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Mental health practitioner

Band 6

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mental health practitioner Band 6
Band 6
Full Time 37.5 hours per week
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Clock View hsopital/ Hartley Hospital Southport
£31,365 - £37,890 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 6 Mental Health Practitioners to work within the First Response Service for Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust.

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, this includes Non medical prescribing, and Applied psychological interventions.

Successful applicants will be front line for accessing mental health services via Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust and therefore must portray a dynamic, compassionate and caring attitude working within the values of the trust. The base of work will be Clock View Hospital, however will also involve visiting our service users in their home or in the community. We encourage passionate and enthusiastic practitioners to apply to be involved in these exciting changes.

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

Interviews will be held on 8th June 2020

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the resident labour market test. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UKVI website. From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks for Overseas Applicants.

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

John Christian (team Manager)


0151 330 7207

Denise Carey (Operational manager)


0151 330 7207