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Band 6 Mental Health Practitioner

Job Reference: 313-A-20-77968-NS

Leicestershire Partnership Trust
Mental Health Services for Older Persons
£30,401 / £32,525 / £33,587 / £34,782 / £37,267

Can you demonstrate our values of Trust, Respect, Integrity and Compassion? Do you share in our ambition to create high quality, compassionate care and wellbeing for all?

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Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT) provides a range of community health, mental health and learning disability services for people of all ages. Delivered through over 100 settings from inpatient wards to out in the community, our 6,500 staff serves over 1m people living in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Mental Health Liaison Service (Older Persons)

Permanent post

Band 6 – 1 WTE post working across 7 days (As this is a service development the hours will be reviewed in response to need)

As part of developing our liaison services within UHL we have funding for a Band 6 Mental Health Practitioner post within the older persons component of the Mental Health Liaison Services.

The team is based in the Leicester Royal Infirmary and provide assessments for over 65s presenting in the acute medical setting with primary or co-morbid mental health problems. We offer an urgent assessment service to people attending the Emergency Departments in times of mental health crisis, and an assessment and liaison service to the medical wards across the 3 UHL sites. The service operates 9am-5pm seven days a week.

The Mental Health Liaison Service experiences a high number of referrals which can be complex and challenging. This provides an excellent opportunity to enhance your practice and develop your nursing skills. We would require an enthusiastic, motivated and experienced RMN, OT or social worker with relevant post registration experience. You would work as part of the established team and would need to demonstrate flexibility and a commitment to high standards of patient care. You will need to be able to independently and confidently complete mental health assessments and develop formulations. The successful candidate must have a good understanding and knowledge around thorough clinical risk assessment.

You should have excellent communications skills and the ability to work alone and as part of a team. We are proud of our multi-disciplinary team approach, providing holistic mental and physical healthcare.

The team has close working partnerships with Geriatricians, UHL wards and secondary mental health care. There is an expectation that you would provide some education and teaching regarding mental health issues, to other staff.

We have a strong commitment to supervision, training and regular appraisal, from which you will benefit.

In order to be considered for these posts - you will have already gained experience in mental health nursing within an acute setting (in-patient, crisis team) and have robust and sound clinical assessment and decision-making skills including the ability to prioritise your workload whilst maintaining a degree of flexibility to accommodate competing demands of the service when they arise. Experience working with older persons with mental health difficulties is desirable. You will have an up-to-date knowledge of national and local policies. Furthermore the ability to meet local Trust targets in relation to quick response times is essential. The post requires excellent communication skills both written and verbal and the ability to work in a dynamic and busy environment. As always, we expect decision-making to be made in collaboration with our service users and carers with a view to facilitating treatment in the least restrictive environment.

We are committed to providing the best care that we can to our patients, and so some of our roles involve a Maths and English assessment. Where this is so, details will be shared with you as part of the recruitment process.

Details of our benefits, pledge and other important information about the application process, and working for us is contained in the documents linked to our advert.

For areas where our teams work to staffing rosters, rosters are set in advance at a team level and you will be joining an established roster. Your rostered shifts will be confirmed to you when arranging your start date. We will consider requests to vary working patterns in line with our flexible working policy.

To make the most of your application, we may consider successful applicants for vacancies for the same post in different locations where this is appropriate and meets our mutual requirements.

For all substantive roles the appointment of every new member of staff (excluding medical and dental staff) to a post is subject to a 6 month probationary period, details of which are in our Probation Policy.

We aim to develop a workforce that reflects our service users. To this end we actively implement equal opportunities in employment and service delivery and seek people who share our commitment. We strongly encourage applications from all sections of the community, particularly from underrepresented groups, including members of our black and minority ethnic communities. All jobs will require permission to work in the UK.

For all jobs the cost of undertaking a DBS disclosure at the required level will be met by the individual. This will be deducted from salary following commencement.

Requests from applicants to work alternative hours to those advertised may be considered.

Applicants who are currently ‘at risk’ within the local NHS, and meeting essential criteria will be given preference for interview over any other candidates who may apply for this post.

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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.

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

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