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Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year Salary is based on full time hours
Closing date
27 Jan 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking a full time qualified mental health practitioner to join the mental health staff in the homeless healthcare team in central Southampton. This could be a mental health nurse, occupational therapist or social worker.

The homeless healthcare team is particularly dedicated to supporting people who are homeless, at risk of homelessness or in temporary accommodation. We are looking for an enthusiastic and creative person who is committed to maximising life opportunities for this client group.

The work is varied and challenging, and there is a strong team approach ensuring good support for the successful applicants. You will need to have a flexible, multi disciplinary approach, have a solid understanding of risk assessment, crisis planning and the recovery model. You will need to be committed to a more outreach way of working and show some awareness of the issues that affects the homeless population. Some knowledge of substance misuse issues, psycho-pharmacology or Psycho-Social Interventions would be advantageous.

Use of a car is an essential requirement of the post.

Main duties of the job
The role is to provide good quality assessments and interventions to service users who have severe or enduring mental health problems and who face homelessness. Support should also be offered to their families and carers.
About us

Are you committed to providing remarkable care and service?

Are you passionate about helping people and want to make a difference every day?

We want to meet you!

Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities. We are committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect through our 6,500 strong workforce.

Southern Health has over 300 sites across the county and we serve 1.5 million people throughout all stages of their lives. Our aim is to work alongside the people we support (and our health and care partners) to deliver the best possible care and constantly improve.

Here at SHFT we have so much to be proud of:
  • Working as a team and supporting each other, we put patients and our staff at the heart of everything we do.
  • We have a skilled and diverse workforce and are committed to our staff development, offering bespoke training packages, leadership pathways and career opportunities.
  • We offer a variety of benefits such as an amazing pension scheme, generous annual leave, Childcare Choices scheme, many discounts (Blue Light card, The Company Shop, NHS Staff Discounts, cycle to work scheme) and much more.

Come to work with us, together we will provide outstanding treatment and care to improve lives.

Job description Job responsibilities

*To provide a care coordination role as a member of a multi-disciplinary team, engaging, supporting and working with a caseload of service users with severe or enduring mental health problems who are also either homeless or living in temporary accommodation.

*To help service users manage their symptoms, deliver evidence based interventions and give advice and support on practical issues such as housing, benefits, education, employment, medication and social activities in the local area.

*To assess and monitor service user's mental state, provide comprehensive risk assessment and implement management plan, undertake crisis management and contingency planning.

*To establish supportive partnerships with both service users and the family / social networks. This includes close working with staff from Solent NHS trust who look after the physical health care of the homeless population and also the Two Saints day centre. This post involves co-working with staff from a range of voluntary organisations including the hostels and the substance misuse services.

*To participate in weekly team meetings, communicating service user needs and be able to assist in prioritising the allocation of workload.

*To contribute to the weekly multi-disciplinary meeting where service users' needs are discussed.

*To formulate care plans in line with identified need and review in line with the Trust Care Programme Approach and Care Planning Policy.

*To provide therapeutic interventions in line with the agreed care plan and risk assessment, utilising psycho-social interventions and work on improving physical health.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Qualified as a registered mental health nurse, occupational therapist or social worker.

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