Mental Health Practitioner
Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
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To provide specialist mental healthcare to offenders and to work as part of the Mental Health Team and wider mental health services.
To deliver a range of specialist interventions at primary and secondary care level; to include
- Referral management, screening assessment, triage, and evidence-based interventions
- Care Planning and risk assessing
- One-to-one and group-work facilitation
- Managing a mixed and challenging caseload including people struggling with severe enduring mental illness, personality difficulties and neurodevelopmental
Main duties of the job
Key Tasks and responsibilities
To perform robust assessment, screening, and interventions to offenders with a learning disability and mental health conditions.
Ensure that all waiting time, assessment and interventions are delivered in a timely manner, and positively contribute to the achievement of the service's performance targets.
Ensure integrated and collaborative working with other specialist services, including continuity of care and through the gate arrangements and liaison.
Work closely with community mental health teams (CMHTs) to ensure appropriate sharing of information, continuity of care and the Care Program Approach (CPA) for all offenders as necessary.
To provide comprehensive and timely reports and mental health expertise to multi agency public protection panels (MAPPA), police, probation services, solicitors and court liaison teams as directed.
Provide supervision to junior staff and to receive supervision as directed (line management and clinical).
Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes.We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.
Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
- We're Kind
- We're Fair
- We Listen
- We Care
To communicate effectively on a range of issues that are often complex in their nature and in complex situations.
Participate in the annual appraisal reviews and demonstrate reflective practice through the Knowledge and Skills Framework
To maintain comprehensive and timely electronic clinical records ensuring confidentiality is maintained at all times.
Provide supervision, mentorship & leadership for junior staff.
Take all necessary care in the working environment, adhering to relevant health and safety policies.
Participate and positively contribute to the services integrated clinical governance arrangements
Carry out administrative tasks as directed including research, audit, data, and activity statistics.
Prison senior management teams & staff NHS professionals; police, courts, probation, Crown Prosecution Service, social care services and other statutory and non-statutory agencies involved with care and aftercare supervision; general and forensic mental health services.
To work positively and effectively in a difficult environment where the need for safe and secure containment may often challenge access to services and provision of quality mental health services.
The post-holder will be expected to work within the established prison regimes.
To understand the complexity of inter-agency involvement in offender welfare and to resolve issues that may occur across organisational boundaries.
All applicants must be willing to undertake National Security Vetting in order to work in a Prison Setting. This will be completed as part of the pre-employment checks through Oxleas and the prison vetting team.
You will need to provide:
Proof of right to work documentation
Proof of ID, needs to include 1 photographic ID
Proof of address documentation
Non-UK passport holders will need to have correct documentation (right to work in the UK) and a Home office Share code.
5 years address history will be needed.
Applicants that are not UK Passport holders who provide less than 5 years UK address history will need to provide a Police Certificate which must be in English from where they resided previously.
Applicants who are UK Passport holders who have lived abroad for a period of more than six months during the last three years will need to provide a certificate of good conduct or an overseas police check in English from the countries resided in or visited.
In order to assist you in obtaining a Police Certificate, guidance can be sought from:https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/criminal-records-checks-for-overseas-applicants
If the country you have resided in is not listed here, you can obtain the necessary information by contacting the relevant Embassy or High Commission for that Country. Their contact details can be found on the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website (http://www.fco.gov.uk/en).
Effort and Environment
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).