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Mental Health Practitioner - Team Nurse STEM Team

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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Nurse, Community mental health nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The STEM team offers an alternative to admission during out of hours for service users who present in the A&E department with a level of complexity and risk.The STEM team will work with the RAID service to facilitate the safe transfer of clinically appropriate patients. Psychological approaches will be core to the STEM teams work. A willingness to work in a psychological and holistic way will be central to the role.The STEM team will be staffed by individuals who can provide assessment, risk management, personal support and therapy, in a place of safety. The team will look to develop links with a third sector provider/s in terms of developing an holistic offer and in developing a volunteer/peer support/mentorship approach.It is proposed the service operates from 9.00pm until 9.00am, thus ensuring the service user can be appropriately referred, transferred or signposted to existing services the following morning. In the event that an inpatient admission is required, this can be facilitated during the course of the overnight stay.

It is envisaged that this approach will provide a timely and quality experience for the service user and avoid an inpatient admission where clinically appropriate.This is a new service and potential candidates will be instrumental in its success and future development.

Main duties of the job

? To work as part of the multi-disciplinary team to provide a clinically appropriate alternative to admission.? To assess mental health presentation, assess risk and appropriately refer on and signpost all patients referred who need assessment and/or follow up from mental health services.? To engage in therapeutic approaches to care delivery and planning.? To devise a personal plan in conjunction with the service user to support safe discharge.? To ensure the development of an effective interface between the team and other mental health services, and contribute to the development of the team's gateway and assessment role.? To undertake comprehensive assessments of the health, social and psychological needs of individuals who are referred to the service in addition to comprehensive risk assessments. Following assessment, to be responsible for identifying appropriate management plans, follow up care, referrals and fast tracking of patients into specialist services.? To provide brief interventions and arrange follow up appointments for individuals to support crisis management and harm minimisation.? To participate in the overall development of the service ensuring that the principles of Clinical Governance underpin all developments.? It is expected that you will deliver care in accordance with all Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust policies and procedures, the Mental Health Act and community care legislation.

About us

We are proud to provide high quality mental health and learning disability services, both inpatient and in the community across five boroughs of Greater Manchester - Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport and Tameside and Glossop.

Our vision is for a happier and more hopeful life for everyone in our communities and our staff work hard to deliver the very best care for the people who use our services. We're really proud of our#PennineCarePeopleand do everything we can to make sure we're a great place to work.

All individuals regardless of race, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership are encouraged to apply for this post. We would also encourage applications from individuals with a lived experience of mental illness, either individually or as a carer.

Job description Job responsibilities

Clinical Work To make onward referral to the most appropriate service to meet the individual needs of the service user. To carry out a thorough assessment of the service users current mental health problem, risk, psychological needs, social circumstances to develop a global view of that person. To develop individualised packages of care for service users with mental health problems, including signposting where necessary. To provide short term psychotherapeutic interventions as appropriate To provide short term crisis management as appropriate To identify the need for protection in line with safeguarding children and the Protection of Vulnerable Adult Policy and to comply with statutory obligations.To liaise and negotiate with other professions, statutory and independent agencies to ensure the best possible service is provided to service users and carers. To evaluate systematically and record, outcomes of mental health assessments, adapting care on the basis of these outcomes. To involve family and carers in the assessment and care planning with service users consent. To provide education and appropriate self-help resources to patients specific to individual needs. To maintain accurate and up to date clinical documentation on all service user contacts, ensuring confidentiality at all times. To develop a thorough understanding of deliberate self-harm, suicide and possible management strategies. To possess a sound knowledge of issues surrounding violence and aggression and to be able to diffuse potentially difficult and volatile situations. To provide advice and information to non-mental health trained medical and nursing staff regarding the management of patients with mental health problems. To undertake evidence based practice. To observe and practice within the legal requirements of the Mental Health Act 1983. To maintain professional awareness by keeping abreast of changing trends in clinical / professional practice. To be aware of professional accountability, with due regard your professional Code of Conduct. Provide supervision to the STEM team support worker.Research and Audit To ensure that the PARIS records are efficiently maintained. To ensure that the PARIS records are efficiently maintained. To contribute to audits as required, providing relevant data as required in line with performance monitoring targets. To record, monitor and inform of any unmet need. To participate in research opportunities as and when appropriate.Education and Training To participate in clinical and managerial supervision in accordance with Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust policy. Service Development To participate in monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of service delivery and contribute to developments relevant to mental health services. To take an active role in Working Groups and Service development initiatives when requested. To participate in the rota planning for the Service and ensure that the Team Manager is informed of any gaps in service provision.Management and Personnel To provide clinical and peer supervision, advice and support to team members. To provide supervision for junior members of the team and facilitate the completion of their IPDRs To deal appropriately with clinical incidents, complaints etc. from patients, relatives and members of the public, via line manager, in accordance with Trust policy.This job description is not exhaustive, but is intended to give an overall picture of the role. Other duties within the general scope of the post may be required from time to time. The duties of the post and job description can be reviewed through the agreed process.General Duties of all post holders To undertake any other reasonable duty, which is appropriate to the band, when requested by Senior Staff. To be familiar with and comply with all Trust and departmental policies, procedures, protocols and guidelines. To be aware of and work towards the Trusts strategic goals.Standards of Business Conduct The post holder will be required to comply with the organisations standing order and standing financial instructions and at all times, deal honestly with the organisation with colleagues and all those who have dealing with the organisation including patients, relative and suppliers. The post holder must ensure that their behaviour and interests inside and outside work do not conflict with their Trust position, duties and/or responsibilities. The post holder must comply with and support the development of the performance standards within the service/department to ensure the service is responsive to and meets the needs of its customers. The post holder will be required to develop and maintain good working relationships with all patients, service users, staff, contractors and where appropriate, members of the public. The Trust aims to maintain the good will and confidence of its own staff, patients, service users, NHS contractors and the general public. To assist in achieving this objective it is essential that at all times, the post holder carries out their duties in a courteous, sympathetic and professional manager. All post holders who are members of a professional body must comply with standards of professional practice / conduct. It is the post holders responsibilities to ensure they are both familiar with and adhere to these requirements and maintain their professional membership to the relevant body.Equality and Diversity and Equal Opportunities The post holder must carry out all duties and responsibilities of the post in accordance with the Trusts Equal Opportunities and Equality and Diversity policies, avoiding unlawful discriminatory behaviour and actions when dealing with colleagues, service users, members of the public and all other stakeholders. The post holder must promote awareness of and respect for equality and diversity in accordance with Trust policies and procedures. The post holder is responsible for treating all staff, patients, service users, NHS contractors and the general public with dignity and respect at all times.Safeguarding Appointments to regulated and controlled activities require an enhanced DBS disclosure. All staff have a responsibility to promote the welfare of any child, young person or vulnerable adult they come into contact with and in cases where there are safeguarding concerns, to act upon them and protect the individual from harm. All staff should refer any safeguarding issues to their manager and escalate accordingly in line with the Trust Child and Adult Safeguarding Policies. All staff should familiarise themselves with the NICE Guidelines when to suspect child maltreatment 2009.Professional and Personal Development The post holder must ensure that they are aware of their responsibilities by attending the Trust Mandatory Training and Induction Programme. The post holder will be involved in a formal IPDR/KSF review with their manager at least every 12 months. Once performance / training objectives have been set, the staff members progress will be reviewed on a regular basis, so that new objectives can be agreed and set, in order to maintain progress in the service delivery. The post holder will be expected to take responsibility for their own professional development and will be supported by the Trust to achieve development opportunities as appropriate.Confidentiality and Information Governance Confidentiality is of prime importance. In the normal course of duties, the post holder will have access to confidential documents and information relating to patients, service users, staff and contractors, as well as information of a commercially sensitive nature. Such information should not be communicated to anyone outside or inside the NHS unless done in the normal course of carrying out the duties of the post. Disciplinary action will be considered where a breach of confidence has been established. All information obtained or held during the post-holders period of employment that relates to the business of the Trust and its service users and employees will remain the property of the Trust. Information may be subject to disclosure under legislation at the Trusts discretion and in line with national rules on exemption. The post holder must maintain high standards of quality in corporate and clinical record keeping ensuring information is always recorded accurately, appropriately and kept up to date. The post holder must only access information, whether paper, electronic or in other media, which is authorised to them as part of their duties. The post holder must work to the requirements of data protection laws as applicable to the UK, which includes the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

Person Specification Essential Essential
  • RMN qualification to degree level / equivalent experience / Dip SW.
  • Willingness to undertake further training relevant to the practitioner role resulting from legislative or service changes, as appropriate.
  • Accredited skills based training.
  • Training related to management, supervision and staff development
  • Educated to degree level
  • AMHP
Experience Essential
  • Significant post registration experience.
  • Able to critically assess risk and take positive therapeutic risk.
  • Proven experience of working with clients with complex needs
  • Experience of working with individuals who present to mental health services in crisis and have symptoms of mental health illness
  • Experience of working in multi-disciplinary teams
  • Experienced in the use of outcome measures such as CORE, PHQ9 and GAD7

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