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band 6 Community Practitioner

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£38,762 to £45,765 a year inc. HCAS (pa pro rata for part time workers)
Closing date
4 Apr 2023

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There are three Croydon A&L teams (North, South and Central). Each team provides a service for people aged 18-65, who live in the London Borough of Croydon.

This post is open to experienced RMNs, mental health social workers and OTs, who wish to broaden their work experience and further develop their skills and knowledge in an Assessment and Liaison team.

We provide advice on the best treatment and care options available to people who have moderate to severe mental illness, such as anxiety, depression or personality disorder.We work with a team of health and social care professionals including nurses, doctors, social workers, psychologists. We also work closely with the patients, their carers and GPs.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will oversee and provide assessment and planning of care to a group of service users within Croydon North Assessment and Liaison team.

The post holder will carry out procedures to a standard that ensures safe and effective care, and complies with their relevant professional code of conduct. The post holder will clinically supervise and appraise junior staff and students. There will be an expectation that the post holder will facilitate user involvement in all aspects of service delivery.

About us

Working for our organisation

We are committed to ensuring our staff get the most out of their benefits package and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. There is an extensive range of excellent benefits for you and your family. We want you to feel like you are part of a close knit team at SLaM. It's important to us that you feel valued and appreciated and that is why we have a comprehensive benefits package on offer.

Some of our benefits are highlighted here:
  • Generous pay, pensions and leave, we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance, flexible working and supporting a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working and job sharing.
  • Career development, There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
  • Car lease, our staff benefit from competitive deals to lease cars
  • Accommodation, our staff benefit from keyworker housing which is available on selected sites
  • NHS discounts, with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands through Health Service Discounts website.

Other benefits include:
  • Croydon Carers parking permit
  • Counselling services
  • Wellbeing events

Job description Job responsibilities

Key Responsibilities:

Responsibilities for service user care

To assess needs, plan, implement and monitor care in collaboration with the service user, carers, and other members of the multidisciplinary team. To implement care that meets the mental, physical, spiritual, psychological and social needs of the service user, and that is sensitive to age, culture, race, gender, ethnicity, social class, sexuality and disability. To administer medication with knowledge of contraindications and side effects, and relating accurate information to service users in a format they are able to understand. To formulate needs assessments for service users requiring commissioned services and to monitor care packages as directed. To ensure that risk assessments are completed in full, documented and actioned. To provide continuing assessment and follow up of the individualised care plan, liaising with appropriate stakeholders. To demonstrate an understanding of the distress caused by, and social and personal consequences of mental illness for service users and their careers. To formulate plans of care with service users which actively promote activities of health promotion and recovery. To work within policy, professional and legal frameworks at all times. Understand and upholds knowledge of relevant Code of Professional Conduct, risk assessment and child protection protocols, Mental Health Act and CPA, and Trust clinical policies. Facilitate the service users choice, within legal, ethical and professional framework. To work with in an appropriate psychological framework with service users and carers.

Responsibilities for communication and relationships at work

To establish and develop forums for effective communication, for both staff and service users.

To understand the importance of relationships to the social and psychological wellbeing of service users. To develop therapeutic relationships which facilitate collaborative working.

To actively promote relationships with colleagues that support open communication and collaborative working, taking personal responsibility for one's contribution to the process of MDT working.

To actively role model excellent communication skills in collaboration with all relevant parties. To identify good practice, and encourage the dissemination of this across locally.

To recognise practice that needs improvement, ensuring appropriate actions are taken to address this in collaboration with the Team Leader. To maintain a high standard of written communication, recording appropriate events and observations in accordance with Trust policies and the relevant professional code of conduct. To maintain confidentiality of information in accordance with Trust policies and the relevant Professional Code of Conduct.

Responsibilities for clinical environment and service development

To work with the team in providing a welcoming, safe and clean environment for service users. To contribute to the provision of a safe clinical environment, which promotes dignity of the service user. To manage service users' property and money in accordance with Trust policies. To communicate to senior management any potential hazards or risks that maybe detrimental to service users or staff. To ensure that service users views are sought, heard and responded to, in relation to the environment. To ensure that any service improvements/developments take full account of service users views and meet their needs. To participate in service evaluations, benchmarking, research and audit activities, and to contribute to implementation of service modernisation and improvement projects.

Responsibilities for self-awareness and professional development

To develop an understanding of and demonstrate skill in the supervision process through one's own supervision, and in the provision of supervision to junior staff and students. To provide mentorship and professional supervision to junior staff, and assessment of student nurses. To support mentors in developing their mentorship skills. To actively participate in teaching and learning activities within the service. To account for one's own professional practice in accordance with the relevant Code of Professional Conduct, and to maintain requirements for regular re-registration. To ensure that junior staff have a good working knowledge of the Code of Professional Conduct, and that this is guiding their practice. To demonstrate an ability to identify areas for personal development to improve and enhance knowledge and skills. To be physically capable of fulfilling the role, and ability to work flexible hours to meet service need to demonstrate an awareness of the effects of and one's own limitations in fulfilling some aspects of the role on the mental well-being of oneself, and demonstrate ability to seek assistance and guidance from colleagues. To show self-awareness and an ability to reflect and discuss emotions and thoughts in relation to care of service users.

Person Specification criteria Essential
  • RMN, Social work, OT
  • CMHT, assessments, care coordination, risk assessment, physical health
  • Skills racial awareness/diversity, relevant legislation, evidence based interventions, BPS assessments,
  • Skilled in the assessment and monitoring of common physical health problems and able to deliver appropriate care.
  • An ability to develop therapeutic relationships with service users, identifying their care needs.
  • Experience in managing safeguarding issues
  • Experience in carrying out detailed assessments, formulating and planning care
  • Experience of managing a caseload
  • Able to independently conduct bio-psycho-social assessments and the safe and effective assessment and management of risk
  • training, student supervisor/assessor, MSc
  • MDT working
  • knowledge of local area/community resources
  • Knowledge of wider local organisations to support recovery plans for service users
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • experience of working with patients with depression, anxiety, PD, Psychosis

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