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Mental Health Practitioner

Job Reference: 833-SS-SP-81-20

(SP) Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service
£24,214 to £30,112 pa (pro rata)

We are delighted to announce that we have been rated as a “Good” organisation by CQC and our Adults Services were rated ‘Outstanding’ for caring.

Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service (LMWS) has an exciting opportunity for 3 Band 5 Mental Health Practitioners to join the team.

We are an exciting new service which combines the existing Leeds IAPT service with a broader mental well-being support offer based in primary care settings. The service is delivered as a partnership of NHS and third sector providers which comprises of Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Community Links, Touchstone, Northpoint Wellbeing, Women’s Counselling and Therapy Service, and Home-Start Leeds.

The key responsibilities of this role are as follows:

  • Undertake specialist holistic mental health assessments and deliver appropriate therapeutic interventions to clients with common mental health problems, in line with service protocols.
  • Support clinicians in the delivery of clinical interventions.
  • Support the development and delivery of Step 2 CBT courses and workshops.
  • Contribute to the collation and analysis of course evaluation and feedback.
  • Involvement in service working groups that focus on service developments.
  • Networking, capacity and promoting LMWS by attending events and developing relationships with a range of stakeholders to increase and widen access to the service, with particular reference to defined target groups.

You will be well supported in the service through clinical and managerial supervision and will enjoy being part of a committed team of people who have clients’ best interests at heart.

We exist to provide the best possible care in every community in Leeds and we encourage staff members to be at the heart of operational decisions.

Some flexibility in working patterns may be available as we strive to provide therapies which fit in with the often busy lives of clients. LMWS is committed to ensuring the service reflects the diversity of the population it serves. We recognise that BAME communities are under-represented in the service. We are therefore especially keen to receive applications from under-represented communities. This is a core part of our service Vision & Values, as we strive to reflect the communities that we support.

We asked our existing clinicians what they most enjoy about working at LMWS. Some of the comments included:

  • ‘Very supportive atmosphere’
  • ‘Variety!’
  • ‘Flexibility’
  • ‘Feel supported’
  • ‘Leeds IAPT is an exciting place to work. Staff are involved in trying to improve the service through new ideas’.

About you!

  • Appropriate statutory professional body registration (RMN, OT Certificate, Professional Mental Health/Psychology qualification or a relevant qualification at NVQ Level 3 (e.g. NVQ Level 3 in Mental Health & Social Care) or equivalent, and/or significant experience in mental health support work.

  • Experience of working within a mental health setting with clients presenting with common mental health problems.

  • Experience of undertaking specialist holistic mental health assessment, risk assessment and formulation and can demonstrate that these skills are maintained.

  • Experience of delivering appropriate therapeutic, risk management and relapse prevention interventions in a time-limited manner, to clients with common mental health problems, in line with professional standards and service protocols.

  • Enthusiastic and motivated, you will work well as part of a team, but will also able to work independently and have a sound knowledge of interventions offered within an IAPT service.

  • You will be a resilient person, organised and able to manage competing demands on your time.

If who want to be part of our dynamic and forward thinking service, we are looking forward to hearing from you! Click apply to submit your application.

If you are successful in being offered a position which involves working with patients, you will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The level of check required is dependent upon the position that you have applied for. The Trust will administer the DBS check on your behalf and will recover the cost from your salary. There will be no charge if you are enrolled in the DBS Update Service.

**Please be advised that at all stages of the recruitment process NHS staff from the Yorkshire and Humber region designated ‘at risk’ or ‘affected by change’ will be given priority consideration. If you are ‘at risk’ or ‘affected by change’ please make it clear on your application so that you receive priority consideration.**

Please note: all correspondence regarding this vacancy including the interview process will be sent to your registered NHS jobs e-mail address.

Please ensure you meet all the essential requirements in the person specification before applying for this vacancy.

Recruiting Managers may close an advert once sufficient applications have been received therefore all candidates are strongly advised to complete their application as soon as possible.

If you have not heard within four weeks of the closing date please assume that on this occasion you have been unsuccessful.

The Trust operates a no smoking policy and is a smoke free environment.

We are committed to improving the working lives of our employees and we have an active flexible working policy and welcome applications for job share and flexible working. As an equal opportunities employer we also welcome applications from anyone, irrespective of age, sex, sexual orientation, race, religious beliefs or disability as we embrace diversity within our workforce.

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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Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement.

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