Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
3 Apr 2023

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Due to increased funding into the service we have several new posts to continue to develop the incredible work we have started - do you want to be part of a hugely exciting development?

GMAIC's role is to offer gatekeeping assessments, bed management and case management to any CYP, who may require a Tier 4 Inpatient admission. We work in collaboration with our NHS inpatient providers, for any Tier 4 referral/request for an Inpatient admission.

The gatekeeping assessment involves establishing if the threshold has been met for an inpatient admission, or if alternative least restrictive options could be attempted initially. We also think about level of relational security is required and what unit will best suit the needs of the young person.

The bed management function involves daily liaison with CAMHS Lead Provider Collaborative (LPC) and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), to seek approval/funding and ensure our CYP are appropriately placed within different types of Inpatient settings. GMAIC then offer Case Management for any CYP who is placed in an inpatient bed within the Independent sector, for any CYP with a diagnosis of ASD/LD, CYP's who have had a previous number of inpatient admissions or with extremely complex needs and CYP who will be turning 18 whilst an inpatient.

Main duties of the job

You will have the opportunity to make profound improvements in how crisis care is experienced by young people and those who care for them.

You will be working closely with our inpatient colleagues and have responsibility of managing the Single Point of Access for all Inpatient referrals for the GM population of 13-18 year old young people who are being considered for inpatient care.

This will involve working with CYP with a variety of mental health difficulties and diagnosis such as Psychosis, Bipolar Disorder, EUPD, Schizophrenia, Depression/anxiety, LD, ASD, ADHD, PTSD, Conduct disorder and Attachment difficulties.

You will also have the opportunity to work closely with external services such as social care, CAMHS, FCAMHS, CMHT, CEDS, EIT, HTT to ensure the correct pathways are in place, to support our CYP's discharge from hospital.

We have seen already how we have positively impacted in ensuring that our young people are being supported within local services, and with the help of our colleagues within RRT reducing the dependency on inpatient care, meaning young people are getting supported at home, in a timely manner.

As a member of the Greater Manchester Assessment and Inreach Centre you will be at the heart of a well-funded, well organised, hugely valued work-stream.

About us

We are proud to provide high quality mental health and learning disability services, both inpatient and in the community across five boroughs of Greater Manchester - Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport and Tameside and Glossop.

Our vision is for a happier and more hopeful life for everyone in our communities and our staff work hard to deliver the very best care for the people who use our services. We're really proud of our#PennineCarePeopleand do everything we can to make sure we're a great place to work.

All individuals regardless of race, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership are encouraged to apply for this post. We would also encourage applications from individuals with a lived experience of mental illness, either individually or as a carer.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Lead and co-ordinate an effective service to ensure there are safe and effective pathways in place for all young people across the footprint into specialised inpatient settings within the NHS and independent sector.
  • Maintain and co-ordinate the Single Point of Access for all referrals into regional specialised inpatient beds on a daily basis.
  • To ensure the provision of a 5 day, high quality clinical service to young people before, during and after admission to a specialist inpatient setting, co-ordinating bed management for the whole of the NHS Greater Manchester GAU and ED beds. To also work closely with our providers so the out of hours offer is consistent and meets the needs for those young people.
  • To manage and register all referrals into the team and co-ordinate full and timely responses offering alternatives to admission where appropriate.
  • To remain committed to ensuring a clear, timely and optimum outcome and resolution for all referrals.
  • To promote and maintain partnerships and interface with other professionals and agencies that work within the child and adolescent mental health settings.
  • To provide case management role for young people when their pathways have become disrupted, or have complex needs.

Key requirements of Person Specification
  • You will have a relevant core professional qualification in mental health or social care plus evidence of continued professional development in a CAMHS related area.
  • You will have evidence of professional registration.
  • You will have substantial experience of risk assessment and risk management.
  • Have experience of assessment, formulation and managing complex cases and risk within a mental health service
  • An extensive range of clinical experience within the speciality or within a care pathway
  • Experience of exercising clinical responsibility for patients care and treatment and case management
  • Experience of working collaboratively with service users and their families/carers
  • Experience of working across professional/organisational boundaries.
  • You will have a genuine and passionate belief in the child centred, needs led, recovery focused values base of the service.
  • You will need to recognise the value of flexibility and availability for young people and be able to work weekends, unsocial hours and have use of a car or suitable means of transport to enable support of young people across GM.

Person Specification education and qualifications Essential
  • Relevant Core Professional qualification in mental health e.g. registered nurse, clinical psychologist, social worker plus evidence of continued Professional development in a HYM related area
  • Evidence of professional registration and continued professional development
  • Educated to masters level or equivalent demonstrable experience.
  • Training in one or more additional specialised areas of practice including children and young people
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working as a senior clinician in clinical settings which meet the core competencies of the post
  • Experience of managing complex cases within a mental health service
  • An extensive range of clinical experience within the speciality or within a care pathway
  • Experience of working across professional / organisational boundaries
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for patients' care and treatment.
  • Experience of teaching, training and / or professional and clinical supervision
  • Experience of supervision of less experienced practitioners within the MDT
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical and clinically sensitive information to patients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of patient groups, across the whole life span and presenting with the full range of severity.
  • Experience of assessing and treating patients across the full range of care settings.
  • Experience of using outcome measures to evaluate the impact of their clinical practice
  • Experience of children and young peoples' inpatient mental health care
  • Skills in service evaluations and service relevant research
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of the use and inputting of outcome measures
  • High level of working knowledge of the policy guidance and legislation specifically relating children and young people
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the patient group and mental health, including the Mental Health Act and issues of capacity and consent
  • Detailed knowledge of child safeguarding procedures
  • Knowledge of referral and bed management procedures
  • Knowledge in the practice of specialist therapies in Children and Young People within a stepped model of care
  • An understanding of evidenced based psychological therapies from a range of modalities, including systemic working
  • Understanding of the acuity and demands of CYP inpatient services
skills and abilities Essential
  • Ability to demonstrate clinical credibility with clinicians, practitioners and stakeholders
  • Ability to provide clinical supervision to the workforce
  • Ability to lead, manage and motivate a team of practitioners
  • Ability to identify, provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and severely challenging behaviours
  • Demonstrable commitment to the focus on quality, promotes high standards to consistently improve patient outcomes
  • Ability to work across boundaries and look for collective success, listens, involves and respects and learns from the contributions of others
  • High level mental health assessment and risk assessment skills
  • Case management skills focusing on the needs of the CYP and the context of their pathway in relation to all clinical and legal processes
  • Problem solving skills and ability to respond to sudden unexpected demands
  • Ability to analyse complex facts and situations and develop a range of options
  • Able to anticipate and resolve problems before they arise
  • Good organiser, influencer and networker
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills enabling good working relationships with others across professional boundaries
  • Able to provide and receive highly complex sensitive information and negotiate with senior stakeholders on difficult issues. Ability to present complex and sensitive information to large and influential groups
  • Maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of conflicting priorities and agendas.
  • Interpersonally calm and able to defuse difficult situations.
  • Ability to inspire others and lead collaboratively.
  • Adaptability, flexibility and ability to cope with uncertainty and change
  • Works well under pressure and is proactive
  • Willingness to work flexibly including non-social hours
  • Willingness to participate in on call rotas
  • Good organisational and time management skills, ability to plan and prioritise own work load.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently.

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