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Mental Health Practitioner in Community Rehabilitation

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
If you are a Registered Mental Health Professional (RMN, OT or Social Worker) with a passion for innovative, person-centred mental health rehabilitation then we would love to hear from you!

This is an exciting opportunity to work in and help shape our newly developing Community Rehabilitation Service supporting individuals with severe and enduring mental illness to access holistic and person-centred rehabilitation.

The Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise sector (VCSE) and Somerset Foundation Trust have successfully partnered to jointly deliver transformed community mental health services to the population of Somerset. Building on this is the development of an exciting new Community Rehabilitation team provided in collaboration with our VCSE colleagues, to include Rethink, Second Step and Mind.

Main duties of the job

Our vision is that the new service will offer longer-term support for people, considering the need for a whole-system approach which holistically addresses both physical and mental health care as well as wider social, and housing, needs. This will be person centred and needs-led and will support individuals to ensure that they do not experience a 'cliff edge' when they transition into, out of, and between, services.

As an Registered Mental Health Professional you will have a key role in helping to shape the service , which we plan to launch in March/April 2023.

You will be assessing individual's mental health and rehabilitation needs and leading the MDT and VCSE colleagues to carry out appropriate rehabilitation interventions for individuals using the service.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, fantastic pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description Job responsibilities

Providing effective assessment using a recovery approach and strengths model.

Establishing, maintaining and ending purposeful, therapeutic relationships with people experiencing mental health difficulties. Practice will be creative and underpinned by specialist knowledge of, and skills in, evidence-based and psychosocial interventions.

Using knowledge of psychological therapies (for example CBT and CAT) in order to work with people preparing for and participating in specific therapeutic work and to work collaboratively with people during periods of consolidation.

Delivering services using a recovery and strengths approach where solution focused intervention, motivational interviewing and communicating hope are central. Using developed persuasive, negotiation and re-assurance skills to facilitate and enable engagement.

Working with people experiencing relapse using a recovery approach to promote strengths and reduce the risk of dependency on mental health and other services.

Assessing risk in collaboration with people experiencing mental health difficulties, significant others and other workers/professionals, alongside use of own professional judgement and team processes. This involves exploring individuals risk of harm to themselves and/or others and may involve working with challenging, hostile and distressing behaviour.

Identifying strengths-based Recovery Plans and Risk Management Plans with individuals and other relevant people.

Taking responsibility for communicating Recovery Care Plans, risk management plans and other important information to relevant people, professionals and agencies as appropriate. Encouraging individuals to take the lead in sharing information wherever possible.

Undertaking care management processes through assessment of needs, identification of appropriate placement/packages of care, presenting funding requests to the Trusts panel and monitoring and reviewing agreed placements/packages.

Communicating highly complex information to a range of people and professionals with a wide range of levels of understanding. Identifying barriers to understanding and using creative methods to overcome them.

Communicating highly complex information between mental health practitioners and partner agencies including medical staff such as clinical information and investigations.

Identifying changed level of risk in relation to clinical investigations and mental state and distinguishing critical information that requires urgent action or rapid onward referral.

Providing and receiving highly complex and sensitive information in relation to Safeguarding and Child Protection work and taking appropriate action. This includes identifying and appropriately reporting concerns to Childrens Social Care while using communication skills in order to maintain a professional working relationship with parents and significant others in often hostile and highly emotive situations.

Communicating highly complex, sensitive and emotive information at Child Protection Conferences.

Identifying adult protection concerns, raising alerts and participating in Safeguarding Adults processes.

Providing and receiving information from carers, significant others and members of the community. Communication can be highly emotive and there can be significant barriers to acceptance of the approach and intervention of mental health services, for example when requests conflict with the rights and wishes of an individual experiencing mental health difficulties.

Using a systemic approach to working with individuals, their families and significant others. Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with carers and significant others.

Identifying and engaging with practitioners with specialist knowledge, for example by requesting specialist knowledge or clinical supervision sessions where appropriate.

Working without direct supervision and being accountable for own actions.

Skilled and constructive use of own supervision sessions, engagement in reflective practice, commitment to continuously develop self-awareness and work appropriately within professional boundaries.

Attend and contribute to team meetings and other appropriate meetings.

Ensure medication and treatments/injections are prescribed and administered by an appropriately qualified professional, as defined within relevant Trust procedures.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • RMN, Social Work or Occupational Therapy Qualification
  • Current registration with relevant professional body
  • Evidence of post qualifying professional development in an acute setting.
Knowledge and experience Essential
  • Significant post registration experience in multi-disciplinary community mental health services.
  • Good knowledge of resources and working practices across health and social care.
  • Ability to be innovative in practice.
  • Experience of managing risk of clients in crisis.
  • Experience of assessment, care-plan, development and evaluation in conjunction with clients and carers.
  • Experience and knowledge of working with people with mental health problems.
Communication Essential
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills including presentation of cases to multi-disciplinary case conferences.
  • Professional and patient focussed approach with inspirational skills, acting as a role model to colleagues and junior staff members.
Personal Qualities Essential
  • Compassionate - Open minded, treats colleagues, patients, carers and relatives with dignity and respect

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