Mental Health Practitioner

Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
28 Mar 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join an established but evolving mental health Care Homes Service. The LYPFT Care Homes Team is seeking a Band 5 Occupational Therapist or Registered Nurse (MH) to join a small, friendly service that directly supports older people with complex dementia /mental health needs residing in a Leeds care home.

You will have post registration experience and be able to demonstrate an in depth understanding of the needs of Service Users with dementia and with severe, enduring and complex mental health needs. We shall provide you with specialist training and development to ensure you are fully supported in this role.

Broadly, the model of service delivery includes: care coordination; timely assessment, role modelling appropriate behaviours / techniques, education for care staff tailored to the needs of the individual service user, fast access to mental health, psychology and pharmacological advice.

Main duties of the job

The job requires successful applicants to undertake the role of Care Coordinator and to provide tailored, clinical assessment and intervention to care home residents to support care homes with more complex residents.

You will manage a varied and complex caseload which will include completing holistic and specialised assessments and therapeutic interventions. You will possess excellent case management skills as you will be required to provide care co-ordination within the framework of the CPA process. Service User and carer involvement is at the centre of our approach and this should be reflected in your values and practice.

You will be part of an MDT consisting of enthusiastic occupational therapists, nurses and psychologist, with medical support from sector Consultant Psychiatrists and their colleagues. The service currently operates over 7 days. The core working hours are Monday to Friday, there is a requirement to undertake some weekend work. You would be supported in developing and furthering your professional skills. We would be delighted to hear from you.

Please contact Sarah Flounders, CTM (Clinical Team Manager) RMN, Tel 07980 969848, Gemma Johnson Band 6 OT, CHT Tel 07929 015469, for more information and to arrange a visit to the service.

About us

The Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LYPFT) is the main provider of Mental Health and Learning Disability services in Leeds. We also provide specialist inpatient services in York and some highly specialised services across the country. As a teaching trust with strong links to local universities, we are a centre of excellence for teaching,research and development.

There are many benefits of working for LYPFT including fantastic employee wellbeing support, 27 - 33 days annual leave, flexible working and remote working arrangements, the NHS Pension Scheme (LYPFT pays 20.6% into your scheme each year), coaching, support and opportunities for career development and training and education support alongside a range of exclusive discounts and payment schemes including for cars, extra leave days and more organisations such as Blue Light Card, Health Service Discounts and NHS Discount Offers.

We also have an incredible bank department, offering variety of roles in nursing, allied health professions, healthcare support worker and administration clerical. Permanent employees are automatically added to bank. Bank-only workers can choose the hours they want to work and will have the opportunity to gain additional experience, keep skills up to date, develop new ones and earn extra money without having to commit to a permanent role. For an informal discussion or more information please contact the team

Job description
Job responsibilities

  • Communication/Relationships - The post holder is expected to demonstrate articulate and effective written and verbal communication skills, with service users and their carers and a wide range of other people/professionals.
  • I.T. - The post holder must maintain and produce detailed contemporaneous and accurate records and reports, in accordance with agreed procedures. IT literacy skills and the ability to work with electronic care records.
  • Knowledge, skills, experience Recognised professional qualification Dip COT or BSc/degree Occupational Therapy,
  • Will maintain current specific professional and legal standards of practice in accordance with professional codes of conduct e.g. HCPC, NMC.
  • Ability to implement CPA and act as a Care Co-ordinator.
  • To hold an understanding and knowledge of the problems and difficulties experienced by older people with mental health illness. To have an understanding of the MHA, MCA and DOLS. Knowledge / experience of partnership working with other services. The post holder will engage in the learning of student nurses, professionals, carers and service users and support/supervise junior staff.
  • Development The post holder will participate in service development and ensure that own continuing professional development is undertaken.
  • Planning and Organisational Skills - Ability to assess and plan to meet complex needs and manage complex situations

Person Specification
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse/Occupational Therapist

  • Demonstrates a passion for working with Older people with Dementia and other mental health needs

  • Is able to work flexibly and demonstrates ability to assess, plan, implement and evaluate care and communicate their findings using both written and verbal skills. Including Risk assessment.
  • Car driver essential

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