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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 28/06/2022.

Community Mental Health Practitioner

Job Reference: 378-CK1354

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
378 HUD OPS - Kirklees Outreach Team - 228280
£32,306 to £39,027 pa

Our Trust exists to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities. We’re delighted you’re looking at this job opportunity and hope you want to join our team.

We live our values every day:

  • We put the person first and in the centre
  • We know that families and carers matter
  • We are respectful, honest, open and transparent
  • We improve and aim to be outstanding
  • We are relevant today and ready for tomorrow

Our values are very important to us which is why we want to recruit people whose values match ours. Read on to find out more about this job opportunity.

Kirklees Outreach Team – Band 6 Community Mental Health Practitioner

Due to additional investment into the team, The Kirklees Outreach Team is looking to recruit an enthusiastic and autonomous Band 6 practitioner on a full-time basis. We are seeking an individual who is committed to delivering a high quality service and who can work within a team approach.

This is an excellent opportunity to join a supportive forward-thinking team that is committed to providing effective, evidence based and compassionate care to service users.

The Kirklees Outreach Team is a community based mental health team that provides crisis interventions and home-based treatment for older people whose mental health needs increase significantly either due to an acute episode or relapse of an enduring mental health condition. A referral to this team would be considered when:

  • People are experiencing the onset of relapse or severe mental distress, where a breakdown in coping mechanisms or a change in circumstances necessitates a rapid flexible and / or intensive response
  • To provide brief interventions to augment/support existing care plans.
  • Hospital admission is being considered / Gatekeeping Assessment is required
  • To support early discharge / graded leave

Intended Outcomes

  • To provide home based treatment as an alternative to hospital admission where clinically viable
  • To reduce the length of inpatient stay
  • To improve patient choice and experience
  • To work for short, intensive periods with people who have acute or severe mental health problems.
  • Contribute to the delivery of planned care in the client’s own home accessing community resources.

The team are operational 8am – 8pm 7 days per week and you would be expected to undertake 12 hour shifts across a 7 day rota.

Full UK driving licence and use of own car is essential.

If you would be interested in joining a creative and innovative team dedicated to providing acute home based treatment for older people, we would welcome and encourage informal enquiries and visits to the team.

For further information please contact Karen Hodgson (Team Manager) or Sue Tully (Senior Practitioner) on 01484 343152.

All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients

As a flexible employer encouraging a healthy work/life balance, we will consider Part-Time and flexible working opportunities for all our positions.

Our application process will test your attitudes and behaviours, as well as your knowledge and skills. So that we know we’d be a good match for each other. If you’re successful you’ll then have a 12 months values based induction.

You’ll also have access to a wide range of wellbeing support because our wellbeing at work matters to #allofus. There’s a great range of support for us all including a workplace physio, staff retreats, health checks, counselling, mindfulness and a variety of sports groups. You can take part in our award-winning Creative Minds activities as well as access courses at our innovative recovery colleges.

We welcome applicants with lived experience of providing unpaid care and/or support to a family member or friend with a disability, health condition, frailty, mental health problem, addiction or other health and care needs.

We know there’s a wealth of talent among people who have a disability as well as those who have experience of mental or physical health problems. So, if you need any support with your application just give us a call on 01226 644072.

A couple of things to note – if you’re shortlisted for interview we’ll contact you via your NHS jobs account, so please check this regularly. Please provide email addresses wherever possible for your references. Bear in mind that we reserve the right to close a vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as you can.

We hope you would like to join our award winning team. Good luck with your application.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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