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B6 Mental Health Practitioner

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£35,391 to £42,503 a year incl. Fringe HCAS (pro rata)
Closing date
1 Feb 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
We have an exciting opportunity to recruit a Mental Health Practitioner in Guildford Mental Health Safe Haven.

We are seeking to find a Mental Health Practitioner who can come and make a difference by contributing to the triage, assessment and treatment of people experiencing a mental health crisis and their carers by ensuring that a right service is provided, at the right time with the best outcome.

You will be required to work in partnership with non-statutory organizations aimed to provide more integrated, preventative care.

This post is for 15 hours a week to be worked over 3 days (1800hrs-2300hrs).

Main duties of the job

This a unique innovative service that is putting mental health needs of services users at the forefront. You will be responsible for providing assessments of services users attending the Safe Haven in crisis and to informally interact with services users who may present for support.

You will assist the Team Manager in developing and maintaining the quality of the support, including monitoring high standards of service user care and developing areas of clinical excellence / best practice and a therapeutic & compassionate caring culture.

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country within easy reach.

For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

Job description Job responsibilities

To provide available for assessment whenever service users or carers requires.

To ensure individuals are directed to the primary or secondary care service which is best suited to meet their needs.

To reduce the likelihood of duplicate assessments for individuals.

To work closely with referrers providing expert guidance and support with a view to increasing the threshold of acuity of mental ill health cases managed in primary care (in line with a stepped model of care).

To provide care and support in a comfortable and relaxed non clinical environment

To triage referrals and undertake crisis assessments, and routine interactions (where required).

To harness the concept of alternative provision to A& E attendances in order to relieve pressure in General Hospitals and to advise service users on opportunities for providing care closer to home as a viable alternative to hospital admission.

To liaise with the key services or the out-of-hours Social Services Emergency duty team, in order to arrange Mental Health Act assessments where needed.

To manage a crisis caseload, contributing to the development of a comprehensive care package and delivering evidence-based interventions for a time- limited period, in order to reduce the likelihood of the crisis episode reoccurring and to increase resilience.

To develop comprehensive care packages for service users who have received a face-to-face assessment and signpost them as required by the, Community Mental Health Teams and the Adult Acute Care Services.

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • Post registration experience of providing a range of evidence-based interventions to people with a variety of mental health problems and serious mental illness
  • Demonstrable expertise in complex assessment of people with mental health issues
Qualifications Essential
  • RMN registration

UK Registration
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details Employer name
Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Oakleaf Enterprise

101 Walnut Tree Close




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