Mental Health Housing Practitioner

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year
Closing date
1 Apr 2023

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Band 6
Full Time
We are investing in our mental health services in Southampton through continuing to transform the way we work to provide outstanding care and building truly rewarding careers.

Through effective collaborative working with our service users, families, primary care, social care partners and the voluntary sector we aim to improve responsiveness and experience and deliver place-based care that meets the needs of our population.

Through partnership working with our Southampton City Council (SCC) housing partners, we are delighted to be able to offer this exciting secondment opportunity in the new role of Mental Health and Housing Practitioner in the Southampton division. The post holder will be integrated into the SCC housing team while cross cutting into community mental health teams and inpatient services, working with some of our most vulnerable service users where housing and accommodation is an issue. This is a long-term secondment running until March 2025.

This post will be key in supporting this exciting development in partnership with other key stakeholders and partners.

The successful candidate will need to be highly motivated, enthusiastic, and come with excellent communication and organisational skills. They will need to be forward thinking and have expert clinical skills to engage service users.

Main duties of the job

To work in a clinical capacity providing mental health interventions including assessments and treatment to those clients at risk of experiencing homelessness or with a history of experiencing homelessness, as identified by the Southampton City Council's Street Homeless Prevention team, or Southern Health's community mental health or the inpatient flow teams outside of established pathways.

To contribute to breaking down the barriers to accessing and sustaining health care and suitable settled accommodation for the identified client group. To actively work with other agencies to provide wider support and address underlying causes of homelessness, developing referral routes between the Council and partner organisations across the wider system (including statutory and voluntary sector services).

About us

Are you committed to providing remarkable care and service?

Are you passionate about helping people and want to make a difference every day?

We want to meet you!

Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities. We are committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect through our 6,500 strong workforce.

Southern Health has over 300 sites across the county and we serve 1.5 million people throughout all stages of their lives. Our aim is to work alongside the people we support (and our health and care partners) to deliver the best possible care and constantly improve.

Here at SHFT we have so much to be proud of:
  • Working as a team and supporting each other, we put patients and our staff at the heart of everything we do.
  • We have a skilled and diverse workforce and are committed to our staff development, offering bespoke training packages, leadership pathways and career opportunities.
  • We offer a variety of benefits such as an amazing pension scheme, generous annual leave, Childcare Choices scheme, many discounts (Blue Light card, The Company Shop, NHS Staff Discounts, cycle to work scheme) and much more.

Come to work with us, together we will provide outstanding treatment and care to improve lives.

Job description Job responsibilities

To work with single people who are at risk of, or have a history of, experiencing homelessness and/or rough sleeping (known as the client group) in various settings, including on the street supporting local outreach work.

To effectively co-ordinate the safe, patient centered care and treatment of the client group, including those with dual diagnosis.

To identify and assess mental health needs of the client group, outside of the normal established mental health provisions and pathways.

Undertake comprehensive assessments, over a period of time, including risk assessments and risk management of the client group. This will involve planning, implementing and evaluating the care delivery according to changing health care needs.

Experience of and the ability to prioritise your workload, whilst being aware of the demands on the wider team, to achieve service goals and objectives.

Experience of and the ability to be flexible to accommodate changing priorities.

Experience of and the ability to influence other people's attitudes and behaviours by developing logical and balanced arguments.

Day to day management provided by Housing & Welfare lead at Southampton City Council.

Clinical Supervision to be provided by a Senior clinician within Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust and local Community Mental Health Team.

To assess and plan care in a manner that is consistent with evidence-based practice, policies and procedures and the management of risk.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered practitioner (mental health nurse, social worker or OT and registered with the relevant professional body
  • Diploma or degree level qualification in mental health
  • Hold a valid driver's license

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