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Community Mental Health Practitioner - FORWARD THINKING BIRMINGHAM

Job Description

Please note that applications are welcomed from all suitably qualified/experienced individuals. However prior consideration will be given to applications from individuals who are ‘at risk’ and employed by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust. If an appointment is made from that at risk group, the post will be withdrawn.


Our Trust is a great place to work and we are keen to ensure that all our employees have the right values in order that we can provide the best service to our patients. These values are very important to us, and as a potential candidate you should be made aware that we test for these throughout the whole assessment/recruitment and selection process, and will only interview and recruit individuals who demonstrate these values through their application and behaviour.

Details of our Values can be found on our website link 'Work for us'

Would you like to be part of a unique service development in mental health services? Come join us now as we start our journey to radically change the way our mental health services from 0- 25 years are provided within Birmingham.

The ambitious vision forthe new mental health partnership chosen by commissioners to deliver mental health services for children, young people and young adults, is Forward Thinking Birmingham (FTB) – where choice and opportunity change lives.

The Forward Thinking Birmingham mission is to “exceed all expectations of what mental health services can achieve for children, young people and young adults in Birmingham; resetting the bar for generations to come.”

The FTB partnership led by Birmingham Children’s Hospital will be working with the combined expertise of our partners Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, the Priory Group, Beacon UK and The Children’s Society to deliver new and innovative services.

We have a range of positions and we are looking for individuals to join us if you have an interest or expertise in the age range 0 - 25. We are flexible in our approach to supporting applicants to undertake the necessary developmentto help develop clinical expertise within this age range and we are committed to providing a training plan to employees of Forward Thinking Birmingham. We also offer mentorship and pathway training programs.

The service is based around prevention and personalised care, and a single 24/7 phone number will enable immediate access to experts who will support children, young people, young adults, families, health professionals and those who work with children and young adults, in getting the services they need seamlessly.

As part of the Forward Thinking Birmingham partnership, the post holder will undertake a wide range of duties to develop, support and enhance the case management for young people, young adults and families who are cared for within the partnership.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Mental Health Nurse, Social Worker or Occupational Therapist to work as a Mental Health Practitioner within our Community Mental Health Teams. The roles will be HUB based, and the successful applicants will work within established multi-disciplinary teams.

Applicants will need to demonstrate experience and knowledge in the areas of the delivery of mental health care in the community, with particular reference to the needs of young people and young adults, together with an understanding of both the CPA and Care Management processes.

The post will involve mental health assessment, clinical risk assessment, signposting and liaison with other services. You will need to be confident and competent in positive risk assessment and management and be able to provide both brief and longer term therapeutic interventions for patients with mental illness (e.g. depression, anxiety, psychosis), and support for their families/carers.

You will provide care co-ordination for an allocated caseload of patients with substantial mental health needs. This will include key tasks of undertaking high quality assessments, developing care plans, delivering and reviewing therapeutic interventions.

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate a high level of decision making skills and to work independently. Applicants will also need to be proficient with the use of IT systems for both data and documentation purposes.

The post holder will be prepared to work flexibly across a 7 day working week, between 8am - 8pm weekdays and weekends where appropriate.

It is essential applicants can meet the travel requirements of the post as the FTB service is citywide.

Applicants must have the ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English in both verbal and written formats.

Applicants must have the ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English in both verbal and written formats.

**All new appointments are subject to 6 months’ probation period.

**If the position being applied for requires a DBS check to be undertaken on you, it will be a condition of your employment that you have subscribed and continue to subscribe to the DBS Update Service. New employees to the Trust are required to pay the fee for the initial DBS check (this will be deducted from their first months’ salary) and the annual subscription (£13) to the DBS Update Service. Internal applicants are required to pay the annual subscription fee only (£13). Further information on the update service can be found on our website link ‘DBS Update Service.’

In the event of exceptionally high levels of response, we reserve the right to close the post before the date stated in order to prevent the number of applications received being unmanageable. You are advised to submit your completed application as soon as possible to have the best chance of being considered.

We require references that cover the last three years of employment and you must name a current/most recent line manager or supervisor as a referee. Family, friends or colleagues will not be accepted. Please include in your application full reference details including correct email addresses as failure to do so will result in a delay in the pre-employment process if you are successful.

If you are short listed for interview you will be contacted by the Employment Services Team via your NHS Jobs account, please ensure you check your NHS Jobs account and your e-mail account on a regular basis.

The Trust offers a preceptorship year for newly qualified nurses and AHP's and attendance at preceptorship programmes is a condition of employment.

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

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

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