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Senior Community Mental Health Practitioner

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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An opportunity has arisen for a Community Senior Practitioner (Registered Mental Health Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker) to join the West Integrated Community Mental Health Team in the Hambleton and Richmondshire Locality. The West ICMHT covers a large geographical area in Richmondshire and the Dales with the team based in Colburn.

We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic, motivated and experienced clinician to deliver assessment, care co-ordination and treatment/intervention within an integrated multidisciplinary team. Thesuccessful candidates will be able to demonstrate strong assessment/clinical/therapeutic skills delivering care/treatment to individuals living with complex mental health needs over a variety ofenvironments. Linked to the geography of the patch there would be an expectation that the successful applicant would have the ability to convey themselves to and from base to home visits.

The post holder will be joining post service transformation in Hambleton and Richmondshire where service delivery is working towards enhanced hours and a six-day service. The post holder would be expected to demonstrate a flexible and adaptable approach and with the advent of COVID-19 to demonstrate the use of technology to support new ways of working. This is a fantastic opportunity for individuals looking to gain experience at a Band 6 level, as well as those with existing experience.

Main duties of the job

Promotes and maintains safety, privacy and dignity of all patients.

Acts, wherever applicable, in accordance with the Mental Health Act and associated policies and procedures. Responsible for recognising the potential for or signs of patient harm, abuse or neglect, including poor clinical practice, reporting all such concerns and taking all reasonable steps to protect the patient.

Responsible for ensuring the highest professional standards and attitudes at all times.

Provides clinical advice on complex issues to other members of the clinical team and staff from other disciplines.

Undertakes risk assessments in accordance with the Trust's Clinical Risk Assessment and Management Policy.

Where professionally appropriate may be responsible for the safe transport and administration of medicines in accordance with Trust policy.

Supports individual patients and their families/carers in the community.

Responsible for decision making and coordination in a crisis situation.

Demonstrates safe breakaway techniques in the management of violence and aggression as required.

Attends Mental Health Act tribunals.

Participates in the duty rota as required.

About us

We are the Mental Health & Learning Disability NHS Trust for County Durham and Darlington, Teesside, North Yorkshire, York and Selby.

From education and prevention, to crisis and specialist care --our talented and compassionate teams work in partnership with our patients, communities and partners to help the people of our region feel safe, understood, believed in and cared for.

We nurture the recovery journey of anyone in need of our help. In Our Trust, everyone has a say in how they are supported and treated because we listen to every person in our care until they feel understood. Our patients, their families and carers work together with us towards better mental health.

We're committed to new thinking that improves the wellbeing of our region. We connect with our communities and partners to get mental health care right, in areas that really need it.

We won't rest until everyone in our region has the mental health care they need, to lead their best possible life.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job Description and Person Specification which details all the main duties and responsibilities of the role.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Current professional registration with an approved professional body.
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development.
  • For registered nurses: MIP, FLIP, ENB 998 Teaching & Assessing in Clinical Practice or City & Guilds 730 Teaching in Adult Education. Must be achieved within agreed timescale.
  • Recognised sign-off mentor, clinical educator or equivalent. Must be achieved within agreed timescale.
  • Key skills in literacy, numeracy and ITQ level 2 (or equivalent)
  • Leadership or management qualification
  • Post-graduate qualification in a relevant area
Experience Essential
  • Significant experience working with people with mental ill health in a care environment.
  • Working collaboratively with service users and their families/carers.
  • Providing clinical supervision to individuals or groups as professionally appropriate.
  • Mentoring or facilitating students on practice placement.
  • Leadership or management experience
  • Significant experience working with people with mental ill health in a community environment.
Knowledge Essential
  • Demonstrable knowledge to post-graduate level of evidence-based practice in caring for patients in the designated field.
  • Understanding of relevant legislation (e.g. Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act).
  • Care Programme Approach and its application in practice.
  • Clinical Risk Assessment and Management and its application in practice.

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