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Mental Health Practitioner Band 5/6

Band 5

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Mental Health
Band 5
Full Time 37.5 hours per week
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Clock view Hospital
£24,214 - £37,267 per annum
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Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities, addiction services and acquired brain injury services for the people of Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby, Merseyside. We also provide community physical health services in Liverpool and Sefton, secure mental health services for the North West of England, the West Midlands and Wales and specialist learning disability services across Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside. Our services are currently provided from 124 sites across the North West.

Our ambition is to deliver perfect care and become the world’s leading organisation in physical, mental health, addiction and learning disabilities. We set our own standards and goals for improvements in care rather than aiming to meet minimum standards set by other organisations. Our values are those of: Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm and Support. We are the first Trust in the UK to publicly commit and develop a policy to have zero suicides among people in our care by 2020.

We work closely with service users, carers and partner organisations, we've been able to make real improvements to our diverse range of services, from health and social care, right through to high secure provision. This passion to improve has been recognised by the CQC who have recently rated us “Good” overall and “Outstanding” for being well led.

An exciting and challenging opportunity has arisen for enthusiastic and driven Band 5 Mental Health Practitioners to work within the First Response Service for Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust. The successful candidates will develop the skills to a band 6 following a period of preceptorship/training.

The First Response Service is a brand new service which will provide 24/7, 365 days a year access to all aspects of mental health care, advice, support and treatment. This role will involve 3 specific areas of work including our first response telephone line, our section 136 assessment suite and our specialised assessment clinic.

Our assessment clinic provides the completion of holistic mental health assessments for service users who are experiencing all aspects of mental health difficulties. This encompasses liaising with GP’s, service users, family/carers and the MDT in order to collaboratively complete individualised treatment plans for our service users.

The assessment suite provides a place of safety for people detained by the police under section 136 of the Mental Health Act. Successful applicants will be responsible for supporting these people during their time on the suite, being involved in the assessment process and ensuring they are discharged from the suite safely with an appropriate plan of care in place. This involves multi agency working with AED staff, Paramedics, the police, ward staff and the wider MDT.

Team members have access to regular clinical and management supervision, monthly team meetings, monthly reflective practice sessions and bi-annual away days. Team members are also provided with high level technology such as mobile phones and laptops.

Due to the nature of the service and the broad range of skills and knowledge required, on-going specialist training will be provided to all team members to ensure use of evidence based practice within mental health.

We particular welcome people with an interest or knowledge of working with service users in addictions, complex care and younger people.

Shortlisting is planned for 19th Feb 2020

Interviews are planned for 4th March 2020


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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Mr john Christian ( Team manager)


0151 330 7340


Ms, Danielle Harrison (Clinical Lead)