Mental Health Practitioner

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum
Closing date
3 Apr 2023

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Band 5
Full Time
Do you want to work in an inspiring service for children, young people and families across West Sussex. Are you hard working, dynamic and forward thinking? If the answer is yes, we would love to hear from you!

Do you feel you have the skills and knowledge to screen, assess, monitor and advise families who are seeking support for their children who are struggling with neuro-divergence?

The NDP team is a new pathway designed to assess the local needs of young people presenting with ADHD and ASC symptoms.

This is an exciting time to be joining NDP and we are looking for a committed and enthusiastic clinician who is passionate about working with young people and their families.

We are currently looking to recruit a fixed-term band 5 mental health practitioner to work in NDP supporting the assessment and monitoring of children diagnosed with ADHD/ASC. The successful candidate will be a registered health professional.

Alternatively, we would consider offering this role as a secondment position. This would make it ideal for someone who would like some band 5 experience in this field.

As a fixed-term or secondment this position would end on 31st January 2024.

Main duties of the job

What the role involves

Within the NDP team we receive referrals direct into the service. Following our pathway model, we screen, assess, diagnose and medicate those who experience ADHD. For those young people with ASC we assess, diagnose and signpost those with ASC to local services which provide support and advice in this area.

As band 5 NDP mental health practitioner you will work within an MDT reviewing a case load of young people with ADHD diagnosis. This will include monitoring the effectiveness of medication, changes in mental health presentation, physical observations and responding to clinical concerns or escalation of ADHD driven behaviours raised by other agencies or the families themselves. Within your role you will have access to the MDT to discuss clinical issues including medical advice with a doctor.

The role will also include assessing, reviewing risk and care planning for the young people who use our service.

The team is proud of the difference we make to families lives. As a high demand service we are also looking for someone who is organised and good at prioritising work-loads based on presenting needs and risk whilst focussing at all times on the quality of care we provide in a person-centred way.

About us

What are we looking for?
  • Experience of working with young people and families
  • Understanding of health care governance appropriate to the role and to work collaboratively with the team
  • An ability to maintain minimum clinical standards at all times
  • High quality record keeping including ensuring records are up-to-date and entered within 24 hours
  • To work well within a team whilst having the confidence to work autonomously
  • Good organisational and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent communication skills

What will we offer in return?

In return, we can offer you a flexible and accommodating working environment.

A robust comprehensive induction.

The team is based within the stunning West Sussex countryside, though we deliver care from multiple sites. Your specific area of coverage will be Worthing where we mainly work out of the local hospital.

Our main administrative base is based in Horsham.

We care about and are committed to the quality of the care we provide. We also take care of our team members to support their own wellbeing. We offer flexible working hours; training opportunities and all team members can involve themselves in projects outside of their day to day roles.

Beyond the professional advantages of this role, you will have the benefit of living and working in an attractive part of the country and working with a high performing and innovative team.

Job description Job responsibilities

Clinical practice, including own professional development

To ensure that all patients have an individual risk assessment and care plan which has been created collaboratively with patients and (if appropriate) carers views, ensuring the regular review of both.

Develop care plans based on individuals needs and that of the family and carers (where appropriate) that are outcome based.

To undertake the role of Lead Practitioners and implement CPA, where relevant to the role.

Monitor, evaluate and modify interventions/treatment in order to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of intervention(s).

To provide a care group specific specialised range of clinical interventions and knowledge of evidence based models of practice.

The ability to act promptly and safely by prioritising clients needs and co-ordinating their care.

Working autonomously, competently and safely with the utilisation of supervision and the expertise of colleagues as required.

To maintain confidentiality.

To take appropriate action when working with vulnerable adults and children following safe guarding vulnerable adult and children procedures, liaising with appropriate agencies.

To work in partnership with other agencies to gain the best person centred outcomes for the individual.

Collect data as directed to ensure service delivery is accurately reflected.

Ensure participation in clinical supervision.

Maintain awareness of professional and organisational developments, participating in the clinical governance framework.

Ensure that an up to date knowledge of developments related to the care group is maintained.

Ensure that development needs are addressed through the staff appraisal framework and prioritised to meet requirements for registration purposes.

Knowledge of the MHA (1983/2007).

Knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act (2005) to include practical knowledge of FACE documentation, Deprivation of Liberties, (DOLS) Safeguarding and best interest decisions.

To promote respect for diversity and combat stigma and exclusion.

To administer medication within NMC guidelines and the Trusts Medicines Code.

Practice Development , including professional development of others

To act as a mentor for student nurses on a placement learning opportunity with the team.

To supervise junior staff in implementing individual care plans.

Provide managerial supervision to support workers.

Promote evidence based practice

Research and Development

To use research in practice and developing research work from ones own practice

Governance including quality , standards, documentation & ethics

To ensure that up to date written and electronic records and activity data are maintained in accordance with Professional and Trust standards and to provide specialist reports relevant to practice setting.

To keep accurate and timely electronic record of each contact, using ecpa and other software programmes used by the Trust. Complete outcome measures as required.

To adhere to the Nursing & Midwifery Council Code of Conduct, professional standards and ethics and comply with local and national standards of practice.

To respect the individuality, values, cultural and religious diversity of clients and contribute to the provision of a service sensitive to these needs.

To contribute in the Trust and professional clinical and social care governance arrangements and quality agenda, including the setting and monitoring of practice standards.

To apply national guidelines/ legislation relating to health and social care in service provision.

To participate in clinical and social care governance care group forums as required.

To contribute to the delivery of performance targets and standards are met.

To complete clinical outcome measures as required eg RCADS and SDQ

To contribute to the maintenance of professional nursing standards of practice within the clinical setting.

To ensure that professional standards of practice are maintained amongst junior staff.

Report any incidents which put at risk or have the potential to put at risk, the health and safety of patients, staff or the assets or reputation of the Trust.

To develop and promote safe working practices and maintain requirements for health and safety, Manual handling, COSHH: Fire Safety and Environment and attend relevant mandatory training regarding this.

All staff have a responsibility to maintain the health and safety of themselves and others within the performance of their duties in accordance with Trust health and safety policies and to undertaken specific health and safety responsibilities as necessary.

To maintain and further develop knowledge and experience through training and ongoing clinical development in line with care group requirements.

To complete preceptorship programme including care group specific training and development days.

To participate in monitoring service development and personal growth in line with the post holders PDP.

To attend essential Trust training.

To promote, maintain and further develop the necessary requirements for communicating with patients whose understanding may be impaired by their mental health needs, learning disability or by the nature of distress they are experiencing.

Effective use of interpersonal skills such as reassurance is essential to obtain and provide sensitive key information.

Use of negotiating skills with clients, carer and other agencies.

The ability to use different teaching networks to suit patients, carers and other agencies.

Develop professional networks that assist the patient in managing through the care pathway.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Nurse with current registration [mental health/LD/Adult], appropriate to the job role
Knowledge/Experience Essential
  • Knowledge of MHA (1983/2007).
  • Knowledge of Mental Capacity Act (2005), to include practical knowledge of FACE documentation, DOLS and Best Interest decisions
  • Child and Adult safe guarding procedures.
  • Change management at organising and prioritising their workload.
  • Demonstrate ability to enhance care through evidence based knowledge
  • Demonstrate professional development relevant to the specific care group

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