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First Response Assessor

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum + HCA
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting and challenging opportunity for an experienced and motivated individual with a demonstrable interest in working with patients who are living with a mental illness in the community.

We are seeking a dynamic and enthusiastic individual who is committed to working in partnership with patients/carers and a range of other care staff and agencies to provide truly person centred services.

You must have excellent communication skills, commitment to working flexibly to assess patient's needs, be able to demonstrate that you can work effectively in a multi disciplinary team setting and demonstrate a commitment to further development with the support of the team. You must have an awareness of current health and social care issues that affect community care for Adult with mental health needs.

You will have commitment to your own development including experience of undertaking assessments, health promotion and clinical supervision. Your active participation in providing a variety of learning opportunities for students and participating in training initiatives in general will be a part of the role.

The post also offers the opportunity to actively influence and participate in the development of services to Adult with mental health needs living in the South West area.

For further information or an informal discussion, please contact Bheki Mlotshwa (Team Manager) or Marie Henderson (Team Lead) on 01268 243500

Main duties of the job

To provide a wide range of high quality community care services which will enable people to lead as independent a life as possible, and have meaningful choices.

The post holder carries responsibility for the assessment of care needs and the development of programmes of care for service users who are referred to the Community Mental Health Team for Assessment/Treatment. The role will be to act as an assessor. They will be a member of a multi-disciplinary team and work in close co-operation with hospital based and primary health care based professionals. They will be responsible for the maintenance of standards of care within the First Response Team and actively participate in the training and education of staff seconded to the service. In addition, they will also be responsible for ensuring that an integrated assessment service is provided to the clients and ensure that a good inter-disciplinary working environment is

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including;
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work
  • Day One Flexible Employer

The Trust supports and actively encourages flexible working for all employees. We offer many options and you are encouraged to ask the recruiting manager what is possible for this role. If appointed, you will have the opportunity to apply for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment

Join our Staff bank

What is Staff Bank?

Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

If you are joining our Trust in a fixed term role, please indicate on your New Starter Paperwork that you wish to join our staff bank.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To establish and maintain effective individualised care using the Care Programme Approach (CPA) by: -
  • Undertaking assessment of risk and formulating care plans to manage and minimise risk.
  • Providing advice and information to service users, their carers and their families in order to alleviate distress and work in partnership, as far as possible, with all the available support systems.
  • Providing clear, accurate and concise documentation of the service users care as required by the Trusts Care Programme Approach (CPA) Policy.
  • To participate in the initial assessment and selection of potential clients ensuring that their physical/psychological, nursing and social care needs are taken into account at all times.
  • To participate in team meetings, initiating and discussing new methods/models of care and participate in the introduction of research or trails within the area.
  • Seek to establish a therapeutic relationship with individual clients and their families.
  • Ensure effective and confidential communication between all care professionals.

Provide significant data governing client care and treatment by: -
  • Participating in informal or formal case conferences and discussions.
  • Maintaining a secure system of record keeping and information exchange
  • Establishing regular written reviews of progress
  • Ensure that information is recorded on the client information database.
  • To advise the manager and Professional Nursing Advisor on all breaches of nursing professional conduct as required by the Nursing and Midwifery Councils Code of Professional Conduct/Social Work England.
  • To liaise with the Manager to ensure that all Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust policies and procedures are communicated, implemented and developed within the area.
  • To participate in professional supervision on all allocated cases.
  • To take on clinical work commensurate with experience and skills, in discussion with supervisor, and senior staff.
  • To liaise and work in partnership with the voluntary sector, maintaining a close relationship for the benefit of our mutual client group.
  • Any other duties as appropriate to the grade as may be requested e.g. Duty.

Person Specification Application Essential
  • oWillingness to develop holistic assessment skills: Care Act 2014
  • oWillingness to work as part of the MDT'
Interview Essential
  • oRMN or Social worker qualified for at least two years (2)
  • oCar driver, access to vehicle (2)
  • oExperience of working in the community (2)
  • oMentoring learners (1)

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