Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Skegness and Louth
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum
Closing date
3 Apr 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the transformation of Mental health Services. Do you believe in change to our current systems, introducing new ideas and integrated working with the holistic care of the service user at its heart? Do you want to work within a GP surgery as the Mental Health subject matter expert? We want you to be in a role where you can guide, support, listen and educate on mental health for both our service users and our wider NHS colleagues to ensure individuals get the right, most appropriate mental health care dependant on their needs. We would welcome any registered Practitioner to apply as we want varied experience and knowledge within the mental health platform to be able to offer the best approach to care we can.

Main duties of the job

To work autonomously within the context of local and national drivers, providing advanced clinical care using high level assessment to identify mental health issues, treatments, refer appropriately and co-ordinate the patient's journey across the health, social care and voluntary sector system, regardless of care setting.

To be the designated clinician for a PCN in a geographical area and be responsible for maintaining comprehensive clinical communication and education with general practices and Place Based colleagues, providing timely feedback to the service manager.

To supervise other clinical MH staff within the Place based team.

About us

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health services and a number of learning disability, autism and social care services in the county of Lincolnshire. Employing around 2,800 staff, and serving a population of over 766,000, our people lie at the heart of everything we do.

You could be part of a Trust rated by staff as one of the best mental health and learning disability trusts in England, in an area heralded as a fantastic place to live and work. We firmly believe the key to high quality care is a contented workforce. This is reflected in our Care Quality Commission rating of 'outstanding' for well-led and 'good' overall. In the most recent National NHS Staff Survey, our staff rated us as the number one trust nationally for staff morale and one of the top scoring NHS Trusts in the Midlands for being compassionate and inclusive. We're really proud of this!

We are also leading the way in transforming care, with multi-million-pound transformation of patient environments and radical redesign of community services.

This is the time to join and help redesign our services of the future. We offer options for flexible working and provide a wide range of training and promotion opportunities in all professions. We support and celebrate diversity, have active staff networks groups and are always looking at what more we can do to support our staff.

Job description Job responsibilities

To work as an accountable and autonomous practitioner working to pro-actively monitor and anticipate changing phase of illness and health and social care needs of patients with serious mental illness.

To ensure delivery of a person centred approach to all patients that enables individuals to achieve their optimum physical, psychological and social wellbeing.

To provide a timely response to referrals and be responsible for advanced clinical care using comprehensive, evidence based, holistic assessments.

Promoting high quality standards and cost effectiveness in all aspects of care delivery.

Act as an autonomous practitioner, working with a caseload of people referred to them in a manner which demonstrates an enhanced knowledge base and advanced clinical skills and competencies.

Improve clinical outcomes for patients by enabling them to function independently by increasing their choice to remain in their own home / community and reduce the need for, or prevent inappropriate hospital admission

To maintain responsibility and accountability for the provision of a high quality, cost effective complex care based on health assessment of patients referred to the caseload.

Accountable for planning and evaluating the work carried out by self and Place based colleagues. Managing and prioritising a caseload of patients according to their health status, who are referred by various agencies including GP, hospital, case managers, social care, and independent sector promoting self-care, self-management and independent living.

Contribute to the work carried out by Place based colleagues from a MH perspective.

Establishing effective working relationships with patients, their families and carers including education and promoting individual rights, recognising and respecting their contributions to care planning, placing patient in the centre of their care. Referral on to the appropriate support, ie medical, mental health, physical health, third sector, well-being or social prescribing.

Develop individual evidence based holistic care plans and self-management plans with the patient, carers, relatives, health and social care professionals. Recognising the differing phase of illness and planning for deterioration.

Attends core place based team working meetings as part of an integrated team and works in a collaborative manner with the Neighbourhood Lead.

Facilitate, participate and optimises case conferences / multi-disciplinary team (MDT) meetings. Establishes and maintains excellent trusted and credible relationships with individuals and groups, exploring issues relating to care options and decisions to sustain effective working across the health social care and voluntary system.

To work within the Mental Capacity Act and safeguarding policy. Refer to social services as per adult protection policies and complete all appropriate documentation

Maintain and record accurate documentation and correspondence in line with professional and Trust guidance in the appropriate legal records and formats.

Plan, implement, monitor and review therapeutic interventions with individuals / carers who have serious mental illness through holistic patient centred assessments.

Support the local implementation of national and local policy that impacts upon the health and well-being of patients such as the NHS England framework for community mental health services.

Act as a role model and expert to Place based colleagues, endorsing best practice, policies, procedures and guidelines to ensure risk assessments are completed for the environment in which the team is working .

To support the workforce development for managing the changing demographic and population health.

Develops and maintains highly developed clinical skills and support the learning and educational needs of others within the Place based.

To act as a clinical specialist and contribute to service development by working as a member of working / steering groups and in partnership working and service transformation.

Engages patients and carers in individual health promotion action.

Participation in population health / management / improvement activities within the community and use high level communication skills to communicate complex issues with patients and carers, in particular the skills needed for cognitive assessment and mental health status.

Maintains patient confidentiality and works within the confines of the Data Protection Act

Undertake medicine management review and prescribe medicine and appliances for patients.

To provide supervision to other team members on a day to day basis.

Deliver direct line management supervision to specified staff delegated by the Service Manager.

Receive and, where appropriate participate in staff development and performance appraisals.

To recruit to posts within their locality.

Support the development of the professional practice in the service, ensuring the provision of clinical supervision.

Promote the mission and values of the Trust.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Degree in mental health or social care or equivalent
  • 1st Level Registration (NMC,HCPC)
  • Evidence of advanced clinical practice to masters level or equivalent
  • Evidence of continuous professional development
  • Non-medical prescriber
  • Management or leadership qualification
Experience Essential
  • Post-Registration experience of working with adults with mental health needs
  • Experience of working autonomously within a senior position
  • Experience of managing staff and good leadership skills
  • Experience of working across organisations
  • Sound knowledge of the national agenda for mental health
  • Sound knowledge of clinical/ risk assessment and understanding of confidentiality
  • Sound knowledge of community care issues, local health and social structures, functions and boundaries
  • Sound knowledge of the Mental Health Act
  • Experience of leading service change/development/transformation
  • Experience of leading training sessions
  • Experience of Place based working

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