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CRHTT Senior Mental Health Practitioner ** £3k Recruitment Bonus**

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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**£3000 - New Hire Bonus**

The permanent posts are eligible for a £3000 New Hire Bonus. An initial payment of £1000 will be paid in the first 1 month and a final payment of £2000 will be paid 1 year after your start date. Please see attached New Hire Bonus Terms & Conditions.

Full-time or Part-time hours available

The Cambridge Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team (CRHTT) is a well established, friendly and supportive multi-disciplinary team based in Cambridge, we currently have opportunities for Band 6 Mental Health Nurses, OT's or Social Workers.

We provide 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 and has a strong focus on delivering high quality care to service users and their friends and family.

Main duties of the job

The Senior Mental Health Practitioner role provides the opportunity to undertake assessments and plan and deliver interventions within a skilled MDT, supporting the best possible outcomes for service users and their families.

Working in our cohesive team provides the opportunity for a dynamic and solution focused approach to care. The team has a strong focus on continued professional development.

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.

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

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.
  • Screen referrals to the service and prioritise referrals effectively and safely
  • Provide holistic psychosocial assessment, and subsequent planning and implementation of individual packages of care and treatment.
  • Undertake clinical risk assessments, based on latest empirical evidence and compliant with local policies and procedures.
  • Undertake risk management; practising safely and according to individual service user needs.
  • 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.
  • Ensure that individual episodes of care are delivered in a timely, effective and integrated manner.
  • Promote a recovery model that empowers patients, carers and relatives to be at the forefront of decision making and ownership of their packages of care and treatment.
  • Act as the patients and relatives advocate.
  • Enable patients and carers to manage disability, loss and change.
  • To provide support, information and education to family members, carers and other professionals
  • To liaise effectively with referrers and professionals within CPFT, promoting good working relationships and continuity of clinical care
  • To supervise junior staff as required
  • To act as a role model and clinically expert practitioner within the service
  • Participate as an active member of the multi-disciplinary team, accountable for your practice, and work in partnership with other health care professionals, service users and others in the delivery of care.
  • Champion patients rights, including: dignity, equality, diversity, choice and respect.
  • Be conversant and proactive with Government legislation pertaining to the Mental Health Act, CPA, National Service Framework, NHS Plan and Clinical Governance.
  • Represent the Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team at meetings.
  • When undertaking all of the above ensure good documentation is provided and entered within the appropriate systems of record sharing.
  • Participate in the teams support and training of students
  • The post will include flexible working patterns over a 37.5 working hours per week to incorporate cover for 24 hours, 7-day service, including on call if required to meet the needs of the service users & carers.

We firmly believe that it makes good business sense to have a workforce representative of the communities we serve and so encourage applications from all sections of the community.

Person Specification Education / Qualifications Essential
  • Mental Health Nurse Qualification or Social Work Qualification or occupational therapy Qualification
  • Current NMC/HCPC/Social work Registration
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Clinical supervision qualification
  • Post Graduate level education in psychological therapy
  • Non medical prescribing
Experience Essential
  • Mental health care/ treatment relevant to the service
  • Working with people with acute mental health difficulties
  • 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 in a heightened state of dsitress
  • 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
  • Effective organisational and time management skills
  • Ability to follow instructions & support junior & senior staff
  • Ability to work flexibly
  • Clear evidence of effective & safe decision making and problem solving
  • Ability to contribute to service development and ability to manage change
Knowledge & Understanding Essential
  • Evidenced based clinical interventions relevant to the service
  • Relevant specialist clinical courses/training
  • Models of care and treatment relevant to working with people in mental health crisis
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Sound knowledge of Mental Health Act, Care Act, Mental Capacity Act
  • RiO and SystmOne PAS
Physical Requirements Essential
  • Successful completion of Health Screening
  • Able to cover shifts over a 24hour period, 7 days a week
  • Ability to travel promptly across a large geographical patch
Other Essential
  • There to assist patients, carers, families, referrers and colleagues
  • Works flexibly
  • Motivated, reliable and committed to team working
  • Embrace opportunity to work with local community, 3rd sector and other partners
  • Values opinions of others
  • Innovative and pioneering approach to new ways of working

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