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Mental Health Practitioner - Connect 18

Somerset 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
Full Time
We are looking to recruit a Registered Mental Health Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Social Worker.

We require a highly motivated individual to work with us to improve the transition across services for young people. As well as newly presenting / re presenting 18 - 20 year old's as part of the Connect18+ service. The post holder will work across the transitions pathway, working primarily with young people 18 years and upwards. This is to ensure that young adults are supported through the pathways between children and adult services. You will work as part of a team in delivering care for younger adults who have a wide range of complex emotional / mental health needs.

There will also be the opportunity to support the CMHS with the depot and clozapine clinics (if RMN) and the advice and support (duty) phone line.

To develop your role you will be supported with an induction package, both local and corporate and you will receive regular supervision and career conversations. You will be closely managed by a senior clinician in the team.

Main duties of the job

It is widely recognized that the transition point at the age of eighteen is a challenging one for young adults but particularly if they have mental health difficulties. Somerset Foundation Trust is committed to the development of an improved transition pathway, with the aim of ensuring a smooth transition between services as needed.

The post holder will demonstrate a desire to engage in and promote a wide range of therapeutic activities to support service users. Individuals will hold qualities of patience, enthusiasm and a keen interest in working with young people with complex needs.

The post holder will need outstanding communication skills and be able to apply the philosophies of engagement and recovery in working with young adults. As well as providing psychosocial, evidence-based interventions to a caseload of people with mental health difficulties. A focus on a collaborative, strengths-based, solution focused, and trauma informed approaches are essential to this role.

The successful candidates must have a specific interest in working with young adults, their families and carers'. Liaison with a wide range of partners is central to the role.

The post holder must have a full driving licence and have permanent access to own transport with appropriate business insurance.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description Job responsibilities

Key Relationships
  • Service Users
  • Families and Carers
  • Supervisor/Line Manager
  • Ward/Team Nurse Manager
  • Recovery Partners
  • Service Manager
  • Head of Profession
  • Consultants
  • Voluntary Sector and Community Enterprise Partners
  • Doctors in training (Trust Grades and Trainees)
  • Other members of the Unit/Team

The post holder will liaise and work in partnership with voluntary agencies, GPs, acute inpatient services, home treatment teams, other community mental health services, primary care, out of hours GP service, Emergency Duty Team, Community Directorate, housing providers, substance misuse services, NHS Direct and the Safeguarding Children Team.

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Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • RMN, Social Work or Occupational Therapy Registration
  • Current registration with professional body
  • Evidence of post qualifying professional development in an acute setting
Knowledge Essential
  • good knowledge of resources and working practices across health and social care
  • experience of managing risk of clients in crisis
  • experience of assessment, care plan development and evaluation with clients and carers
  • experience of working with people with mental health difficulties
  • significant post registration experience in multidisciplinary services
  • experience in child and adolescent services
  • ability to be innovative in practice
  • knowledge and understanding of MBT, soution focused, strength based approaches and trauma informed approaches
Skills Essential
  • good standard of literacy and english language
  • excellent communication and interersonal skills
  • be a role model to support workers and peer support workers
  • listen to others views respecting and valuing individual needs
  • professional and patient focused approach
  • excellent organisational skills and ability to manage own time
  • recognise and manage challenging situations in calm and professional manner
  • ability to work autonomously
  • ability to record and retrieve information on paper and electronic records
  • high standards of written communication skills, ability to use email and internet
  • ability to work in partnership with other agencies
  • ability to carry out evidence based brief interventions
  • ability to lead a team, demonstrating teaching and mentorship skills
  • experience of carrying out supervision to junior staff, delegating tasks
  • willingness to lead groups
  • awareness of clinical audit, national guidance and policy

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