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Senior Community Mental Health Practitioner

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
Great Yarmouth
£33,706 to £40,588 a year gross per annum
Closing date
26 Jan 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are excited to announce a Band 6 post within our Adult Community Mental Health Team covering Great Yarmouth and surrounding area.

This is a fantastic opportunity for practitioners that are motivated to move forward with their career path. If you are currently in a Band 5/6 position and have at least 24 months post registration experience this may be the post for you.

This is an additional post within an established MDT. We are looking for someone who is keen to contribute to innovative thinking and service development. You'll be well supported by the MDT.

As with many services we currently use a blended model of virtual and face-to-face working which provides opportunities for flexibility. You will have knowledge, skills and experience of working across the range of complexity and severity in adult mental health. We are looking for individuals who bring enthusiasm, creativity and energy to work in this vital area.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will undertake the planning/delivery of direct patient care with minimal supervision, ensuring continuity of practice and working within a MDT/multi-agency environment.Managing a caseload and the provision of mental health care services to people with mental health care need.

Provide planned nursing care/risk assessment / screening for patients within their care plan andongoing evaluation of patients' needs and identify suitability for potential discharge in conjunction with the Senior Nurse, via caseload management/supervision.Initiate and attend patient centred reviews, case conferences and other meetings as required.

To advise the Responsible Medical Officer(s) and/or health and social care professional of any change in the patients' conditions and / or circumstances.

To work within the MDT and to form working partnerships with other care providers.

To ensure service users/carer(s) are enabled and empowered to make informed decisions about their care and delivery of that care, working with agencies from within and outside the MDT.

To provide caseload management supervision to junior staff under direction and supervision of the Senior Nurse.

Assist with the supervision of peers if requested.

To enable patients to gain and maintain independence.

Identifying personal learning and training needs through KSF, appraisal and personal development plans on an annual basis.

Undertake the supervision of students that will be undertaking placements within the Team.

About us

Here at NSFT we pride ourselves on being a welcoming, talented, friendly and supportive team who like nothing better than sharing their experiences and learning from each other.


Benefits included with this role are:-
  • NHS pension
  • a comprehensive in house & external training programmes
  • career progression
  • starting annual leave of 27 days per annum increasing to 33 days pa based on length of service (plus paid bank holidays)
  • staff physio service
  • NHS discounts and many more

Job description
Job responsibilities

We will expect the post holder to work collaboratively and flexibly with others to undertake assessments, develop and share psychological formulations and develop treatment plans.

responsible for managing a caseload, assessing and planning treatment for your patients. Working with the patient to plan care and optimise treatment plans. Feeding back to the MDT and working within the team for the best outcome for the patient

Please find attached our Job Description and Person Specification for more detail on your Key Accountabilities, then if you feel you have what it takes to make a difference in your local communities, click APPLY!

Person Specification
  • Competent assessment skills
  • Risk assessment knowledge and skills
  • Satisfactory verbal and written English language skills
  • Basic computer skills including use of email/internet

  • Able to time manage and reflect on clinical practice
  • Medicine Management

  • Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience in working in team delivering person centred treatment packages
  • Experience of working in mental Health

  • Community experience including care co-ordination

  • NMC Registered Nurse; Social Worker; Occupational therapist or other relevant professional qualification.
  • Willingness to train to become Sign-off Mentor

  • Knowledge of medication and the monitoring of its effects
  • Knowledge of psychosocial interventions

  • Developing knowledge of local wider systems and networks

  • Ability to travel independently

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.



Priscilla N&S

“Welcome to Norfolk and Suffolk foundation Trust, we provide an extensive range of mental health services across two counties , working with our communities and partners we continue to develop and transform our services so we can really meet the needs of the people we serve .We are an organisation which truly values nurses , acknowledges the special , unique skills they bring and is committed to developing clinical, academic and leadership pathways whilst supporting, nurturing and caring for you .We have strengthened nurse leadership, created Nurse Consultant , Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist roles with many more expected . We have over 80 Non medical prescribers and will continue to support more each year .  Nursing In NSFT is not without its challenges but we have used them to create opportunities, to learn, to improve and to work differently . Our absolute priority , our number one aim is to improve the care we provide and we will achieve this. Join us and be part of something very special" - Diane Hull, Chief Nurse

Diane Hull - NSNHSFT

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is the main provider of specialist mental health services for the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, serving a population of 1.6 million people. We are a large organisation covering a wide geographical area divided into ‘Care Groups'. There are also Care Groups supporting children, family and young people’s services, and specialist services, including Forensic mental health services.

Each Care Group has its own Leadership team, with the aim of supporting clinically led decision making locally, to support the needs of people accessing services. 

We have inpatient facilities across both counties with smaller bases in rural locations. Many of the Trust’s services are offered in the community, enabling people accessing services to receive the support they need in an environment familiar to them.

At NSFT we believe in recovery and wellbeing, and understand the importance of good physical health, maintaining relationships and achieving a balance between treatments and continuing an active life.

The people in our care, families and carers are at the centre of all aspects of all we do and are vital in helping shape and support our service strategy. Our strategy supports and enables people with mental health problems to live a fulfilling life and make their personal recovery journey. 

Norfolk and Suffolk, in the East of England are some of the safest places to live in the UK, with low crime rates making it a community to be proud of. Housing prices are frequently cited as a reason to move here, as you get an incredible amount for your money compared with other major UK cities.

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About our location

Norwich in Norfolk has something for everyone. It has retained a strong local identity and, with that, a sense of community. Locals say hello to each other, baristas remember our coffee orders and you’ll be among the first to know about interesting local projects.  This strong sense of community, along with excellent shopping, eating out, affordable house prices and excellent schooling is why Norwich has been ranked by the Guardian as the UK’s best city to work in.

Ipswich in Suffolk is steeped in history, yet full of life. According to The London Economic, affordable house prices and hourly commutes to London have earned Suffolk’s county town a slot in their top ten property destinations. “In Ipswich we have got a fantastic cultural offer far better than what towns and cities bigger than us are offering.  We have got very good transport links, especially to London, and house prices are a lot cheaper in the area.

One of Norfolk’s most famous stretches of beaches, Great Yarmouth attracts around six million tourists each year! Situated at the mouth of the River Yare, this old port town is home to beautiful golden sandy beaches and neighbouring towns and villages with scenic views and homely charm.

Full to the brim of history and with a vibrant town centre, King’s Lynn is the ideal destination to enjoy the superb mix of history, shopping and entertainment on offer!  A small, historic market town, King's Lynn is the perfect place to live and work, with fantastic train links and short drives to fantastic beaches.

Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is a unique and dazzling historic gem. An important market town with a richly fascinating heritage, the striking combination of medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and glorious cathedral and abbey gardens provide a distinctive visual charm. With prestigious shopping, an award-winning market, plus variety of attractions and places to stay, Bury St Edmunds is under two hours from London and convenient for Cambridge.

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For family members who love (or need) to travel, you’re ideally located. Trains run to and from London every 30 minutes from both Ipswich and Norwich, and there are direct rail services from Manchester, Nottingham and Cambridge.   Both counties are well connected to major road networks and Norwich has an international airport. 

Some of our valued employees have told their story of working at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust... use the links below to read these.

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