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South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Community Mental Health Practitioner

Job Type

Permanent

Reference 

4455203/334-LEW-4455203

Salary

Location

£38,786 - £46,124

Posted Date

16 August 2022

London, SE8 4AT

Closing Date

11 September 2022

This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and dynamic Mental Health Practitioner to join the Lewisham Community Mental Health Neighbourhood 1 Team. The post is open to qualified Nurses, Social Workers and Occupational Therapists.

The post-holder will conduct assessments of newly referred adults to the Community Mental Health Team. They will undertake the responsibilities of a Mental Health Practitioner within the Care Programme Approach for a defined caseload of service users and their carers. They will provide evidence-based psychosocial interventions and will focus on engagement, recovery and social inclusion as well as addressing physical health care needs.

The successful candidates will be experienced registered professionals who are able to demonstrate a specific interest in working with people with developing psychosis.

This is an exciting time to be working in this field which has undergone a Community Transformation as part of the NHS Long Term Plan . We are able to offer excellent support and training opportunities.

• To manage a caseload of mental health service-users with complex needs as lead professional and care co-ordinator under the CPA process.
• To use evidence-based and client-centred principles to assess needs and to plan, implement and evaluate health and social care interventions
• To facilitate flow through the service and timely step-down to low intensity services and primary care.
• To provide leadership for junior staff through supervision and appraisal.
• To participate in the planning, development and evaluation of MDT services, holding personal responsibility for defined projects and areas of responsibility.
• To mentor and supervise students on practice placements
• To carry out MDT activities e.g. coordinating meetings and undertaking duty responsibilities
• To provide profession-specific interventions for the wider team as required and in line with NICE guidelines
• To offer/provide timely NICE concordant interventions to clients with FEP and their carers
• To participate in team training and mandatory training and ongoing professional development.

South London and Maudsley NHS Trust has a rich history, well-established community links and an international reputation. We deliver specialist services in the London boroughs of Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark, Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich.

We are committed to provide a high quality and specialist care to our service users and we are recognised for our care and treatment we provide. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as ‘good’.

Our Values

We take pride in providing specialist care to our service users where our Trust values and our promise to be caring, kind, polite, prompt, honest, listen and do what I say I’m going to do is at the heart of everything we do. When you join us, you’ll be part of something special.

As a Trust we are happy to talk flexible working.

Job Purpose:

Band 6 Mental Health Practitioner will be based within neighbourhood-based community mental health teams which provide integrated health and social care services.

Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team alongside colleagues from a range of professional backgrounds, they will undertake assessments of need and coordinate the development of sustainable recovery-focussed care plans. They will provide practical support and carry out planned interventions to address assessed needs and to overcome barriers to access and social inclusion. Using a strengths-based approach they will support service-users to develop their own solutions, minimising long-term dependence on services through self-directed support and promoting the take-up of personal budgets where appropriate.
• To manage a caseload of mental health service-users with complex needs as lead professional and care co-ordinator under the CPA process.
• To use evidence-based and client-centred principles to assess needs and to plan, implement and evaluate health and social care interventions
• To facilitate flow through the service and timely step-down to low intensity services and primary care.
• To provide leadership for junior staff through supervision and appraisal.
• To participate in the planning, development and evaluation of MDT services, holding personal responsibility for defined projects and areas of responsibility.
• To mentor and supervise students on practice placements
• To carry out MDT activities e.g. coordinating meetings and undertaking duty responsibilities
• To provide profession-specific interventions for the wider team as required and in line with NICE guidelines
• To offer/provide timely NICE concordant interventions to clients with FEP and their carers
• To participate in team training and mandatory training and ongoing professional development.

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