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Asylum Seeker and Refugee Service Mental Health Practitioner

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
22 Mar 2023

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Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
At MPFT we pride ourselves on staff wellbeing and development and can we offer you:
  • Opportunities for flexible working (depending on the role)
  • Career development opportunities and coaching plus access to in house training programs
  • Innovative research training program entitled STARS (Supporting the advancement of Research Skills)
  • Child Care Vouchers Scheme
  • Recognition and engagement through our staff LOVE awards, LOVE long service awards and Staff Engagement Surveys
  • NHS discounts available via the Blue Card and Red Guava schemes
  • Our SOOTHE resources - supporting staff across the trust with their physical, mental and financial health. In addition to the support offered from our occupational health provider Team Prevent.
  • Counselling support and lifestyle information with advice on a variety of personal matters
  • In our Gift providing a platform for your voice to be heard to inform change

The opportunity to purchase additional annual leave

Main duties of the job

Are you a Nurse who strives to make a positive difference to the lives of our patients?

Do you have the passion, drive and ability to deliver high quality person-centred compassionate care in accordance with the Trust's organisational vision and values?

If the answer is yes, then this exciting opportunity to join our Asylum Seeker and Refugee Service at Midlands Partnership Foundation NHS Trust could be the perfect career move for you.

As a Registered Mental Nurse with current NMC registration you will have post qualification experience working with Asylum Seekers and Refugees, the challenges they overcome and the resilience and resources they have acquired. With strong communication and organisational skills and a flexible approach, you will work collaboratively with patients and key partners to facilitate the best possible patient experience and outcomes.

You will demonstrate the ability to effectively and efficiently assess, plan, provide and evaluate evidence based nursing care for patients.

You will demonstrate strong clinical reasoning and prioritisation skills and be able to work effectively, both independently and as a member of a team.

You will have a commitment to professional development and contribute to a culture of continuous improvement.

You will organise and prioritise your own day- to-day work tasks and activities and delegate tasks to junior colleagues.

About us

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT) is an award winning organisation with over 9000 employees. We are one of the largest integrated Health and Social Care providers, covering services across North & South Staffordshire, Shropshire, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, Isle of Wight and Essex.

Demonstrating our strong commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, and in context of our objective aligned to the growth of diversity across the workforce; we are particularly seeking applications from individuals who may be from under-represented groups, such as black, Asian or other ethnic groups, individuals with a disability, or LGBTQ+ individuals who meet the specific criteria.

We are embedding values based and inclusive recruitment practices to ensure that all applicants, from any backgrounds, have an equal chance of success in achieving a role with us.

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holder is responsible for the assessment of care needs and formulation of the service users needs, including the development of a relevant care plan based upon the service users negotiated goals and relevant evidence based interventions. The post holder will be part of the Asylum Seeker and Refugee team providing specialist mental health screening and assessment for Asylum Seekers and refugees who are located within the boundaries of Stoke-on-Trent. This includes mental health, and supporting physical health assessment, that is offered to adults and children.

The core aim of the service is to ensure that people are able to access primary healthcare services through:
  • Improving access to Primary, Community and Secondary Care;
  • Informing Service Users on the NHS Healthcare System;
  • Signposting to other agencies as appropriate;
  • Promptly identifying Mental Health needs;
  • Mental Health Screening and signposting to other services/agencies
  • Educating Clinical and Non Clinical Staff
  • Acting as information resource to other professionals on asylum issues.
  • Supporting main stream services with complex cases
  • Supporting the person and family/carers throughout until their discharge as required / appropriate.

The post holder, will work as part of the specialist team to provide nursing interventions that support individuals to meet their agreed goals and coordinate and/ or participate in the review of progress towards those goals, utilising recommended outcome measures, involving the service user and any identified carer throughout the clinical pathway.

Person Specification Qualifications & Training Essential
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse on NMC Register
  • BSc degree in nursing or equivalent level
  • Relevant post-grad qualification and /or relevant experience such as experience working within Asylum Seekers
  • Post-registration education in Older People's mental health
  • Ability to support physical health assessment for TB /willingness to learn
  • Registered mentor
  • Registered mentor Psychological intervention qualification i.e. Solution Focussed Brief Therapy / CBT, Family work
Experience Essential
  • Experience of assessing, planning, co-ordinating and managing people with mental health problems
  • Experience of working in a variety of healthcare settings and making decisions autonomously
  • Experience of working with individuals who have experienced trauma i.e. torture, human trafficked, as well as other mental health issues prevalent in this client group
  • Experience of working with Asylum Seekers and Refugees experiencing mental health related difficulties
Skills, Knowledge & Abilities Essential
  • Skills of assessing, planning and evaluating care, for people with mental health related difficulties, utilising the principles of Recovery
  • Skilled in the assessment of clinical risk and developing and communicating appropriate risk management plans
  • Ability to demonstrate the positive application of our behaviours
  • Ability to demonstrate leadership skills
  • Knowledge of Mental Health Act, the Mental Capacity Act and DOLS
  • Knowledge of the physical health needs and monitoring requirements for asylum seekers and refugees mental health services and physical health services
  • Knowledge of pharmacological interventions prescribed in mental health
  • Skilled in engaging people in distress
  • Skilled in interventions to support appropriate treatment interventions i.e. referral to secondary and primary mental health services.
  • Standard keyboard skills required for inputting onto RiO
  • Demonstrate knowledge of evidence based practice and clinical governance
  • Skilled in utilising specific assessments and outcome measures
  • Experience undertaking venepuncture and interpreting physical health investigations and providing physical health promotion advice including: weight, BMI, blood pressure, smoking, alcohol, drugs (prescribed and non-prescribed)
  • Ability to demonstrate the positive application of our behaviours. oRespectful oHonest and Trustworthy oCaring and Compassionate oTaking the time to talk and listen
  • Working together and leading by example
  • Ability to access any local resources and to use networking where possible
  • Skilled in the assessment of clinical risk and developing and communicating appropriate risk management plans

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