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NHS West London NHS Trust

Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Job Type



South East



£41,659 - £47,672

Posted Date

6 April 2023


Closing Date

21 April 2023

We are looking for a Senior Mental Health Practitioner to join our team.

Job overview:

Specialist Community Forensic Teams and Criminal Justice Liaison and Diversion services have been a developing area within WLFS over the past few years and this post has been created in order to support that development. West London Forensic Services has been chosen by NHS England to pioneer a new approach to support the transition of Learning Disabled and Autistic people in Medium and Low Secure Mental Health Services with their transition back into the community.

Previous applicants need not apply.

We are therefore in the process of rolling out this new and exciting LDA new CFT team covering all 8 NW London Boroughs. We have established Specialist Community Forensic Teams, Police Liaison, Court Diversion, Youth Justice Liaison and diversion teams and Forensic CMAHS Services and these services have also been greatly extended and invested in over the past few years, in particular the Police Liaison Service has grown creating more posts and more coverage within the geographical area.

The post will be based in Ealing, St Bernard’s Hospital Site.

Main duties of the job:

Your responsibilities will include working collaboratively with service users as a Senior Forensic Social Worker / Social Supervisor to promote good quality care and recovery including: -

- Supervising and leading by example in matters related to social supervision and lead on developing good practise in this role
- Providing line management to Band 6 Social Workers / Social Supervisors
- Working closely and assertively with inpatient services to identify service users who are able to transition into the community, and co-produce plans to facilitate this transition
- Working collaboratively with service users in a recovery-focused, strengths-based way, identifying appropriate goals to promote their recovery
- Ensure that the views and wishes of service users and carers are central to the care planning process and that their participation is maximised
- Ensure that specialist forensic risk assessments are undertaken collaboratively with service users and colleagues
- Providing effective, outcome and evidence-based support and interventions to support recovery.
- To ensure that practice is kept up to date, participating in training programmes, workshops, conferences etc. and developing a personal development plan as part of the appraisal process
- To attend all professional and practice forums and as directed by the Team Manager.

Working for our organisation:

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We’re rated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we’re committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

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