Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Leatherhead House
£43,574 to £49,587 a year incl Fringe HCAS
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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To provide expert interventions and oversight to the care of people within the Acute General hospital pathway. To ensure that the care delivered is excellent and in keeping with the most up to date guidelines.

Support the growth and development of other members of the Liaison psychiatry team whilst supporting the service lead, manager and wider Trust to achieve an exemplary CORE24 service underpinning our visions and values. The role will include providing education, challenging stigma and actively supporting service improvement and development.

To put the experience of the person using the service at the centre of my decision making whilst building a supportive and responsive relationship with colleagues in the Acute Trust.

To build outstanding relationships with all relevant services and will lead on clinically challenging and complex cases across the lifespan.

Using expertise and experience in mental health assessment, care planning, crisis management and partner working.

A positive attitude to service improvement and development and can enthusiastically engage partners, provide training and support the development of other staff.

Main duties of the job

To work collaboratively with the service manager and MDT to develop outstanding liaison psychiatry services.

To engage staff and external partners positively and constructively, in line with the Trusts Clinical and Commercial strategy, supporting the Trusts Vision and Values

Ability to develop practical innovative and creative solutions to the clinical issues and complex problems

To act as a responsible member of the Liaison psychiatry team and accept responsibility for own performance and delivery of targets

To support the service manager in developing sustainable and improving services in line with national specifications.

To promote and introduce systems to continuously improve quality of care, drawing on national and trust guidance, in particular CQC

To promote and encourage multi-dimensional and multi-cultural aspects whilst ensuring parity of access and esteem

To support clinical improvement with a strong emphasis on integrated MDT working and the development of person centred care.

To ensure compliance with all statutory, financial, health & safety, employment, safeguarding requirements, including statutory and mandatory training

To attend external partnership meetings as required

To deputise for the service manager as required

To work as part of a rota across 24hrs, 7 days per week with flexibility to travelling across sites and services as required.

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

Please find attached Job Description for more details of the Band 7 Senior Mental Health Practitioner role. This details the requirements of the position.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Clinical qualification at Diploma level or above in Mental Health nursing, Occupational Therapy, Social Work or Psychology with evidence of transferable mental health skills and practice. Registration with a registered body is essential. Post qualification training to degree level is desirable but not essential.
Experience Essential
  • Experience required Band 7 Sound experience of working with people with a variety of mental health issues for at least 5 years Demonstrable expertise in complex assessment of people with both mental and physical health issues Demonstrable ability to develop practical innovations and approaches to issues and complex problems. Proven ability to support Change management and Service Redesign In depth awareness of liaison psychiatry and National agendas for the development of liaison services Expertise and experience in supervision and supporting the growth of other staff. Proven ability to provide training and education regarding mental health and complex clinical topics Proven track record of building positive relationships with partner agencies.

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