Mental Health Practitioner

Employer
West London NHS Trust
Location
SOUTHALL
Salary
£33,706 to £40,588 a year Per Annum
Closing date
24 Feb 2023

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Profession
Practitioner
Service
Prison and Forensic
Grade
Band 6
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
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Specialist Community Forensic Teams and Criminal Justice Liaison and Diversion services have been a developing area within WLFS over the past few years and this post has been created in order to support that development. West London Forensic Services has been chosen by NHS England to pioneer a new approach to support the transition of Learning Disabled and Autistic people in Medium and Low Secure Mental Health Services with their transition back into the community.

Previous applicants need not apply.

We are therefore in the process of rolling out this new and exciting LDA new CFT team covering all 8 NW London Boroughs. We have established Specialist Community Forensic Teams, Police Liaison, Court Diversion, Youth Justice Liaison and diversion teams and Forensic CMAHS Services and these services have also been greatly extended and invested in over the past few years, in particular the Police Liaison Service has grown creating more posts and more coverage within the geographical area.

The post will be based in Ealing, St Bernard's Hospital Site.

Main duties of the job

Your responsibilities will include taking working collaboratively with service users as a Forensic Social Worker / Social Supervisor to promote good quality care and recovery including: -

  • Working closely and assertively with inpatient services to identify service users who are able to transition into the community, and co-produce plans to facilitate this transition.


  • Working collaboratively with service users in a recovery-focused, strengths-based way, identifying appropriate goals to promote their recovery.


  • Ensure that the views and wishes of service users and carers are central to the care planning process and that their participation is maximised.


  • Ensure that specialist forensic risk assessments are undertaken collaboratively with service users and colleagues.


Providing effective, outcome and evidence-based support and interventions to support recovery, including:

  • Deliver and evaluate effective interventions in line with your professional expertise - potentially including medication management, physical health checks, psychological and/or social interventions, and supporting service users to find community engagement and meaningful occupation.


About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We'rerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

Job description Job responsibilities

Your responsibilities will include taking working collaboratively with service users as a Forensic Social Worker / Social Supervisor to promote good quality care and recovery including: -

  • Working closely and assertively with inpatient services to identify service users who are able to transition into the community, and co-produce plans to facilitate this transition.


  • Working collaboratively with service users in a recovery-focused, strengths-based way, identifying appropriate goals to promote their recovery.


  • Ensure that the views and wishes of service users and carers are central to the care planning process and that their participation is maximised.


  • Ensure that specialist forensic risk assessments are undertaken collaboratively with service users and colleagues.


Providing effective, outcome and evidence-based support and interventions to support recovery, including:

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Qualification in Social Work with Social Work England registration.
Desirable
  • Post Qualifying training and development such as AMHP / BIA training
Experience Essential
  • The applicant must have a minimum of two years post graduate experience.
  • The applicant must have two years post qualification experience in a mental health setting.
  • The applicant must have experience of autonomous working.
Desirable
  • Experience of community forensic working practises
  • Experience of working with Learning Disability and/or Autism Services
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Demonstrate an ability to undertake assessments of risk using specific risk assessment tools.
  • Demonstrate an ability to formulate implement and evaluate programmes of care for those individuals in the Community Forensic Service and those being referred.
  • Demonstrate an ability to use a range of therapeutic interventions with clients who have a range of Mental Disorder including Learning Disability / Autism.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the Criminal Justice Act and its implication for the management of Forensic clients.
Desirable
  • Demonstrate ability to supervise staff
  • Demonstrate an ability to teach.


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