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Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Job Description

Named as one of the 100 best places to work in the NHS by the Health Service Journal in 2015, Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health, learning disabilities and social care services.

Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Job Title: Senior Mental Health Practitioner (RMN/OT/MHP) – Southampton Acute Mental Health Crisis Team

Salary band: Band 6

Hours: 1 xFull-time 375 hours per week

1 x Full Time 375 hours – night work (2100-0700 shift)

Location: Antelope House – covering the population of Southampton

This is an exciting opportunity to join a forward thinking, service user focussed team that covers the population of Southampton working with adults 18 years and upwards presenting in a mental health crisis.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, grounded, yet innovative, Senior Mental Health Practitioner who is committed to the principles of recovery to become part of the Southampton Crisis Team. The team seeks to support individuals with acute mental health needs requiring intensive input to remain in the community in a recovery focussed, supportive manner. We also support individuals along their journey through the Acute Care Pathway from the hospital environment to home.

As a Senior Practitioner in the team, you will be taking a lead role in the support and supervision of your colleagues, as well taking a positive role in the development and clinical effectiveness of the team. You will have a key function of assessing and formulating a collaborative care plan with service users as they present in crisis and require an urgent response. You will need robust assessment skills to enable the team to deliver high quality crisis care and home treatment. You will hold exemplary communication skills, enabling you to be a role model for others, as well as positively representing Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust. You will also be able to liaise effectively with other services, both internal and external to Southern Health Foundation NHS Trust, retaining service user focus at the heart of any clinical decision making to ensure the best outcome.

The successful applicants will be expected to participate in a flexible, 24 hour, 7 days per week rota on a shift rotational basis. The team prides itself on its strong sense of team and an incredibly supportive working environment, with regular team time, team lunches and reflective practice.

Interview Date: within 7 – 10 days of application

We positively encourage applications from all sections of the community and we are committed to equal opportunities

We strongly encourage candidates to read all available information to support their application, please use the application form to demonstrate that you meet the requirements laid out in the job description and person specification.

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Any personal information you provide will be treated in the strictest confidence and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

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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