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Mental Health Dual Diagnosis Practitioner

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
East Cheshire locality and West Cheshire
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
27 Jan 2023

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Substance misuse
Band 7
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen to recruit 2 Band 7 Mental Health Substance Misuse Practitioners to work collaboratively with Cheshire East and Cheshire West National Probation Service.

National Probation service have secured funding therefore, this is an opportunity to develop and implement a service over a fixed term period of 2 years.

Post holder for Cheshire West will have additional management responsibility as additional funding has been secured to recruit a Band 4 Mental Health Dual Diagnosis Worker for Cheshire West/Chester area.

Post holders will be employed by CWP and managed by Criminal Justice Liaison and Diversion Team.

Base- negotiated. Expectation to spend majority of the working week in National Probation Premises.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work autonomously, and with key stakeholders to support clinical input and pathway management of individual's within the criminal justice field.

There will be an expectation that the post holder will be working with complex presentations and offending behaviour to support clinical outcomes.

Excellent communication skills are vital to develop effective working relationships with service users, families, professionals and other services.

About us

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) supports thousands of vulnerable people across Cheshire and Merseyside. We provide physical, mental health and learning disability services to a total population of around one million people.

We offer a variety of roles at all levels, so whether you are just starting out in your career or you are looking to use your skills and experience in a new role, CWP is the right employer for you.

Visit our 'Working for us' pages on our website to find out more about why you should choose CWP.

CWP are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

We welcome applications from people who have direct experience of accessing our services.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please download a copy of the job description for a full copy.

Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification)andvalues.

To ensure that we continue to provide Outstanding for Care (as recently been awarded by CQC), CWP recruits people that can demonstrate the Trusts Values and Behaviours in their everyday life. Therefore, if you are invited to interview, you will be undertaking aValues Based Interview/Assessment,which explores not only what you do but how and why you do it.

Before applying, we encourage you to review the Trusts Values and Behaviours which are the 6 Cs Communication, Competence, Courage, Care, Compassion and Commitment. A Guide to completing your application form can be accessed on the right side of this page under the job description.

The Supporting Information Section in your application should therefore reflect your understanding of the Trusts Values and associated Behaviours. You will be expected to provide us with examples from work experience and/or personal life which demonstrate these values through your behaviour.

If your disability meets the definition set out in the Equality Act 2010, and you can show that you meet the essential criteria described in the person specification for an available position, please answer YES to the question: Do you wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme? Please also inform the team if you have any special support needs to be considered as part of the interview and selection processes.

All new clinical support staff will be required to have completed or working towards the Care Certificate (CWP In-house 2 day training to be completed within 6 months of start date).

Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment. Please note that DBS costs will be waived for applicants who are being recruited for COVID-19 reasons.

You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of £13 per year applies. Please see attached Update Service Applicant Guide document for further information.

New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

If you experience any technical difficulties or need help when making an application please contact our Recruitment Team on 01244 393100 and quote the vacancy reference number.

Good luck with your application. We hope to welcome you to Team CWP very soon.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Appropriate professional registration/ Qualificaton
  • Academic qualification in relevant subject.
  • Training in risk assessment and risk management
  • Professional knowledge in relation to substance misuse/dual diagnosis acquired via degree, experience/CPD
  • Mentorship qualified
  • Working towards 2nd degree (Masters or equivalent) in relevant subject area.
  • oTraining in relevant assessment and intervention approaches (i.e. behavioural, CBT etc.)
  • Leadership training.
Knowledge & Expertise Essential
  • Knowledge of research and audit
  • Current working knowledge of criminal justice legislation and services including function, purpose and philosophy.
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team setting and liaise across professional boundaries
  • Sound knowledge of dual diagnosis and associated complexities
  • Knowledge of legal frameworks (MHA 1983) and application to people with a mental illness/learning disability
Experience Essential
  • Evidence of a good level of post qualification experience working with complex vulnerabilities and diagnostics with a forensic history in community or inpatient settings.
  • Experience of undertaking comprehensive mental health and substance misuse assessments, including risk assessment and care planning techniques
  • Experience of working within mental health and substance misuse services and delivering evidenced based interventions to support risk management and recovery
  • Delivery of training to groups and individuals.
  • Undertaking audit/ service evaluation
  • Delivery of training in forensic issues.
  • Undertaking research
Analytical and judgemental skills Essential
  • oTo demonstrate skills in assessment, development and implementation of care needs. oEvidence of up to date knowledge and skills within the scope of clinical practice. oTeam player/ to liaise with multi-disciplinary team.
Personal skills Essential
  • oGood interpersonal skills. oGood communication skills. oAbility to reflect on own practice and seek support as needed

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