic meetings and teaching sessions.3. To facilitate the learning environment for pre and post registration students.4. To be prepared to undertake further training.

Policy and/or Service Development:

1. To participate in the formulation of policy and the development of the HTT.2. To assist in monitoring standards of clinical practice within the team and recommend changes where necessary.3. To participate in the implementation of professional and Trust-wide clinical policies and procedures.4. 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:1. To take assist in ensuring adequate staffing resources are available to provide the service.2. Assist in the recruitment and selection of staff.3. To assist in ensuring compliance with legal requirements concerning the prescribing, storage, transporting and administration of medicines.4. To work within a 7 day rota system ensuring a comprehensive service to service users.5. To be aware of professional accountability and pay due regard to relevant professional codes of conduct and practice.6. To be responsible for the maintenance of accurate and timely patient records.

Research and Development:1. To collect statistical and research data and compile reports as necessary.2. To participate in the evaluation of the service in conjunction with the Clinical Governance Department.3. To participate in research projects relevant to the team and its function.

This is an outline of the postholder'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.

CNWL NHS Foundation Trust are committed to safeguarding all children and vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We follow safe recruitment practices to protect children and vulnerable adults.

Due to the high response levels we receive for some vacancies, we may expire any of them prior to the advertised closing date and advise you to submit your application as soon as possible.

Our Agenda for Change employment contracts are subject to a contractual 13 week probationary period.

If you are offered a job, information will be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system.

Person Specification Other Essential
  • Sickness (or attendance) record that is acceptable to the Trust; to be checked at interview.
Education and Qualifications Essential
  • Current Professional Registration RMN or CQSW, Dip SW or equivalent or Degree in Occupational Therapy and HCPC Registration.
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development.
  • Full UK driving licence.
Skills and Knowledge Essential
  • Good Interpersonal and communication skills, both verbally and written.
  • The ability to assess, develop, implement and evaluate programmes of care for individuals experiencing acute mental distress.
  • Ability to carry out risk assessment and implementation of appropriate risk management plans.
Previous Experience Essential
  • Significant post-registration experience in an acute adult setting or community setting.
  • Previous experience of working within a HTT.

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