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Asylum Seeker and Refugee Service Mental Health Practitioner

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
22 Mar 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
At MPFT we pride ourselves on staff wellbeing and development and can we offer you:
  • Our SOOTHE resources - supporting staff across the trust with their physical, mental and financial health. In addition to the support offered from our occupational health provider Team Prevent.
  • Counselling support and lifestyle information with advice on a variety of personal matters
  • In our Gift providing a platform for your voice to be heard to inform change
  • The opportunity to purchase additional annual leave
  • Opportunities for flexible working (depending on the role)
  • Career development opportunities and coaching plus access to in house training programs
  • Innovative research training program entitled STARS (Supporting the advancement of Research Skills)
  • Child Care Vouchers Scheme
  • Recognition and engagement through our staff LOVE awards, LOVE long service awards and Staff Engagement Surveys
  • NHS discounts available via the Blue Card and Red Guava schemes

Main duties of the job

Are you a Nurse who strives to make a positive difference to the lives of our patients?

Do you have the passion, drive and ability to deliver high quality person-centred compassionate care in accordance with the Trust's organisational vision and values?

If the answer is yes, then this exciting opportunity to join our Asylum Seeker and Refugee Service at Midlands Partnership Foundation NHS Trust could be the perfect career move for you.

As a Registered Mental Nurse with current NMC registration you will have post qualification experience working with Asylum Seekers and Refugees, the challenges they overcome and the resilience and resources they have acquired. With strong communication and organisational skills and a flexible approach, you will work collaboratively with patients and key partners to facilitate the best possible patient experience and outcomes.

You will demonstrate the ability to effectively and efficiently assess, plan, provide and evaluate evidence based nursing care for patients.

You will demonstrate strong clinical reasoning and prioritisation skills and be able to work effectively, both independently and as a member of a team.

You will have a commitment to professional development and contribute to a culture of continuous improvement.

You will organise and prioritise your own day- to-day work tasks and activities and delegate tasks to junior colleagues.

About us

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is an award winning organisation with over 9000 employees. We are one of the largest integrated Health and Social Care providers, covering services across North & South Staffordshire, Shropshire, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, Isle of Wight and Essex.

We pride ourselves on the services provided to support with the well-being of all of our employees both physically and mentally and offer counselling support and lifestyle information. Opportunities for flexible working are also available depending on the role.

We encourage career development provided by in house training programs and coaching support.

Demonstrating our strong commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, and in context of our objective aligned to the growth of diversity across the workforce; we are particularly seeking applications from individuals who may be from under-represented groups, such as black, Asian or other ethnic groups, individuals with a disability, or LGBTQ+ individuals who meet the specific criteria.

We are embedding values based and inclusive recruitment practices to ensure that all applicants, from any backgrounds, have an equal chance of success in achieving a role with us.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Take responsibility, with supervision from the senior staff/operational leads, for elements of the specialist screening assessment and care planning in conjunction with service user and carer, evaluation of individual treatment plans and discharge planning.
  • Be responsible for maintaining quality standards, including the auditing, monitoring, and reviewing of practice in line with current clinical guidance practice and policy.
  • Assessing patient's individual care needs, develop, implement, and evaluate programmes of care.
  • Deliver a range of screening and advisory interventions in accordance with the agreed plan of care and Pathway guidance including signposting or referral to GP for medication / physical health needs where required.
  • Undertake, where appropriate, risk assessments and risk management plans. Deliver and promote positive risk taking, where appropriate, to improve quality of life preventing social isolation and empowering service users.
  • Maintain an effective reporting system by observing and reporting verbally and in writing on patient condition
  • Utilise agreed outcome measures on the mental health screening assessment tool and RiO to review the effectiveness of interventions, as part of the care planning and evaluation process.
  • Support in the provision of formal and informal training of pre/post registration students, carers and service users and volunteers/ facilitators in Community Groups and Charities.
  • Take an active role in the development of the service and maintain clinical governance processes at team level.
  • Assist in developing and maintaining the aims and objectives of the service and to identify factors which may inhibit these from being achieved.
  • The post holder will be required to work within the NMC Code of Practice and professional guidelines.
  • Maintain an up-to-date level of professional competence within the specific environment.
  • Assist in the implementation of evidence-based nursing practice and participate in research and other projects as required.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse on NMC Register
  • BSc degree in nursing or equivalent level
  • Relevant post-grad qualification and /or relevant experience such as experience working within Asylum Seekers
  • Post-registration education in Older People's mental health
  • Ability to support screening for TB screening/willingness to learn.
  • Registered mentor
  • Psychological intervention qualification i.e. Solution Focussed Brief Therapy / CBT, Family work.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of assessing, planning, co-ordinating and managing people with mental health problems
  • Experience of working in a variety of healthcare settings and making decisions autonomously
  • Experience of working with individuals who have experienced trauma i.e. torture, human trafficked, as well as other mental health issues prevalent in this client group
  • Experience of working with Asylum Seekers and Refugees experiencing mental health related difficulties

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