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Community Mental Health Practitioner *New Hire Bonus*

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum pro rota
Closing date
21 Mar 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Permanent posts are eligible for a £1500 New Hire Bonus. An initial payment of £500 will be paid in the first month and a final payment of £1000 will be paid 1 year after your start date. This will be pro-rata for part-time posts. Internal applicants are not eligible.

We have an exciting opportunity forband 5 clinical staff to join the South Cambs (Cambridge Villages and Ely) Older Adults Mental Health Neighbourhood Teams. We welcome applications from newly qualified practitioners or those looking to move on from a first qualified post to a community role.

We are a friendly and supportive MDT embedded within an exciting Integrated Care model.We provide patient focused, evidence-based mental health interventions and assessment for people aged 65 and above, with a range of functional and organic mental health illness.You will have the opportunity to manage a caseload of service users, delivering a range of clinical skills and therapeutic and recovery-based interventions.The ideal candidate will have a strong team work ethic, sense of accountability, accompanied by an ability to work under pressure at times, with support.

We support agile/hybrid working and promote regular supervision and CPD. There is an expectation for flexibility to cover all areas if required, therefore successful applicants will need to be able to travel independently and in a timely manner. Please specify in application in which area you would be interested in working.

Main duties of the job

  • The post holder will work collaboratively with all disciplines as part of the multidisciplinary team. The post holder will also provide high quality interventions, which will entail the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care for service users and provision of support to their carers. This is likely to take place in a variety of settings. The post holder will manage a caseload under the supervision of a Band 6 Mental health nurse/practitioner or above.
  • To ensure accurate record keeping using CPFT data systems.
  • To attend agreed meetings, meet supervisor and team manager on matters of service development.
  • Refer to team leader/supervisor/senior colleagues patients who may be considered to be at 'risk' or where there are safeguarding concerns.
  • To have a working knowledge and participate in activities related to the Mental Capacity Act and Care Act, undertaking training as required.
  • To develop and promote good relationships with colleagues and other agencies.
  • Liaise effectively with other members of the service team, primary healthcare teams, residential/ nursing homes, adult social care and other organisations contingent upon the client.
  • Employ specific skills to help resolve/ manage problems in older peoples' mental health.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities
  • To provide an ongoing assessment of the care needs, plan care in collaboration with the service user, their carers (where appropriate) and MDT colleagues. Deliver care in a safe and effective manner and ensure that needs are reviewed on a timely basis commensurate with service user needs.
  • Supporting service user medication concordance in association with MDT colleagues. This will be achieved by demonstrating a working knowledge of medications and policies commonly used in older peoples mental health services including relevant NICE guidance e.g. anti psychotic prescribing in dementia care
  • To actively engage in partnership working in respect of the patient, carers and service development
  • To have a working knowledge of current mental health and wider legislation, in addition ensuring effective application of CPA assessment and care planning principles and effective risk assessment.
  • Contribute to the assessment, treatment, evaluation and effectiveness of treatment / care offered and review plan with multi -professional team / team manager.
  • Liaise effectively with other members of the service team, primary health care teams, residential/nursing homes, adult social care and other organisations contingent upon the client.
  • Employ specific skills to help resolve/manage problems in older persons mental health e.g. anxiety management strategies, behavioural management strategies in dementia, family support skills etc.
  • Be familiar with and observe statutory and local policies in the prescribing, custody and administration of medications in line with the Trusts medicine management policies and procedures.
  • Maintain a high standard of written reports, records of visits/interventions, care plans recording the progress of clients in line with standards for records and record keeping
  • Participate in: Clinical case management and supervision groups. Lead as appropriate, clinical meetings/reviews. Administrative/management meetings as required.
  • To engage in clinical supervision and mentorship to enhance professional development.
  • To develop and promote good relationships with service users and carers and obtaining feedback where possible.

Please note for this role you will be required to travel independently around the county meeting strict time deadlines. You will need to hold a full UK driving licence* and have use of a vehicle. You cannot use public transport for this role as this is not a reliable form of transport and will not allow you to meet service needs. Please confirm in your application that you meet the specified criteria.

*DVLA have a number of reciprocal arrangements with overseas countries, for further information please visit the DVLA website

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • Work with people with mental health problems
  • Experience working in a multidisciplinary team
  • RMN level 1 RMN level 2 OR Qualified Occupational Therapist or Social Worker with mental health experience
  • Experience supervising junior staff
  • Experience of working independently
Skills and Abilities Essential
  • Good level of communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Able to develop good therapeutic relationships with clients
  • IT skills: ability to use email, internet and electronic patient records
  • Experience in managing a caseload
Qualifications Essential
  • Mental Health Nurse qualification, Social Work qualification or Occupational Therapy qualification, or nearly qualified
  • Post qualification CPD
Physical Requirements Essential
  • Driving licence and ability to travel across geographical areas
  • Access to own vehicle
Knowledge and Understanding Essential
  • Working knowledge of the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act
  • Knowledge of appropriate actions to take to safeguard vulnerable adults
  • Any additional training relevant to legal frameworks

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