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Senior Crisis Practitioner - Police Pathway

Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
1 Apr 2023

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Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
This is a unique and exciting opportunity to provide and support the highest standards of evidence based clinical practice within the newly reviewed and developed police pathway. This involves providing support to patients through the pathway from initial referral, community assessment and through the s136 detention process where applicable.

The Street Triage service commenced around ten years ago with the aim of offering mental health triage to people that come into contact with the police. The main aim of the service is to triage the risk and need of the patient, support the police in the use of section 136 and offer less restrictive interventions where this is deemed appropriate to do so. Street Triage also offer assessments of some patients in custody and support to the Ambulance Service when they encounter members of the public who have a mental health need, with the aim of diverting people away from the accident and emergency department.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic mental health practitioner. A dynamic individual who has the ability to provide a quality service under pressure, able to work in a team and on their own with a specific regard to the interface between the criminal justice system, police, ambulance and all our partners.

The successful candidate will be expected to be available for a 7-day-a-week rota working over 24 hours (long days, twilights and nights).

You will be expected to offer expedient and sound information to professionals referring into the service. You will need triage and assessment skills as you will be communicating and providing interventions to individuals who might otherwise have been transferred to Emergency Department or detained on a Section 136 of the Mental Health Act.

Within the health based place of safety, you will need to be highly skilled in supporting individuals who may be distressed, experiencing acute symptoms of mental illness or intoxicated. You will be expected to have a sound knowledge of the mental health act.

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

This service has recently gone through a process of review and change this post provides an exciting opportunity to be part of a flagship service offering community street triage assessments following referrals from emergency services and also to support individuals in the health based place of safety at the Becklin Centre who have subsequently been detained under s136 of the Mental Health Act. Part of the aims of the review were also to include more proactive work with individuals who are having multiple contacts with emergency services. This includes more work with other service providers and multi-disciplinary working and close link working with police, liaison and diversion services and the trusts multi-agency care plan coordinator.
  • Relevant core professional nursing qualification (RMN/RNLD)
  • Experience in working with adults with acute mental illness.
  • Experience of supervising staff
  • Experience in formulating care plans and safety plans for service users.
  • Experience in conducting assessments within an acute mental health setting
  • Assessment and problems solving skills, particularly in the area of crisis assessment and working with emergency services.
  • Advanced level of skill in de-escalation of distress, and anger.Ability to apply approved PMVA techniques, and to judge when these should be applied, seeking appropriate advice where necessary.
  • Will know, maintain and constantly strive to improve, all standards of care.
  • Ability to consult, liaise and negotiate with service users, carers/family members, other professionals and the wider community.
  • Ability to work within a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Able to demonstrate evidence-based practice.
  • A commitment to the delivery of services that are responsive to service users, culture, gender and families
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Able to prioritise work whilst working under pressure.
  • Assess people at risk and seek appropriate advice and support.
  • Able to delegate work whilst working under pressure.
  • Demonstrate ability to act on own initiative.
  • Ability to work in partnership with other teams and services
  • Effective team player
  • A belief in recovery, psychosocial interventions, engagement and the involvement of service users and carers in their care.
  • Can demonstrate a sound working knowledge of the whole system and relevant care pathways.
  • A good understanding of mental health services, including relevant legislation (Mental Health Act, Capacity Act).
  • A clear understanding and commitment to the role and purpose of Emergency Service Pathways (Street Triage and the Section 136 Suite)
  • A clear understanding of the professional role, both profession specific and the generic nature of a senior crisis practitioner.
  • Understanding of the Care Programme Approach.
  • A good understanding of the needs of people with mental health problems who are in acute crisis.
  • Excellent assessment of clinical risk and experience of risk management
  • Capacity to embrace change.
  • Able to work across a full working week i.e. 7 days, 24 hours a day.
  • Calm and confident with people who are in distress.
  • Reflective and considered approach to problem solving.
  • An awareness of the limitations of the role and when to escalate to senior staff.

Person Specification
  • RN

  • Experience at working within acute mental health

  • Community Assessment

  • MHA & MCA Knowledge

Personal Skill
  • Driving Licence

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