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Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

Mental Health Practitioner

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£27,055 - £32,934

Posted Date

9 January 2023


Closing Date

25 January 2023

Are you a Learning Disability Nurse Practitioner with a passion for delivering outstanding care that brings the 6 Cs (care, compassion, commitment, courage, communication and competence) to life? If so, we want to hear from you.

We are delighted to offer a position within our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in Warrington. You will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team providing evidence-based interventions.

Main duties of the job

As a Mental Health Practitioner, the post holder will provide high standards of evidence-based client centred care to children and young people with mental health [CYPMH] problems within the THRIVE Framework for service delivery.

The post holder will be expected to provide interventions to children and young people and their families/carers referred into the service.

As the post is identified within the CYPMH strategy, it is expected the role will continue to develop in line with national and local initiatives. The post holder will demonstrate an attitude which respects and values service users’ and their carers.

The post holder will embrace the core values of the organisation and adopt the principles of Recovery and THRIVE. These principles will recognise the need to:

Promote safe practices

Value the aims of service users

 Work in partnership and offer meaningful choice

Be optimistic about the possibilities of meaningful change

Value social inclusion 

Working for our organisation

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. #we're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities


To hold a caseload of assessments, treatment upon a conceptual framework and employing research based evidence.

To provide direct therapeutic interventions in line with the grading of the post, including assessments, formulation and therapeutic input into children, young people and families referred into the service.

Undertake risk assessments and care plans accordingly, in line with the THRIVE framework

To work in ways that are sensitive to the needs of children and young people and families from a wide range of racial, cultural and religious backgrounds.

To participate directly in the teams duty rota’s in line with the grading of the post.

To exercise responsibility within supervisory, managerial and accountability structures, for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients

To deliver care co-ordination, ensuring effective assessment, care planning and risk management processes are maintained. Involve the views of children, their families, referring agents and other professionals involved in the network of care.

To produce a clinical formulation and intervention plan founded on evidence based practice in cooperation with the child young person and carers

To hold responsibility for standards of clinical practice within area of work.

To work jointly and collaboratively with other team members in order to enhance and develop the provision of services to young people and their families. To have an effective knowledge base of other modalities so as to engage and work effectively with colleagues in other disciplines.

Undertake risk management for all children including the protective and risk factors present in the network of significant relationships.

Identify and respond appropriately to child protection issues, as described with the guidelines of Local Safeguarding Children’s Board and the Trust safeguarding policies

Maintain clear and comprehensive electronic clinical records, to ensure information is accurate and complies with Data Protection Act and professional body and Trust standards.

To engage with using routine outcome measures as clinically appropriate including their use in clinical practice and inputting data into clinical records.

To work collaboratively with children, young people and their families and contribute to the trust’s service user participation agenda.

Please refer to attached Job Description for full list of responsibilities and duties.
Person specification
Essential criteria

- Core professional qualification in: Registered nursing, Social work, Occupational therapy
- Up to date Professional Registration (to be maintained)

Knowledge/ Experience
Essential criteria

- Experience of mental health assessments and therapeutic interventions with children and young people with mental health problems and their families.
- Skilled in the ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, clinical sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
- Experience of working with a wide variety of patient groups including adegree of professionalism in the face of emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
- Experienced in and the ability to undertake case management.
- Knowledge and skills in a range of approaches within the field as required to meet the needs of different patients and settings.
- Level of knowledge of the mental health needs of children and adolescents. Have experience in providing risk assessments
- Must demonstrate ability to be self-reflective and to organise own supervision appropriately.
- Ability to work within a culturally diversive community in a wide variety of contexts including highly specialist skills for working in settings outside the clinic.
- Ability to take clinical responsibility for patient care and treatment, both as a care co-ordinator and within the context of a multi-disciplinary team.
- Interpersonal skills to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, in order to convey clinically sensitive information to family members of all ages and to a wide range of lay and professional persons, within and outside of the NHS.
- Demonstrate the ability to co-ordinate care plan / risk management plan Knowledge of legislation and strategic frameworks and their implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the full range of client groups.

Essential criteria

- Continuous Improvement
- Accountability
- Respectfulness
- Enthusiasm
- Support
- High professional standards
- Responsive to service users
- Engaging leadership style
- Strong customer service belief
- Transparency and honesty
- Discreet
- Change oriented

Essential criteria

- Ability to convey and to model an understanding of the ethical guidelines in all areas of professional conduct.
- Physical stamina to support clinical caseload.
- A commitment to the continuous improvement of services using feedback from individual clients, families, user surveys and clinical research.
- Emotional stamina, and resilience to respond constructively in stressful situations
- Ability to use clinical and case management supervision positively and effectively
- Ability to organise and co-ordinate areas of work.


We celebrate diversity and promote equal opportunities; we are committed to challenging and eliminating racism and other forms of discrimination and advancing and promoting equality of opportunity in the provision of services and creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We believe that everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect.

Please ensure you check the email account from which you apply.

All information regarding your application will come from not NHS Jobs. Only those applicants who demonstrate clearly how they meet our person specification will be shortlisted for interview.

Should you require a reasonable adjustment to our recruitment process please contact the recruitment team to ensure that measures can be put in place to support you.

We reserve the right to close any vacancy earlier than advertised in exceptional circumstances once we have received a high volume of applications.

The Trust expects all post holders who require an enhanced DBS for their role subscribe to the DBS Update Service. You will be required to enrol for this service for a fee of £13 per year and maintain registration. Trans applicants who require a DBS check and do not want to reveal details of their previous identity can contact the DBS Sensitive Applications Team (01516761452 or email with their application number once they have completed their DBS application form. The team is able to prevent any previous identity showing on the DBS Certificate, unless the applicant has a conviction under their previous details in which case this will need to be disclosed.

As a Disability Confident Employer, we offer a guaranteed interview scheme for applicants who consider themselves to be disabled who meet the minimum (essential) criteria for the role in the person specification. If you would like your application to be considered under the Trust’s guaranteed interview scheme you can indicate this in the personal information section of your online application form.

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