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Mental Health Practitioner

NHS AfC: Band 6

Main area
Mental Health
Grade
NHS AfC: Band 6
Contract
Fixed term: 12 months
Hours
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
350-LOC3043585
Site
Lifehouse
Town
Liverpool
Salary
£31,365 - £37,890 per annum
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
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Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities, addiction and acquired brain injury services for the people of Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby, Merseyside. We also provide community physical health services in Liverpool, 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.

We work closely with service users, carers and partner organisations; we have 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”.

Mersey Care’s vision and values of Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm and Support (CARES) drive our organisation and the way we work together to deliver services. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate, during recruitment and any subsequent employment with the Trust, that their behaviour supports our values.

The CQC stated “It was clear that most staff across the organisation understood, and were committed to, the vision and values of the organisation. These were well communicated and the work to win both hearts and minds was apparent”.

We take positive action to support disadvantaged groups and also particularly encourage applications from BAME, disabled and LGBT people that are under-represented in our workforce. Furthermore we welcome applications from reservists and ex-armed forces as we recognise the benefits of the values, skills, training and experience that they bring to their work with us. We encourage all applicants to share their equality information with us.

Flexible working requests will be considered for all roles.

Job overview

The post is open  to people with either a Social Work, RMN or  AHP professional qualification .  The Parental Mental Health Early Help Service,  working with Liverpool City Council Children’s services aims to deliver an integrated ‘whole family approach’ where parental mental health is a feature and thereby provide an early help response and prevent the escalation of cases and reducing risk factors. The PMHEH offer would be an addition of specific Early Help staff placed within the Liverpool Step Forward service.  You will undertake assessment, plan, evaluate and review care within a recovery focused model of care to improve outcomes for adults and children, reduce the number of children and young people becoming looked after due to the impact of their parent/carer’s mental health problems and to reduce the impact of mental health problems on parent/carer’s capacity to provide effective care. 

Shortlisting is planned for 13th April 2021

Interviews are planned for: 26th April 2021

Main duties of the job

The post holder would support the management and treatment of parents with complex mental health needs, drawing on specialist support as part of an integrated model with mental health specialists and the rest of the ‘community’ service system to address the social determinants of health through social asset pathways including via the third sector. The role should support a reduced reliance on outpatient model for mental health through more psychosocial interventions provided earlier. You would be a be a Trusted Assessor on behalf of Liverpool City Council using the Care Act as a framework, working closely with Adult Social Care to assess and commission appropriate services to support parents, using strength, assets based approach to assessment of need and support access to next stage services, step up or step down.  The role requires close working with Child and Young Person Early Help Team and Liverpool City Council Adult Mental Health Social Care based in CMHT’s.

Working for our organisation

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities, addiction and acquired brain injury services for the people of Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby, Merseyside. We also provide community physical health services in Liverpool, 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 ambition is to deliver perfect care to become the world’s leading organisation in holistic health and well being.

Mersey Care’s vision and values of Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm and Support (CARES) drive our organisation and the way we work together to deliver services. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate, during recruitment and any subsequent employment with the Trust, that their behaviour supports our values.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  1. To coordinate the care of service users carrying out assessment planning, implementation
    and evaluation of their care under the guidelines of the care programme approach and under
    the supervision of the line manager.
  2. To ensure that the service users care plan is developed to meet the assessed need of the
    individual and that unqualified staff are delivering care as identified in the care plan.
  3. To liaise with family members, carers and significant others when completing the assessment
    and developing a care plan.
  4. To undertake and supervise risk assessments and formulation of risk management plan for
    service users under your care, taking note of the contributions from other members of the
    team, family members carers and significant others
  5. To ensure Safeguarding Children and Adults requirements are followed and participate in
    meetings as appropriate.
  6. To direct unqualified staff in order to ensure delivery of a high standard of care to service
    users.
  7. To participate in setting standards for care based on sound evidence based and research
    findings.
  8. To participate in the systematic monitoring and evaluation of service users.
  9. To communicate to other members of the multi-disciplinary team information which has an
    impact on the service user’s care.
  10. To use verbal and non-verbal communication skills gained through training or experience to
    impart sensitive information.
  11. To check understanding of information where there are barriers to effective
    communications.
  12. To give and receive accurate up-to-date information regarding service users’ care in reviews
    and multi-disciplinary meetings etc. These reviews may be external to the trust.
  13. To have accurate and up-to–date knowledge of the Mental Health Act / Mental Capacity Act
    and other relevant legislation.
  14. Where appropriate to job role take responsibility for the safe administration of medication
    to service users ensuring that the Trust policies and procedures and the Nursing & Midwifery
    Councils regulations are adhered to.
  15. To ensure that all relevant information with regards to a service users care and treatment is
    documented accurately and legibly into the health record. To supervise and monitor the entries
    made by unqualified staff.
  16. Provide reports both in written and verbal formats as requested.
  17. To ensure that all incidents or near misses are documented as per trust policy and that any
    follow up action is taken.
  18. To react pro-actively in cases of service user crisis and put in place immediate plans to
    resolve the situation with supervision and guidance as appropriate.
  19. To supervise nursing, social work, AMHP and other students
  20. To actively participate in team meetings.
  21. To participate in the induction of new staff. 

Person specification

Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Appropriate professional qualification or experience at Degree Level e.g. RMN, AHP, Social Worker
  • Evidence of post registration study / continuing professional development e.g. Mentorship in Practice
Desirable criteria
  • Working towards master level education

Knowledge/Experience

Essential criteria
  • Minimum of 2 years post registration experience in mental health.
  • Evidence of leadership and management skills
  • Evidence of experience of managing cases & case loads
  • Evidence of supervising staff.
  • Ability to work autonomously across the organisation/boundaries and with other agencies
  • Experience of working in partnership with other agencies and service users and carers
  • Experience of audit/research and working knowledge of clinical governance
  • Experience in change management and policy formulation
  • Experience of using Incident Reporting Systems e.g. DATIX
  • Experience of undertaking and involvement in Serious Untoward Incident Reviews
  • Evidence of experience of working with a range of people with mental health problems in a variety of health care settings.

Skills

Essential criteria
  • Able to communicate effectively both verbally and non -verbally.
  • Being responsive and flexible, seeing change as an opportunity to improve services
  • Ability to lead the process of standard setting and audit
  • Leadership Skills
  • Ability to work within a divisional management team, be able to generate own workload and ability to work to strict deadlines.
  • Ability to build purposeful relationships with a range of both internal and external to the organisation.
  • Proven knowledge of relevant mental health legislation.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of CPA ECC guidelines.
  • Demonstrate knowledge in the concepts of mentorship, preceptorship and supervision and ability to provide education and supervision to junior staff
  • Demonstrate a good knowledge of professional Codes of Conduct and Staffs’ responsibility to identify gaps in their knowledge base.
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 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

Name
Lindsay Foy
Job title
Deputy Associate Director of Social Care
Email address
Lindsay.Foy@merseycare.nhs.uk