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Senior Community Mental Health Practitioner

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Harlow, Essex
£33,706 to £40,588 a year Per annum + HCA
Closing date
7 Feb 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
As part of our Community Transformation programme, we have an opportunity for a Registered Mental Health Nurse to join our established Multidisciplinary team. The aim of the service is to provide recovery-focused treatment and support via personalised care plans for individuals who are presenting with a range of mental health disorders: supporting them from diagnosis to recovery, to enable them to lead the lives they wish to live. You will work with a Multidisciplinary Team: a spectrum of clinical professionals, which includes Nurses, Psychologists, Support Time Recovery workers, etc.

We are looking for a positive team player who has a special interest in working compassionately with individuals and their wider support networks.

EPUT offer a fantastic relocation package of up to £8,000. Covering a number of expenditures for new recruits relocating from 30 miles or more from their new work base at EPUT.

If you would like more information please contact

Main duties of the job

To provide high quality care for individuals who are experiencing a range of mental health difficulties. To provide compassionate care for those under the care of the Service, including carer's and family members. To work in collaboration with Service Users, carer's, members of the Multi-Disciplinary Team and wider system partners to provide holistic health and social care. To undertake comprehensive assessments which identify an individual needs, formulation of care plan and risk assessments. To support Service User's and their carer's from assessment to transfer back to GP services.

Driving licence is essential for this post.

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including;
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work
  • Day One Flexible Employer

The Trust supports and actively encourages flexible working for all employees. We offer many options and you are encouraged to ask the recruiting manager what is possible for this role. If appointed, you will have the opportunity to apply for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment

Join our Staff bank

What is Staff Bank?

Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

If you are joining our Trust in a fixed term role, please indicate on your New Starter Paperwork that you wish to join our staff bank.

Job description Job responsibilities

The Locality Mental Health Service, based at Latton Bush provides care and treatment for individuals who live in the Harlow locality. The Service is dedicated to providing high quality care and treatment for Service Users with a focus on recovery and holistic care: this includes social aspects that might be attributing to an individuals mental health difficulties. The Service works in close collaboration with GP colleagues as well as a range of other system partners.

Core Clinical Function
  • Provide and oversee the management and care of service users
  • Produce accurate and timely documentation, conduct and manage the maintenance of records on all service users in line with your professional Code of Conduct and Trust policy
  • Undertake comprehensive assessments: formulating personalised care plans which reflect the needs of the service user, their family and wider support networks
  • Conduct risk assessment of the individual and of the potential hazards in the service users environment
  • Attend the weekly Multidisciplinary team meeting
  • Report and document incidents as required
  • Conduct and oversee physical health care checks and act upon the findings
  • Act as a Care Co-ordinator/Lead Practitioner
  • Responsible for administration of medications, assessment of side effects, review concordance and clinical effectiveness of medication regime in line with Trust policy
  • Responsible for ensuring the safe transportation and storage of medicines, checking receipt and storage
  • Provide education around the medication prescribed, side effects, actions and aids to compliance
  • Provide education and support to develop service users understanding of mental illness and training packages for staff
  • Provide psycho-social interventions, education and support to develop service users and their carers understanding of mental illness with the aim to prevent relapse and admission
  • Provide practical support, guidance and education for service users and their carers
  • Undertake carers assessments in line with the Trusts Key Performance Indicators
  • Undertake Mental Health Nursing Needs Assessments contributing to Self-Directed Support assessments/packages
  • Be competent in the use of relevant screening and assessment tools and supervise lower banded staff to undertake this function
  • Provide comprehensive assessment, care planning, treatment and review of care in line with the requirements of the Mental Health Clusters and Care Act
  • Provide formulation, delivery and review of individualised evidence based care/care packages in accordance to NICE guidelines: including non-medication strategies
  • Lead in the continuing development of a high quality service that is underpinned by evidence based practice, care pathways/packages, NICE and DOH Guidance
  • Identify, assess and manage clinical and non-clinical risks/hazards in your clinical area via the completion of relevant risk assessments
  • Implement the risk treatment plans for inclusion in the local and Trusts risk registers through the Risk Management department
  • Participate in audits and research
  • Undertake physical health checks of service users and act on the findings, appropriately and in a timely manner
  • Understand the eligibility criteria and assessment process for Self-Directed Support (SDS) to meet service users identified personalised needs
  • Review SDS packages in a robust and efficient manner, pro-actively promoting the recovery focused approach
  • Understand and utilise Health and Social Care commissioned services, demonstrating an empathetic approach to Fairer Access to Care Services
  • Provide supervision for lower banded staff
  • Manage the Nursing Capability process, as appropriate

Core Non-Clinical Function
  • Manage and coordinate Multidisciplinary Team meetings, as required by the Band 7 Team Manager
  • Participate in service development and review
  • Participate in the recruitment process for clinical staff, as required
  • Ensure the service meets the agreed performance/contractual targets and adheres to local and Government initiatives
  • Work closely with and assist the Clinical Manager/professional lead with development and implementation of Team operational policies
  • Deliver training, where appropriate, for other professionals
  • Promote the Nursing Strategy within the Trust

Person Specification Car driver Essential
  • Car driver and access to own vehicle
Professional registration Essential
  • Evidence of professional qualification
  • Evidence of post qualification learning
Experience Essential
  • Qualified for 12 months
  • Previous community experience
Skills and knowledge Essential
  • Awareness of commissioning process and Care Act
  • Non-Medical Prescribing or equivalent

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