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Graduate Mental Health Practitioner

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum
Closing date
27 Jan 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Graduate Mental health Practitioner (Band 5) Full-time

Chichester Assessment and Treatment Service. Chapel Street clinic. Chichester

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Graduate Mental Health Practitioner in our community mental health team. Sussex Partnership is proud to be developing these new roles which have become part of our experienced workforce. The post holder will have a degree, and a Post graduate Certificate in Mental Health Practice (PGCMH), having completed placements and been assessed with competencies in assessment of mental health needs, and risk assessment.

The Graduate Mental Health Training Programme is a joint venture between Higher Education and the NHS. The roles are informed by bio-psychosocial models of health care for people with severe and complex mental health difficulties. Graduate Mental health Practitioners will help provide outstanding care and treatment, co-ordinate care provided, support people with their recovery journey, offer time limited interventions, monitor risks, and collaborate with carers and families.

The successful applicant will join a friendly, highly skilled, and enthusiastic multi-disciplinary team which includes consultant psychiatrists, community psychiatric nurses, occupational therapists, psychologists, peer support workers and support workers. You will be providing high quality mental health care, with multi-disciplinary colleagues, where staff well-being is a high priority.

Main duties of the job

To work with other members of the multidisciplinary team to facilitate the development and delivery of recovery-focussed care. This includes contributing to the full range of routine care tasks, facilitating group and individual activities, information gathering and analysis to inform a multi-disciplinary formulation, audit and specific psychologically informed interventions within the scope of post graduate qualification. You will put service users' needs at the heart of the job, keeping people safe, contributing to effective interventions, and responding compassionately to suffering.

After a suitable period of training and supervised practice, and when assessed formally as competent, you will work in partnership with service users in community mental health services, developing their care plans and recovery plans to enable them to lead fulfilling lives. You will demonstrate an understanding of clinical interventions relevant to the care group to include education, employment, housing, care plans and discharge planning, working closely with carers, families and partner agencies to facilitate this. The post holder will work at all times to promote the safety and the wellbeing of clients and their families/carers. The post holder will assess, plan and implement care.

This is an opportunity to join an organisation which sets a high priority on the development of services in collaboration with Experts by Experience and Carers.

About us

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is a leading teaching and research mental health trust. We are at the forefront for research on a number of topics such as Psychosis and Dementia and we have close links with the Universities of Sussex, Surrey, and Brighton.

The successful applicant will be offered regular supervision and additional training relevant to the role. After a preceptorship period of 6 months, with additional training and support you will be able to be a Lead Practitioner and carry a caseload.

This is an opportunity to join an organisation which sets a high priority on the development of services in collaboration with Experts by Experience and Carers. As a mental health trust Sussex Partnership places a huge focus on the wellbeing of our staff, as well as ensuring our reward packages reflect the immensely important work they do.

As a clinician in our team we can offer you:
  • Access to numerous wellbeing and support programmes, run by our internal wellbeing team
  • Excellent supervision programmes, with ongoing opportunities for training and development
  • Flexible working patterns
  • Access to a host of discount schemes (including gyms, shopping, restaurants and cars)
  • A position within a trust rated as 'Outstanding' for caring and 'Good' overall by the CQC
  • Generous holiday entitlement (starting at 27 days + 8 bank holidays)

Job description Job responsibilities

The role will include:
  • co-running group treatments
  • delivering individual, psychologically informed interventions
  • supporting people to access care from other services including housing providers & third sector organisations
  • contributing to multidisciplinary discussions;
  • supporting the team with duty work and facilitating access to full pathways of care
  • Following preceptorship, to hold Lead Practitioner responsibility
  • Co-creating risk assessments and Care plans with Service Users

To protect the health and safety of our staff/workers, patients, and those attending our sites, we encourage our workforce to get fully vaccinated against COVID

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Bachelors degree at 2:2 or above supplemented by specialist mental health training with a significant supervised practice component and a curriculum including risk assessment, evidence based psychosocial interventions, recovery and treatment planning, and team working
  • A specialist mental health focused postgraduate degree which delivers competences in recognised evidence-based psychological interventions
  • Evidence of a commitment to lifelong learning
Knowledge/Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with people with mental health needs in a paid or voluntary capacity
  • Experience running groups/activities
  • Experience working as part of a team
  • Experience of being supervised
  • Experience of analysing and communicating complex information verbally and in writing

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