Mental Health Practitioner/Occupational Therapist

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

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Job Details

Are you looking for a fantastic opportunity to be involved with development and delivery of a brand new specialist outreach service working with women in the perinatal period, we are looking for an experienced Mental Health Practitioner to provide outstanding care for our service users.

The Mother and Baby Unit (MBU) Outreach Service provides assessment and intensive support/treatment of women who would otherwise be admitted to ourMBU Kingfisher House, the team will help facilitate early discharge from the MBU and support families in order to prevent relapse and readmission.

The service predominantly supports mothers from across Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire although will accept admissions from other areas of the country if necessary.

The MBU Outreach Service offers assessment and treatment of the mother's mental illness whilst ensuring the developing relationship with their baby.

The service works with mums who are experiencing a severe episode of mental illness. This includes mums who might benefit from an admission to our MBU and require additional support.The outreach service will be collocated with the MBU in Norwich, they work collaboratively with other local health services to ensure mums and their families receive joined-up care, when and where they need it.

Our MBU is currently in the process of becoming a nationally accredited service and our aim is to become a nationally recognised gold standard service.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will work alongside the Matron, and Clinical Nurse Specialist in the outreach team to ensure a safe and high standard of care in line with the trust values and National standards for Perinatal care, as well as supporting the wider aims of the service. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills will be required as will the ability to demonstrate a passion for both continuity and for person centred care.

This is an excellent opportunity to be involved in developing a new service, it is expected that the Mental Health Practitioner will take a lead role in admission and discharge planning and where possible working on admission avoidance and early discharge as well as supporting mothers in the community for a minimum of 3 months post discharge. The Mental Health Practitioner will also be responsible alongside the other members of the MDT for developing and delivering individualised intensive support packages, working closely with other community services including perinatal community teams, local acute trusts maternity services and a variety of children's services.

About us

The Perinatal service can offer a variety of training, building upon the skills you have to make you a Perinatal Specialist. In addition, we value to importance of professional progression and actively strive to create growth opportunities within our service.

This is an exciting time to join NSFT as we commit to developing strong clinical leads as part of our nursing strategy.

We have welcomed and embraced working with Quality Improvement and have been able to extend our network by attending National QI conferences which have helped to share learning and ideas with other NHS Trusts across the country.

In addition, Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust are committed to Quality Improvement (QI) and have paired up with East London Foundation Trust to train and develop our staff in the understating of QI and how to implement this on our wards.

We believe that staff, who feel valued by their employers and are truly engaged, and able to provide better outcomes for our service users.

Job description
Job responsibilities

Please see the attached job description and person specification for details of main responsibilities.

Person Specification
  • Nursing degree or equivalent, Dip OT, Clinical Psychology or equivalent
  • Mentorship qualification or ENB 998. Willingness to train to become Sign-off Mentor
  • Ongoing professional development working towards degree level
  • Higher degree or post graduate certificate in area of clinical / therapeutic practice

  • Good to great management course, or equivalent

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

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

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Competent assessment skills
  • Effective analytical and decision-making skills
  • Care planning skills
  • Risk assessment knowledge and skills
  • Competent and effective treatment skills
  • Able to effectively prioritise own workload
  • Basic computer skills including use of email/internet
  • Satisfactory verbal and written language skills

  • Able to time manage and reflect on clinical practice
  • PMA Training
  • Prevention and Management of Suicide training
  • Medicine Management
  • Safeguarding training

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

  • Developing knowledge of local wider systems and networks
  • Knowledge of health promotion

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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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