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Forensic Mental Health Practitioner
Band 6
Fixed term: 1 year
Full time: 37.5 hours per week
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Somerset NHS Foundation Trust (formerly Somerset Partnership)
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Glanville House, Church Street, Bridgwater
£31,365 - £37,890 per annum, pro rata
11/06/2020 23:59
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COVID-19 Vacancy Forensic Mental Health Practitioner

Band 6

Forensic Mental Health Practitioner

BASE:                         Bridgwater

SALARY:                   Band 6

HOURS:                     37.5 hours per week

CONTRACT:            Fixed Term - 1 year (there may be the possibility of extending / permanent contract pending additional funding from commissioners).

 The postholder will:-

  • Work to improve the quality of care and support for adults with enduring mental health problems who have been assessed as requiring a specialist placement within a secure hospital setting, whilst actively promoting the recovery ethos
  • Carry out consistent and high standard assessments/reviews for patients within the above settings to determine need and, where necessary, to provide relevant/additional information
  •  Need to work in collaboration with providers from both the statutory and independent sectors to enable dedicated support for the mental health care needs of patients ensuring good quality standards
  • Work with the Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and other funding authorities to facilitate the assessment process and placement of patients requiring mental health treatment and ongoing specialist care in community and non-secure hospital settings
  • Have an understanding of the Somerset NHS Foundation Trust out of area treatment/mental health panel, and will present to this panel on a regular basis
  • Hold care coordinator responsibilities for a cohort of identified Somerset patients.

This role includes working as part of a small team, and the postholder will be expected to visit/keep regular contact with patients who have been out of county. This will involve occasional overnight stays.


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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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

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Further details / informal visits contact

For an informal discussion, please do not hesitate to contact Karen Gough, Consultant Forensic Psychologist by e-mailing: