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Adult Mental Health Practitioner

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum plus HCAs
Closing date
8 Feb 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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The Parental Mental Health Team is an innovative early intervention nurse-led service working with parents of at least one child under age 5 experiencing mental distress. We provide mental health assessments, including family strengths and difficulties, offering a range of support in the home and groups in the community. We work closely with Family Early Help and Children's Social Care, Children's Centres and CAMHS.

We are seeking an enthusiastic, flexible and experienced Mental Health Nurse who is keen to strengthen knowledge and expertise in parental mental health and to use a 'Think family' approach.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop their skills and experience of working in a unique community team carrying out a range of group and individual interventions. The candidate will carry out mental health and risk assessments, including risk factors involving adults and children. An awareness of the impact of parental mental health on family relationships and parenting, and knowledge of child safeguarding procedures is essential.

Excellent interpersonal skills will be required to address sensitive issues with families, as well as commitment to providing a high standard quality of care.

We actively encourage applicants from black and ethnic minority groups.

This is a full-time post with a working shift pattern of Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm.

Staff are expected to carry out home visits; lone work across Southwark and may need to hot-desk.

Main duties of the job

You will contribute to the provision of services to meet the needs of adults experiencing mental health difficulties who have children in the 0-5 age range.

You will have responsibility for the provision of mental health assessments and assessments of family strengths and difficulties.

You will deliver a broad range of AMH evidence-based individual and groupinterventions as well as supporting the service user as a parent.

You will work with other AMH practitioners from all disciplines.

You will be a member of a number of internal and external professional networks to ensure that services across agencies are co-ordinated efficiently and effectively to support the needs of the family.

You will be required to assess and manage risk within your case load and make appropriate referrals.

You will work under the supervision of senior clinicians andwill manage your own caseload.

You may be required to supervise, manage or advise trainees of the team.

About us

We are committed to ensuring our staff get the most out of their benefits package and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. There is an extensive range of excellent benefits for you and your family. We want you to feel like you are part of a close knit team at SLaM. It's important to us that you valued and appreciated and that are why we have a comprehensive benefits package on offer

Some of our benefits are highlighted here:
  • Generous pay, pensions and leave,we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance,flexible working and support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working and job sharing.
  • Career development,There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
  • Car lease,our staff benefits from competitive deals to lease cars
  • Accommodation,our staff benefits fromkeyworker housing available which is available on selected sites
  • NHS discounts,with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.

Other benefits include:
  • Counselling services
  • Wellbeing events
  • Long service awards
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff restaurants

Job description Job responsibilities

Clinical core responsibility
  • To participate as a team member in the setting and reviewing of therapeutic aims, objectives, standards and strategies to provide a high standard of care to clients and their families
  • To work at a variety of levels, including individual and group work and have a flexible and innovative approach to prevention and early intervention work.
  • To link with other statutory and voluntary agencies and professionals, as well as CAMHS teams, in terms of referrals and joint work.
  • Maintain good relationships and clear lines of communication with other professional agencies and departments, providing specialist advice and support where appropriate.
  • To ensure that all recording and reporting of client contact is accurate, up to date and of good quality and within the Trust and professional requirement standards of record keeping. To collect and collate information about individual clinical activity which will be submitted to team manager.
  • To have IT and data entry skills to enter clinical information into databases.
  • Work in accordance with and within the principles/guidelines of all aspects of clinical governance.
  • Identify development and training needs with manager in accordance with Trust guidelines. Remain up to date with changing practices and wherever possible make full use of all training and educational facilities.
  • Participate in the provision of a good quality learning environment for trainee staff, overseeing placements and offering supervision to trainees.
  • To attend supervision and appraisal meetings. To make effective use of colleagues in sharing and participating in casework supervision and other forms of supervision when required according to local practice, including attending peer supervision meeting.
  • To maintain and ensure good professional standards and attitudes towards the care and treatment of adults and their families.
  • To participate in the monitoring, evaluation and audit of the service.
  • To work with others to undertake and promote research-based practice.
  • To join colleagues in specialist teaching, consultation/support to other professionals and agencies.
  • To undertake all duties in line with the Codes of Professional Conduct, professional policies and guidelines and Trust governance standards.
  • To maintain professional registration requirements for the post according to discipline/profession.
  • Clinical Individual
  • Assume responsibility for own case list and case management of adults and families. Providing assessment and treatment according to current standards of practice and consistent with agreed team approaches to case management.
  • To regularly visit parents/carers and their families at home or in other community settings or statutory agency areas as required.
  • To participate in and lead joint complex assessments with other disciplines and other agencies and provide reports for referrers, families and other agencies as required.
  • To make a formulation from an assessment, including risk assessment, to guide intervention.
  • Create, and share copies of the care plan as clinically appropriate.
  • To assess any child safeguarding concerns for own case and consult or refer to Childrens Social Care/Family Early Help. Seek and share advice and support regarding safeguarding issues within the team.
  • Maintain good relationships and clear lines of communication with other professional agencies and departments, providing specialist advice and support where appropriate.
  • To facilitate or co-facilitate groups such as the Keeping Well Post- Birth group and parent/child wellbeing group.

Management responsibilities

Contribute to the effective functioning of the team and service through attendance at relevant meetings, taking responsibilities within the service as appropriate and negotiated with the line manager.
  • Participate in the provision of a good quality learning environment for students and staff within team.
  • To be responsible for the management of financial and physical resources for yourself and to have an awareness of resources used within the team.
  • To ensure all relevant data is collected and provided to the commissioners as requested.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • First level RMN nursing qualification
Experience Essential
  • 1.Post-qualification experience working in an adult or Child and Adolescent mental health setting.
  • 2.Assessment of risk and management of risk factors
  • 3.Experience of working with child protection procedures
  • 4.A good understanding and experience of group, individual and family work
  • 5.An understanding and experience of clinical governance; audit and the process of clinical supervision in AMH
  • 6.Experience of working with families
  • 7.Experiencing of assessing the risk parental mental health may have on children
  • Experience of working within a CAMH service
  • Experience of working in a in an adult mental health community setting in a multi-racial urban environment.
Knowledge Essential
  • 1.Mental health disorders in adults
  • 2.Impact of the 'trigger trio' - parental mental health, substance misuse and domestic abuse on children
  • 3.Relevant statutory guidance, eg The Children Act and Mental Health Act
  • 4.Child safeguarding procedures
  • Child development
  • Relevant research and its clinical application
Skills Essential
  • 1.Ability to work therapeutically with the client group, using a range of interventions including group work
  • 2.Ability to manage and prioritise work-load
  • 3.Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • 4.Ability to be 'reflective' in therapeutic practice and adapt practice from this reflection
  • 5.Ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Presentation skills
  • Skills using a specific therapy in practice

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