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Mental Health Practitioner

Band 6

Main area
Mental Health
Grade
Band 6
Contract
Permanent
Hours
37.5 hours per week (Full Time 37.5 hours per week)
Job ref
350-LOC3046790
Site
Broadoak Hospital
Town
Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton
Salary
£31,365 - £37,890 per annum
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
20/04/2021 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

Our Home Treatment Team is looking for an energetic and experienced  practitioner who wants to work at the forefront of mental health. The individual  will exhibit excellent clinical skills,knowledge and  must be able to thrive under pressure. 

Our focus is to support service users to remain in their own home in order to aid their recovery during the crisis episode. The individual must be confident assessors who can make clear decisions about risk management, care planning and the appropriateness of home treatment interventions. 

In exchange, you will be working within a highly skilled multi-disciplinary team who will support you in your development. As part of your professional development, you will receive specialist training in the interventions that support people when in crisis.

Please note this is a 24 hour service therefore there is an expectation to work shifts, nights included.

Shortlisting is planned for: 21st April 2021

Interviews are planned for: 27th April 2021

Main duties of the job

The roles require the individuals to exhibit excellent clinical skills and knowledge. The post holders must be able to work and thrive under pressure.

The post requires practitioners to be confident assessors who can make clear decisions about risk management, care planning and the appropriateness of home treatment team interventions. Effective gatekeeping assessment and the identification and delivery of the best treatment packages for people presenting to services in crisis will also be key.

You will be a qualified Mental Health Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Social Worker and will have worked in a multi-disciplinary team. You will need to have significant post qualification experience in mental health and preferably within crisis services.

 

 

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

Clinical
1. To provide clinical advice, expertise and leadership within your team. 

2. To coordinate the care of a defined group of service users in the community, carrying out their assessment and planning implementing and evaluating their care under the guidelines of

ECC, without supervision
3. To operate as the clinical focus for day to day planning of treatment, risk assessment and
management of the quality of care within a multi-disciplinary team setting.
4. To ensure a seamless approach by liasing with other professionals as required 
5. To ensure that the service users care plan is developed to meet the assessed need of the
individual. To monitor, via performance management, the care plans developed for service users by  all patch / sector members to ensure that they are appropriate and of a high standard.
6. To liaise with family members, carers and significant others when completing the assessment and  developing a care plan. To be the first point of contact for service users and carers that have  concerns regarding their care, making every effort to resolve their concerns sensitively and  promptly, referring to and informing the CRHT Manager as necessary.
7. To develop a risk management plan for service users under your care, taking note of the
contributions from other members of the team. Ensure that all significant people are aware of the  risk management plan and are actioning it appropriately. To monitor and work with all team  members to ensure that service user risk is managed appropriately and that risk management plans  are of a high quality.
8. To co-ordinate the implementation of the Trust’s PDP process for all staff in your Team
9. To participate in the duty / on call rota within the CRHT where such arrangements exist.
10. To maintain an overview of all cases allocated to colleagues, support workers and students.
11. To organise and supervise on a day to day basis the work of the care team and to discuss
effectiveness with the Team Manager as appropriate.
12. To optimise team performance and to promote good team morale by providing support to staff in relation to their personal and professional development needs.
13. To participate in handover meetings advising the team regarding service user presentation,  including physical health care aspects, and the  effectiveness of core strategies of care and contribute to decision making.
14. When required act into the Team Manager role in line with agreed policy and procedure.
15. Ensure that the safety and security needs of service users and carers, their relatives and friends,  Trust colleagues and persons visiting any care or domestic settings, are maintained, being mindful of  appropriate standards and relevant policies and procedures.

16. Take responsibility for the assessment of the environmental standards of the care setting.
17. To take the lead for identified clinical audit projects and setting standards for care based on sound research findings. To ensure that your team maintains standards. Assist the CRHT Manager in the implementation of change arising from new findings.
18. To use verbal and non-verbal communication skills established through training and experience  to impart sensitive information 
19. To assist the CRHT Manager to ensure that the team resources are managed appropriately to  maximise care and efficient work patterns. This will include tasks such as management of sickness  and absence, annual leave and extra resources.
20. To use skills established through training and experience to communicate with members of your  team in the implementation of change and in the interest of good, cohesive team working.
21. To check understanding of information where there are often barriers to effective
communications due to distress or psychiatric symptoms in service users or where there is
resistance in staff. This may also be necessary when English is not the first language.
22. To use skills established through training and experience to give and receive information,
adhering to the Caldicott guidelines, to other individuals with regards to a service users care in  reviews and multi-disciplinary meetings. These individuals may be external to the Trust 

  1. To have an in depth knowledge of the Mental Health Act. To support service users and their  carers when the Mental Health Act is being used to admit the service user to hospital. To support  staff involved in the application of the Mental Health Act, ensuring that they are aware of and  fulfilling their duties.
    24. To monitor the provision of a range of therapeutic activities for service users by supervision of  patch / sector members’ caseloads and via audit.
    25. To ensure that all relevant information with regards to a service users care and treatment is  documented accurately and legibly into the health record. Supervise and monitor the entries made  through performance management and audit.
    26. To provide reports and statistical returns to a variety of departments as requested.
    27. To act as a mentor to junior staff and students.
    28. To co-ordinate the provision of teaching sessions in order to pass on knowledge and skills.
    29. To use skills gained through training and experience to de-escalate situations where service users  become physically or verbally aggressive. Use your judgement, gained from experience, to establish  if a service user requires assessment by a medic or possibly hospital admission.
  2. To use skills gained through experience to deal with team members who become angry, hostile or distressed.
    31. To ensure all team members get appropriate support following violent incidents and liase with  the CRHT Manager to ensure any identified actions arising from such incidents are implemented.
    32. To ensure that all incidents or near misses are documented as per Trust policy and that any  follow-up action is taken.
    33. To lead service user reviews ensuring that service user needs are met and that the team has all  the relevant information on which to base their clinical decisions.
    34. To develop care plans that enable service users to reach and maintain their optimum level of  health and independence to help them to remain in the community in their chosen setting.
    35. To react pro-actively in cases of service user crisis and put in place immediate plans to resolve  the situation.
    36. To take responsibility for ensuring the safe administration of medication to service users
    ensuring that the Nursing and Midwifery Council regulations are followed.
    37. To tackle unsatisfactory performance promptly and constructively in your patch / sector, liaising  with CRHT Manager.
    38. To participate in the investigation process regarding the disciplinary procedure and service users  / carer complaints.
    39. To participate in the induction of new staff. 

    PROFESSIONAL
    1. To be responsible for maintaining your own Nursing, Midwifery Council registration or appropriate  qualification requirements.
    2. To provide an effective link between mental health services and primary care, acting in an
    advisory capacity to professionals.
    3. To develop effective working relationships with staff and other professionals outside of the Trust  in order to enhance the delivery of care to service users.
    4. To participate as a supervisor and supervisee in the directorates performance management / supervision framework. Work towards and help others work towards goals and objectives as agreed  in personal development plans.
    5. To take responsibility for maintaining and developing your knowledge and skills 

    1. To attend, as appropriate, courses and conferences, which will provide information for new
      developments within the field of Adult Mental Health and to feedback and share knowledge, gained  from attendance.
      7. To be professionally accountable for your actions as a registered practitioner.
      8. To act, at all times, in accordance with Trust policies and procedures, ensuring that unqualified  staff are adhering to policy and procedure.
      9. To undertake mandatory training as identified by the Trust and ensure all actions are in line  with training.
      10. To co-ordinate projects to look at specific practices and ensure findings are implemented within  the team.
      11. To take an active role in the reporting and review of adverse incidents as per Trust policy. Ensure that team members follow the policy and appropriately report all incidents.
      12. To seek advice and further training, if appropriate, before carrying out any duty you are unsure  of.
      13. To organise the local induction of new staff within your team.
      14. To ensure all team members participate in the preceptorship process including ensuring that  they all have mentors and supporting them in fulfilling any agreed action plans
      15. To ensure that professional standards and appropriate levels of clinical supervision/reflective  practice are applied

    ORGANISATIONAL
    1. To adhere to the Trusts right based approach taking into account service user choice.
    2. To assist the CRHT Manager in the recruitment of staff.
    3. To identify to the CRHT Manager any problems or concerns that may effect / disrupt the provision  of service and to contribute to supporting any agreed actions.
    4. 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.
    5. To ensure that you are familiar with the terms and conditions of your post. 

    OTHER
    1. To maintain and promote with other staff, service users confidentiality at all times both on and off  duty.
    2. To ensure that work is conducted in accordance with the Trust's Equality and Diversity Strategy  and to contribute to its development

    1. To deal sensitively with service users who have a high level of anxiety or aggression due to their  mental health problems. 
      4. To maintain appropriate professional boundaries with service users at all times both on and off  duty.
      5. 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

Qualification

Essential criteria
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse or Dip.SW/CQSW, Dip.COT/SROT
  • Evidence of post registration study / continuing professional development e.g. ENB 998 / Mentorship in Practice
Desirable criteria
  • Approved training in phlebotomy
  • PSI Training

Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Significant demonstrable post registration experience. ASW/ Mental Health Practitioner
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of experience of working a range of people with mental health problems in a variety of health care settings.
  • Experience of leadership and management
  • Experience of Crisis Intervention

Values

Essential criteria
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Accountability
  • Respectfulness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Support
  • Responsive to service users
  • Engaging leadership style
  • Strong customer service belief
  • Transparency and honesty
  • Discrete

Knowledge and Skills

Essential criteria
  • Able to communicate effectively both verbally and non-verbally
  • Possess excellent listening and negotiation skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Ability to work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Experience of Mental Health assessments
  • Demonstrate a good knowledge of Code of Conduct and the nurse’s responsibility to identify gaps in their knowledge base.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and experience in the concepts of mentorship, preceptorship and supervision and ability to provide education and supervision to qualified and unqualified staff
  • Knowledge of developments in community care and of mental health legislation
  • Knowledge of ECC guidelines
Desirable criteria
  • Ability to lead the process of standard setting and audit
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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
Jacqueline Skinner
Job title
CRHT Team Manager
Email address
jacqueline.skinner@merseycare.nhs.uk
Telephone number
01512505082
Additional information

Jennifer O'Neill

Jennifer.ONeill@merseycare.nhs.uk