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Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Service/Ward/Department Summary:

Bury Access Team provides an access route into mental health services. The Access Team will triage referrals to determine the most suitable pathway to meet the needs of the patient. They assess, risk manage, and provide short term support for people experiencing mental health difficulties.

Main duties of the job

Role Summary:

To work in a Single Point of Entry/Access team screening all referrals into the service.

Key Responsibilities of the Post:

To work as part of the MDT within the Access Team to provide an effective and efficient response to referrals from GP's and other Professionals.

To assess, risk manage and provide short term support for people experiencing mental health difficulties and appropriately refer on and signpost all patients referred who need assessment and/or follow up from mental health or other services.

To attend Professionals Meetings when required and to work in collaboration with other services to ensure effective communication and sharing of information

To represent mental health services within the Integrated Neighbourhood Teams and provide advice and guidance to the MDT

To participate in the overall development of the service ensuring that the principles of Clinical Governance underpin all developments.

It is expected that you will deliver care in accordance with all Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust policies and procedures, the Mental Health Act and community care legislation.

Key Requirements of the Person Specification:

Applicants must possess RMN / RNMH / Social Worker / OT or equivalent. Completion of Preparation for Mentorship / Practice Teacher / Fieldwork Educator qualification, or willingness to complete, is essential together with significant post-registration experience.

About us

Are you a Mental Health Professional looking for an exciting opportunity to work in a team that will help you to develop and achieve your goals?

As an experienced Practitioner, you'll join an innovated team thriving to provide a high-quality service to ensure that our patients receive the right care, at the right time and in the right place.

Your career within the Access Team will be enjoyable and rewarding as you develop specialist skills and contribute to provide care to some of the most vulnerable people in society.

You will work 4 shifts over a 7 day week, in a service operating between 08:00-21:00 . The service offers flexible working opportunities and will provide the option of a variety of in base and remote working.

The Team are continually seeking service development opportunities and welcomes an enthusiastic, motivated and caring Practitioner to join our busy and supportive team in Bury.

If you would like an informal chat or service visit, please get in touch, we'd be happy to welcome you and provide an overview of our team

Job description Job responsibilities

Referrals are accepted from GPs or other professionals who are concerned that an individual is experiencing mental health difficulties. The Team offers a comprehensive mental health needs assessment for those individuals who may require secondary care services, and is able to offer short term support in respect of any identified mental health difficulties if indicated.

As a Senior Mental Health Practitioner within the Access Team, you will work in collaboration with the Integrated Neighbourhood Teams (INT's) across the Bury locality. The INT's are a multi-disciplinary Team (MDT) that meet weekly to actively case manage patients who present with multiple complex needs. Within the INT, you will complete mental health and risk assessments to identify patients needs and provide short term, low level interventions to prevent escalation and crisis.

The age range that the Access service offers assessment is 16-65.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • RMN / RNMH / Social Worker equivalent
  • Completion of Preparation for Mentorship / Practice Teacher / Fieldwork Educator qualification or willingness to complete
  • Evidence of on-going CPD
  • Degree - or working towards completion.
  • Non-medical prescribing qualification
  • Formal teaching qualification.
  • Further training in brief psychosocial interventions.
Experience Essential
  • Significant post registration experience.
  • Proven experience of working with clients with complex needs
  • Experience of working with individuals who present to mental health services in crisis and have symptoms of mental health illnes
  • Experience of working in multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Experience of providing supervision to junior staff.
  • Primary care mental health work experience
  • Experienced in the use of outcome measures such as CORE, PHQ9 and GAD7
  • Experience of working with a psychological model of care
  • Experience of triaging referrals.
Knowledge Essential
  • Understanding of current mental health legislation, Safe Guarding and Child Protection Legislation
  • Awareness of NICE Guidance in the treatment of mental health problems and knowledge of treatments and interventions appropriate for individuals with mental health needs
  • Understanding of confidentiality and data protection issues.
  • Knowledge of psychosocial assessment and risk assessment/management processes.
Skills & Abilities Essential
  • Comprehensive mental health and risk assessment skills
  • Ability to construct effective packages of care and risk management plans
  • Ability to deliver a range of evidence based interventions.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Comprehensive I.T Skills
  • Ability to form productive working relationships with service users, carers and multi-disciplinary staff
  • Good organisational and prioritisation skills.
  • Skills in planning, delivery and evaluation of training
  • Skills in the area of audit or research

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