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First Responder (Mental Health Practitioner)

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
4 Apr 2023

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We are looking to recruit enthusiastic and motivated First Responder's to join our First Response Service (FRS).

FRS provides 24 hour access to mental health services for people who identify, or have been identified as being in a mental health crisis. It is an all-age service.

Support is provided initially over the phone by Psychological Wellbeing Tele coaches, dependent on the risk and need identified, a face-to-face assessment can be arranged and carried out by a Mental Health First Responders.

Working hours: 08:00-20:00, 13:00-01:00, 20:00-08:00.

The ideal candidate will have a strong team work ethic, sense of accountability, accompanied by an ability to work under considerable pressure at times.

If you are looking for a new challenge, enjoy variety in your work and wish to be part of a team striving to make a difference for our community by supporting people with mental health or learning disability needs then we want to hear from you.

Main duties of the job

  • First Responders provide brief clinical risk and mental health assessment, formulation and short-term contingency planning for people presenting in mental health crisis.
  • Working within the community, First Responders provide face-to-face assessments working closely with other mental health services and agencies; such as the police, ambulance and local authority.
  • Using a range of brief solution-focused interventions, First Responders empower patients, carers and their families in decision making and divert to a range of health and social care resources for support.

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.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities
  • Provide evidence based clinical interventions, making autonomous clinical decisions about own professional practice.
  • Responsibility for the development, planning and implementation of brief care and treatment interventions for individual patients within First Response.
  • Provide assessment, planning and implementation of individual packages of care and treatment.
  • Ensure that individual episodes of care are delivered in a timely, effective and integrated manner.

Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
  • Mental Health Nurse Qualification or Social Work Qualification OR adult / LD nursing qualification with mental health experience
  • Current NMC/HCPC Registration
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Clinical supervision qualification.
Experience Essential
  • Mental health care/treatment relevant to service
  • Working with people presenting in mental health crisis
  • Multi-agency working/working across service interfaces
  • Working within a multicultural framework
  • Teaching, training and/or supervision of clinical staff.
Skills & Abilities Essential
  • Assessing, formulating and working with people presenting in heightened state of distress
  • Communicating (oral and written) complex/highly technical and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Clinical risk assessment and contingency planning
  • Able to meet the service needs for mobility across the geographical area covered
  • Able to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision
  • Brief psychological interventions/strategies for managing crisis
Knowledge & Understanding Essential
  • Evidenced based clinical interventions relevant to the service
  • Models of care and treatment relevant to working with people in mental health crisis
  • Sound knowledge of Mental Health Act, Care Act, Mental Capacity Act
  • RiO and SystmOne PAS

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