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Community Mental Health
Band 5
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
South Sefton Neighbourhood Centre
£25,655 - £31,534 per annum pro rata
Salary period
07/07/2022 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy EIT Practitioner Band 5 (Development Post) - Male Only

Band 5


Job overview

** Due to a genuine occupational need we are currently only able to accept male applicants for this role*


An exciting and challenging opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and driven  Band 5 Mental Health Practitioner to work within Early Intervention Team for Psychosis Sefton. The successful candidate will progress to  Senior Mental Health Practitioner Band 6 level following a period of preceptorship and demonstrating  the meeting of key clinical competencies.

The service works with people between the ages of 14 - 65 who are experiencing a first episode of psychosis.

We are looking for qualified Registered Nurse (MH), Occupational Therapist or Social Worker, motivated, enthusiastic, self-directed mental health practitioner to join the team as a Care Co-ordinator. You will be involved in the patient journey from triage, assessment through to offering interventions supporting service users to recover from psychosis over a 3 year period.

The service delivers both managerial supervision and clinical supervision from specialist staff. There is in-house training on all aspects of the service including psychological formulation, Family Interventions, CBT skills and assessment skills. Mersey Care also has an active Learning and development team who offer personal, clinical and service development opportunities.

Preferably you will have experience of working in a community setting, but this is not essential.

Main duties of the job

Early Intervention Team offers  works with service users who present with a first episode of psychosis and is a busy and skilled multi-disciplinary group which actively promotes close partnership working within the wider community.

If you feel you possess the values of Mersey Care NHS Trust we would welcome an application from you.  Applicants should hold a  professional qualification .

The role will include providing high quality evidenced based care, formulating risk management plans, supervising risk assessments, providing expertise and advice, care co-ordination and directing unqualified staff.

In addition we require a strong commitment to working with service users with complex needs, in order to assist them plan and take steps towards their recovery. You will have excellent interpersonal skills that will enable you to support service users and their families and challenge, motivate, influence and inspire your colleagues at all levels. 

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

1. To coordinate the care of service users carrying out assessment planning, implementation and evaluation of their care under the guidelines of the care programme approach and under the supervision of the line manager.

2. To ensure that the service users care plan is developed to meet the assessed need of the individual and that unqualified staff are delivering care as laid down in the care plan.

3. To liaise with family members, carers and significant others when completing the assessment and developing a care plan

4. To develop a risk management plan for service users, taking note of the contributions from other members of the team. Ensure that all significant people are aware of the risk management plan and are actioning it appropriately.

5. To direct unqualified staff in order to ensure delivery of a high standard of care to service users.

6. To participate in setting standards for care based on sound evidence based and research findings

7. To participate in the systematic monitoring and evaluation of service users that you have responsibility for with guidance from a supervisor.

8. To communicate with other members of the multi-disciplinary team to ensure the communication of any relevant information which has an impact on the service user’s care

9. To use verbal and non-verbal communication skills gained through training or experience to impart sensitive information.

10. To check understanding of information where there are often barriers to effective communications due to distress, psychiatric symptoms or where English is not the first language

11. To use skills gained through training and experience to give and receive information to other individuals with regards to a service users care in the reviews and multi-disciplinary meetings. These individuals may be external to the Trust

12. To have knowledge of the Mental Health Act / Mental Capacity Act and other relevant legislation. To support services users and their carers when the Mental Health Act is being used to admit the service user to hospital. To ensure that service user rights under the Mental Health Act are effectively communicated to them and outcomes documented

13. To provide and co-ordinate the provision of a range of therapeutic activities for service users and monitor their effectiveness.

14. To take responsibility for the safe administration of medication to service users ensuring that the Trust policies and procedures and the Nursing & Midwifery Councils regulations are adhered to.

15. To ensure that all relevant information with regards to a service users care and treatment is documented accurately and legibly into the health record. To supervise and monitor the entries made by unqualified staff. 

16. To under the guidance of a supervisor provide reports both in written and verbal formats as requested e.g. for a service user Mental Health Act Tribunal or Managers Hearing

17. To contribute to teaching sessions in order to pass on knowledge and skills.

18. To use skills gained through training and experience to de-escalate situations where service users become physically or verbally aggressive

19. To ensure that unqualified staff members get appropriate support following violent or other untoward incidents

20. To ensure that all incidents or near misses are documented as per Trust policy and that any follow up action is taken.

21. To actively participate in service user reviews ensuring that service user needs are met and that the team has all the relevant information on which to base their clinical decisions.

22. To develop care plans that enable service users to reach and maintain their optimum level of health and independence to help them to remain in the community in their chosen setting.

23. To react pro-actively in cases of service user crisis and put in place immediate plans to resolve the situation with supervision and guidance as appropriate.

24. To assist in the assessment and supervision of nursing and other students.

25. To assess and monitor the physical and mental health of service users, seeking advice and support from medical staff as appropriate.

26. To actively participate in team meetings in order to positively influence team working and the development of research based practice.

Person specification

Essential criteria

Essential criteria
  • Registration with professional body
Desirable criteria
  • Degree / Diploma
  • Evidence of post registration study.

Essential criteria

Essential criteria
  • • Experience of working with a range of people with mental health problems
  • A demonstrated understanding of Equality and Human Rights
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team.

Essential Criteria

Essential criteria
  • Continuous Improvement • Accountability • Respectfulness • Enthusiasm • Responsive to service users • Engaging leadership style • Strong customer service belief • Transparency and honesty • Discrete

Essential Criteria

Essential criteria
  • • Able to communicate effectively. • Possess good listening and negotiation skills • Ability to work as a member of a team. • Be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge base regarding: • Effective Care Co-ordination • Care Planning and evaluation • Quality and clinical audit. • Health & Safety/Risk Management Mental Health Act • Demonstrate a good knowledge of the Code of Conduct and the nurse’s responsibility to identify gaps in their knowledge base. • Demonstrate knowledge in the concepts of mentorship, preceptorship and supervision.
Desirable criteria
  • Appreciate the process of standard setting and audit.

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Armed Forces CovenantVeteran AwareApprenticeships logoNo smoking policyPositive about disabled peopleMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Disability confident employerCare quality commission - GoodArmed Forces Covenant (Silver Award)CTP The Ministry of Defence partnering with Right ManagementStep into health

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Carol Rice
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