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Mental Health Practitioner

Band 6

Main area
Mental Health
Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
HMP Leyhill
£35,392 - £42,618 pa
Salary period
16/06/2023 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

To provide specialist mental healthcare to service users and to work as part of the Mental Health In-Reach Team and wider MDT.

To deliver a range of specialist interventions at primary and secondary care level; to include

  • Referral management, screening assessment, triage, and evidence-based interventions
  • Care Planning and risk assessing
  • One-to-one and group-work facilitation
  • managing a mixed and challenging caseload

Main duties of the job

To perform robust assessment, screening, and interventions to service users with mental health and neurodevelopmental and trauma needs

Ensure that all waiting time, assessment and interventions are delivered in a timely manner, and positively contribute to the achievement of the service’s performance targets.

Ensure integrated and collaborative working with other specialist services, including continuity of care and through the gate arrangements and liaison

Work closely with community mental health teams (CMHTs) to ensure appropriate sharing of information, continuity of care and the Care Programme Approach (CPA) for all service users where necessary.

To provide comprehensive and timely reports and mental health expertise to multi agency public protection panels (MAPPA), police, probation services, solicitors and court liaison teams as directed.

Deliver active clinical leadership and supervision within the team, covering for the manager and colleagues as required. To receive supervision as directed (line management and clinical).

To participate in resource centre services as directed, delivering psychological therapy and specialist activities under the direction of the clinical lead.

To work in a psychologically minded way with service users in achieving their agreed goals and quality health outcomes.

Working for our organisation

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children’s centres, schools and people’s homes.

We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families.  This is strengthened by our new values:

  • We’re Kind
  • We’re Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To communicate effectively on a range of issues that are often complex in their nature and in complex situations.

Participate in the annual appraisal reviews and demonstrate reflective practice through the Knowledge and Skills Framework

To maintain comprehensive and timely electronic clinical records ensuring confidentiality is maintained at all times.

Provide supervision, mentorship & leadership for junior staff.

Take all necessary care in the working environment, adhering to relevant health and safety policies.

Participate and positively contribute to the services integrated clinical governance arrangements

Carry out administrative tasks as directed including research, audit, data, and activity statistics.

Person specification

written application

Essential criteria
  • Registered Mental Health / General Nurse / Allied Health Professional
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge of current National Prison Health Quality & Performance Indicators
  • • Evidence of well developed clinical skills in assessing and treating adults with complex mental health needs
  • Working knowledge of current issues/agendas facing prison/offender healthcare Experience Working within prison or secure settings
  • Experience of multi-professional collaboration including working in partnership with other statutory and voluntary organisations. Experience of setting, monitoring and evaluating standards of care.

Employer certification / accreditation badges

No smoking policyInvestors in People: GoldDefence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) - BronzeStonewall equality policy. Equality and justice for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans people.Mindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Improving working livesAge positiveDisability confident employerStep into healthVeteran AwareArmed Forces Covenant Gold Award

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

Stacey Chandler
Job title
Mental Health Lead
Email address
Telephone number
01454 264018