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B5 Community Mental Health Practitioner

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,580 a year Incl 5% Fringe HCAS
Closing date
1 Feb 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you an experienced or newly qualified Mental Health practitioner? We want to hear from you!

Guildford Community Mental Health Recovery Serviceare seeking a committed and enthusiastic Community Mental Health Practitioner to join the team full time (37.5 hours per week, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm).

The successful applicant will be part of the multi-disciplinary team (MDT) delivering comprehensive assessments and a range of approaches, interventions and treatments to people experiencing severe and enduring mental health problems with the aim of supporting them with their personal recovery.

The candidate must have a full and valid driving licence and access to a vehicle for work purposes due to the community element of this role.

We would encourage applicants to contact the service for informal discussions around the role.

Main duties of the job

In addition to working as part of the MDT and delivering comprehensive assessments, you will be required to hold lead and professional responsibility for a number of service users. This will include delivery of varied low intensity psychological interventions to meet the identified needs of the service user in the recovery pathway. The successful applicant will be supported in learning of the required interventions as needed.

As a mental health practitioner, you will also support the generic responsibilities of the team. This can include, for example, supporting the duty role. This role can include speaking to service-users or their carers who phone for support as well as reviewing any urgent referrals to the team.

As a service, we support learning and development opportunities and encourage areas of specialist interests under mental health, if appropriate.

You will need to demonstrate excellent communication skills and be able to work collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team. You will be committed to the delivery of a high-quality service, working both independently and as part of a well-established, innovative and recovery-focused team in meeting the needs of service users and their carers.

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country within easy reach.

For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

Please note that we reserve the right to close posts as soon as sufficient applications are received.

Working from home contracts do not attract high cost area payments.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Job description Job responsibilities

Job Overview

To be a core member of the multi-disciplinary team, participating in the provision of on-going assessments, care planning, treatment and support of people with serious and enduring mental health problems and people in crisis to promote health, independence and recovery.

Key Responsibilities

To undertake professional responsibilities under the Mental Health Act (1983), revised subsequent act Mental Capacity Act (2005) and NMC or HCPC Professional Code of Conduct

To undertake lead professional responsibilities to deliver an evidence based treatment interventions in line with the care pathways under the supervision of the Clinical Lead.

To develop, implement and evaluate evidence based programmes of care; set standards of care and liaise with other agencies, particularly in relation to people discharged under the Care Programme Approach.

Take on the role of care co-ordinator to service users subject to the Care Programme Approach, as in line with Local and National Policy.

Participate in the multi-disciplinary assessment of individuals with mental health problems living in the community, by providing a community mental health practitioner perspective and expertise

Ensure that a risk assessment is completed for service users, especially if there is a history of, or a potential for risk.

To identify and signpost as required for physical health care for people who use our services.

To adhere to professional confidentiality standards

To be aware of the potential for vulnerability to abuse amongst the service users/families, and use of the local policy to inform appropriate personnel in line with safeguarding vulnerable adults and children and SABP Policies

Ensure that a carers assessment is offered to carers of service users, as in line with Standard 6 of the National Service Framework.

Help develop and maintain effective joint working arrangements with colleagues in the community mental health services, residential services, primary health care, social services and voluntary services, thus facilitating the co-ordination and comprehensiveness of provision.

Utilise the full range of mental health practitioner skills to participate in the assessment, care and support of service users.

Use specialised knowledge, experience and skills in direct clinical work and act as a resource for the team and other agencies. This may include work in rehabilitation, social interventions, development of social networks and accessing other services/resources, mental health promotion, counselling and intercultural therapy, encouraging service user participation at all times.

Participate in the provision of community mental health advice and consultation to colleagues, community groups and organisations.

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.

To utilise clinical supervision, and appraisal to enhance performance and development.

To identify ones own development needs and set personal development objectives in collaboration with the appraiser.

To ensure compliance to all SABP statutory and mandatory training.

To demonstrate the achievement of competencies through the collection of evidence within a personal portfolio.

To participate in the orientation and induction of all new staff.

To contribute to the experience of learners as a practice supervisor for students who are placed within the service.

You will be required to travel as part of the role and to have a clean driving licence and access to a car.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • NMC or HCPC Registered
Experience Essential
  • 1 years experience working with people with mental health (can be pre- qualification)

UK Registration
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details Employer name
Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
The Redwood Centre

Farnham Road Hospital




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