Independent Prescriber

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum
Closing date
29 Jan 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Old Age
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting new opportunity has arisen for a number of Independent Prescribers within our Older Adult Community Mental Health Service located in various sites across Kent. These highly skilled roles are designed to transform and modernise pathways of care, as part of an ongoing system-wide mental health transformation programme in line with the national Community Mental Health Framework (CMHF).

The posts will be hosted by the Community Mental Health Services for Older People (CMHSOPs), of which each team consists of Team Leaders, Consultant Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Community Psychiatric Nurses (CPNs), Occupational Therapists (OTs), Support Workers and an Administration team.

We are committed to staff development and the post holder will receive regular management and clinical supervision.

Main duties of the job

The Independent Prescribers, will provide expert clinical input to older people with functional mental health problems. Their specialist older adult knowledge and expertise will be invaluable in supporting the teams with the older adult functional mental health pathway, in order to provide enhanced capacity, capability, productivity and efficiency.

The scope of clinical practice will include carrying out clinical assessments, reviews and independent prescribing. The post holders will need to demonstrate strong leadership and will work in partnership with patients, their carer's and internal/external colleagues within the MDT to deliver high quality, evidence-based care. Other functions within the MDT may include leading risk board meetings and supporting the development of the service to be more streamlined and productive.

The post holder's main base will be dependent on your location. Please specify your preference in your supporting statement. The Trust also promotes Hybrid and Flexible Working as part of this role and dependant on service need.

About us

Come and work with us in the Garden of England where we combine exceptional professional development opportunities with a tremendous quality of life.

We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people across the county.

The Trust (rated Good overall by the CQC and Outstanding for care) has 3,283 staff working in 66 buildings across 33 locations, covering an area of 1,450 square miles.

You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.

The nature of our work attracts kindness and compassion as standard and everyone from our cleaners and porters to the chief executive and chairman are recognised as playing a vital role in providing an exemplary service.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description for full details of the main responsibilities of the role.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Mental Nurse or Registered Pharmacist
  • Independent Prescriber (IP)
  • Leadership CPD to diploma standard/Post-graduate certificate (Pharmacists)
  • Management/Clinical Leadership qualification or equivalent experience
Experience Essential
  • Minimum of 3 years' experience at Band 6 as a Mental Health Nurse OR a minimum of 2 years' experience as a Band 7 Clinical Pharmacist in an acute or mental health hospital.
  • Leadership experience and skill of managing multi-disciplinary team
  • Operating clinics, prescribing and diagnosing
  • Experience of Older People with Mental Health Needs
  • Experience of managing a complex case load within a Community setting
Knowledge Essential
  • In-depth knowledge of the needs of Older People with Mental Health Needs, acquired through formal training or practical experience.
  • Knowledge of Assessment tools for Older People with Mental Health Needs.

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