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Mental Health Practitioner

Heatherdene, Mansfield
£26,302 - £35,225 / year
Full Time

Job Description

A great opportunity to join a successful £440m turnover integrated NHS Foundation Trust. Our service portfolio includes mental health, intellectual disability and specialist mental health services, community physical health for both adults and children, prison health and our low, medium and high secure hospitals including Rampton Hospital. The Trust is also involved in a number of collaborations in research and innovation with the Institute of Mental Health, the University of Nottingham and other partners.

Our services are provided by 8,900 staff in hospitals, community settings and patients' own homes, predominately in Nottinghamshire, but services are also provided in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire.

The Criminal Justice liaison service is managed under the Community Forensic services, though is not a forensic service, working with people with a range of health and social needs. It is an expanding, developing service across the whole of Nottingham city and county in line with a national model for Liaison and Diversion. This service delivers a mental health, learning disability screening , assessment , liaison and diversion service to an all age population at the earliest point of an individual becoming involved with the police or in contact with the criminal justice services. Points of contact can be the community, police stations, police custody suites , magistrates/crown courts. There is a role of assertive follow up within the post, ensuring that any person diverted into services is helped and encouraged to attend appointments.

The mental health practitioner will be a senior core professional role and will include all aspects of service delivery in line with the National Framework for Liaison and Diversion. We are looking for one highly skilled individual who has relevant experience of assessing needs and managing risk, as well as case working, with people of varied age range, from 10 years upwards with a wide range of vulnerabilities inclusive of mental disorder, learning disability, autism.

You will be working within criminal justice settings and the work entails fast paced risk assessment to support the safe management of an individual whilst in police custody/court and in the community; clinical assessment; liaison and diversion with other relevant services; short term assertive follow up supporting people through the justice system and providing recommendations for court.

Essential roles

• Screening and Assessing new referrals

• Engaging with people who are difficult to engage

• Identifying and managing risks to self or others, full Risk Assessment

• Communication with the police and courts, GP’s, probation, Youth offending teams, other statutory agencies as well as families and third sector agencies.

• Short term interventions and case management to motivate and prepare people for diversion into appropriate services.

• Liaising and consulting with other services and other Trust Services

• Working as a member of a multi-disciplinary team and multi-agency team

• Embracing user and carer involvement

• Clinical, Group and Managerial Supervision

• Keeping contemporaneous records in IT systems

• Providing recommendations to the police and courts including presenting recommendations in court

• Data entry

• Travel across county wide community and Criminal justice settings

• Teaching and presenting to partner agencies

You will work with people who present a significant risk to themselves and / or others and are often marginalised within society.

To receive further details of this post please contact Joanne Halstead, Clinical team leader  ( Phone number removed ) 

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Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is now a Smoke Free Trust . This means that there will be no smoking on all Trust premises including buildings, gardens or car parks.

The Trust believes in treating everyone with dignity and respect and encourages applications from all sectors of the community. We guarantee an interview to candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum essential criteria.

We positively encourage people who have experienced mental health problems to apply for a role within the Trust.

In submitting an application form, you authorise Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to confirm from your previous or current NHS employer and other prior employers; previous NHS service details and personal data held about you, including Occupational Health data (inoculations and screening tests). This data will be transferred using NHS Electronic Staff Record and third party systems via an automated process and only used for the purposes of obtaining and maintaining accurate employment records, should you be appointed to the post.

The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Therefore, convictions which would otherwise be considered as 'spent' will also be checked as part of an Enhanced DBS Disclosure.

For eligible posts, DBS disclosures are mandatory before commencement of employment within the Trust. Therefore, if you are in a position that is deemed a regulated adult and/or child care role, you will not be able to start your employment until we have received a satisfactory DBS Disclosure.

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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