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Senior Mental Health Practitioner **£3k Welcome bonus**

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
Great Yarmouth
£33,706 to £40,588 a year Gross per annum
Closing date
30 Jan 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

£3k Welcome bonus included ( T&C'S Apply)

My name is Clair Szemis, and I am the Clinical Team Manager for the Great Yarmouth and Waveney Child and Adolescent Mental Health Team (CAMHS) based in Great Yarmouth. We are looking to recruit two full time Mental Health Practitioners based at Northgate Hospital in Great Yarmouth.

Norfolk is a great place to work with beautiful countryside and access to some of the best beaches in the country. Working along the East coast affords the opportunity for stunning wellbeing walks, with the City of Norwich being a stones throw away, and a commutable distance to work.

We are a compassionate and well respected team within the CAMHS service line. We have strong, shared team values and ensure that we maintain and caring and supportive work environment for our staff, maintaining a safe base, from which we can provide high quality care to our young people and their families.

The successful candidates will work with a Multi-disciplinary team comprising of Psychology, Occupational Health, Social Work and Mental Health Nursing.

We work with children, young people (0-14 years) and their families, with the principal objectives of providing consultation, training, mental health assessment and short-term therapeutic interventions.

We collaborate with colleagues from health, education, social care and the voluntary sector. We are looking for qualified Occupational Therapists, Social Workers or Nurses.

Main duties of the job

With some flexibility around hybrid working, we are looking for an experienced Mental Health Practitioner who can provide assessment and goal-focussed, evidence-based interventions to young people who are experiencing difficulties with their mental health. The post holder will be required to offer generic mental health assessments and be part of the Duty Clinician rota for urgent response, in addition to having their own caseload.

You should have excellent communication skills and a good level of competence with ICT systems. You should have experience of risk assessment, an understanding of formulation and the ability to work collaboratively with young people and their families.

About us

Benefits included with this role are:

NHS pension

A comprehensive in-house and external training programme

Career progression

Starting annual leave of 27 days per annum (increasing to 33 days pa based on length of service, plus bank holidays)

Staff physio service

NHS discounts and many more

Job description
Job responsibilities

**This post attracts a recruitment premium of £3,000 (pro-rata for part time roles). This is a one off payment with half paid on appointment and half paid after the completion of a satisfactory probation period (6 months). The premium is taxable. Please note that should you leave employment, or choose to move to an alternative post within the Trust that does not attract this recruitment premium, you will be required to reimburse all or some it, as follows: 100% of the value of the premium in the first 12 months; 50% of the value of the premium in the period 12 months to 2 years following appointment. Please note this recruitment premium is for external applicants only. Not applicable to newly qualified nurses**

The job will involve, but is not limited to:

* to carry out mental health assessments of young people, individually or jointly with staff from other agencies

* to hold an individual caseload, possibly with other professionals and consultation/support in a greater number of other cases, as required

* to provide specialist mental health advice to, and assessments with frontline workers where the needs of young people cannot be resolved at Tier 1 / universal services

* to individually undertake direct work with children, young people and their families where clinically indicated using evidence based therapeutic interventions, to improve mental wellbeing eg: behaviour, cognitive, family, psycho-dynamic, solution based therapies

* to maintain clinical and professional responsibility for a defined caseload

* to liaise with colleagues and other professionals or agencies as required, including attending case conferences, planning meetings etc.

* to promote clinical effectiveness by the use of clinical protocols and clinical audit

* to refer service users to alternative care where detailed assessment indicates a different level of service

* to develop and offer training packages for multi-agency workers/professionals involved in the care of children and young people

* to ensure own knowledge and skills are updated by complying with continuing professional development programmes or events and Statutory/Mandatory training

Person Specification
  • Ability to travel independently

  • Nursing Degree, Diploma in Occupational Therapy of Diploma of Social Work
  • Mentorship qualification or ENB 998. Willingness to train to become Sign-off Mentor

  • Good to great management course, or equivalent

  • An understanding of the policies and guidelines both local and national e.g. National Institute for Clinical Excellence guidelines (Government initiative)
  • Knowledge of medication and the monitoring of its effects
  • Knowledge of psychosocial interventions

  • Developing knowledge of local wider systems and networks

  • Able to demonstrate an appropriate level of knowledge of mental health practice from previous experience
  • Experience in working in team delivering person centred treatment packages
  • Experience in the delivery of clinical interventions

  • Experience in delivering group based interventions
  • Experience in supporting service development

  • Risk assessment knowledge and skills
  • Basic computer skills including use of email/internet
  • Competent assessment skills
  • Able to effectively prioritise own work load

  • Able to time manage and reflect on clinical practice
  • Medicine Management

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Priscilla N&S

“Welcome to Norfolk and Suffolk foundation Trust, we provide an extensive range of mental health services across two counties , working with our communities and partners we continue to develop and transform our services so we can really meet the needs of the people we serve .We are an organisation which truly values nurses , acknowledges the special , unique skills they bring and is committed to developing clinical, academic and leadership pathways whilst supporting, nurturing and caring for you .We have strengthened nurse leadership, created Nurse Consultant , Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist roles with many more expected . We have over 80 Non medical prescribers and will continue to support more each year .  Nursing In NSFT is not without its challenges but we have used them to create opportunities, to learn, to improve and to work differently . Our absolute priority , our number one aim is to improve the care we provide and we will achieve this. Join us and be part of something very special" - Diane Hull, Chief Nurse

Diane Hull - NSNHSFT

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is the main provider of specialist mental health services for the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, serving a population of 1.6 million people. We are a large organisation covering a wide geographical area divided into ‘Care Groups'. There are also Care Groups supporting children, family and young people’s services, and specialist services, including Forensic mental health services.

Each Care Group has its own Leadership team, with the aim of supporting clinically led decision making locally, to support the needs of people accessing services. 

We have inpatient facilities across both counties with smaller bases in rural locations. Many of the Trust’s services are offered in the community, enabling people accessing services to receive the support they need in an environment familiar to them.

At NSFT we believe in recovery and wellbeing, and understand the importance of good physical health, maintaining relationships and achieving a balance between treatments and continuing an active life.

The people in our care, families and carers are at the centre of all aspects of all we do and are vital in helping shape and support our service strategy. Our strategy supports and enables people with mental health problems to live a fulfilling life and make their personal recovery journey. 

Norfolk and Suffolk, in the East of England are some of the safest places to live in the UK, with low crime rates making it a community to be proud of. Housing prices are frequently cited as a reason to move here, as you get an incredible amount for your money compared with other major UK cities.

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About our location

Norwich in Norfolk has something for everyone. It has retained a strong local identity and, with that, a sense of community. Locals say hello to each other, baristas remember our coffee orders and you’ll be among the first to know about interesting local projects.  This strong sense of community, along with excellent shopping, eating out, affordable house prices and excellent schooling is why Norwich has been ranked by the Guardian as the UK’s best city to work in.

Ipswich in Suffolk is steeped in history, yet full of life. According to The London Economic, affordable house prices and hourly commutes to London have earned Suffolk’s county town a slot in their top ten property destinations. “In Ipswich we have got a fantastic cultural offer far better than what towns and cities bigger than us are offering.  We have got very good transport links, especially to London, and house prices are a lot cheaper in the area.

One of Norfolk’s most famous stretches of beaches, Great Yarmouth attracts around six million tourists each year! Situated at the mouth of the River Yare, this old port town is home to beautiful golden sandy beaches and neighbouring towns and villages with scenic views and homely charm.

Full to the brim of history and with a vibrant town centre, King’s Lynn is the ideal destination to enjoy the superb mix of history, shopping and entertainment on offer!  A small, historic market town, King's Lynn is the perfect place to live and work, with fantastic train links and short drives to fantastic beaches.

Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is a unique and dazzling historic gem. An important market town with a richly fascinating heritage, the striking combination of medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and glorious cathedral and abbey gardens provide a distinctive visual charm. With prestigious shopping, an award-winning market, plus variety of attractions and places to stay, Bury St Edmunds is under two hours from London and convenient for Cambridge.

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For family members who love (or need) to travel, you’re ideally located. Trains run to and from London every 30 minutes from both Ipswich and Norwich, and there are direct rail services from Manchester, Nottingham and Cambridge.   Both counties are well connected to major road networks and Norwich has an international airport. 

Some of our valued employees have told their story of working at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust... use the links below to read these.

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