Mental Health Practitioner (Developmental Role)

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
2 Apr 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a newly qualified Mental Health Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Social worker who is keen to progress?

Why not join the Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team (CRHTT) based in Peterborough in a developmental post?

We are looking to employ a registered Band 5 Mental Health Practitioner with a planned progression to a Band 6 post, following completion of the preceptorship, should agreed objectives and competencies be met.

The Peterborough Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team provides 24/7 care to service users experiencing an acute mental health crisis as an alternative to hospital admission. The team is accredited by the Royal College of Psychiatrists (HTAS) and has a strong focus on delivering high quality care to service users and their friends and family.

Main duties of the job

The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following:
  • Superb clinical and communication skills together with vision and enthusiasm to develop the mental health services;
  • Strong leadership and people management skills;
  • A dynamic approach with the ability to thrive on exciting challenges
  • The desire to develop their expertise;
  • Have a relevant degree and previous experience of working with patients with unstable conditions;
  • Have the expertise, passion and experience to make a real difference to caring for people;
  • Experience of working as a member of a full multi-disciplinary team.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Other benefits from joining us are:
  • Annual leave allowance 27 days plus bank holidays (depending on NHS service)
  • Pension scheme
  • Full-time/Part-time or job share opportunities
  • Salary sacrifice scheme
  • Staff discount scheme
  • Professional leadership programs for experienced nurses through NHS Academy
  • Stress awareness training
  • Mindfulness training
  • Counselling service

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities

  • The post holder will work within the Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team to provide a mental health service seven days a week, within a community setting, by providing an urgent response and/or psychosocial assessment to those who present with a range of mental health problems and who are in mental health crisis.
  • Referral agencies include the First Response Service, in-patient facilities, psychiatric liaison service and other adult CPFT mental health services.
  • To work in partnership with service users and carers to provide treatment within the least restrictive environment.
  • To provide rapid response assessment to those at risk of being admitted to hospital and provide care, support and treatment within a community setting or facilitate admission to hospital and promote rapid discharge.
  • To work completely within the Framework of the Care Programme Approach (CPA)
  • To provide clinical risk and mental health assessment, formulation and short-term contingency planning for people presenting in mental health crisis
  • This a developmental post. Following completion of the preceptorship period objectives and competencies will be set to be achieved in the following 6 months. Successful completion of these objectives and competencies will result in a Band 6 post.

Person Specification Education & Qualifications Essential
  • Mental Health Nurse Qualification or Social Work Qualification or Occupational therapy Qualification
  • Relevant post qualification CPD
Experience Essential
  • Work with people with mental health problems
  • Experience working in a multidisciplinary team
  • Experience in mental health assessment and evidence based psychosocial interventions
  • Experience supervising junior staff
  • Experience of working independently
Skills & Abilities Essential
  • High level communication skills (written and verbal) including the ability to communicate and work in settings in which the atmosphere may be highly emotive.
  • Able to develop good therapeutic relationships with clients
  • Skills in self management and the ability to manage clinical workload and time
  • Knowledge of evidence based psychological interventions
  • An understanding of the needs of people with mental health problems and the ability to collaboratively identify a care plan to address these needs.
  • Ability to problem solve effectively
  • Ability to make risk assessments and appropriate risk management plans
  • IT skills: ability to use email, internet and electronic patient records
Knowledge & Understanding Essential
  • Working knowledge of the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act
  • Knowledge of appropriate actions to take to safeguard vulnerable adults and children
  • Mental Health Act/ Mental Capacity Act training
  • Any additional training relevant to CRHTT
Physical Requirements Essential
  • Internal rotation across 7 working days
  • Ability to travel independently across a large geographical area which has poor public transport areas promptly
Other Essential
  • Ability to use supervision effectively
  • Calm approach to potentially stressful situations

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