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Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation TrustNorth

Mental Health Practitioner (Nurse/OT/SW)

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North West



£35,392 - £42,618

Posted Date

11 June 2024


Closing Date

25 June 2024

CREST (community rehabilitation and enhanced support team) are expanding. We are looking for mental health practitioners for our developing Complex Emotional Needs (CEN) pathway to support individuals transitioning out of Level 2 in to the community.

The role will involve coordinating the care of individuals in line with changes in national direction of the Care Programme Approach and offering evidence-based, trauma informed interventions to address core rehabilitation needs as well as manage risk within a community setting.

The CREST approach focuses on providing different ways of working with individuals who have spent long periods of time in hospital, to improve outcomes for this service user group. We strive to think creatively, and we are committed to continuous improvement, adapting to the needs of the population.

CREST-CEN is a new and developing pathway, working with service users who are experiencing complex emotional needs or interpersonal difficulties, which previously many have been referred to as a personality disorder pathway.

This role is a great opportunity for registered professionals with an interest in working in rehabilitation and with people with complex presentations. We work with service users to plan and deliver interventions which focus on their rehabilitation needs and supports them working towards their recovery goals. We are a psychologically informed service which benefits from a diverse MDT to work to support individuals.

Main duties of the job

CREST support individuals within complex rehabilitation to address barriers to discharge, assess their rehabilitation needs and identify how these could be successfully supported in a least restrictive environment. The varied needs of the service users within CREST’s caseload and their long history of support within inpatient environments mean that CREST need to take an innovative approach to support to ensure successful outcomes.

The post holder will work closely alongside the existing and developing MDT within the service. In addition to being part of a supportive and dedicated team, there is also a strong focus on co-production and multi-agency working, with many of the caseload being supported by private hospital providers, supported living and a range of statutory and non-statutory organisations.

If successful, you will be responsible for a small caseload of service users who are supported by the wider multi-disciplinary team, and on a day-to-day basis, work within the framework of the team approach. You must have good working knowledge of the principles of recovery and work with service users in a way that promotes therapeutic optimism and hope.

Working for our organisation

The Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LYPFT) is the main provider of Mental Health and Learning Disability services in Leeds. We also provide specialist inpatient services in York and some highly specialised services across the country. As a teaching trust with strong links to local universities, we are a centre of excellence for teaching, research and development.

There are many benefits of working for LYPFT including fantastic employee wellbeing support, 27 - 33 days annual leave, flexible working and remote working arrangements, the NHS Pension Scheme, coaching, support and opportunities for career development and training and education support alongside a range of exclusive discounts and payment schemes including for cars, extra leave days and more NHS Discount Offers.

We also have an incredible bank department, offering variety of roles in nursing, allied health professions, healthcare support worker and administration clerical. Permanent employees are automatically added to bank.

Applicants should be aware that for any individual who requires a visa to work in the UK, the Trust provides sponsorship for registered healthcare practitioner roles only. This is an essential requirement of the role, and the Trust is unable to offer you a role if you are unable to meet Trust requirements for sponsorship and Home Office requirements for a visa.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

CREST was established as part of the complex rehabilitation project with the aim to support repatriation from locked rehabilitation placements and a strong focus on empowering service users and carers in being actively involved their recovery journey.

The Complex Rehabilitation project is part of the West Yorkshire Integrated Care System (WYICS) Programme for Mental Health and Learning Disability. Consultation with service users, carer’s, commissioners and mental health providers has highlighted the service user experience and challenges for people placed within mental health complex (locked) rehabilitation placements from West Yorkshire. Many people have experienced long lengths of stay in locked hospital placements, are disconnected from a community. Service users have shared very powerful experiences with us, describing a community model as “not just about keeping me safe – it’s about building a life worth living”.
In order to meet the aims identified as part of the consultation project CREST has been working on developing a clinical model which supports individuals on their pathway from locked rehabilitation. This psychologically informed model focusses on placing the service user and their loved ones at the heart of what we do, assessing the need and identifying interventions that are needed to support and empower individuals on their recovery journey.

Assessment will form a key part of CREST’s role, with referrals coming from case managers across the West Yorkshire region for individuals who are within, or on occasion being considered for, out of area rehabilitation with CRESTs focus being on identifying their current needs, barriers to establishing a discharge pathway and making recommendations on interventions that would support them in their discharge pathway.

You would also be required to coordinate the delivery of care within the role of duty worker, ensuring the effective prioritisation of care and resources. There will be the need for close liaison with service users, carers and loved ones, other service providers and the wider MDT to ensure high-quality care is delivered.

You will attend and participate in a number of MDT forums aimed at supporting the people we work with and supporting the team.

Travel will be required across the West Yorkshire Area. There will also be some travel to out of area hospitals outside of the West Yorkshire Footprint as part of assessment and engagement.

We are working towards providing a 7-day service, operating Monday-Friday 8am-8pm and 9am-5pm on weekends, to offer a more flexible approach.

Our commitment to you if successful is that you will be offered strong support structures including reflective practice and clinical supervision, be supported to develop new skills, access psychologically informed training and opportunities to be part of evaluation and development of the service.

We recognise the importance of ensuring that our services are reflective of the communities we serve and champion diversity and inclusion. As part of a wider strategy to improve healthcare career opportunities for all, we would particularly welcome applicants from Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds. We are committed to implementing the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standards and welcome staff members from all racial backgrounds who commit to these standards

If working in an innovative recovery focused team is something that you like the sound of and you’d like additional information then please do get in contact to find out more about the role and CREST.

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