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Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
Great Yarmouth
Depending on experience Gross per annum
Closing date
30 Jan 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Would you like to work in a team that strives to keep children and young people out of inpatient units and stay within the community? Giving them intense support, encourage positive futures and giving them the opportunities to be able to manage in adult life. Then CATAT is for you!

We are a recently commissioned to pilot which aims to support Children and Young People (CYP) under the age of 18. The aim of this new pilot team and the wider system is to prevent CYP from having inpatient admissions wherever possible, and to support them and their family in the community within Norfolk and Suffolk. The team will serve as a gateway in and out of Tier 4 (T4) provision so CYP will be able to access T4 provision / support without the need for admission. This is a significant change in both the clinical offer and culture.

CATAT are trialling a intensive home treatment/post discharge support as evidence shows that children and young people in the first 5-7 days post discharge may be more likely to re-engage in risk behaviours, which can potentially result in a re admission or attendance at an acute hospital. With this in mind CATAT are looking at it as a preventative rather than a reactive intervention to enable admission avoidance. Using the Ambit & Thrive model this adds to the total offer and supports stabilisation and of the system around the child.

This is open for band 6 or band 7 position depending on current experience. We will also consider it at a developmental post.
Main duties of the job

We want to talk to enthusiastic and caring Practitionerswith experience of working with children, young people and families. We would welcome a passionate and skilful clinician who empowers others and is able to support a culture of change and who have the enthusiasm to undertake additional training furthering their career thus improving the service.

Our team offers community based intensive support to children, young people and their families. CATAT wants professionals who are passionate about admission avoidance and ensuring safe and effective interventions are delivered within the community!

We work using the AMBIT and STORM approach/model (every staff member has now had this training)

Some of your duties working in CATAT will be:

- Work independently and as part of a team

- Avoid admission to inpatient units.

- Deliver Intensive support.

- Arrange and lead professional meetings such as LEAPS,CETRS,

- Communicate and liaise with other professional/services such as social services and police.

- Complete enhanced assessments.

- Complete consultations with teams wanting to refer YP to CATAT

- Demonstrate effective risk assessment and risk management experience

About us

This Practitioner role will also offer a wonderful opportunity to be part of a new and well needed multidisciplinary service, influential in shaping, developing, and delivering care to meet the needs of people within Norfolk and Suffolk.

We are looking for as a Practitioner with an ability to inspire, motivate and deliver clear improvements for patients and staff. Within your role you will be working towards service improvement and leadership working closely with the Team leader and the wider management team.

Working for Our Organisation

Here at NSFT we pride ourselves on being a welcoming, talented, friendly and supportive team who like nothing better than sharing experiences and learning from each other.

Why work for us? We have challenges as a Trust, but we have ambitious aspirations, are pushing ahead with exciting transformation work and we need dedicated individuals to support us on our journey. We have strong, established nursing networks coupled with an exceptional leadership team who will ensure you are truly cared for and cared about.


Benefits included with this role are:-
  • NHS pension
  • A comprehensive in house & external training programmes
  • Career progression
  • Starting annual leave of 27 days per annum increasing to 33 days pa based on length of service (plus paid bank holidays)
  • Staff physio service
  • NHS discounts and many more.

Job description
Job responsibilities

CATAT work alongside the core community teams as well as partner agencies to offer young people and children that require additional support and therapeutic input, this allows the community-based services to offer input to all children and young people referred to their services.

CATAT are not offering a crisis service, rather a model of a prevention as opposed to reactive when there is a crisis. In a Longitudinal examination of youth readmission to mental health inpatient units by Miller D et al 2020, evidence offered was that-

In total, 27.8% of admitted children and adolescents experienced at least one readmission within the 10-year period, with 57.3% readmitted to hospital within 90 days following discharge.

Person Specification
To be decided by intervieweers
  • Professional qualification held for at least 2 years

  • Community experience
  • Working with under 18s

To be decided by interviewers
  • Have a driving licence and access to a car

  • Has the ongoing desire to career progress

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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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