Mental Health Practitioner
Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
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We require highly motivated and enthusiastic Mental health Professionals to join our Community Mental Health team and Home Treatment Team, working with Older adults in Harrow. We are a needs' led service and work with service users that are physically frail and have a mental health problem. Caseloads are a mixture of service users with long and enduring mental health issues, acute mental health crisis or issues relating to memory loss and related symptoms.
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Main duties of the job
You will need:
- to have a minimum of 3 years post registration experience with 2 years of working with older people with mental health problems and a minimum 6 months of working with older people in a community setting.
- to have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with a sound understanding of current government legislation, the ability to work as part of a MDT and provide high quality care with evidence based therapeutic interventions.
- Car owner/driver is preferred but not essential.
- the skills to carry a caseload of older people with complex mental health needs acting as a care co-ordinator for those on CPA or as Lead professional in the CMHT or support individuals as a part of a highly skilled HTT.
In return we offer regular clinical supervision, and excellent professional developmental opportunities within a supportive and friendly environment.
The CMHT is a multidisciplinary team, comprising of CPNs, psychologists, Art therapist, social workers, OT and doctors. The team is supported by a good admin system and offers excellent work environment. The team has good links with local statutory and non-statutory services. We are based in the Wealdstone area of Harrow, which has easy links to Central London and good local transport connections. The team works closely with Ellington Ward (Bedded unit) based in Northwick Park Hospital.
The HTT is a nurse led service with a dedicated medic and is well embedded in the CMHT.
- To triage referrals and allocate work to junior staff as appropriate.
- To provide a comprehensive mental health assessment for complex patients in the acute phase of a mental health crisis.
- To assess current risks and identify how the risk and patients mental health needs would best be met.
- To formulate, implement and review individualised Recovery Care Plans with patients and their carers that aims to address their psychological, physical & social needs.
- To build and maintain therapeutic relationships with patients and carers and involve them in drawing up care plans.
- To work with patients care co-ordinator/ lead professional as appropriate to ensure continuity of care.
- To provide information and advice to carers to support them through the crisis period.
- To administer , supervise and monitor prescribed medication advising patients and carers on storage, administration and possible side effects.
- To have a sound understanding and knowledge of current legislation and itsapplication to service users with mental health problems e.g. Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act, Human Rights Act, Freedom of Information Act, Data Protection Act.
- To attend MDT meetings, Ward Rounds, Discharge CPAs and Mental Health Act Assessments
Education and Qualifications
skills and abilities
Disclosure and Barring Service Check
This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.
Certificate of Sponsorship
Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).
From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to 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) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).