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Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum
Closing date
21 Mar 2023

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Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, and Greater Manchester Police are pleased to invite applications from caring and committed individuals to join the newly commissioned Greater Manchester Control Room Triage Service.

This exciting service based within the Vulnerability Support Unit of the Police Control Room, will provide the personnel of Greater Manchester Police and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service with access to advice and support, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year; when they come into contact with members of the public who may be experiencing mental health issues. The role will involve 12 hour shift work including a rolling six week pattern of days and nights.

We would like to hear from you if:
  • You are a registered health or social care mental health professional
  • You have good working knowledge of how health and social care services are delivered in a community setting, particularly urgent response services.
  • You have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and have experience of delivering care and working with potentially vulnerable individuals in a range of settings.
  • You are happy to work night shifts as part of a 24/7 team

In addition, this post is subject to Greater Manchester Post Non Police Personnel Vetting, for further information visit GMP Website - Force Vetting Unit.

The post is available from July 2021

Main duties of the job

Job Summary

The Greater Manchester Mental Health Tactical Advice Service (GM MH TAS) bases Senior Mental Health Practitioners in the Greater Manchester Police Control Room to provide real-time clinical advice to police officers via telephone in order for them to make more informed decisions when dealing with members of the public in potential crisis. The post holder will work with local mental health and emergency services as an ageless service to ensure that mental vulnerability is considered, triaged and high quality information and clinical advice is provided when an individual comes in contact with, or to the attention of, Greater Manchester Police and Greater Manchester Police believe that they may be experiencing mental ill health and require support. The post holder will support the Clinical Manager in carrying continuing professional and managerial responsibility for their clinical area.Contributing to the maintenance of the overall service standards.The post holder will demonstrate an attitude which respects and values service users' and their carers.

About us

The post holder will embrace the core values of the organisation. These principles will recognise the need to:o Promote safe practiceso Value the aims of service userso Work in partnership and offer meaningful choiceo Be optimistic about the possibilities of meaningful changeo Value social inclusion

Job description Job responsibilities

    • Participate in regular clinical supervision as per Trust
    • Participate in caseload supervision to monitor standards of service user care and
    • Provide timely access to relevant all-age patient information for Greater Manchester residents across the Service Providers areas which shall include CAMHS, learning disabilities and older
    • Be contactable by police officers by telephone through a single phone number for Greater Manchester
    • Provide prompt real-time professional advice to officers in the community when notified of live (on-going) incidents that involve people with suspected mental ill health in crisis.
    • Navigate multiple electronic record systems to support a more informed response to critical risk
    • Provide constructive, professional and clinically informed advice to officers in the community, based on individual context and the presenting
    • Provide advice to officers in the community making full use of the existing GM pathways and support to ensure they are aware and have suitable access to all of options available to them before considering a detention under section 136 MHA or make arrangements for a person to attend an Accident & Emergency Department voluntarily for mental health reasons. Actively scan police logs, with the assistance of GMP, to identify logs which have some mental health
    • Apply clinical knowledge to add value to police resolution of
    • Seek opportunities where clinically appropriate to signpost and divert people into appropriate services to reduce the need for police attendance or intervention.

    • Provide dedicated time to support and talk to officers specifically when considering using their powers under the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA) or Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA).
    • Prioritise the incidents that require an immediate and/or more intensive response due to assessed risk levels as determined by the
    • When incidents do not require an emergency response, take the opportunity for early intervention to reduce the likelihood of crisis
    • Make use of existing NHS service directories to ensure professional working relationships across the provider landscape in order to utilise the services of both statutory and third sector organisations across Greater Manchester.
    • In areas where service directories do not exist you will work with local areas to develop and maintain one. This could potentially mean booking service users directly into appointments avoiding the need for police deployment and/or voluntary A & E
    • Work with local services to enhance pathways, seeking opportunity when clinically appropriate to reduce the demand on emergency
    • Work constructively with police colleagues to recognise repeat callers and refer / flag these to specialist health colleagues in localities for assertive outreach
    • Support the identification of learning opportunities to improve training and mental health awareness, across all agencies with a role to play in supporting people with mental ill health living in the
    • Take an active role in promoting confidence in decision making and improved joint working
    • Provide appropriate information to support the Integrated Custody Healthcare Liaison and Diversion
    • Conduct appropriate screening of referrals and provide information for referrers, service uses and carers (as involved in the incident).
    • Support the delivery of education and self-help materials within a variety of locations and over the telephone.
    • Develop and maintain effective working partnerships with services in other statutory and non-statutory organisations

    • Assist in the development and implementation of integrated care pathways, including appropriate service user assessments/referrals and models of
    • Promote service users health, safety and well-being, thereby preserving and respecting each service users personal dignity, privacy, religious and cultural
    • Ensure record keeping is in accordance with Professional and Trust standards.
    • Work in a professional and collaborative manner with the Multi- disciplinary
    • Participate and promote positive intra-agency
    • Participate and assist in setting standards of service user care based on sound research

    • Deputise for the Clinical Manager as required
    • Undertake delegated responsibilities as agreed with Clinical
    • Support the formulation and implementation of clinical and operational practices, and procedures as
    • Participate in the recruitment, selection and induction of new
    • Support the implementation, monitoring and updating of an operational policy and philosophy for the clinical
    • Ensure the principles of Clinical Governance are incorporated in service delivery by maintaining a high quality service based on agreed clinical standards.
    • Ensure that service users are cared for within the confines of their respective Mental Health Act status and adhere to the requirements of the MHA 1983 and the corresponding Code of
    • Ensure adherence and implementation of Effective Care
    • Ensure that the principles of the Crisis Care Concordat and local arrangements are
    • Ensure that Trust policies and procedures are adhered
    • Assist in the development of local protocols to ensure a high standard of service delivery is achieved and

    • Support the process of staff participation in the formulation of new ideas/suggestions to improve service user care and service
    • Provide statistical information as
    • Assist in the maintenance and updating of the units equipment inventories and service schedules. Ensure regular servicing, maintenance, repair or replacement as required adhering to Health & Safety, COSHH and Medical Devices Agency
    • Ensure effective processes of communication are established, maintained and regularly evaluated within designated
    • Assist in the investigation of complaints and incidents in accordance with Trust
    • Participate in Serious Untoward Incident investigations/reviews as required
    • Co-ordinate utilities, equipment and services and report/refer issues to respective managers where
    • Ensure that the nursing or social work practice within the clinical area adheres to the Trusts policies and
    • Participate in managerial
    • Appropriate participation in managing performance for staff as
    • Appropriate participation in managing attendance for staff as

    • Assist the Clinical Manager to ensure all relevant staff have an up to date Individual Personal Appraisal and Personal Development
    • Coordinate and nominate staff for appropriate courses, including mandatory training, according to service need and Personal Development Plans.
    • Organise and undertake teaching where
    • Demonstrate the acquisition and application of knowledge in line with current research and evidence-based
    • Undertake training relevant to your role responsibilities and promote a positive learning
    • Coordinate preceptorship and mentorship as

    • Provide evidence to support development around the Trust Appraisal system which may include the KSF or other competency
    • Participate in regular supervision, engage in reflective practice and be committed to continued
    • Develop own skills and knowledge and contribute to the development of others.

    • Ensure staff awareness of Clinical and Corporate Governance and the need for research-based
    • Undertake and participate in appropriate audit, quality assurance programmes and research as
    • Assist in the provision and collation of relevant information to assess the demand and inform future commissioning arrangements by all relevant organisations.

  • Ensure service user information is kept confidential and only shared when appropriate and in line with data sharing principles of the Data Protection Act 1998, GDPR and Caldicott Principles.

    Person Specification Qualifications Essential
    • Professional qualification registered on the appropriate part of the NMC/SWE register with current NMC/SWE registration Assessor/Mentorship Training* Post registration training in relevant field (*due to requirements of consultation under S136 MHA, social workers must hold the AMHP qualification)
    • Leadership/Management training
    Experience Essential
    • Good working knowledge of how health and social care services are delivered in a community setting, particularly urgent response services.
    • Experience of working with children/young adults. Experience of leadership
    Skills Essential
    • SKILLSAbility to work as part of an MDT Excellent written and verbal communication skillsProven ability to promote, develop and maintain effective interpersonal relationships with colleagues in health, social care and emergency services.Application Form Certificates Proof of registration Interview Ability to deal with sensitive issues with tact and diplomacy Good problem solving skills Flexible and responsive approach to care Ability to identify and support the management of risk and clinical concern in a proportionate and defensible manner. Understanding and experience of delivering care with compassion in a sometimes pressured environment Experience of the interface between public services. Ability to work with minimum supervision in a safe and coordinated manner Demonstrate sound leadership qualities and an understanding of management styles Understanding of quality and change in the clinical setting Ability to delegate and coordinate Ability to work to deadlines Ability to utilise Assessment skills and tools effectively Ability to communicate in a variety of settings. Excellent IT skills Able to present factual information and refer questions to others where appropriate Ability to develop effective in

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