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Community Mental Health Practitioner

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum plus HCAs
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity for a B6 nurse to join the Lewisham Low Intensity Support Team (LIST).

Band 6 Mental Health Practitioners will be based within a Lewisham wide mental health team which provides low intensity integrated health and social care services. This service includes the Lewisham Clozapine Clinic based at Ladywell out-patients Department in Lewisham Hospital.

Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team alongside colleagues from a range of professional backgrounds, they will coordinate the development of sustainable recovery-focused care plans. They will provide practical support and carry out planned interventions to address assessed needs and to overcome barriers to access and social inclusion. Using a strengths-based approach they will support service-users to develop their own solutions, minimising long-term dependence on services through self-directed support.

Main duties of the job

  • To manage a caseload of mental health service-users with complex needs as lead professional. These service users have been stepped down from generic CMHT's and are seen every 3 months, with minimal input. However, caseloads are generally larger than CMHT's.
  • To use evidence-based and client-centred principles to assess needs and to plan, implement and evaluate health and social care interventions when these are required.
  • To facilitate flow through the service and timely step-up to other community services in the event of relapse. To assist in the discharge of service users to primary care as indicated.
  • To provide leadership for junior staff through supervision and appraisal.
  • To mentor and supervise students on practice placements
  • To carry out MDT activities e.g. coordinating meetings and undertaking duty responsibilities
  • To provide profession-specific interventions for the wider team as required and in line with NICE guidelines
  • To participate in team training and mandatory training and ongoing professional development

Communications and Working Relationships:

  • CMHT Team Leader, team administrator and clinical team members.
  • Neighbourhood Service Manager and PCMHT colleagues
  • Inpatient service, Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team and Psychiatric Liaison Team.

About us

The Lewisham Low Intensity Support Team is an integrated service providing support in primary care for people experiencing complex mental health problems. The service consists of a multidisciplinary team of mental health practitioners including psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, employment specialists and support workers who work in a recovery focused way, using a strengths-based approach based on individual needs rather than diagnosis.

Some of our benefits are highlighted here:
  • Generous pay, pensions and leave,we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance,flexible working and support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working and job sharing.
  • Career development,we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
  • Car lease,our staff benefits from competitive deals to lease cars
  • Accommodation,our staff benefits fromkeyworker housing available which is available on selected sites
  • NHS discounts,with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.

Job description Job responsibilities

Key Responsibilities:

1) Engagement: Post holder will be responsible for a large caseload of low intensity service users who will require minimal input and should be seen every 3 months. However, those service users may require injectable medication and the post holder should ensure that this is dispensed when required.

2) Support: To provide ongoing care coordination of a designated caseload of service users. To work collaboratively with service-users and carers using a recovery approach. To provide information to help clients make an informed choice about opportunities and services available to them and to then assist clients to obtain the required services, support and entitlement.

3) Interventions: To provide and facilitate health and social care interventions tailored to individual service-user needs. To ensure all interventions are appropriate and that care is sensitive to the needs of black and minority ethnic service users. To provide psychoeducation to services-users if required. To have a client-centred approach with a focus on recovery and social inclusion. To assist in the administration of injectable medication, and adherence for those attending the Clozapine Clinic.

4) Clozapine Clinic: To participate in the running of Lewisham Clozapine Clinic on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Training will be provided on how to use Point of care equipment.

5) Families and Carers: To involve families and carers in treatment plans where appropriate. This may require direct family interventions. To ensure that the needs of carers are assessed and that care services are provided as necessary. To provide families and carers with psychoeducation.

5) MDT Working: To work in co-operation with members of the multi-disciplinary team and all other relevant health professionals to assess, develop, implement and evaluate high quality packages of client centred care. To participate in the team duty system. To provide cover for colleagues in their absence. To form effective relationships with inpatient services to facilitate early effective discharge. To participate in Mental Health Act assessments of service users that you are responsible for as appropriate. To take part in all clinical meetings.

7) Communication: To maintain accurate clinical documentation on designated caseload ensuring case notes are updates in line with guidance. To ensure effective verbal and written communication with all involved with delivery of care. To liaise with other disciplines and organisations to ensure that all issues affecting service user care are managed and communicated to a high standard. 8) Personal Development: To remain up to date with current/emerging good practice guidelines and relevant research relating to community mental health services. To abide by the policies of SLaM NHS foundation Trust and Local Authority. To contribute to effective MDT working. To meet regularly with Team Leader. To remain up to date with all mandatory training requirements. To undertake CPD as agreed with Team Leader. To provide supervision to other junior members of staff. 9) Miscellaneous: To participate in research as requested. To undertake audit/clinical governance as required. To undertake other duties as requested by Service Manager and the Team Leader and to be willing to work from any location in the borough.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Relevant professional qualification - nursing
  • Up to date professional registration
  • Evidence of significant continuing professional development
  • Degree level qualification
Experience Essential
  • Significant experience of working with service users when acutely mentally ill in the community
  • Significant experience of the assessment and management of risk relating to adults with serious mental illness
  • Significant experience of clinical assessment of adults with mental health issues
  • Experience of working with carers and support networks
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary setting using the Care Programme Approach
  • Experience of working as a Care Coordinator
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of a wide range of mental disorders, their symptoms and effects
  • Knowledge of evidence-based interventions to minimise the impact of serious mental illness
  • Knowledge of the Recovery Approach and its application in practice
  • Knowledge of CPA, Care Act, Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and other relevant legislation as application to practice
  • Knowledge of issues facing service users with dual diagnosis
  • Knowledge of the theory of psychological models, such as CBT, DBT, or MBT.
Skills Essential
  • Skills in crisis management and the ability to respond flexibly
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • IT/data input skills
  • Ability to provide psycho education to service users and their carers
  • Ability to provide care that is sensitive to the needs of minority groups
  • Ability to manage a complex caseload and prioritise workload effectively
  • Ability to engage creatively with difficult-to-reach service-users
  • Accredited practitioner skills in at least one model of psychological therapy.
  • Accredited nurse prescriber
  • Ability to contribute to, monitor and implement changes and improvements to services.
  • Specialised clinical skills, e.g. group work, anxiety/anger management, family work skills

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