Mental Health Practitioner

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

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Due to the exciting transformation of the In-Reach into Care Homes Service we are currently seeking highly skilled, motivated, passionate practitioners with a desire to provide high quality, timely care.

Recruiting across North and Mid Hants, if you have a desire to be part of service re-design and expansion then we are looking for you. Working in partnership with care homes to provide a behavioural approach to caring for people with distressed behaviour, often due to dementia but you may also care for people with other mental health difficulties, the In-Reach team is keen to support your personal development and welcome you to our innovative service.

You may already be a B6 or looking for your next step. We are keen to hear from nurses, occupational therapists or any other professionally registered clinician with a desire to work with individuals living in care homes who present with complexity due to their mental health condition.

** We are also offering £2,500 Golden Hello Payment to external candidates from outside of Hampshire and Isle of Wight OR an exciting opportunity to be supported to complete further appropriate study.**

Main duties of the job

The Senior Community Mental Health Practitioner will work as a core member of the Care Home In-Reach pathways supervising junior colleagues where appropriate.

Working under the supervision of the Manager/Specialist Practitioner the team member will formulate care and risk management plans in accordance with identified need and ensure that these are recovery focussed and developed in collaboration with the service user and where appropriate their relative and carer.

Working under the supervision of the Manager/Specialist Practitioner the team member will undertake robust assessments including memory assessments where appropriate.

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 effectively co-ordinate the care of a caseload of service users with severe and enduring mental illness who reside within care homes.

To undertake initial, detailed assessments and to be able to articulate comprehensive feedback to the rest of the MDT who will support formulation of diagnosis and plan where necessary.

To formulate care plans in line with identified need.

To provide recovery focussed therapeutic interventions in line with the agreed care plan and risk assessment.

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 work in collaboration with carers, care home staff and others involved in a patients care in order to facilitate personalised, holistic, inclusive care.

To be proactive in ensuring service users receive the range of interventions they need in line with their care plan, whether or not the post holder provides those interventions. This will include physical health monitoring.

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

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Nurse, Mental Health Practitioner or Occupational Therapist.
  • Recognised Mentorship qualification (applies to nurses) or preparedness to undertake this within agreed timeframe
  • 24 months post registration experience

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