Mental Health Practitioner/Social Worker - Band 7

Location Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England
Job type Contract
Salary £28 per hour
Contact Paige Westbrook
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Reference 165034

Sanctuary Personnel, a leading recruitment company within the private and public sector has a locum role for a Band 7 Mental Health Practitioner/Social Worker to work part time or full-time based in Shrewsbury, within the Access Pathway (All Age)/ Access (All Age) Team.

The pay rate for this locum Mental Health Practitioner/Social Worker job is £28 per hour (Assignment rate) and is an initial 3-month contract.

This role is office based with some working from home after settling in period of 4 - 6 weeks.

Shift Pattern:

  • As per contracted hours to be worked during Access Team core business hours, 08:00 am - 20:00 pm, Monday - Friday not including Bank Holidays
  • Monday - Friday
  • 09:00 am - 17:00 pm


  • Assessing mental health referrals into Secondary MH Care
  • Predominantly by telephone, determining MH needs, risks and Urgency of response
  • Delivering safe and effective services
  • Developing clear outcomes following triage and undertaking risk screening to agree and determine level of service to be offered to service user and carer enquiries
  • Provide effective advice and guidance to meet needs of service user and or professional with follow up calls, in accordance with Recovery Wellbeing principles
  • Processing, assessing and determine the mental health and social care needs of a person referred to determine their ongoing needs and facilitation of service provision
  • Participate in the delivery of the agreed aims and objectives of the service and identify factors which may inhibit these from being achieved
  • Assist in the delivery of a high standard of Mental Health care to service users referred to the service
  • Implement agreed systems for the monitoring of effectiveness of care
  • Participate in the education and management of junior staff
  • Leading on the assessment of people referred to the Access ( All Age ) Service
  • Development and maintenance of effective communications within the area of work and promotion of positive working relationships with pathway colleagues, departments and other agencies
  • Organising and delivering informal, team-based, training to the wider team which focuses on the particular needs of all age clients with functional mental health problems
  • Managing time effectively to ensure the best use of staff and resources when acting as Shift Co, informing senior members of the team/pathway when issues impacting on service delivery become apparent
  • Helping to ensure a positive and professional image of the service is maintained through collaboration, role modelling and openness
  • Adhering to legislation, policy, procedure and guidance from the Trust and other relevant professional bodies
  • Maintaining compliance with the required range of mandatory and statutory training as well as with the requirements of registration with relevant professional bodies including Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Provide an active involvement in the assessment processes to ensure effective outcomes for people referred to secondary mental health services are met
  • Triage all initial requests, including those relating to Health and Social care, eg the Care Act, (2014) Appropriate Adult, Mental Capacity (i.e. Best Interests),(2005)  and Mental Health Act assessments (1983/2007)and the Human Rights Act (1998)
  • Contribute to, and facilitate the commencement of risk screening and gathering information to determine levels of need and support for service users
  • Advise on the effects of prescribed medication for known service users and support appropriate information and guidance to service users via external sources, referring on to most appropriate agencies
  • Ensure that the needs and views of carers, friends and family are considered (where this is deemed appropriate) and wherever possible that this is with the express consent of the service user
  • Ensure any appropriate carer assessments are carried out or arranged as required and referred to local authorities to offer support
  • Exchange information with other professionals in all clinical pathways and external organisations
  • Supervise and support staff in Bands 2-5 and report any concerns to the Pathway Manager or another senior team member when the Pathway Manager is absent
  • Participate in any clinical audit as required
  • Participate in, and where appropriate deliver, clinical supervision
  • Participate in managerial supervision
  • Participate in the knowledge and skills framework appraisal process
  • Undertake an active role in the agreed induction process for new staff
  • Contribute to the annual training plan for the clinical area
  • Take ownership of the training requirements of the post, booking and attending training as required
  • Contribute to the achievement of the key performance indicators for the Trust
  • Use and populate the Trust's IT and other relevant IT systems as required
  • Work in partnership with other service providers to access and provide equipment and opportunities for service users to maximise functioning where possible
  • Responsible for ensuring actions are carried out where safety alerts are issued regarding equipment
  • Maintain accurate contemporaneous records and other documentation relating to work with service users in accordance within Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust Polices, legal requirement and Professional Code of Conduct
  • Record statistical data as required, using agreed information technology with the Service
  • Utilise technology/equipment to record and input relevant and essential information in line with local and national policies/procedures
  • Participate, when required, in recruitment, selection and induction of junior/support staff
  • Work independently on a regular basis
  • Be responsible for assessments to meet identified needs working with a range of service users accessing the service
  • Be responsible for the delivery of advice information and recommendations or signposting/engaging other service providers to meet needs where appropriate
  • Ensure Safeguarding Adult and Children procedures are followed as per mandatory and statutory training
  • Work in partnership with:- A wide range of multi-disciplinary team members, including  Psychiatrists, Social Workers, Community Mental Health Nurses, Community Occupational Therapists, Clinical Psychologists, Educational Psychologists, Support Workers, Peer Support Workers and administrative staff, to achieve a co-ordinated service to people with mental health problems
  • Use a range of highly skilled communication skills to communicate with this range of individuals

Requirements of the Mental Health Practitioner/Social Worker:

  • Mental Health Practitioner Registered Mental Health Nurse/Social Worker/Occupational Therapist Band 7
  • Non medical prescribing qualification
  • AMHP
  • Ability to use computers and other information technology as required
  • Post-registration experience
  • Previous experience of working in the community
  • Experience of previous working as a Mental Health Practitioner or Social Worker
  • Have knowledge of current initiatives impacting on the service
  • Psychological therapy training/Brief interventions
  • Have a working knowledge of risk assessment and management related to the area
  • Have a good knowledge of local resources and access to local information
  • Have good knowledge and understanding of Clinical Pathways
  • Can demonstrate the skills required to work within and across teams and professional boundaries
  • Be able to lead on assessments by telephone confidently and competently
  • Knowledge of the wide range of statutory independent and third sector service provision for C & YP with mental ill health
  • Have excellent communication skills both verbally and written
  • Have excellent IT skills
  • Knowledge of Children's Act, Mental Health Act, the Mental Capacity Act and DOLS
  • Have the ability to prioritise own workload and the workload of others and meet set deadlines
  • Ability to travel to locations if required
  • Flexible approach to duties
  • Effective time management
  • Positive personal resilience
  • Respectful
  • Honest and Trustworthy
  • Caring and Compassionate
  • Taking the time to talk and listen
  • Working together and leading by example.
  • Ability to demonstrate the positive application of our behaviours
  • Excellent risk assessment and management skills in relation to and positive risk taking and decision making to enable safe and effective responses for an identified client group, largely by telephone/assessment
  • Access to a vehicle for business purposes
  • Communication needs to be high to enable service users, carers and family to understand what information is being communicated
  • Empathy, tact,