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Community Mental Health Practitioner (RMN/OT/Social Worker)

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
21 Mar 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
This post is suitable for registered Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers and Occupational Therapists

South Lakes Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) are looking to recruit a qualified Band 6 Mental Health Nurse. The applicant would need to be registered with a professional regulating body. The successful candidate may be required to work in either the Non-Psychosis Service Line or the Psychosis Service Line and undertake CMHT tasks as required.

The team serves the population of South Lakes within the Lake District and has its base in Kendal. It is an established team with a friendly and supportive culture. There is a visible and supportive leadership team who are committed to clinical supervision and professional development.

This is a demanding role in a busy service. Ideally, you will have current or previous experience of working within a mental health setting. Clinically confident in working with individuals with complex needs and be able to work effectively in a multi professional context. You should have a collaborative and enthusiastic approach as well as passion and commitment in developing and promoting recovery based approaches for adults with severe and enduring mental health needs.

The service is based at Kirkstone House, Oxenholme Road, Kendal. The service is operational between the hours of 9.00am and 5pm however some out of hours and weekend working may be necessary to meet service demands.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will act as Registered Mental Health Nurse who ;-

The main job role is to perform duties as a Care Coordinator and to undertake assessments for people who are referred into the service. As a Care Coordinator you will manage a caseload of service users with a range of complex needs.

Part of your role will require you to undertake the role of team duty worker. This role involves managing unplanned patient work within the team, responding to escalation of risk/crisis situations and may also include the triaging of new referrals.

Delivers specialist interventions in accordance with care pathways for given specialism.

Develops packages of individual care and treatment and according to identified need within the Care Co-Ordination and Care Act Framework

Works closely with other professionals within and outside the Community Team

The role of the Community Mental Health and Recovery Team is:

To provide an assessment of people who have been referred to the CMHT and meet the criteria for secondary mental health.

To provide evidence-based, time limited, recovery focused therapeutic interventions

To provide longer-term management and interventions for people with complex mental health needs.

To provide an ongoing assessment and treatment of people with severe and enduring mental health problems.

To deliver a range of therapeutic skills from within the integrated CMHT team


About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as; term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.

For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about this role.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Professional qualification
  • Currently registered with professional regulating body
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of a range of evidence based therapeutic interventions
  • Knowledge of the recovery model
  • Understanding of Care Programme Approach
Experience Essential
  • Minimum of 18 months post registered experience
  • Ability to work in partnership with service users, carers, advocates and other agencies and to liaise across professional boundaries
  • Empathy for carers/service users

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