Community Mental Health Practitioner

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
3 Apr 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
EPUT offer a fantastic relocation package of up to £8,000. Covering a number of expenditures for new recruits relocating from 30 miles or more from their new work base at EPUT.

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for the Community Mental Health Practitioner position within the Home Treatment Team (East), based at Rochford Hospital. We are seeking a motivated and enthusiastic individual who is passionate about community mental health. The post holder will join an evolving team, and will be jointly responsible for the delivery of a high standard community care, forming part of a coordinated plan of home treatment to Service Users predominantly within their own homes.

Main duties of the job

We provide intensive home support to service users aged 18 and over, through a range of referral routes, which include work with our community teams; liaison services and partner organisations to provide a range of support options for people experiencing mental health crisis.

The service 'gate keeps' all admissions to acute mental health wards, we endeavour to provide care in the least restrictive manner by offering an alternative to hospital admission through intensive home treatment. Where required, the team support planned admission to wards and facilitates timely discharge from inpatient care, working closely with wards to identify patients who could be better supported in their communities.

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including;
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work
  • Day One Flexible Employer

The Trust supports and actively encourages flexible working for all employees. We offer many options and you are encouraged to ask the recruiting manager what is possible for this role. If appointed, you will have the opportunity to apply for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment

Join our Staff bank

What is Staff Bank?

Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

If you are joining our Trust in a fixed term role, please indicate on your New Starter Paperwork that you wish to join our staff bank.

Job description Job responsibilities

We are seeking a Community Mental Health Practitioner to join our team of Consultant Psychiatrists, Junior Doctors, Nurses, and Support Workers providing rapid response for adults who are experiencing an acute psychiatric crisis

Suitable applicants will:
  • Be a qualified RMN.
  • Have experience of working with people with mental health problems in an acute health care/community setting;
  • be required to assess the needs of individuals when they are acutely unwell
  • Act as gatekeeper to all psychiatric admissions and support and manage patient flow through the urgent care system;
  • Have the ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team, be reliable and motivated;
  • Be able to demonstrate high functioning in risk management;
  • Be a compassionate, person-centered individual who is hard working and can be flexible in their approach to helping service users experiencing a mental health crisis;
  • Be committed to delivery of mental health care in the least restrictive environment;
  • Hold a full UK driving license with access to a vehicle for business use. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled individuals in line with the Equality Act 2010.

The above is inclusive, but not an exhaustive list of requirements

Appointed applicants will have access to clinical and managerial supervision, career development opportunities, enhancement for any unsocial hours of working.

Person Specification Interpersonal Skills Essential
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Evidence of personal development
  • Ability to provide effective feedback to staff in a constructive manner
  • Ability to deal sensitively and decisively with conflict management
  • Ability to build relationships and negotiate satisfactory outcomes
  • Develop a positive environment which supports continuous learning
Planning and Workload Management Essential
  • Evidence of personal development e.g. in objective setting, time management, skills etc
  • Ability to plan ways of improving efficiency and cost effectiveness of clinical services
  • Ability to coordinate work to meet agreed targets and deadlines
  • Evidence of ability to prioritise workload and competing demands
Qualifications and Experience Essential
  • Professional Qualification (OT, Social Work, RMN)
  • Educated to Degree Level in Health
  • Evidence of personal and professional development in contemporary mental health practice
  • Additional Professional Qualification/ Experience - Dementia related
  • Allied Health & Mental Health Practitioner (Mental Health Act 1983)
Leading and Managing Essential
  • Evidence of personal development
  • Ability to seek ways of improving individual's performance by training, coaching and development
  • Ability to manage 'difficult' behaviour by listening, showing tolerance and remaining objective
  • Develop team spirit and inclusivity
Flexibility and Awareness Essential
  • Ability to identify barriers to change and developing plans to deal with them
  • Ability to work positively in uncertain situations
  • Ability to flexibly and some unsocial hours required
Analysis and Judgement Essential
  • Ability to use own judgement confidently and decisively
  • Ability to know when to seek the support and guidance of more senior colleagues when necessary
Quality Essential
  • Ability to maintain high standards of work
  • Able to instil confidence in others in the quality of their own work
  • Able to champion high standards of professional practice throughout the service are
  • Evidence of user focus in the organisation, delivery and evaluation of care
  • Experience in the use of risk assessment tools
Technical Knowledge Essential
  • Able to take on broader responsibilities to improve own and others knowledge and skills
  • Evidence of the knowledge and skills in the use of information technology to support care and professional development
  • Good understanding of the Mental Capacity Act and its application in practice
  • Good understanding of person centred care and the Recovery Model.
  • Good understanding of home treatment service provision
  • Good understanding of positive risk taking
  • Good understanding of national policy and the implications for mental health e.g. crisis care concordat, parity of esteem.
  • Evidence of an understanding of the principle of governance and implications for professionals practice
  • Evidence of knowledge of professional nursing standards
  • IT competency
  • Car Driver /able to travel to all required locations and achieve service activity targets

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