Senior Mental Health Practitioner - OT, Nurse or Physiotherapist

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
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Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

To provide high quality mental health rehabilitation to patients referred to or within Community Therapy Service (CTS).

To provide patient-centred holistic assessment and intervention to older adults that meet the referral criteria for the service.

To provide person-centred care which empowers patients to manage their conditions effectively and maximises their potential to reach their goals of self-management.

To provide mental health expertise and advice to other CTS practitioners to support rehabilitation goals.

To work closely with other healthcare professionals and services particularly Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) for older people and to provide seamless coordinated care and support, preventing hospital admissions and supporting discharge home.

Main duties of the job

The community therapy services in the North Oxfordshire are looking for an enthusiastic Occupational Therapist, Nurse or Physiotherapist with experience in Mental Health or someone with an interest in developing their skills to join our team.

We are looking for an AHP or nursing professional with a mental health or community services background, who is enthusiastic to develop their clinical practice within innovative and supportive multidisciplinary teams, treating patients with a variety of clinical conditions in their own homes.

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust is an accelerator site for the Ageing Well national agenda, as part of the NHS Long Term Plan. This offers the opportunity to shape and develop both rapid responsive patient care and supporting patients to rehab in their own home environment. We are looking for someone who will be supported to develop their skills in both physical and mental health rehabilitation, in order to provide excellent, holistic care as part of a community MDT.

The Community Therapy Service aims to provide high quality integrated therapy services working as an integral member of the Neighbourhood Team. We work closely with other multidisciplinary team members, social services and voluntary organisations for adults with a wide range of physical and mental health conditions.

About us

Benefits of working for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust include:
  • Excellent opportunities for career progression
  • 27 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, with an increase to 33 days with continuous service
  • NHS Discount across a wide range of shops, restaurants and retailers
  • Staff accommodation
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Lease car scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme

Job description Job responsibilities


Clinical Care
  • To deliver a safe and effective rehabilitative patient care and discharge, working in partnership with other healthcare professionals and services.
  • To provide holistic physical and mental health rehabilitation.
  • To work flexibly across localities and at weekends to ensure the requirements of the service contract are met.
  • To work autonomously as part of an interdisciplinary team to prioritise, assess, plan and implement patient specific programmes of care/rehabilitation, analysing patient needs and making judgements about best practice contributing to the continuous assessment of patients.
  • To undertake complex mental health assessment and determine appropriate care plans utilising clinical reasoning skills, knowledge of evidence-based practice and professional expertise.
  • When required undertake physical care assessment and treatment within scope of own professional practice.
  • To participate in the service duty desk as required.
  • To work collaboratively with the CMHT to minimise duplication, maximise efficiency and facilitate a seamless pathway between the two services for the patient understanding the roles and responsibilities of the clinicians for establishing and delivering a care plan for the patient.
  • To work in partnership with patients to develop patient-centred goals ensuring valid informed consent whilst working within the legal framework with patients who lack capacity.
  • To communicate effectively with all patients, and their families/carers using an advanced range of verbal and non-verbal communication tools ensuring their understanding of the diagnosis and care plan which may be complex and sensitive.
  • To provide evidence-based education and training to patients and carers to empower them to self-manage their condition.
  • To accurately document and record all assessments within organisational and professional guidelines.
  • To review patient progress treatment programmes and care packages in partnership with the patient and other healthcare professionals as required.
  • To develop comprehensive discharge plans and work with relevant professionals to arrange on-going care.
  • To manage clinical risk within own patient caseload and provide support to colleagues to assess and manage risk
  • To ensure patient dignity is enhanced throughout service delivery.
  • To adhere to and work within the organisational clinical governance framework.
  • Work in accordance to legislative guidelines in relation to vulnerable adults, safeguarding and The Mental Capacity Act.

  • To effectively manage resources ensuring maximum productivity and efficiencies working within departmental budget.
  • To support in the recruitment of staff.
  • To support the efficient and effective management of the locality and achievement of Key Performance Indicators.
  • To support the development, implementation and evaluation of local protocols and guidelines.
  • To support service improvement initiatives as required.
  • To ensure the safety and security of patients, staff and organisational property at all times, using the systems in place.
  • To participate in the undertaking of audits as required by the service and support/implement any actions required.
  • To support the collation and monitoring of performance data as required implementing corrective action where appropriate.
  • To adhere to and work within the organisational Accountability and Governance frameworks.

Education & Professional Development
  • To maintain own profession specific mental health and physical health skills.
  • To act as a role model and share knowledge and skills across CTs and other services as appropriate and students.
  • To support the development of evidence-based practice that is relevant to the team.
  • To access and attend clinical supervision and in-service training opportunities as per service and Trust guidelines.
  • To act as a practice educator for healthcare students as required.
  • To provide informal and formal supervision to colleagues and students as appropriate.
  • To offer and provide education and training to colleagues as appropriate.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Professional Qualification (Degree or equivalent)
  • Professional Registration
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) portfolio
  • Post graduate education specifically relating to client group
Skills Essential
  • Good knowledge and skills in elderly care/rehabilitation
  • Understanding and experience of Risk Management
  • Good understanding of Clinical Governance/legal responsibilities/org policies
  • Excellent communication skills- written, verbal, IT skills
  • Organisational skills, time management/prioritising
  • Problem solving
  • Supervising other staff
  • Able to manage physical/stressful situations
  • Awareness of National and local issues concerning this client group
  • Experience of supervising student placements
Experience Essential
  • Previous NHS or S&CS experience
  • Previous experience as a Band 5 or equivalent
  • Experience of working within an interdisciplinary team
  • Previous mental health experience
  • Good working knowledge of rehabilitation
  • Good knowledge of community services

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