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B5/B6 Mental Health Practitioner

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £40,588 a year £27055.00 to £40588.00 per annum depending on experience
Closing date
11 Feb 2023

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Mental health practitioner
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking to recruit a full-time Band 5 or 6 (dependent on experience) Mental Health Practitioner to work within our Personality Disorder Service. If appointed as a Band 5, this will be a developmental role with the expectation of developing into a Band 6 Mental health Practitioner, in line with appraisal and meeting of the appropriate job description and personal specification associated with a Band 6 MHP role.

This post requires that you have a Professional Health/Social Care qualification (or you will be completing shortly), and are either a mental health nurse, social worker, or occupational therapist and that you have a professional registration with the HCPC or NMC (or soon will have). Your application will not be considered if you do not have (or soon to complete) the training as above.

PDCS is part of the Exemplar project in Peterborough, working closely with the community and other services that serve Peterborough. There are a variety of areas within the team that would give valuable experience. We have varied treatment pathways from short term management of risk presentations, moderate term group treatment pathways and longer-term caseloads, including CAMH transitions, 117 cases and care package management. There are a wide range of weekly work plans from working in the duty team, facilitating groups, case load management, along with taking part in group reflection and supervision, training and education.

Main duties of the job

Clinicians are expected to work in a variety of ways including the use of dialectical behaviour therapy, mentalisation based treatment and cognitive analytic therapy principles to engage and manage severely unwell patients with personality disorders. The service uses a range of different interventions, which include individual and group therapy.

Experience of facilitating group work in a mental health or social care setting would be an advantage, along with experience of working on a 1:1 basis with service users. This may be pre- or post-training or relevant clinical placements.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities

  • To work with service users to provide recovery focused interventions through ongoing support, practical assistance and problem resolution under the supervision of a senior team member. To contribute to the regular reviews of service users in the team.
  • To participate within the multi-disciplinary professional team in the relevant Pathway/protocols to deliver safe person-centred care focussing on collaborative therapeutic relationships. This will include social inclusion work including employment.
  • To work as a member of the multi-disciplinary team in the Personality Disorder Pathway, assisting in the provision of assessment, treatment and management for service users with a personality disorder, under the supervision of the Team Leader
  • Clinicians are expected to work in a variety of ways including the use of dialectical behaviour therapy, mentalisation based treatment and cognitive analytic therapy principles to engage and manage severely unwell patients with personality disorders. The service uses a range of different interventions, which include individual and group therapy.
  • To support service users with their recovery journeys through collaborative goal setting with a range of priority health and social needs under the supervision of a senior member of the team.
  • To provide ongoing specialist assessments of adult service users referred to, and under the care of the Personality Disorder Pathway.
  • To develop formulations of presenting problems or situations that integrate information from assessments alongside other team members.
  • To develop and implement plans for treatment, therapeutic intervention and/or management of a clients presentation. This done in partnership with the team. The treatment will normally fall within the broad remit of cognitive analytic therapies, but where appropriate other therapeutic approaches with proven efficacy may be offered.
  • To communicate, in a highly skilled and sensitive manner, to service users, family/ carers and others as appropriate, information that may be contentious or highly distressing concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of services under their care.
  • To undertake assessments of individuals and their families, including those service users presenting with higher levels of risk. To develop alongside the service user their care plan.

Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
  • Professional Health/Social Care qualification
  • HCPC or NMC Professional Registration, either registered Nurse, Social worker or Occupational therapist
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Post qualification specialist mental health training
Experience Essential
  • Experience of inter-agency working
  • Experience in a senior clinical role
  • Experience of delivery care in a variety of settings
  • Experience of working in a community setting
  • Experience of group work
  • Experience of working as a care co-ordinator in a mental health setting
Skills & Abilities Essential
  • Demonstrable commitment and enthusiasm for working with people with personality disorders
  • Good team worker with effective interpersonal skills
  • Self-management / able to manage a caseload with indirect support.
  • Able to assess people with complex mental health problems and collaboratively develop and review care plans, including risk management plans.
  • Innovative, flexible and adaptable Able to maintain professional standards
  • Ability to develop and lead new initiatives within the clinical care environment
  • IT Qualification
Knowledge and Understanding Essential
  • Good understanding of the impact that personality disorder can have on daily life
  • Working knowledge of the Mental Health Act (1983 / 2007)
  • Knowledge of Care Programme Approach and a sound understanding of the role of care planning.
  • Knowledge and understanding of safe guarding vulnerable children and adults
  • Strong understanding of and commitment to recovery principles (including social inclusion and vocation)
  • Mental Health Act training
  • Qualification in a therapy
  • Any additional training relevant to Personality Disorder intervention
Physical Requirements Essential
  • Routine and regular use of computer
  • Post holder must be able to travel across all Trust sites (names the sites or the region) therefore must be independently mobile
  • Be able to work flexibly and outside 9-5 if required

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