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Mental Health Practitioner

Band 6

Main area
Family Safeguarding
Grade
Band 6
Contract
Fixed term: 36 months
Hours
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
294-COMM-3668794-SFA-C
Site
Council Premises Wandsworth
Town
Council Premises Wandsworth - London
Salary
£38,786 - £46,124 per annum inclusive inner London HCAS
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
26/01/2022 23:59

South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust has a rich history, well-established community links and an international reputation. We provide a full range of local mental health services to the Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth London boroughs, as well as specialist forensic mental health services, including specialised services such as national deaf adults and CAMHS inpatients and OCD.

We are committed to providing high quality integrated health and social care for local people with mental health problems in South West London and more specialist mental health services for people throughout the UK. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as ‘good’ however we aim to be ‘outstanding’.

Our Values

We take pride in providing specialist care to our service users where our Trust values; being consistent, compassionate, collaborative, respectful and open is at the heart of everything we do. Our mission is "making life better together".

When you join us, you’ll be part of something special – an innovative and rapidly growing organisation that is helping to redefine the Mental Health, education and social care landscape in the UK.

As a Trust, we are happy to talk flexible working.

We are passionate about caring for our service users, their family and friends and the wellbeing of our colleagues.  From 1st April 2022, it will be a requirement for everyone joining South West London and St Georges in a CQC regulated patient facing role to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or to hold a qualifying exemption.  Applicants are further advised that it is a condition of employment that evidence of their vaccination status is provided, as part of the pre-employment checks.

Job overview

BRIEF POST DESCRIPTION

This post will form part of a brand-new specialist, multi-disciplinary team, which includes Psychologists, Children Social Workers, Substance misuse and Domestic Abuse Workers.  The work involves engaging parents with mental health difficulties, assessment of risk stemming from these difficulties and their bearing on individuals’ parenting capability, assisting and enabling accessing suitable treatment, as well as fostering ongoing adherence with treatment. The successful postholder will also receive specialist training related to Family Safeguarding.

Main duties of the job

 Mental Health Practitioner

Band 6

Wandsworth Family Safeguarding Teams

To commence as soon as possible after interview

As one of only 16 authorities implementing the Family Safeguarding model nationally and the first in London, this is an exciting opportunity to be part of an innovative, co- located, specialist team in Wandsworth.

Family Safeguarding aims to keep families together, where it is safe to do so, through a more collaborative way of working where parents are motivated to identify the changes needed within their own families. Specialist support provided from a range of agencies will address parental mental health, parental substance misuse and domestic abuse which are major contributing factors that put children at risk of significant harm.

Successful post-holders will be deployed to work within Wandsworth Children’s Services, providing specialist support to the parents of children at risk of significant harm who have mental health difficulties.

Posts will be remunerated at the appropriate point of the Band 6 scale plus relevant allowances

 

Working for our organisation

The Trust, rated ‘good’ by the CQC, is committed to providing high quality health care for local people with mental health problems in South West London and more specialist mental health services for people throughout the UK. 

Benefits:

We offer a number of excellent staff benefits and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. Some of our benefits are highlighted here:

  • Generous pay, pensions and leave, we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance, we support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working, job sharing, term-time working, compressed hours and Agile Working from home.
  • Career development, There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes with secondment opportunities
  • Subsidised car parking - You can park at any of our sites at a reduced rate of £20/month.
  • NHS discounts, with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.

 

Other benefits include:

  • Eye examinations
  • Looking after your health
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Car lease scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff restaurants
  • Free gym membership

We look forward to receiving your application

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

This post will form part of a brand-new specialist, multi-disciplinary team, which includes Psychologists, Children Social Workers, Substance misuse and Domestic Abuse Workers.  The work involves engaging parents with mental health difficulties, assessment of risk stemming from these difficulties and their bearing on individuals’ parenting capability, assisting and enabling accessing suitable treatment, as well as fostering ongoing adherence with treatment. The successful postholder will also receive specialist training related to Family Safeguarding.

Person specification

Experience

Essential criteria
  • Experience of working in a range of settings relevant to the post
  • At least 2 years of post registration clinical experience of Adult Mental Health
  • Experience of working in acute mental health inpatient/community services
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings Or Experience of generic and specialist Occupational Therapy assessments and interventions
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working with acute mental health problems in a community setting.
  • Experience of working within Substance Misuse Services
  • Broad base of clinical experience

Training & Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Professional degree level for own discipline: RMN or Dip/Bsc (Hons) in Mental Health Nursing OR Registered Occupational Therapist
  • Continuing registration with body overseeing practice of core mental health profession, e.g. NMC or HCPC.
Desirable criteria
  • Psychosocial interventions Motivational Interviewing training Solution focused brief therapy CBT / DBT training Practice Placement qualification / APPLE accreditation ENB 998/Preceptorship and Mentorship
  • Masters Degree in mental health interventions/recovery & inclusion, or related field

Knowledge & Skills

Essential criteria
  • Up to date knowledge of relevant legislation, ethical issues, strategic frameworks and current guidelines regarding the range of presenting problems in adult mental health, their implications for both practices and clinical management
  • Adhere to relevant Professional Code of Conduct and standards appropriate to discipline
  • Experience of Clinical risk assessment and management in an inpatient or community setting.
  • Knowledge and understanding of impact of mental health conditions on the welfare and safety of children and family
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge of parental mental health literature and its application
  • Ability to teach and train others using multi-media materials suitable for presentation.
  • Knowledge of current developments in research with service user group
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Name
Simon Conningsby
Job title
Clinical Manager
Email address
simon.coningsby@swlstg.nhs.uk