Senior Community Mental Health Practitioner

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year
Closing date
11 Feb 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Would you value being part of an experienced team that is known for being welcoming, inclusive and flexible, with an approachable leadership team that is committed to putting staff wellbeing and patient safety at the forefront of our service?

As a team, we are passionate about providing a service of the highest quality that is safe, effective, compassionate, and responsive. We are a multi-disciplinary, integrated team including Peer Workers, Employment Specialists and a Recovery and GP Stepdown Lead. We also work closely with our colleagues based in the Primary Care Networks.

We have an opportunity for a qualified Senior Mental Health Nurse to join our team in Southampton Central Community Mental Health Team, working with adults with severe or enduring mental health needs.

We welcome practitioners who are looking to develop in their career and have interests in developing their therapeutic skills. We would also encourage band 5 applicants who are looking to develop and progress to a band 6 through an individualised development programme.

All requests for flexible or part time working will be considered and we are happy to discuss a mix of remote and office-based working with the successful candidate.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work in central Southampton, a diverse, multi-cultural area which also has two large universities on its patch.

Main duties of the job
The role is to provide good quality assessments and interventions to service users who have severe or enduring mental health problems. Support should also be offered to their families and carers.
About us

Are you committed to providing remarkable care and service?

Are you passionate about helping people and want to make a difference every day?

We want to meet you!

Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities. We are committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect through our 6,500 strong workforce.

Southern Health has over 300 sites across the county and we serve 1.5 million people throughout all stages of their lives. Our aim is to work alongside the people we support (and our health and care partners) to deliver the best possible care and constantly improve.

Here at SHFT we have so much to be proud of:
  • Working as a team and supporting each other, we put patients and our staff at the heart of everything we do.
  • We have a skilled and diverse workforce and are committed to our staff development, offering bespoke training packages, leadership pathways and career opportunities.
  • We offer a variety of benefits such as an amazing pension scheme, generous annual leave, Childcare Choices scheme, many discounts (Blue Light card, The Company Shop, NHS Staff Discounts, cycle to work scheme) and much more.

Come to work with us, together we will provide outstanding treatment and care to improve lives.

Job description Job responsibilities

*To provide a care coordination role as a member of a multi-disciplinary team, engaging, supporting and working with a caseload of service users with severe or enduring mental health problems.

*To help service users manage their symptoms, deliver evidence-based interventions and give advice and support on issues such as housing, benefits, education, employment, medication and social activities in the local area.

*To assess and monitor service user's mental state, provide comprehensive risk assessment and implement management plan, undertake crisis management and contingency planning.

*To establish supportive partnerships with both service users and the family/social networks. This included close working with staff from a range of voluntary organisations including the hostels, housing agencies and the substance misuse services.

*To participate in weekly team meetings, communication service user needs and be able to assist in prioritising the allocation of workload.

*To contribute to the weekly multi-disciplinary meeting where service users' needs are discussed.

*To formulate care plans in line with identified need and review in line with the Trust Care Programme Approach and Care Planning Policy.

*To provide therapeutic interventions in line with the agreed care plan and risk assessment, utilising psycho-social interventions and work on improving physical health.

*To assess risk, develop risk management plans, review and adjust in line with the service user's needs.

*To work in collaboration with service users as experts in their own care, promoting the principles of recovery, choice and personalisation, which value and empower the service user.

*To use tools which promote user empowerment (e.g., WRAP or Recovery Star)

*To be proactive in ensuring service users receive the range of interventions they need in line with their care plan, whether or not the postholder provides those interventions. This will include physical health monitoring, psycho-educational work and group work.

*To have a proactive approach to the role and needs of carers/families.

*To be innovative and responsive to individual needs tailoring care accordingly.

*To be proactive in monitoring mental health needs and respond in a timely fashion if needs change.

*To participate fully in caseload supervision and management, to ensure that care plans are matched to need and service users are able to 'flow' through pathways of care.

*To work in line with all relevant policies and procedures, including, risk and safeguarding.

*To alert the Team Leader to any concerns in a timely manner.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Qualified as a registered Mental Health Nurse
  • Additional qualifications in psychosocial, substance misuse or psychopharmacological interventions are desirable.
Experience Essential
  • In-depth experience of working with adults with severe or enduring mental health problems.

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