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Community Mental Health Practitioner

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Birkenhead, Wirral
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum (pro rata)
Closing date
1 Feb 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you interested in working in a recovery focused way with people who live in the Wirral area and are accessing a service from the Birkenhead Community Mental Health Team?

A vacancy has arisen for a permanent Band 5 Community Mental Health Nurse post within the Birkenhead Community Mental Health Team. We are a dynamic team, working with people where there is an opportunity to significantly impact on an individuals well-being and functioning and long-term clinical outcomes.

Part of the role is to work within the physical health clinics currently being offered so a keen interest in physical health and improving outcomes for people with long term mental health problems would be advantageous.

The service operates from 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday and covers a specific area of the Wirral. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has rated CWP as 'Good' overall, 'better' for treatments and 'Outstanding' for care

Main duties of the job

You will be expected to work collaboratively within the physical health clinics currently being offered by CMHT. You will be expected to plan an individual's care needs and assess risk factors and implement interventions that improve outcomes for the individual and their families.

Excellent communication, report writing and assessment skills are essential. We are looking for highly skilled and competent practitioners, who are motivated and committed to delivering quality and evidence based care.

The practitioner will support the development of our physical health monitoring clinics with a vision for quality improvement and have a keen interest in transformation and service development.

You will be an autonomous, independent practitioner who will support the delivery of care for service users who have complex mental health issues within our secondary care services. As this post involves working across a wide geographical area access to transport for work purposes is essential.

About us

CWP provides health and care services for local people, including mental health, learning disability, community physical health and all-age disability care - including the provision of three GP surgeries.

Our aim is to help people to be the best they can be, adopting a compassionate, person-centred approach to everything we do. We were recently rated as Outstanding for Caring by the Care Quality Commission with a Good rating overall.

We have been recognised by the Health Service Journal as one of the top places to work in the health service for the last two years running. CWP also scored the highest in the north west (among mental health, learning disability and community Trusts) for staff recommending CWP as a place to work in the NHS Staff Survey 2020.

We have services across Wirral and Cheshire, as well as Trafford, Warrington, Bolton, Halton and Liverpool - and provide specialist services for the North West as a whole.

Apply now to join our skilled and friendly teams and help us to deliver our vision to improve health and wellbeing by providing high quality care. We offer a variety of roles at all levels.

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 full details.

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

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.

We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for our Armed Forces community. Please answer YES to the question in the application form.

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.You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of £13 per year applies.

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

CWP encourages and supports all staff to become vaccinated against COVID-19.

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.

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

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Educated to diploma/degree level and registered with the appropriate professional body
  • Practitioner Registered with relevant professional body
Knowledge and Expertise Essential
  • Professional/clinical knowledge to degree/diploma level or equivalent
  • Developed physical skills, with accurate manipulation of objects and people with narrow margins for error
  • Development of care programmes / care packages
  • Ability to provide specialised advice in relation to care
  • Experience of recording personally generated information
  • Knowledge of undertaking surveys or audits to own work
  • Knowledge of regularly undertaking research and development activity and clinical trials
Experience Essential
  • Ability to plan and organise straightforward activities and interpretation
  • Development of care programmes / care packages
  • Ability to provide specialised advice in relation to care
  • Experience of following policies and being required to comment
  • Experience of maintaining stock control
  • Experience of being authorised signatory/small payments
  • Experience of day to day co-ordination of staff and professional/clinical supervision

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