Mental Health Nurse/Mental Health Social worker

Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience
Closing date
11 Apr 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for Registered Mental Health Nurses/ Mental Health Social Workers to join Single Point of Access/Emotional Wellbeing Service. Our team prides itself on being a group of experienced, supportive and motivated individuals.

We are a team who sees, and very much values potential. With this in mind, we also have specially designed Band 5 progression posts. This is offered to candidates who we feel would benefit from further support to attain a Band 6 level within the team.

It is an interesting time to be working with this team as we are leading the way in testing new ways of providing mental health interventions in primary care for adults with severe mental illness and complex needs. The Single Point of Access and Emotional Wellbeing Service is being developed as part of the Primary care transformation project.

The post is suitable for Registered Mental health Nurses and Social Workers with at least 18 months experience of working in Mental Health Services.

Skills in assessing, planning, evaluating and managing care are essential, as is a working knowledge of social care management.

Knowledge and understanding of PDR and supervision processes are also essential requirements for the post together with a commitment to the appraiser and supervisor role.

You should have a positive approach to meeting the needs of service users and be able to demonstrate continued professional development. There will be further opportunities for training and development.

Main duties of the job

The Single Point of Access/Emotional Wellbeing Service (SPA/EWS) is a multi-disciplinary team which provides a service to people who are between 18 and 65 years of age, registered with a GP surgery in Sheffield.

SPA/EWS provides a first point of contact for anybody wishing to access Mental Health services in Sheffield.

The objective of the service is to streamline all referrals to mental health services. The team provides an in-depth triage and assessment process. Following assessment there is the potential to offer short term mental health interventions to treat and/or signpost the service user to the most appropriate mental health pathway.

The service operates between the hours of 8:00am - 8:00pm Monday to Friday and works across two locations. The SPA triaging component is based within the Northern General Hospital site as part of the Crisis Hub. The EWS assessment and short term work component is based at Netherthorpe House. Post holders will be expected to rotate across the two sites.

The service links with other teams within SHSC and partner organisations across the public and private sectors to facilitate access to appropriate care, treatment and support.

About us

We are passionate about providing the very best care to the people we support, and we're looking for amazing people who share this passion to join us.

What is it that makes our Trust such a special place to work? Well, it's all about the people. Our staff, service users, carers and families all come from such diverse backgrounds and all have expertise and stories to share.

It's important that you feel supported in your role, that the people who you work with are as passionate as you are and that your health and wellbeing is taken care of

If you're interested in developing your career, you'll have access to a range of training and education opportunities, including apprenticeships, work experience and placements, as well as the chance to get involved in research.

We are all very proud of the difference we make to people's lives each and every day and if that's something that you'd like to be part of we'd love to have you with us.

Job description Job responsibilities

Job Title: Community Mental Health Nurse /Mental Health Social worker SPA/EWS

Band: 6

Accountable to: Senior Operational Manager

Job Purpose

To triage and process all Routine/urgent and crisis referrals to the Adult Mental Health Services through Single Point of Access team.

To carry out comprehensive mental health assessments and respond to crisis/urgent referrals. To ensure that an evidence based, and focussed plan of care is formulated following assessments.

Where appropriate, to provide short term focussed interventions or signpost the service user to other appropriate care Pathways.

To work closely alongside the Out of Hours Team, the Home Treatment Team, the AMHP service and partner organisations across the public and private sector to facilitate access to appropriate care, treatment and support.


Maintain Professional registration and adhere to professional guidelines and code of conduct.

Work within the framework of relevant policy and legislation both local and national

Job Summary

The post holder will assist in the processing of referrals to the SPA/EWS team within a timely manner through contribution to the SPA function of the Team.

The Post holder will carry out routine/urgent and crisis assessments.

The Post holder will manage a defined caseload and carry out focussed time limited interventions.

Will be responsible for ensuring that effective communication pathways exist between the service user and other key professionals.

Will be responsible for identifying training needs necessary to ensure provision of evidenced based care as appropriate.

Will contribute to service development within SPA/EWS.

Clinical Skills

Triaging and processing of referrals,

Mental Health needs assessment,

Crisis assessment

Risk assessment/positive risk management.

Formulation of short term focussed plans of care. Carrying out a range of short term focussed interventions.

Ability to make evidence based clinical decisions.

Competency in identifying and considering ethical issues.

Organisational Ability

Being able to respond effectively to fluctuations in activity, unexpected events.

Being able to multitask mental agility.

Being creative

Being able to problem solve and develop your decision-making skills.

Being able to prioritise own workload.

Development of time management skills

Being able to respond effectively to organisational change.

Communication Skills

Written and verbal communication skills

Ability to relate effectively with others.

Stepping outside your comfort zone

Knowing what is happening within and beyond SPA/EWS and communicating this effectively.

Liaising with service users, carers and relatives, the MDT, primary care and other service providers


Regularly review own caseload with supervisor to promote efficacy and contribute to the overall management of locality CMHT.

Deliver supervision and facilitate annual PDR with more junior members of staff.

Participate in own PDR process, identifying training and development needs, and pursuing relevant actions to maintain and improve level of competence and effective contribution.

Service Development

Act as mentor to learners, keep up to date with relevant course and curriculum developments, and maintain sign off status.

Participate in training relevant to role.

Promote insight and understanding of mental health issues to service users, carers, and other agencies.

Contribute to audit, research and evaluation as appropriate.

Actively engage in team initiatives to develop the service.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • RMHN/Allied Health Professionals having current registration with the relevant regulatory body
  • Evidence of continuous professional development within the field of mental health
  • Teaching/Assessing qualification or equivalent.
Experience Essential
  • Currently working as a Band 6 RMHN or equivalent professional post.
  • If not current Band 6 (or equivalent) at least 12 months experience following preceptorship
  • Experience of working in acute mental health care setting
  • Experience of working within a Community Mental health setting
  • able to work flexibly between the hours of 8am and 8pm
  • to have experience of working within crisis and acute care
  • to be a skilled assessor
Knowledge and skills Essential
  • Skills in assessment, formulation and treatment planning for individuals both in crisis and routine situations
  • excellent risk assessment and management skills
  • demonstrable oral and written communication skills
  • Skilled in delivering Mental health treatment interventions
  • ability to work and make decisions autonomously
  • experience of crisis assessment/formulation work

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