HTT Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£38,762 to £45,765 a year pro rata per annum including HCAS
Closing date
9 Feb 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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The Home Treatment Team based in London Borough of Hillingdon and is located at Riverside Centre, Hillingdon Hospital.

The team is currently looking for an experienced Mental Health Practitioner to work within the service which covers the geographical area of Hillingdon Borough. The CRHTT service is crucial in delivering urgent reviews to service users by assessing their mental health needs and caring for them in a least restrictive environment.


The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users and we will therefore be seeking proof of vaccination or medical exemption during the recruitment process. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Main duties of the job

To be an active member of the integrated HTT multidisciplinary team and provide individually tailored care packages for adults of working age, and their families/carers, who have severe and enduring mental illness.

To work in a therapeutic, client-centred way and use a range of evidence-based interventions to help promote recovery through individual or joint working with other professionals.

Attending to patients who are going through mental health crisis,monitor mental state and risk,signposting to other health agencies and supporting patients and their carers.

About us

The post holders will be active members of the integrated multi-disciplinary team, providing a 24- hours community-based Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Service as an alternative to hospital admission. Under supervision the post holders will provide rapid assessment and help plan and deliver effective, evidence-based home treatment in collaboration with service users, carers and professionals from other established services.

The post holders will contribute towards a high-quality responsive service to service users and referrers by ensuring a same day crisis assessment and appropriate treatment. The post holders will receive regular supervision and attend relevant training identified through Supervision and Appraisals process.The post holders will be expected to support early discharge from the ward and must hold a valid UK driving license and be a car owner for this post.

For an informal visit or discussion please contact Mohammad Joomratee Team Manager Tel number 07590003363

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To be accountable for the adults service users of working age. To assess health and social care needs (including accommodation, finances, support in accessing education, training or employment) and negotiate care plans with service users and their carers, remaining objective when working with diagnostic uncertainty.
  • To prioritise time and workload, in a flexibly manner to meet community caseload responsibilities, participate in meetings and effectively develop personal skills knowledge and experience through supervision and training.
  • To undertake risk assessments, according to Trust policy.
  • To ensure delivery of care plans in partnership with multi-disciplinary colleagues and a range of health and social care agencies, within the CPA framework.
  • To engage with service users and carers assertively and offer care/interventions within the least restrictive setting, in normal community environments.
  • To help clients gain fair and equal access to services, through choice and social inclusion and being sensitive to age, culture, ethnicity and gender, sexuality and disability.
  • To offer a range of evidence based psycho-social interventions and pro-active risk management approaches to help the service user and their family to reduce and manage symptoms, high risk behaviour and other disabling effects of psychosis and enable, as far as possible, full and sustained recovery.
  • To ensure CNWL Child Protection Guidelines and procedures are fully understood by self and others. To ensure the safety needs of children are met at all times and take appropriate action when a child is felt to be at risk or in need.
  • To monitor treatment, support concordance and ensure prompt action is taken to alleviate unwanted effects.
  • To provide access to, and ongoing, psycho-education and health promotion regarding illness, disability and health to service users and families.
  • To Provide assessment screening of new referrals and to present recommendations for further care / treatment to the MDT. To offer telephone support for callers seeking advice from the HTT/RR and direct them to the most appropriate service to meet their needs.
  • To provide interventions and to work with other disciplines/agencies/teams in the care of service users experiencing co-morbid problems with substance use/misuse.
  • To engage the service user and their family in relapse prevention and crisis planning, provide, and coordinate interventions that maximise the service users ability to resolve crises, remain at home and avoid the need for hospitalisation.
  • To deliver a flexible and responsive service through working practices that are dictated by service user/carer need and contribute to the provision of service continuity including outside normal working hours when necessary.
  • If admission to hospital becomes necessary, to provide regular, formal, joint Inpatient review to ensure the service user is transferred/discharged to the lowest stigma/least restrictive environment as soon as clinically possible.
  • To maintain standards of professional conduct at all times and observe the legal requirements of the MHA (1983), its Code of Practice, The Children Act (1989) and other relevant legislation and guidance.

  • Person Specification Education and Qualifications Essential
    • Current Professional Qualification in mental health nursing/Occupational Therapy/Social Work./ psychotherapy .
    • Registration must be live with professional body
    • Evidence of post registration training and CPD
    • ENB 812/998/SLICE
    • Training in Psychosocial Interventions or Thorn
    • Family Therapy/Work training
    • Other relevant training, eg substance misuse
    Experience Essential
    • Experience of working in multidisciplinary mental health team with clients with acute/severe and enduring mental health problems
    • Significant post-registration experience
    • Work with clients with acute/severe and enduring mental health problems who are homeless/rootless
    • Work with people experiencing mental health crisis.
    • Supervision of students and junior staff
    • Audit and research.
    • Teaching
    • Working with people who use substances
    Skills and knowledge Essential
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including report writing and presentations / IT skills.
    • Ability to assess, plan, implement and evaluate a comprehensive care package for the identified client group, using a wide range of resources.
    • Able to develop a comprehensive programme of intervention and support for the identified client group and their families
    • Skills in risk assessment and management.
    • Can demonstrate understanding of psychosis and its impact on service users and carers.
    • Knowledge of current legislation and guidance applicable to this client group.
    • Can demonstrate understanding of the needs of diverse groups, e.g. residents of inner city; black and minority ethnic groups, and skills in engaging with them.
    • Skills in psychosocial interventions.
    • Able to build constructive relationships with clients and carers using warmth and empathy, using good communication skills.
    • Skills in leadership: ability to motivate others, use initiative and manage change.
    • Basic counselling and group work skills.
    • Dual diagnosis/substance misuse

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