Mental Health Practitioner

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

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Job summary

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.

Vaccination

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Main duties of the job

You will need:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Car owner/driver is preferred but not essential.
  4. 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.

About us

In return we offer regular clinical supervision, and excellent professional developmental opportunities within a supportive and friendly environment.

Date posted

03 August 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change

Band

Band 6

Salary

£37,152 to £43,994 a year pa inc HACS

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time

Reference number

333-J-HA-0432

Job locations

Bentley house

15 to 21, Headstone drive

Harrow

HA3 5QX


Job description

Job responsibilities

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

Job description

Job responsibilities

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

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications

Essential

  • RMN/Diploma/Degree
  • Evidence of continued professional development
  • Valid UK registration with their respective professional body.

Desirable

  • A post registration qualification in Older People
  • Mentorship

Experience

Essential

  • Post-registration experience in a range of clinical areas
  • Experience of working as member of a Multi -disciplinary team

Desirable

  • Experience of managing/supervision of staff
  • Experience of working in a community setting
  • Experience of working with dementia,
  • Experience of working with older adults

Knowledge

Essential

  • Knowledge of CPA, Risk Assessment and Risk Management Processes
  • Knowledge and understanding of the needs and rights of service users and their carers.
  • Knowledge of ethical/legal requirements within mental health nursing.
  • Knowledge and understanding of legislation relating to the care of Older Adults with Mental Health problems in the community

skills and abilities

Essential

  • Effective communication skills both verbally and through written reports.
  • Ability to assess complex risk and produce care plans to manage this
  • Effective leadership skills
  • Ability to take responsibility for managing a caseload
  • Ability to manage complex decision making situations.
  • Ability to organize and prioritise own workload.
  • Ability to supervise junior staff and students
  • Teaching and assessing skills
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance.
  • Ability to work effectively in stressful and emotionally charged situation
  • Able to manage personal stress.
  • Previous experience of audit and research.

Other requirements

Essential

  • IT skills i.e. Microsoft word, Email, Internet, Motivated and able to motivate others, Assertive and enthusiastic.

Desirable

  • Car driver, full driving license., Access to own transport.
Person Specification

Education and Qualifications

Essential

  • RMN/Diploma/Degree
  • Evidence of continued professional development
  • Valid UK registration with their respective professional body.

Desirable

  • A post registration qualification in Older People
  • Mentorship

Experience

Essential

  • Post-registration experience in a range of clinical areas
  • Experience of working as member of a Multi -disciplinary team

Desirable

  • Experience of managing/supervision of staff
  • Experience of working in a community setting
  • Experience of working with dementia,
  • Experience of working with older adults

Knowledge

Essential

  • Knowledge of CPA, Risk Assessment and Risk Management Processes
  • Knowledge and understanding of the needs and rights of service users and their carers.
  • Knowledge of ethical/legal requirements within mental health nursing.
  • Knowledge and understanding of legislation relating to the care of Older Adults with Mental Health problems in the community

skills and abilities

Essential

  • Effective communication skills both verbally and through written reports.
  • Ability to assess complex risk and produce care plans to manage this
  • Effective leadership skills
  • Ability to take responsibility for managing a caseload
  • Ability to manage complex decision making situations.
  • Ability to organize and prioritise own workload.
  • Ability to supervise junior staff and students
  • Teaching and assessing skills
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance.
  • Ability to work effectively in stressful and emotionally charged situation
  • Able to manage personal stress.
  • Previous experience of audit and research.

Other requirements

Essential

  • IT skills i.e. Microsoft word, Email, Internet, Motivated and able to motivate others, Assertive and enthusiastic.

Desirable

  • Car driver, full driving license., Access to own transport.

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).

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Additional information

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).

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

Address

Bentley house

15 to 21, Headstone drive

Harrow

HA3 5QX


Employer's website

https://www.cnwl.nhs.uk/work (Opens in a new tab)

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

Address

Bentley house

15 to 21, Headstone drive

Harrow

HA3 5QX


Employer's website

https://www.cnwl.nhs.uk/work (Opens in a new tab)

For questions about the job, contact:

Service Manager

Vandana Datta

07875316580

Date posted

03 August 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change

Band

Band 6

Salary

£37,152 to £43,994 a year pa inc HACS

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time

Reference number

333-J-HA-0432

Job locations

Bentley house

15 to 21, Headstone drive

Harrow

HA3 5QX


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