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Community Mental Health Practitioner
Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
Sextant House
£33,706 - £40,588 per annum
Salary period
07/02/2023 23:59

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Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust logo

COVID-19 Vacancy Community Practitioner

Band 6


We are so delighted you are considering coming to work with us at Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (CNTW).

We know the power of looking into an organisation, one you might want to work in, or one where you are going to get help, and being able to say, ‘I’ve seen somewhere I can fit in and be myself.’  We’re on a journey to make the Trust an inclusive employer, representative of the community we serve and we want more of our community to consider applying for jobs with us.

Opportunities for you

Spanning east to west coasts from Northumberland to Cumbria and from the Scottish Borders down to Middlesbrough we’ve got exciting new opportunities available at every level and in every area.

We offer flexible working, helping work fit around family and caring responsibilities, or training and development needs and there’s lots on offer in the way of benefits, such as, lease cars, childcare schemes, staff discounts, season tickets for travel and a cycle to work scheme. All this in a vibrant workplace supported by the following staff networks.

  • Cultural Diversity Network
  • Disabled Staff Network
  • LGBT+ Staff Network
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Network
  • Armed Forces and Veterans Network

We offer fantastic personal development opportunities through our Collective Leadership Programme and other Organisational Development initiatives. Whatever you are looking for, you will be joining a supportive, friendly team, offering varied and interesting roles, with opportunities for career progression.

Always improving

CNTW is regulated by the national healthcare regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Our last two inspections have rated us as an outstanding organisation. We’re always seeking to improve as an organisation. Do you want to be part of that?


Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a band 6 nurse practitioner to work within our central team in Northumberland Recovery Partnership.

The role is permanent and full time and will involve travel.

The role entails working with those affected by substance misuse providing safe and effective interventions, harm reduction advice, and use of psycho social interventions to support service users to consider and achieve recovery.

The team consists of a well-established mix of professionals that work collaboratively to deliver individualised care. The role involves individualised clinical assessment, care planning, formulation, and collaborative working across the multi-agency team.

The applicant will be expected to demonstrate leadership within the team, providing supervision and supporting students.

Main duties of the job

To be responsible for the Assessment and Management of casework of service users who have substantial and complex needs.

Provide specialist clinical advice to Service Users/Carers, staff, statutory agencies, 3rd sector partner agencies and the public.

In collaboration with the Service User and Carer where appropriate, develop Recovery and Wellbeing focused Care Plans, ensuring regular reviews to monitor progress and adapt Care Plan as necessary.

To consider Carer needs and ensure Carer and family are involved in Care Planning where appropriate.

To deliver evidenced based Clinical and Psychologically based Interventions.

The post holder will work as a member of the Multi-disciplinary Team ensuring that high quality individualised care is delivered which ensures safety and a commitment to promoting recovery and wellbeing and maximising independence.

Working for our organisation

We aim to attract and retain a diverse, talented and committed workforce, who are caring and compassionate, and therefore able to meet the demands of the modern NHS now and in the future. In return we can offer a dynamic working environment in which to build a career.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please find attached job description for full details.

Please do get in touch if you have any questions or would like to come along and meet the team. We would be delighted to meet with you.

Advertising date : 24th January 2023

Closing date : 7th February 2023

We welcome your application.


Person specification


Essential criteria
  • First Level Qualification – RMN/RNMH/RNLD
  • Mentor Training
  • Evidence of post-registration training in clinical/ psychological interventions / skills relevant to the post.
  • Minimum two years’ experience post registration.
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge and Application of psychologically based interventions.
  • Experience of working within a community team.
  • Qualifications in Psychological Interventions
  • Teaching/Presentation skills.


Essential criteria
  • Training in CPA (Care Programme Approach), Safeguarding, MAPPA (Multi Agency Panel for the Protection of Vulnerable Adults) and Child Protection. Up-to-date knowledge/experience of relevant legislation. Awareness and understanding of professional accountability, NMC standards and other local and national initiatives. Ability to carry out and provide comprehensive written assessments of individuals with complex mental health needs. Risk Assessment and Risk Management / Safety Planning skills
Desirable criteria
  • Understanding of difficult to manage/challenging behaviours. Delegation skills. Debriefing skills


Essential criteria
  • Awareness and understanding of professional accountability, NMC standards and other local and national initiatives. Ability to carry out and provide comprehensive written assessments of individuals with complex mental health needs. Risk Assessment and Risk Management / Safety Planning skills. Demonstrate an understanding of effective & appropriate treatment options including a range of evidence based clinical approaches as identified in N.I.C.E. Guidance). Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills. Evidence of a high level of professional, organisational and leadership skills (self & others). Ability to adapt within a changing environment. Ability to work under pressure. Excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to use electronic recording and relevant IT equipment. Ability to work effectively with other professionals using a multi-agency approach. Ability to work autonomously and within a team. Excellent time and case management skills Good conflict resolution skills. Able to maintain professional development. Good, effective communications skills. Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary Team Ability to meet the mobility and geographical requirements of the post.

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Apprenticeships logoNo smoking policyPositive about disabled peopleMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Improving working livesAge positiveDisability confident employerCare quality commission - OutstandingStonewall equality policy. Equality and justice for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans people.Armed Forces Covenant Gold Award

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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Mark Hindhaugh
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