Mental Health Practitioner (CPN/OT/SW)

West London NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year pa plus HCAS
Closing date
1 Apr 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Exciting opportunities has become available for a Community Mental Health Practitioner to work in Ealing Acton MINT. We are currently going through an exciting transformation as set out in The Community Mental Health Framework. You will have the opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary Team as well as having an autonomy to manage a caseload of patients with varied mental health conditions.

This role also involves working close with our community partners such as GP practice to ensure we can provide the best community placed base care.

The role is key to dissolving the barriers that can exist between mental health and physical health, social care, voluntary and community social enterprise (VCSE) organisations and local communities, and primary and secondary care, to deliver integrated, personalised, place-based and well-coordinated care for adults and older adults. We are moving towards a 'whole system' of mental health care, which will provide timely access to support, care and treatment.

Main duties of the job

We are seeking applications from Registered Mental Health Nurses, Occupational Therapists or Social Workers.

We need candidates who can support people with mental health needs to access care where and when they need it and to be able to move through the system easily. The role involves supporting people to be able to manage their problems and move towards individualised recovery on their own terms, surrounded by their families, carers and social networks, and supported in their local community.

The ideal candidate will have:

Prior experience of working across a range of community mental health settings and with a range of mental health diagnoses/need;

Hold a registration for the correct governing body such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Social Work England or the Health & Care Professions Council

Knowledge of and experience in delivering a range of brief interventions to patients with mental health needs;

Good written and verbal communication skills and the ability to use these to strengthen local relationships with the local MINT Teams

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We'rerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

The regulations mandating vaccination for in-scope roles in the NHS have now been removed. The Trust does however continue to encourage and support staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against COVID19. Vaccination data will be collected by our recruitment team during your on-boarding if you are happy to provide a copy of your COVID pass.

Job description Job responsibilities

This role will involve a number of elements which will support the management of people with mental health conditions in the new integrated mental health teams.

The post holder will be part of a multi-disciplinary team which will cover a Primary Care Network or locality and will work across networks to form a truly innovative and ground-breaking support structure. Please see more details of the job description Candidate Information Pack.

Person Specification Qualifications and Training Essential
  • Professional qualification in mental health - Mental Health Nursing (RMN) with current NMC registration, OT, SW
  • Educated to degree or Diploma level with other courses relevant to primary care mental health services e.g. CBT, Brief Solution Focussed Therapy etc.
  • RGN/physical health qualification
  • Evidence of recent and on-going relevant further professional development
Experience Essential
  • Demonstrable experience of post qualifying work in psychiatry.
  • Experience of supervising junior staff within own and/or other disciplines
  • Evidence of experience in a Band 6 position or equivalent
  • Other relevant post registration experience
  • Audit and research experience
  • Experience of teaching/training in a formal or informal setting
  • Experience of working in a primary care setting/ social care/ voluntary sector
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of counselling skills/cognitive behavioural skills, psychosocial interventions
  • Knowledge of recovery approaches as used with those with mental health conditions
  • Ability to interpret research and apply to practice
  • Specialist knowledge of mental health conditions as well as their relationship to physical disorders
  • Assessment and treatment of Deliberate Self Harm
  • Risk assessment/management and crisis intervention skills
  • Use of psychosocial assessment methods
  • Higher level communication skills, both written and oral
  • Ability to engage challenging and/or acutely distressed patients in potentially hostile and/or antagonistic situations and use de-escalation techniques effectively
  • Sufficient clinical knowledge to be able to make autonomous decisions, based on an analysis of complex presenting problems and judgement about available options, with senior clinical support/supervision
  • Team/self management and organisation skills that enable a number of complex activities and clinical work to be undertaken, revising and adjusting these according to the needs of individual patients and the service
  • Computer literate
Personal Qualities Essential
  • Ability to frequently work under pressure and maintain intense concentration, particularly in unpredictable situations where there will be exposure to highly distressed and/or disturbed patients, often exhibiting challenging behaviours and the risk of physical violence Ability to meet deadlines
  • Commitment to equal opportunities
  • Ability to accept constructive feedback
  • Self-motivated, able to work autonomously and independently with confidence when required.
  • Exercise initiative, flexibility and tact and self awareness
  • Willing to use peer and group supervision creatively
  • Be able to work flexibly if required
  • Be aware of the limitations in your competencies and seek appropriate senior advice and leadership.
  • Personal experience of a mental health condition

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