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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 20/06/2021.

Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Job Reference: 311-CCP02-21

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
Senior Mental Health Practitioner
Block 4, Southlink Business park, Oldham
£38,890 - £44,503 per annum

We are proud to provide high quality mental health and learning disability services, both inpatient and in the community across five boroughs of Greater Manchester - Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport and Tameside and Glossop.

Our vision is for a happier and more hopeful life for everyone in our communities and our staff work hard to deliver the very best care for the people who use our services. We’re really proud of our #PennineCarePeople and do everything we can to make sure we’re a great place to work.

Our ambition is to maximise people’s potential and we aim to promote an inclusive environment and improve the diversity of our workforce so our people truly represent the communities we serve.

All individuals regardless of race, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership are encouraged to apply for this post. We would also encourage applications from individuals with a lived experience of mental illness, either individually or as a carer.

If you come and work for us we will offer a range of benefits and opportunities, including:

1. Generous annual leave entitlement for Agenda for Change and Medical and Dental staff.

2. Flexible working opportunities to support your work/life balance

3. Access to Continued Professional Development

4. Involvement in improvement and research activities

5. Health and Wellbeing activities and access to an excellent staff wellbeing service

6. Access to staff discounts across retail, leisure and travel

If you are Kind, Fair, Ingenious and Determined then we want you to come and join our #PennineCarePeople

Service/Ward/Department Summary

The Crisis Care pathway for children & young people across Greater Manchester (GM) is being totally transformed. Four new multi-agency, multi-disciplinary Rapid Response teams serving the whole of GM are at the heart of the transformation. These teams provide crisis assessment and management and offer intensive support post crisis for children, young people and families. The post holder will work predominantly within 1 geographical cluster, however some working across the whole GM area will be required.

This post is within the North Rapid Response Team; covering Bury, Rochdale and Oldham and will be employed by Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Role Summary

The post holder will have the opportunity to make profound improvements in how crisis care is experienced by children, young people and those who care for them. As a member of the Rapid Response Team you will be at the heart of a well funded, well organised, hugely valued work-stream. You will link with emergency services and with primary care to offer first response assessment and intervention for children and young people in actual or emerging crisis. You will offer intensive follow up for up to 72 hours and will develop longer term care plans to identify and address the holistic needs of young people and families across Greater Manchester. You will also link with specialist in-patient services, referring and co-managing admissions within a recovery model.

The Rapid Response Teams and the overall pathway emphasise a culture of accessible, high quality, holistic, child centred, recovery focused care, enabling you to effectively address the needs of children and families when they are at their most vulnerable. As such these posts will be enormously rewarding.

The new crisis care pathway enjoys a high degree of national & local recognition and interest. Therefore these are high profile posts offering you potential opportunities to conduct service based research and to present at conferences and other events. You will also enjoy a structured induction and comprehensive training programme,

Key Responsibilities of the Post

  • Provide team leadership to the team of staff, coordinate and hold responsibility for the day to day work assigned to the team
  • Be available to assess and manage young people presenting in crisis within a new Assessment and Reduction of Risk framework
  • Offer up to 72 hour intensive support and intervention, jointly with VCSEs and other agencies across all GM boroughs
  • Work across traditional boundaries to develop holistic, recovery focused care plans to promote resilience and prevent relapse
  • Refer to specialist in-patient services and co-manage admissions to reduce Length of Stay
  • Ensure the accurate documentation of assessments and interventions

Key Requirements of the Person Specification

  • You will have a relevant core professional qualification in mental health or social care plus evidence of continued professional development in a CAMHS related area
  • You will have evidence of professional registration
  • You will have substantial experience of risk assessment and risk management
  • You will have substantial experience delivering brief, focused evidence based interventions such as CBT, Problem Solving, Family Interventions, Parenting Interventions and skills coaching
  • You will be highly skilled in understanding and managing complex presentations within complex systems
  • You will have a high degree of emotional resilience enabling you to perform at a high level and communicate empathically and effectively even when people are highly dysregulated and potentially abusive
  • You will have a genuine and passionate belief in the child centred, needs led, recovery focused values base of the service
  • You will need to recognise the value of flexibility and availability for young people and be able to work weekends, unsocial hours and have use of a car or suitable means of transport to enable support of young people across GM


For further details / informal visits contact:

NameBecky PackJob titleService ManagerEmail addressr.pack@nhs.netTelephone number07557 325 378

All new starters to Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust who are appointed to a post which requires a Disclosure Barring Certificate check (DBS) will be recharged for the full cost of the check. Substantive staff will have the amount deducted from their first months’ salary. Members to the Trust bank must repay the full amount from their first pay. The Trust encourages all staff and bank workers to register with the DBS update service at an annual cost of £13, for bank members this is obligatory. The cost of an enhanced DBS check is £40 and for a standard check £23, both attract an administration charge of £3.50.

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  • This post is on PCFT T&C's. If you are an internal employee currently on transferred T&C's and you are voluntarily applying for this post please be aware that should you be appointed the T&C's of this post will transfer to PCFT.
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Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

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