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Mental Health Practitioner-Severe & Enduring Mental Illness (Dev Role)

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting and innovative opportunity has arisen for a Band 5 nurse to gain a development role within our City Neighbourhood Mental Health Team (NMHT). The development programme will culminate in promotion to Band 6 after 2 years and on completion of competencies.

The NMHTs are at the forefront of providing accessible mental health care, integrating both primary and secondary mental health services into a combined service, in line with NHS Long Term Plan objectives.

There are five Neighbourhood Mental Health teams in Herefordshire, the advertised post is to be based within the City Team in Hereford.

Each Neighbourhood Mental Health Team is comprised of mental health practitioners (nurses, occupational therapists and/or social workers) support workers, clinical psychologists and consultant psychiatrists. Additionally, the teams are supported by Link workers from MIND and Individual Placement and Support specialists with the aim of providing a holistic, recovery focused service. We work closely with our Primary care networks demonstrating good relationships and communication with our respective GP partners. The teams are close-knit and supportive with regular MDT meetings, Individual/group supervisions and team away-days. For more information please contact Vicky Smith

Main duties of the job

This post is suitable for someone who is passionate about providing high quality holistic care to clients who are experiencing distress due to deterioration in their Mental Health. This individual will be passionate about supporting and sign-posting patients in the least restrictive way to promote, health, independence and recovery.

About us

We are community hospitals, neighbourhood teams and community health services across Worcestershire and the provider of Mental Health and Learning Disability services across both Herefordshire and Worcestershire. We work in partnership with other organisations to keep our community well at home for as long as possible.

We provide services for people of all ages, across a range of settings, experiencing both physical and/or mental health conditions.

We have an open and supportive culture, recognised by the CQC and other external regulators. We want you to thrive, offering you every opportunity to develop. We will support you; help you fulfil your ambitions with a varied and flexible training programme; and empower you to make positive changes within your team or service. We endeavour to offer an attractive work-life balance, with flexibility in our approach to help you get the most out of your career.

We provide our staff with direct access to a wealth of resources to support their wellbeing, from our Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub, to wellbeing festivals or access to free online exercise classes.

At the core of our values, we are committed to equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights. We take every opportunity to strengthen our approach to equality and diversity in delivering best patient care and the employment of our staff.

We would encourage you to visit the Trusts Recruitment Microsite, click the Employer Website link.

Job description Job responsibilities

Key Responsibilities:

  • Behave consistently with the values and beliefs of the organisation and promote these on day to day basis.
  • Act as a role model to colleagues, always seeking to maintain the highest standards of professionalism
  • Use their initiative and take responsibility for themselves and the quality of their work and the service they provide to patients.
  • Be expected as part of their role to participate in studies appropriate to their training needs and to the developmental post.
  • To be a core member of the Neighbourhood Mental Health Team by participating in the provision of on-going assessments, care planning, treatment and support of vulnerable people who may come into contact with the service
  • To champion a culture, across the service based on principles of recovery, choice and personalised care.
  • To discharge professional responsibilities under the Mental Health Act (1983) and revised subsequent act, Mental Capacity Act (2005) and the NMC Professional Code of Conduct
  • Be accountable and responsible for a defined caseload that reflects the priorities of the local population and carry responsibility for the assessment of care needs; under supervision.
  • Participate in the multi-disciplinary assessment of individuals with mental health problems within the community
  • Ensure that a risk assessment is completed for service users with an appropriate management plan.
  • To adhere to professional confidentiality standards.
  • To be aware of the potential for vulnerability to abuse amongst the people who use this service, and use of the local policy to inform appropriate personnel in line with safeguarding vulnerable adults and children Policies
  • Promote the recovery model to the people who use the service and their carers
  • To act in a manner to respect the customs, individuality, values, sexuality and spiritual beliefs, actively supporting the individual to fulfil these.
  • Ensure detailed and appropriate records are maintained to demonstrate that contact with people who use services, and their carers is meaningful and effective.

Policy and Service Development

  • Maintain an up to date knowledge of the trust, social services and Departmental Policies and Procedures and apply them as necessary.
  • Assist with the setting, monitoring and evaluation of standards.

Research and Development

  • Assist with Service audits as required.
  • Keep up to date with professional nursing issues and developments in Mental Health.
  • Maintain practice development, both research and evidence based.

Physical and Financial Resources

  • Utilize all available resources efficiently and effectively.

Human Resources

  • Assist with the education of learners of all professions, both formally and informally.
  • Wherever appropriate, assist in health promotion initiatives.
  • Assist with formal and informal educational activities for users and carers.
  • Assist in identifying personal training needs and participate in appropriate training programme to meet these.
  • Participate in staff development reviews, as required.
  • Professional: Participate in the process of clinical and managerial supervision with the nominated supervisor on a regular basis.
  • Practice within the NMC Code of Practice
  • Be conversant with and practice within the Mental Health Act 1983 and the Mental Capacity Act 2006 and their Codes of Practice.
  • Participate in self and Trust Development plans.
  • Be prepared to attend in service training and other appropriate courses.
  • Teach students, both basic and post basic, other professionals and staff from voluntary organisations.

Information Resources

  • Provide statistical information as required.
  • Maintain up to date nursing records and keep these confidential and in a safe place.

Physical Effort

  • This role requires a combination of sitting, standing, walking and driving.

Mental Effort

  • Concentration is required for checking documents, inputting into computer systems, and assessment skills.

Emotional Effort

  • Exposure to complex trauma and distressing circumstances when dealing with Service users.

Working Environment / Conditions

  • Able to travel to other locations around Herefordshire Worcestershire to meet the requirements of the role.
  • Office environment and working in the community.

For band 6 responsibility, please refer to the Job description.

For full details of the duties and criteria for the role please refer to the job description and person specification attached.

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • 1 years post registration experience on an acute psychiatric ward OR Post registration experience working with Adults in Mental Health
  • One years experience working with people with mental health (this can be pre-qualification experience)
  • Awareness of the role of social care in mental health and the ability to work with this
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of principles of assessment and treatment of people with mental health problems
  • Knowledge of principles of risk assessment and management
  • Knowledge and awareness of Mental Health Act 1983 and Mental Capacity Act 2006 and other relevant legislation
  • Knowledge of the recent changes in NHS mainstream community mental health services in relation to the Community Transformation.
Qualifications Essential
  • RMN
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
Skills & Abilities Essential
  • Role modelling good behaviour
  • A positive attitude and able to act on feedback
  • Ability to praise and be supportive to others
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English in both verbal and written formats
  • Adaptable, flexible and approachable
  • Ability to recognise own limitations
  • Ability to use own initiative
Additional Criteria Essential
  • Passionate about providing a high quality holistic approach to the care and support provided to clients in the community who have been identified as in need of community nurse support to enable them to exercise choice over their own lives
  • An understanding of and commitment to equality of opportunity, anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice
  • Ability to meet the travel requirements of the post

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