Mental Health Practitioner (MSS)
Hammersmith & Fulham, Ealing & Hounslow Mind
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The purpose of the My Safe Space (MSS) is to help alleviate mental health and wellbeing during heightened arousal or crisis through supportive therapeutic provision within the local community facilitated by the MSS team. As a Mental Health Practitioner, you will be a core member of the MSS team working with CYP’s between the ages of 5 - 18 years old who present or are referred to My Safe Spacec (MSS).
The My Safe Space MH Practitioner role would suit a Health Care Professional like a Nurse (RMN, RLDN), Social Worker , Occupational Therapist, Children and Young Persons Wellbeing Practitioner, Educational Mental Health Practitioner with some formal training in CBT interventions, experience of working within a multi-disciplinary CYP MH team with experience in managing CYP’s presenting in a MH crisis/acute MH presentations with a special interest in developing their crisis response therapeutic practice and working creatively on effective evidence based de-escalation in the community.
MSS will mainly deliver containing short-term support in crisis using evidence based therapeutic treatment modalities on- site. There will also be ongoing support for these CYP facilitated through liaison with HFEH Mind’s in-house social prescribing services to ensure a seamless onward transition to self-management, relevant specialist Community Mental Health services, Social Care or other relevant partner agencies where required.
Main duties of the job
The Mental Health Practitioner role is a key part of the HFEH Mind Complex Needs Hub providing flexible and evidence-based episodes of crisis care and treatment to young people age 5 - 18 presenting to My Safe Hub (MSS). The MSS Practitioner will work in partnership with the MSS team and other agencies to alleviate MH Wellbeing and offer crisis de-escalation; identify and co-produce back-up support systems; facilitate psychoeducation; problem solve, create and facilitate relaxation/mindfulness events; facilitate conversations with other agencies to alleviate CYP distress and assist CYP to navigate community support primarily through the MSS base.
The aim of the service is to provide psychosocial, holistic support in crisis that is helps de-escalate crisis presentations, problem solve difficult circumstances, guide MH self-management and subsequently alleviate MH wellbeing for all CYP’s accessing the service.
This is an exciting opportunity to join and support a fast growing and dedicated team supporting the wellbeing of communities across West London.
We’re here to make sure that everyone suffering with a mental health problem gets the help they need to recover. We listen, support recovery, fight stigma and work with partners to take action. We provide services for adults, children and young people, signposting for everyone and training and consultancy for employers.
- Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team by providing containment and care to service users attending MSS under the direct or indirect supervision as required.
- Facilitate the support of children and young people, their parents/carers, families referred or presenting to the MSS in the self-management of presenting difficulties.
- Assist in implementing the delivery of programmes of care as requested by Band 6 & 7 staff within the MSS including supporting CYP attendance at the MSS from various community locations.
- Provide practical 1:1 support through onboarding and telephone engagement as required.
- Assist in implementing the delivery of programmes of care by working in partnership with children, young people, their families and other agencies in the development of intervention plans and monitor outcomes.
- Design training materials and co-facilitate group or workshop delivery to promote emotional regulation, crisis identification and management, mental health awareness and self-care.
- Awareness of community resources and facilitate the appropriate signposting or referrals for service users where the need for additional support or a different response is identified and agreed with CYP, CYP’s parent or carer.
- Facilitate the delivery of workshops and peer discussion groups as required.
- Recognise safeguarding situations; be aware of and adhere to safeguarding guidelines; know when to inform and share these concerns with the wider MSS team and raise safeguarding alerts.
- Observe, report and appropriately respond to any changes in the service user’s physical, mental health and behaviour and discuss them with the MSS team in consultation and as part of handover huddles.
- Support other HFEH Mind Youth Service delivery when required and agreed by Team Manager.
- Facilitate the development of MSS service tools, materials and services including carrying out audits and preparing service data for stakeholder presentation, training and wider service presentations.
- Facilitate the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of crisis interventions under direct or indirect supervision of the Band 5, 6 or 7.
- Participate in the regular case and service reviews or discussions and have key worker responsibilities for cases.
- Initiate, organise and evaluate practical support with therapeutic/clinical advice under the guidance supervisor and Team Manager.
- Utilise skills flexibly and effectively so that interventions and practical support can be creatively thought about and facilitated in the MSS or other appropriate settings.
- Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the services delivered under the guidance of supervisor and the Team Manager.
- Contribute to gathering and presenting information for quarterly monitoring reports.
- Maintain records of clinical activity in accordance with wider and local service policies and procedures by keeping administrative processes, databases and client records up to date.
- Maintain accurate and timely information, documentation and reporting systems in accordance with agreed standards, HFEH Policies, MSS Procedures and the Data Protection Act.
- Awareness of the HFEH Mind Complaint Policy in order to promote excellence of service and consumer satisfaction.
- Work within the constructs of and adhere to HFEH Mind and MSS agreed Covid-19 protocols/requirements.
- Adhere to established policies, procedures, protocols within the service and those specifically relating to HFEH Mind and the MSS Team.
- Appropriately and without undue delay seek support and consultation regarding complex MSS cases or new referrals.
- Assess risk presentations, plan for and manage potential risk, respond to risk needs, document risk, case consult and seek guidance on the management of risk presentations and escalate risk to ensure needs are best met.
- Carry out mental health & risk assessments on children & young people in your care routinely and work to manage these situations effectively under supervision.
- Discuss new assessment in the MDT team meeting and collaboratively decide on an appropriate treatment pathway.
- Maintain an awareness of current developments in the field of CYP mental health and managing Crisis by attending training courses and workshops and accessing up to date literature.
- Participate and facilitate regular shared learning activities and developmental experiences across CAMHS.
- Participate and facilitate service initiatives designed to improve efficiency and outcomes for children, young people and their families.
- Ensure that all assessments and interventions are provided from an inclusive values base which recognises and respects difference.
- Maintain comprehensive records of all training and intervention activity
- Complete all requirements relating to data collection and report clinical outcomes and service access data into the digital patient record system, CYP IAPTUS.
- Monitor and track progress against access targets for your caseload and develop plans with your supervisor to reach access targets
- Develop a ‘local knowledge’ of the locality and its services and facilities, particularly in relation to mental health issues.
- Attend relevant educational opportunities in line with identified professional objectives
- Carry out additional tasks as required by the MSS service and core HFEH Mind service.
- Maintain and nurture a positive working relationship with partner agencies.
- Liaise with and develop positive partnerships and relationships with other services.
- Escalate/signpost referrals for children and young people with more complex needs to relevant services.
- Engage in regular group and 1:1 supervision clinical and management supervision and participate in appraisal processes as required.
- Attend handover meetings; case review meetings and/consultation; regular team and handover meetings as required.
- Travel across boroughs within London (predominantly Hammersmith & Fulham, Ealing and Hounslow) where required and agreed with supervisor or team manager for the purpose of Team representation, redeployment or specific service user needs.
- Attend mandatory in-house and relevant external training opportunities, to support own ongoing development.
- Facilitate Band 4 and volunteer staff supervision, appraisals and case consultation as required by the service.