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Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Job Reference: 310-MAP46-1599271-D

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Adult and Specialist Mental health
Cavell & FRS, Cambridgeshire
£30,401-£37,267 pa

Exciting rotational opportunity 18 months

We are currently recruiting to our Peterborough CRHTT & First Response Service and have an opportunity for a Band 6 Senior Mental Health Practitioners to support us developing the pathway between our front line services. The post will be 9 months in the Crisis Team and thereafter 9 months in our First Response Service.

Our innovative Crisis Team offers a range of community based treatments as an effective alternative to hospital based care. We provide intensive, time limited, planned treatment and care 24 hours, 365 days a year. We work to support a culturally diverse population in the North of the Trust, providing services for service users and carers in Peterborough, Fenland and the Huntington area. Our excellent Team has HTAS Accreditation.

Our pioneering and award winning First Response Service provides 24 hour access to mental health services for people who identify, or have been identified as being in a mental health crisis. It is an all age service. Support is provided initially over the phone by Psychological Wellbeing Telecoaches, who are trained in the process of mental health triage and who will attempt to de-escalate the individual’s crisis over the phone and formulate a safety plan for that individual. Dependent on the risk and need identified, a face to face assessment can be arranged and carried out by a Mental Health First Responders. The team is overseen each shift by a Clinical Lead. The outcome of the telephone triage or face to face assessment is that the patient will be supported, given advice, referred to appropriate services. Our service was delighted to be awarded as Winner of the National Positive Practice in Mental Health Crisis & Acute Services Award

Both services work closely with other inpatient and community services within CPFT. We provide rapid response assessments to those at risk of being admitted to hospital and provide care, treatment and support within a community setting or facilitate admission to hospital and promote rapid discharge.

The role will require robust mental health assessments of clinical risk and psychological formulations, as well being able to facilitate treatment and planning of services users in mental health crisis.

We pride our staff on being accountable, responsive and committed in supporting other teams & services, regarding the acute treatment and referral pathway. Other responsibilities would include the delivery of reflective supervision as well as individual clinical supervision, develop a training programme in conjunction with the leadership team and also to provide debriefing sessions and support when needed.

The successful candidate will work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team’s policies and procedures. Will utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the team/service, and provide advice to the Service Manager & Team Managers on methods of evaluating the work of the team including advising on suitable outcomes measures.

You will have access to regular clinical, managerial supervision to support you in your day to day work and will be required to work internal rotation of early, late and night shifts.There will be the opportunity for professional development in advancing practice including Psychological Therapies, Non Medical Prescribing and AMHP training as well as Professional Leadership Courses.

You will need to have a relevant qualification in Mental Health Nursing, Social Work or Occupational Therapy. We welcome applications from staff with varying levels of experience including ward & community based and offer relevant supervision and education to facilitate this transition.

Other benefits from joining us are:
• Annual leave allowance 27 days plus bank holidays (depending on NHS service)
• Pension scheme
• Full-time/Part-time or job share opportunities
• Salary sacrifice scheme
• Staff discount scheme
• Professional leadership programs for experienced staff through NHS Academy
• Stress awareness training
• Mindfulness training
• Counselling service


For further details / informal visits contact:

Modern Matron Sam Swinden 07866940749


Laura Oselton 01733 218671.

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) is an equal opportunities employer and believes in treating everyone with dignity and respect, encouraging applications from all sectors of the community.

The aim of CPFT is to ensure that no employee in employment or job applicant receives less favourable treatment because of their race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin or on the grounds of gender, marital status, disability, age, sexual orientation or religion; or is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which are not justified by the job to be done.

CPFT is looking to build upon its pool of temporary workers with Temporary Staffing Services (TSS). You will be asked at interview if you would be willing to register with TSS. This is an excellent opportunity for those looking to take on additional hours that are flexible around their personal circumstances.

Internal CPFT applicants who are currently ‘at risk’ and who meet the essential criteria will be given prior consideration over other candidates who apply for this post. If you are ‘at risk’ please make it clear on your application so you receive priority consideration.

If you are successful at interview you will be subject to pre-employment checks, including a DBS (if appropriate) and references to cover 3 years of continuous employment. To ensure a smooth process please bring all identity documents to your interview. A list of required identity documents will be attached to your interview invitation.

In submitting an application form, you authorise CPFT to check any previous NHS service details via the Inter Authority Transfer (IAT) process should you be appointed to the post.

Please note that due to the variety of contacts you may provide it cannot be guaranteed that the recruitment process will be managed exclusively within the NHS email system.

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.

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