Mental Health Lead Practitioner

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year pa
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

View more

Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
You need to sign in or create an account to save a job.
Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust have an exciting opportunity for Band 6 mental health professionals with knowledge and experience in mental health, to work as an integrated part of the crisis care pathway.

You will predominately be based at Kettering General Hospital with the availability to work at Northampton General Hospital and countywide as required, providing frontline assessment and support to service users in ED and the wider hospital wards. This role also incorporates the wider functions of the Crisis Pathway that include countywide Crisis cafes in partnerships with local 3rd sector providers, Mental Health Hub, Police Street triage options, the Crisis House and Police Custody Healthcare.

Main duties of the job

Successful applicants would be willing to work across a range of these services during the working week, providing specialist mental health assessment and liaison to those in crisis.

Services aim to reduce mental health attendance at ED across the county, offer genuine opportunities for service users to self-refer at the point of crisis and provide partner organisations with proactive support and alternate pathways for service users who they come into contact with. The pathway has a strong emphasis in service user collaboration.

About us

There will be an expectation that out of hours support will be provided within this role, and that the post holder will be able to provide cover for the service Countywide, working on a shift pattern across a 24/7 basis including nightshift and weekend working.

Job description Job responsibilities

1. Provide specialist assessment and brief interventions to patients across the Crisis Care Pathway, which prevents admission to ED, or contributes to a smooth and early discharge and/or prevents an admission to a mental health unit.2. Improve the experience of patients with mental health illnesses who receive care in the acute hospital and crisis care pathway.3. Provide specialist mental health perspective to the multi-disciplinary team members regarding assessment, intervention, management anddischarge planning.4. Provide a service to the Crisis Care Pathway countywide.5. Contribute to support, training and skill development of acute hospital staff in mental health awareness.6. To engage in developing a range of therapeutic activities within the Northamptonshire Hospitals as part of the Acute Liaison Mental Health Service.7. To assist the Team Leader with the day-to-day management of junior colleagues regarding clinical supervision, and support.8. To promote and develop effective working relationships with key groups with the general acute hospitals and associated community based teams,EMAS, Police and 3rd sector colleagues.9. To work as a key member of a comprehensive Acute Liaison Mental Health Service within the two general hospitals. Offering a range ofinterventions throughout the hospitals for patients with a wide range of mental health difficulties, in line with the service operational policy.10. To offer education, opportunistically and on a planned basis, to staff within the general hospitals in order to improve their knowledge and skills of mental health, and reduce the stigma of mental health.11. There will be an expectation that out of hours support will be provided within this role, and that

Clinical1. To work within the referral and assessment protocols within the ALMHS service and wider pathway, to address the mental health needs highlighted by the relevant agencies.2. To initiate a comprehensive risk assessment process, highlighting risks to self and others, with consideration given to continuity of care followingdischarge from hospital.3. To formulate detailed care plans/packages of care for individuals whilst in hospital, remaining mindful of their discharge, to ensure that mental healthcare provision is seamless and inclusive of mental health needs across the spectrum of primary and secondary care.4. To assist in the appropriate use of the Mental Health Act with individuals requiring transfer to a psychiatric hospital setting.5. To involve patients throughout the assessment and treatment processes, ensuring that care packages are tailored to meet individual needs.6. To work within protocols for joint working with our primary and secondary care colleagues, to ensure optimum care pathways for our patients.7. To work within information sharing protocol guidance.8. To ensure risk assessment are routinely conducted and reviewed, with regards to high-risk suicide and self-harm individuals, in line with the trust risk assessment process.9. To work with the appropriate local Mental Health Services to ensure external services remain involved in the assessment and care planning of patients needs, both in hospital an post discharge.10. To maintain an effective referral database of individuals with mental health needs within the hospitals, highlighting location, current and futureprofessionals involved, and ongoing needs to be addressed whilst in hospital and post discharge.11. To act as the clinical mentor for students working on placements with the ALMHS service and wider pathway.12. Maintenance of up to date clinical records in line with Trust Policy and professional clinical standards.

Person Specification Qualifications & Experience Essential
  • Registered Degree Level with mental health knowledge and experience.
  • Experience of working with service users in crisis.
  • Experience of working with older people or those with complex health and social care needs.
  • Nurse Prescribing
Skills & Knowledge Essential
  • In depth knowledge and expertise of assessment, treatment interventions and complex procedures.
  • Expert knowledge and good understanding of the care management process and eligibility criteria, MHA, MCA, CPA, current legislation relating to older people.
  • Experience of working within an acute hospital setting.
  • Advanced clinical skills in care of older adults with mental health needs.

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.

You need to sign in or create an account to save a job.

Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert