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Safeguarding Team Mental Health Practitioner
£33,706 - £40,588
27 October 2022
9 November 2022
An exciting opportunity has arisen for someone to join our Family Safeguarding Service as a Mental Health Practitioner working in Colne (base), on a permanent 0.6 FTE basis.
We are looking for an organised, compassionate, and reflective individual who is passionate about working collaboratively with families to safeguard children. Are you an energetic, skilled mental health professional? Are you somebody that relishes change and service development? Do you see the opportunity to positively influence a person's emotional health and well-being as a privilege? If so, we want you to join us on our journey to be the best we can be for our families.
The service is funded by Lancashire County Council to provide specialist assessment and treatment for parents of children open to the Family Safeguarding Service who have identified mental health difficulties which are impacting upon their ability to safeguard their children.
For further details / informal visits contact: Dr Helena Lockett Contact, Consultant Clinical Psychologist - Helena.Lockett@lscft.nhs.uk
Main duties of the job
You will join a team of Mental Health Practitioners who work closely with Social Care colleagues including Social Workers, Domestic Abuse Practitioners, Substance Misuse Practitioners and Probation to provide high quality safe and effective care for our service users. You will be provided with regular clinical supervision for one of the Clinical Psychologists in the team.
Key roles and responsibilities include:
- Completing mental health needs and risk screening assessments.
- Signposting service users to relevant services or referrals to Clinical Psychologists within Family Safeguarding Service.
- Consulting on mental health issues to teams within the Family Safeguarding Service.
- Attending team meetings and group supervisions as needed in Family Safeguarding team.
- Assisting the service user to engage in relevant adult mental health services and contributing to the development and implementation of service evaluation measures.
- Undertaking short-term supportive, psychologically informed intervention work with parents who have anxiety and other mental health difficulties that impacts upon their ability to engage with the Family Safeguarding Service.
- Co-facilitating training, workshops, and disseminating knowledge of mental health difficulties across the team/s.
Working for our organisation
Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.
The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.
Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as: term time, part time, compressed hours, flexitime and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.
For more information, please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT.
Detailed job description and main responsibilities
Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about this role.
• Recognised Core Mental Health Professional Qualification (e.g. RMN, SW, OT)
- In-depth knowledge of mental health problems.
- In-depth knowledge of issues that impact upon people with mental health problems.
- Detailed knowledge of the impact of risk and protective factors that affect people with mental health problems.
- Knowledge of medication prescribed for management of mental health issues.
- In-depth knowledge of diversity and anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice.
- Knowledge of current mental health legislation/policy.
- Post qualification experience of clinical work with service users experiencing a range of mental health problems.
- Experience of delivering evidence based interventions in a time-limited framework.
- Evidence of assessment across a broad range of mental health problems.
- Evidence of continuing professional development.
- Experience of risk assessment and management.
- Experience of multi-agency working
Please note that further communication from Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust (LSCFT) will normally be to the email address given on the application form. You should also ensure that email addresses and telephone numbers are provided for your referees, to enable LSCFT to contact them.
Please ensure that you read the Person Specification attached below as your application will be measured against this document. Applications from job share partners are welcome and other forms of flexible working will be considered for all posts.
For all posts which require a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check please be aware of the Disclosure & Barring Service Code of Practice, a copy of which is available by logging on to the DBS website. If the post is subject to DBS disclosure, a charge will be made to the successful candidate(s).
You are advised to consider applying for LSCFT vacancies as soon as possible as in some instances vacancies are closed as soon as a sufficient number of applications have been received. If you are not invited to interview within three weeks of the closing date then please assume that on this occasion you have been unsuccessful, as it is not possible to contact all unsuccessful candidates.
As an integrated Mental Health, Learning Disability and Community Trust, Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including:
- Primary and secondary mental health care for children and adults including specialist inpatient child and adolescent mental health provision, perinatal mental health, forensic services including low and medium secure care.
- Specialist community support for children and adults with learning disabilities and autism, including intensive support.
- Community physical health and well-being services for children and adults.
The Trust was first established in 2002 and employs approximately 7,000 staff who provide care from more than 400 sites. The organisation offers opportunities for medics, mental health and general nurses, allied health professionals, Psychology, administration and clerical staff, apprentices and volunteers.
Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust supports flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as; term time, part time, compressed hours, home/remote working, flexi-time and career breaks.
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