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Mental Health Practitioner

NHS AfC: Band 6

Main area
Mental Health Practitioner / Nurse Therapist
Grade
NHS AfC: Band 6
Contract
Permanent
Hours
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
350-LOC3016915
Site
c/o Lifehouse
Town
Liverpool
Salary
£31,365 - £37,890 per annum
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
29/04/2021 23:59

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

An exciting opportunity has arisen for two qualified Nurse /AHPs ( with at least two years post qualification experience) who are interested in developing Psychological skills to join our Step Forward service in Sefton / Kirkby. Staff will be employed as a Band 6 and will be supported to develop their Psychological skills through supervision by a trained Therapist and CPD. Staff will have ring fenced time to formulate and deliver these psychosocial skills. In addition you will be invited to attend relevant training, CPD events and our in house CPD programme. The posts are in line with the Community Excellence vision, with the Community Excellence programme supported by the NHS Long Term Plan and the Community Mental Health Framework. The successful candidates will provide psychological assessment, therapy and interventions to clients and carers aged 18 upwards with a range of difficulties in community settings.

Shortlisting : 30 Apr 2021

Interviews: 18 May 2021

Main duties of the job

To provide high quality, evidence based care within Division for service users and their carers within inpatient and community services.

To work in a socially inclusive way and in line with the recovery model.

To function as named nurse/care coordinator to service users undertaking

assessment, planning and evaluation and review of care, within a recovery focused model of care.

To participate as an active member of the multi disciplinary team.

To provide advice, expertise and leadership within the team.

To supervise care for service users presenting with complex and high risk needs.

To work autonomously, reaching clinically appropriate decisions based on

information received and using the knowledge and experience of the multi

disciplinary team.

To be qualified to act as a mentor for students.

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

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.

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.

To liaise with family members, carers and significant others when completing the assessment and developing a care plan.

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.

To ensure Safeguarding Children and Adults requirements are followed and

participate in meetings as appropriate.

To direct unqualified staff in order to ensure delivery of a high standard of care to service users.

To participate in setting standards for care based on sound evidence based and research findings.

To participate in the systematic monitoring and evaluation of service users.

To communicate to other members of the multi-disciplinary team information which has an impact on the service user’s care.

To use verbal and non-verbal communication skills gained through training or experience to impart sensitive information.

To check understanding of information where there are barriers to effective communications.

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.

To have accurate and up-to–date knowledge of the Mental Health Act / Mental Capacity Act and other relevant legislation.

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.

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.

Provide reports both in written and verbal formats as requested.

To ensure that all incidents or near misses are documented as per trust policy and that any follow up action is taken.

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.

To supervise nursing, social work, AMHP and other students

To actively participate in team meetings.

To participate in the induction of new staff.

PROFESSIONAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

To be responsible for maintaining relevant professional registration and PREP requirements.

To participate in life long learning to maintain and develop practice utilising

CPD, self directed learning reflective practice coaching mentorship clinical

supervision and performance management in the interests and needs of

yourself and the service.

To provide an effective link between mental health services and primary care, acting in an advisory capacity to professionals in other fields.

To develop effective working relationships with other professional outside of the Trust in order to enhance the delivery of care to service users.

To participate as a supervisor and supervisee in the Divisional performance

management / supervision framework. Work towards and help others work

towards goals and objectives as agreed in personal development plans.

To take responsibility for maintaining and developing own knowledge and skills within own area of work.

To attend, as appropriate, courses and conferences, and to feedback and share knowledge, gained from attendance.

To be professionally accountable for own actions as a registered practitioner.

To act, at all times, in accordance with trust policies and procedures, ensuring that unqualified staff are adhering to policy and procedure.

To undertake mandatory training as identified by the Trust and Division to

ensure that all actions are in line with training.

To keep up to date with developments in professional practice and make

recommendations for change to senior staff, as appropriate.

ORGANISATIONAL

To adhere to the Trusts right based approach taking into account service user choice.

To take reasonable care for the health and safety of yourself and any others that may be affected by your acts and omissions at work.

To ensure that familiarity with the terms and conditions of own post.

To take responsibility for identifying, reporting and managing environmental risk as necessary e.g. liaison with facilities.

To participate in service development as required.

OTHER

To maintain service user confidentiality in line with Caldecott Guidance both on and off duty.

To ensure that work is conducted in accordance with the Trust’s Equality and diversity Strategy in a Human Rights approach and to contribute to its

development.

To maintain appropriate professional boundaries with service users at all times both on and off duty.

To co-operate with reasonable requests from senior staff to vary your area of work to meet unplanned clinical need.

In exceptional circumstances to co-operate with reasonable requests from more senior staff to vary your area of work to meet unplanned clinical need.

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

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
  • 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.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Name
Frank Chapman
Job title
Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Email address
Frank.chapman@merseycare.nhs.uk
Additional information

Rachel Smith: Rachel.Smith@merseycare.nhs.uk