Senior Clinical Practitioner

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£49,036 to £55,049 a year per annum inclusive of HCAs
Closing date
26 Mar 2023

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Band 7
Full Time
The RAMHP team is a new Southwest London & St Georges Mental Health (SWLSTG) service that aims to improve the mental health of people sleeping rough in the five boroughs which make up SWLTSG. The project will develop close operational working links with other advocacy and support services in the non-profit sector and will enhance, fill gaps, build bridges between services, and help existing services work together more effectively so that homeless people are rapidly identified, assessed, supported, and directed so that their recovery is sustained. RAMHP is designed to complement, strengthen, and enhance existing provision.

This post is funded by NHS England's Longer Term Plan funding stream. The RAMHP project fits the priorities for the Greater London Authority's action plan for homelessness by working to:
  • Minimise the flow of new rough sleepers onto the streets
  • Ensure that no one new to the streets sleeps rough for a second night
  • Ensure no one returns to sleep on the streets of London
  • Tackle rough sleeping by non-UK nationals
  • Improve partnership working around enforcement
  • Improve outcomes for people discharged from hospital or prison
  • Meet the physical and mental health needs of rough sleepers
  • Improve access to mental health services
  • Ensure the availability of appropriate accommodation, including emergency accommodation
  • Maintain and improve the collection and use of data about sleeping rough

Main duties of the job

This is an 18-month fixed term post based in the Rough Sleepers Mental Health Project (RAMHP) Team. The Team covers Merton, Wandsworth, Sutton, Kingston, and Richmond

The post holder will work with people who are rough sleepers who are experiencing mental health problems who may have co-occurring, alcohol, and drug problems. They will provide assessment and link in with other advocacy and support services in the non-profit sector as well as helping existing services to work together effectively so that homeless people are identified, assessed, supported, and directed so their recovery is sustained.

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, an aptitude for managing multiple demands and effective time management techniques whilst remaining calm under pressure. A positive outlook and ability to motivate others is also desirable.

You would need to have excellent communication skills, pro-active, be able to work autonomously and in complex environments. Interested candidate would be expected to be able to think creatively, innovatively. You will also be flexible, responsive, and organised, with an interest in developing services, and participating in service modernisation.

About us

In addition, to our wide range of benefits we also offer:

Agile and flexible working:

As one of the few Trusts in London we are proud to offer flexible and agile working as part of our new ways of working, and we are happy to talk flexible working at the interview stage. In this role you will be able to work Monday to Friday in the time frames from 09:00 to 17:00, giving you the very best of good work life balance.

Career progression pathways and development opportunities

We are committed to get the very best out of our staff and support staff in their career aspirations. We have career pathways available, where you will be able to develop your skills and build on your experience to progress into other roles across different specialties.

In addition, we offer ongoing training and development in Leadership and Management to support individual aspiring to develop further their management skills.

For a full list of our benefits please visit

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To act as duty for the team on a regular basis overseeing referrals and manage the teams response to requests for urgent assessmen

  • To promote and develop multi-disciplinary working within the team ensuring that respect is fostered between the disciplines.

  • To manage a caseload of rough sleepers with complex needs as agreed with line manager and within the service acceptance criteria. To conduct assessment, liaison, and brief intervention, ensuring that lines of communication are effective and regular reviews are in plac

  • To keep accurate up-to-date records of all contacts with service users and communications with other professionals involved in their care ensuring that electronic records are updated regularly and distributed as appropriate.
  • To maintain and develop collaborative working relationships with service providers from a wide range of agencies

  • To develop and maintain a high standard of practice based on a comprehensive assessment using a range of psychosocial and clinical approaches.

  • To establish joint and / or co-working practice for clients with other team members and /or external service providers as appropriate.

  • To fully participate in the assessment and care of rough sleepers with mental health needs, implementing appropriate interventions with them and their carers, based on up-to-date theory, the practice model of the service and relevant other guidance

  • To undertake risk assessments with team members and health professionals from other agencies, recording and sharing information as necessary and within confidentiality guidelines, in manner which is timely to ensure the safety of the service user and others.

  • To visit rough sleepers in an environment that suits them, on the street, day centre, work, and recreational centres (as appropriate) to engage and encourage participation in treatment and in all aspects of daily living.

Person Specification TRAINING & QUALIFICATIONS Essential
  • oRelevant clinical qualification (RMN, Dip SW, CQSW, OT, Clinical Psychology)
  • oActive registration with relevant clinical body
  • oEvidence of post qualification clinical training, regular updating and ongoing development of role and skills
  • oEvidence of continual professional development
  • oMentorship Training or equivalent
  • oHigher Education qualification in Community Mental Health
  • oRecognized post graduate qualifications in care of the adult with mental health problems
  • oAt least 4years experience in a field of Mental Health, 2 years of which must be band 6 or equivalent
  • oExperience of working in a multi-professional team
  • oUnderstanding of the skills needed to supervise members of a multi-disciplinary team plus experience of supervising professional staff (this might include trainees)
  • oWorking with rough sleepers and/or people with co -occurring mental health, alcohol & drug problems
Knowledge & Skills Essential
  • Ability to undertake bio-psychosocial assessments in a professional and sensitive manner, using advanced clinical reasoning
  • Ability to communicate with service users and colleagues across agencies effectively
  • Ability to communicate complex and nuanced information both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to negotiate and lead across professional boundaries
  • Ability to challenge traditional methods of practice in a constructive manner
  • Ability to identify best practice and develop action plans to resolve poor practice

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