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Community Mental Health Practitioner

Job Description

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust (OHFT) provides physical, mental health and social care for people of all ages across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Swindon, Wiltshire, Bath and North East Somerset. Our services are delivered at community bases, hospitals, clinics and people’s homes. We focus on delivering care as close to home as possible.

As a leading teaching, training and research trust, we have close links to Oxford and Oxford Brookes, Buckinghamshire, Reading and Bath universities. We are part of the Oxford Academic Health Science Centre, working closely with our university colleagues to translate their findings into clinical care as quickly as possible, enabling people using our services to benefit from the latest advances in healthcare.

In everything we do, we strive to be caring, safe and excellent. We expect our staff to share and demonstrate these values as we work to constantly improve the quality of care we provide. This ensures that we have the right workforce to deliver effective team-working and excellent patient care and experience.

Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All successful candidates will be subject to Disclosure Barring Service and other relevant employment checks.

We have an exciting opportunity for permanent registered Mental Health Practitioners in our Older Adults Community Mental Health Team based in High Wycombe and Amersham .

You would need to be a Registered Mental Health Nurse , Occupational Therapist and/or Social Worker with mental health experience.

During the last year the Older Adults Specialist Mental Health Services in Buckinghamshire have been remodelled with the team now providing enhanced services and extended hours of operation during the evenings and at weekends as well as the core working week Monday to Friday.

Our Older Adults Community Mental Health Team provides a range of services including Memory Clinics, Assessment & Crisis Intervention , enhanced duty response plus step up and step down care & care co-ordination.

Our Memory Services have successfully completed a national accreditation programme in conjunction with the Royal College of Psychiatry.

We operate an innovative model of assessment for our clinics with the aim of providing timely assessment and diagnosis following the first appointment and clinics close to the persons home.

You will be joining services that are already well established, motivated and supportive within a cohesive multi-disciplinary Community Mental Health Team where your contribution would be highly important and valued.

You will be able to play a significant role in helping to continue the development of the new service model. You will be given the opportunity to work in all aspects of the team including the Memory Services.

Our service has been given an overall rating of GOOD following CQC inspection in 2015.

•Do you have excellent skills in working with older people with mental health problems?

•Are you an enthusiastic and resourceful person who is able to work independently and with initiative?

•Are you able to motivate yourself and your clients?

•Are you able to establish effective working relationships with other professionals?

•Are you familiar with current legislation, guidelines and processes that affect the way in which mental health care is delivered?

You will have access to regular supervision , ongoing training and be an active member in the team’s development .

We are looking for a positive, reliable and flexible individual to join the team as a Community Mental Health Practitioner.

You will be part of a motivated, supportive and cohesive multi-disciplinary Mental Health Team where your contribution is highly important.

The team actively promotes a multi-disciplinary approach to the care coordination of our clients.

If you are a registered Mental Health Nurse , Occupational Therapist or Social Worker with these skills we would be very interested in recruiting you. You will have access to regular supervision and ongoing training.

For more information and further details or to arrange an informal visit please contact Suzanne Lucas (team manager) on  ( Phone number removed )  /mobile  ( Phone number removed )  email ( Email address removed ). and Fiona Whitehouse on  ( Phone number removed )  /mobile  ( Phone number removed )  email ( Email address removed )

Benefits of working for Oxford Health NHS Trust include:-

  • Excellent opportunities for career progression

  • 27 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, with an increase to 33 days with continuous service

  • NHS Discount across a wide range of shops, restaurants and retailers

  • Staff accommodation

  • Childcare Vouchers

  • Lease car scheme

  • Competitive pension scheme

  • New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.

  • Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.

  • Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3-5 years of employment or study. Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.

  • Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.

  • We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services. This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.

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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