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HTT Senior Practitioner / Practioner

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£46,836 to £52,849 a year pa inc HCAS
Closing date
21 Mar 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
A wonderful opportunity has opened up for an aspiring RMN to join our new community home treatment teamat the heart of Harrow, where you will be afforded the time and space to engage inspecialised training and developmentopportunities to help you become a more enhanced community practitioner. We are looking for experienced, focused individuals, who are highly motivated with excellent communication and managerial skills. Community Services are becoming fast paced and rapidly changing to support the 'Out of Hospital Care' strategies, you will therefore need to demonstrate resilience in the ability to adapt to the changing landscape and opportunities as the service develops. We want to hear from you!

Working within a new service allows you to work with exciting and open-minded practitioners who are looking to create new ways of working, welcome new ideas and support one-another to set the standard. This is an opportunity to be part of a new initiative in Harrow to support older people in crisis in the community.

Being a new team means we are newtogether. Everyone wants to learn and everyone wants to be part of creating a successful new service for the future

Based on the outskirt rural areas of London, Harrow is surrounded bybeautiful parks and greenerywhere our staff can take advantage of the more peaceful areas. With buses taking you right outside our office and parking available in the surrounding areas, travelling to work has never been easier!

Main duties of the job

You will be expected toparticipate in the assessment and interventionoffered by the older adult home treatment team. The successful applicant will take the day to day clinical and team management responsibility at team level using performance management systems to ensure the effective delivery of clinical activity and quality standards to meet service specifications. Leadership experience is desirable however support will be provided from the home treatment team manager to enable you to achieve these skills. You will also be expected to work in collaboration with the Operational Team Manager, Clinical Leads/Senior Practitioners and to have close working relationships with the Inpatient Service and HTT.

To help you achieve the above our developmental role will also offer you;
  • Commitment from the team to develop you by offering coaching and in-house development sessions such as, Leadership programmes, CBT, DBT and more
  • Opportunities to shadowour neighbouring services including CMHTs and the memory clinic allowing you to see the full circle of treatment for our patients
  • Mentoring and coachingsessions with team leaders supporting you with your development and growth into the role
  • Clear objectives and pathway todevelop your career further

About us

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.
  • You would be joining awarm and welcoming teamwho would be looking toinspire and motivateyou to become an integral team member and support your growth
  • The Older Adult Home Treatment Team has adedicated workforceincluding Consultant, speciality Doctor, a Team Manager, Band 7 Clinical Leads, Band 6 and 5 RMNs supported by Band 4 clinical and administrative staff.
  • The team works together,removing any hierarchicalforms of working where allstaff are empoweredto use their skills and abilities
  • Flexible shift workingopportunities for a healthier work-life balance
  • CNWL is dedicated to developing it's own staff and you will beencouraged to develop yourselfinto becoming the Nurse you wish to be.
  • Free access to our Staff and Wellbeing serviceto ensure that you are always looking after yourself
  • LocalReflective Practice forums run by one of the senior leads

Job description Job responsibilities

Clinical & Communication:1. To ensure that good working relationships are maintained within the multi-disciplinary team, and with external agencies, through effective and clear communication.2. To take a lead role in setting and maintaining standards of care within the Home Treatment Team (HTT), in consultation with the HTT Manager and Senior Practitioner3. To take a lead role in providing comprehensive, culturally appropriate, evidence based initial assessment of people referred to the HTT, determining the specific care needs of the individual and positively managing risk indicators.4. To maintain an environment in which there is equal opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice.5. To ensure the safe and effective delivery of care to service users, utilising the knowledge and skills of staff, whilst recognising and working towards helping them manage their stress in this demanding area of work.6. To promote a positive image of the service to its users, their carers, family and partners, and through liaison with all other agencies.7. Participate as an active member of the team, accountable for your practice, and work in partnership with other health care professionals, service users and others in the delivery of care.8. To identify Adult Protection and Child Protection issues and to implement procedures as required.9. To act as Safeguarding lead for the team, ensuring that all aspects of Safeguarding legislation and guidance are adhered to within the working practices of the HTT, and highlighting to Managers were there are Safeguarding issues with any services users HTT caseload.10.To take a lead role in developing good standards of practice in relation to the administration and management of medication, in line with NMC guidelines and Trust Policy, and to develop user-centred medication concordance, informing and educating users and carers about medication issues as a part of empowering them and preventing relapse.11.To assess clients housing, financial, vocational and other practical needs, taking steps to meet them as appropriate in consultation with CMHT Care Co-ordinators, liaising with housing and benefits offices, and administering payments of monies from the CRT petty cash budget where appropriate.12.To provide support, information and training to family members, carers and other professionals, within the constraints of client confidentiality, and to work with the clients system which may itself be in crisis.13.To take a lead role in ensuring effective and timely throughput and discharge from the team.14.To take a lead in implementing and co-ordinating the shifts, ensuring a comprehensive service to clients, prioritising work and monitoring staff activity, and using the team diary, with a view to safety and accountability.15.To become fully conversant with statutory and non-statutory services in the borough and across the Trust, and promote effective liaison and operational links as appropriate.16.To screen and prioritise referrals to the HTT.17.To undertake initial assessments of service users accepted by the HTT, and take a lead role in the development and implementation and evaluation of their individual treatment plans.18.To work closely with the first response team to ensure that effective face to face gatekeeping is undertaken for everybody referred to acute in-patient services and that care is undertaken wherever possible in their own home.19.To ensure that discharge from in-patient care is facilitated as soon as possible based on risk to self and others.20.To actively participate in the management of patient flow for the service including acting as the Patient Flow Co-ordinator.21.To take a lead in problem solving and finding solutions, where conflict exists in relation to decision making around appropriate care for a service user.22.To act as an expert practitioner and provide advice and support to other members of the team23.To demonstrate risk assessment and management skills, practising safely and according to individual service users needs.24.To ensure that team members are deployed effectively each shift in order to maximise the time spent with people using the service.25.To liaise effectively with referrers and Community Recovery Team, promoting good working relationships and continuity of clinical care.26.To recognise the role of advocacy and promote concepts of empowerment and recovery.27.To provide support, information and education to family members, carers and other professionals.28.To demonstrate clinical knowledge of a range of therapeutic interventions to use with individuals experiencing acute mental health problems.

Training:1. To be responsible for the implementation and maintenance of an effective framework for supervision within the team.2. To deliver management supervision to members of the team.3. To be available to receive clinical and managerial supervision.4. To contribute to the planning of induction programmes for all staff and to identify the individual educational needs of staff.5. Ensure that the mandatory training requirements of all staff are met so that professional and legal requirements are fulfilled.

6. Ensure that an active in-house clinical education programme exists which ensures that staff are able to carry out their role to a high standard and allows them to develop skills and competencies in interventions whose efficiency is supported by research evidence.7. Provide education and training within the team and the Trust in relation to your sphere of specialist knowledge.8. To participate in relevant academic meetings and teaching sessions.9. To facilitate the learning environment for pre and post registration students.10.To be prepared to undertake further training.

Person Specification Education and Qualifications Essential
  • RMN qualification and current registration
  • Diploma/Degree in subject related to Mental Health.
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development.
  • Full UK driving licence
  • Management qualification
  • RGN
Previous Experience Essential
  • Significant experience working in a CRT / Home Treatment Team
  • Experience of working in a CMHT (Older adults)
  • Qualified for a significant period and experience at Band 6
  • Experience of working with Older adults
  • Experience of working with/managing a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of managing staff from a professional background other than your own
  • Experience of Service Development
  • Experience of out of hours working
Skills and Knowledge Essential
  • A good level of IT skills

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