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Senior Mental Health Practitioner (OT/ Nurse) Band 6

Gloucestershire Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
24 Mar 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Internal applicants who wish to be considered for a secondment opportunity should discuss with their line manager the suitability of a possible secondment

Are you an experienced and motivated individual looking to join a high performing mental health Trust?

GHC NHS Foundation Trust, rated 'Good' in our recent CQC report, has a number of opportunities for Mental Health Professionals to join an exciting venture.The Mental Health Acute Response Service (MHARS) was commissioned in 2016 with the aim of improving response times and widening access for people in the community in mental health crises and acute psychological distress as per Crisis Care Concordat. The service aims are also to provide a joined-up approach to crises working collaboratively with other agencies such as the policeas we have been piloting a Police Triage service with Gloucestershire Constabulary. We are aiming to develop a fully inclusive service (age 11 to end of life) that will act as the single point of access and triage to a whole system care pathway.

Main duties of the job

We are now seeking highly motivated and committed Band 6 practitioners to join us in the Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team. You will complement our current team of professionals, assisting with the day to day running of the service and ensuring you are professionally accountable and responsible for service users' care. As the ideal candidate for this post you would be an experienced and highly competent mental health practitioner looking for a new challenge and seeking an opportunity to make a real difference to people's lives. We're looking for candidates with excellent communication skills and a passion for helping those experiencing a mental health crisis. You will have the ability to build relationships with key partner agencies and help us to integrate more effectively with other services, as well as thriving on working in a high-pressure situation. This service will also give you the opportunity to work with specialists from a number of different professions.

We have vacancies available in Cheltenham in this exciting service.

This vital service will be available to our patients 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, so we are looking for flexible people who would like to work on this rewarding service to cover shifts throughout the week at varying times of the day. We offer mixed economy shifts enabling people to choose to work long shifts i.e. 12 hour shifts or shorter shifts of 7.5 hours.

About us

This post requires the post holder to be able to undertake all statutory and mandatory training and post holders must be able to undertake physical interventions. Fitness for physical intervention will be assessed by Occupational Health.

A valid UK driving licence plus the use of own transport for business purposes is essential. For qualifying staff the Trust has a Lease Car Scheme in place and also offers a popular Salary Sacrifice Car Scheme with our partner Tusker.

To ensure you fully understand how the Trust, as a Data Controller, will process and store your data please read the attached document 'Applicant and Staff Privacy Notice' prior to applying for the role.

Candidates for any staff appointment shall, when making application, disclose in writing to the Trust whether they are related to any governor. Failure to disclose such a relationship may disqualify a candidate and, if appointed, may render them liable to dismissal.

Job description Job responsibilities

Detailed Job Description and main responsibilities are available in the attached Job Description for the applicant

Person Specification QUALIFICATIONS Essential
  • Registered Nurse Mental Health (RMN) or Registered Social Worker (HCPC)
  • Evidence of continued professional developmentEssentialApplication form and interview
  • Evidence of formal post registration learning
  • European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL)
  • Working knowledge of Early Intervention, Primary Care, Recovery, Crisis Resolution & Home Treatment (CRHT) approach and social inclusion
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office packages, e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and Outlook
  • 2 years post qualification experience or 18 months Crisis experience as a qualified practitioner.
  • Experience of collaboration working with other agencies including the voluntary sector
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Mental Health Act & legal aspects of Mental Health care
  • Demonstrable skills in risk assessment and management
  • Knowledge of the different approaches to mental health assessment
  • Knowledge of evidence based intervention with service users in an all phases of mental illness
  • An understanding of national policy in relation to mental health
  • Up to date clinical knowledge including risk assessment, dual diagnosis and health and social care needs
  • Knowledge of child care / protection issues
  • Ability to work on social factors affecting mental distress e.g. accommodation, substance misuse, domestic violence, welfare rights

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