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Mental Health Practitioner

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum
Closing date
28 Mar 2023

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Job Details

We have an exciting opportunity for Band 5 mental health professionals to work as an integrated part of the crisis care pathway. Predominantly based in the Acute Liaison services at Kettering General Hospital and Northampton General Hospital, with the ability to travel countywide when required, providing frontline assessment and support to service users in ED and the wider hospital wards. This role also incorporates the wider functions of the Crisis Pathway that include the countywide Mental Health Hub, Crisis cafes in partnerships with local 3rd sector providers, Police Street triage options, the Crisis Houses and Police Custody Healthcare. Successful applicants would be willing to work across a range of these services, providing specialist mental health assessment and liaison to those in crisis. Services aim to reduce mental health attendance at ED across the county, offer genuine opportunities for service users to self-refer at the point of crisis and provide partner organisations with proactive support and alternate pathways for service users who they come into contact with. The pathway has a strong emphasis on service user collaboration.

Main duties of the job

  • To undertake specialist assessment alongside band 6 colleagues, care planning, implementation and review of service to people referred to the team both individually and with colleagues from other disciplines according to crisis pathway operational polices .
  • To deliver a range of treatment programmes and/or interventions to support recovery, to include clinical duties and interventions across the crisis pathway.
  • To provide structured therapeutic interventions with potentially complex clients in one-to-one sessions.
  • To participate in multi-disciplinary team working to ensure service user's needs are met
  • Promote choice, well-being and the protection of all service users and maintain positive promotion of the specialist community mental health teams and mental health.
  • To use effective judgement and interventions in emergency clinical situations.
  • To liaise with other professionals and agencies in the planning and delivery of care programmes for service users ensuring that a quality service is provided within the locality.
  • To promote peoples equality, diversity and rights in-line with Trust Equality and Diversity Policy.
  • To develop and maintain productive working relationships with your team, managers and other colleagues
  • To take personal responsibility to keep your knowledge up to date and to reflect on and evaluate your own values in the development of your practice.

  • About us

    We would encourage applications from groups who are currently underrepresented in the organisation. In particular, applications from disabled people (with both visible and non-visible disabilities), people from black and minority ethnic communities and lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered (LGBT) people.

    NHFT is committed to building a diverse workforce, ensuring staff are treated fairly at work and ensuring all staff have the learning and development they need on equality in order to undertake their job role.

    NHFTwelcomes applications from people, regardless of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status or pregnancy or maternity status.

    Job description Job responsibilities

  • To record accurate records and statistics, both written and electronic in-line with relevant professional standards and Trust Policy.
  • To participate within clinical or managerial meetings and team briefing as required
  • To undertake the assessor/mentor role with students on placement within the service and assist with the teaching of students or junior staff
  • To be responsible for and be able to effectively manage own day-to-day workload including travel, utilising job planning format.
  • To prepare for and participate in regular supervision meetings and seek additional supervision as appropriate
  • To participate in IPDR sessions and undertake identified training/development requirements, in-line with Trust Policy
  • The willingness to engage in continuous professional development
  • Organise and provide relevant practical and theoretical teaching sessions for students, staff and other agencies, users/carers as required
  • To participate in audits carried out within the service to enable service improvement/development
  • To work flexibly across the county of Northamptonshire, this may include weekend, evening and nightshift work.
  • To provide such other services as may be required from time to time in relation to the post.
  • Clinical
  • To work within the referral and assessment protocols within the ALMHS service and wider pathway, to address the mental health needs highlighted by the relevant agencies.
  • To initiate a comprehensive risk assessment process, highlighting risks to self and others, with consideration given to continuity of care following discharge from hospital.
  • To formulate detailed care plans/packages of care for individuals whilst in hospital, remaining mindful of their discharge, to ensure that mental health care provision is seamless and inclusive of mental health needs across the spectrum of primary and secondary care.
  • To assist in the appropriate use of the Mental Health Act with individuals requiring transfer to a psychiatric hospital setting.
  • To involve patients throughout the assessment and treatment processes, ensuring that care packages are tailored to meet individual needs.
  • To work within protocols for joint working with our primary and secondary care colleagues, to ensure optimum care pathways for our patients.
  • To work within information sharing protocol guidance.
  • To ensure risk assessment are routinely conducted and reviewed, with regards to high-risk suicide and self-harm individuals, in line with the trust risk assessment process.
  • To work with the appropriate local Mental Health Services to ensure external services remain involved in the assessment and care planning of patients needs, both in hospital an post discharge.
  • To maintain an effective referral database of individuals with mental health needs within the hospitals, highlighting location, current and future professionals involved, and ongoing needs to be addressed whilst in hospital and post discharge.
  • To act as the clinical mentor for students working on placements with the ALMHS service and wider pathway.
  • Maintenance of up to date clinical records in line with Trust Policy and professional clinical standards.

  • Person Specification Qualifications Essential
    • Registered Degree Level with mental health knowledge and experience.
    • Post graduate qualification in and or relevant field or equivalent experience.
    Knowledge & Experience Essential
    • Experience of working with service users in crisis.
    • Experience of working within community settings.
    • Experience of working with older people or those with complex health and social care needs.
    • Experience of working within an acute hospital setting.
    • Experience of working with service users in crisis.
    Skills Essential
    • Knowledge and good understanding of the care management process and eligibility criteria, MHA, MCA, CPA, current legislation relating to older people.
    • Ability to work autonomously and make decisions to improve clinical practice.

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