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Mental Health Nurse or Mental Health Social Worker | Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust

Job details
Posting date: 10 June 2024
Salary: Not specified
Additional salary information: £35,392 - £42,618 per annum
Hours: Full time
Closing date: 10 July 2024
Location: Bury, BL98RN
Company: Pennine Care NHS FT
Job type: Contract
Job reference: 6381206/311-F631-24-C


To be a Mental Health Nurse or Mental Health Social Worker within the North West NHS Op Courage Veterans & Reservists Mental Health & Wellbeing Service (Op Courage) delivering the Op Courage service to veterans and “soon to be veterans” in the North West. The post is part office based (in Bury) where responsibilities include: initial triage of referrals as part of the single point of access and participation in a Duty rota including liaising with referrers and other services and providing support to members of the Multi-Disciplinary Team in relation to risk management and safeguarding issues. The other part of the post is the delivery of clinical appointments within a range of venues (including MoD venues) across the North West or a home setting where clients’ needs necessitate this. Clinical appointments include; initial face to face mental health, social care and risk assessments (including collecting standardised assessment measures); and case management of an assigned group of clients who require on-going monitoring of their mental health and risk management; emotional and practical support; and the delivery of evidence based interventions for depression, anxiety, and anger.

This role ranges from recognising the early signs of mental health problems, providing access to early support, dealing with crisis/duty calls to assessment, case management and brief evidence-based interventions. Help is also, at times provided to the veteran for other needs that may affect mental health and wellbeing – for example, with housing, finances, employment, relational and social support and reducing alcohol consumption.

The post includes the delivery of clinical appointments within a range of community venues across the Northwest. Clinical appointments include digital or face to face mental health, social care and risk assessments and case management of an assigned group of clients who require on-going monitoring of their mental health and risk management; emotional and practical support; and the delivery of evidence-based interventions for depression, anxiety, and anger. We also utilise digital platforms for appointments were requested to support flexibility of service delivery.

The post holder will also contribute to a duty rota (in the office base at Bury) where responsibilities include: initial triage of referrals as part of the Op Courage single point of access, liaising with referrers and other services and providing advice and support both to other members of the MVS and to other professionals working with veterans with mental health difficulties in relation to clinical management and safeguarding issues.

Here at Pennine Care Trust NHS Foundation Trust we are looking to expand the North West NHS Op Courage Veterans & Reservists Mental Health & Wellbeing Service (Op Courage) and seeking to employ an enthusiastic and motivated Mental Health Nurse who is interested in military veterans mental health.

Op Courage NW is a North West-wide community service for ex serving personnel and those transitioning out of the armed forces with a discharge date. The service offers a single point of entry, assessment and brief intervention/case management service to veterans who are experiencing mental health difficulties.

Op Courage NW is co-located with the Military Veterans’ Service - a multi-disciplinary team of practitioners led by a Consultant Clinical Psychologist which is commissioned to offer treatment and interventions to Veterans of the British Armed Forces (including current reservists when not mobilised) who are experiencing complex mental health difficulties related to their military service.

Main Duties & Responsibilities
• To undertake screening and telephone assessment duties including liaison with referrers and other service providers to ensure clients are treated in the most appropriate service for their needs.
• To provide a thorough psycho-social assessment of the client (aged 16+), this will include a risk assessment and a care plan.
• To deliver individualised interventions to the client based on individual care plan
• Liaison with all members of Op Courage and Military Veterans’ Service, MoD clinicians, Secondary Care Mental Health Services, Voluntary /Statutory agencies across the North West
• To manage own caseload by delivering brief interventions to the client, whilst maintaining and allocating new clients.
• To deliver agreed clinical contacts as set by service

• To conduct a through psycho-social assessment of clients referred to Op Courage, to identify their needs and develop a collaborative care plan
• To provide case management and brief interventions for clients with moderate and complex mental health problems where required focus is generally around risk to self or others, safeguarding children or safeguarding vulnerable adults
• Have a good working knowledge of anti-depressants and other medication that is prescribed within Primary Care.
• To work jointly with colleagues within Op Courage and Military Veterans’ Service, MoD and other NHS colleagues as required
• To assess clients presenting with multiple and complex issues and make decisions regarding the appropriate therapeutic intervention required to meet client’s needs. This may include referral on to another service or modality of treatment.
• To assess risk of harm to self/others or property and take action as appropriate. This may involve breaching of client confidentiality in the interest of the clients or others safety e.g. Safeguarding Children/Adults, acts of terrorism etc. This will be assessed in line with Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust policies
• To organise and manage a clinical caseload
• To maintain appropriate electronic records using PC-MIS web based clinical system in line with agreed protocols as directed by Line Manager
• To maintain effective communication and clear and concise documentation for individualised care as per service protocols and Trust policies
• To inform referrer of outcome of assessment and provide a summary of interventions delivered at discharge
• To ensure accurate completion of weekly diary of activities for Administration Team
• To co-facilitate therapeutic groups where appropriate and requested by Line Manager
• To act in accordance with requirements for practice- NMC Code of Conduct or H.C.P.C. Code of conduct
• To actively participate in clinical and management supervision
• To provide a resource for discussion for other members of the MDT
• Facilitate communication with colleagues by active participation in team and clinical meetings as required by Team Manager.
• There is an expectation for you to deliver services across the North West. This may include home visits.

Research and Service Development
• To participate in ongoing audit/evaluation of the Op Courage and Military Veterans’ Services and submit activity and clinical outcome data as directed by Line Manager
• To routinely input onto Service databases as directed by Line Manager
• To utilise research findings in the promotion of good practice, clinical effectiveness and audit.
• To follow Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, Op Courage and Military Veterans’ Service policies and protocols
• To participate in service development where agreed with Line Manager

Teaching, mentoring and supervision

To work within Op Courage and with other mental health services in the North West:
• As a resource for discussing veteran clients’ needs
• As a resource for education and training
• To offer shadowing opportunities for students on placement as directed by Line Manager
• To undertake Continuing Professional Development and participate in military Veterans’ Service CPD sessions
• To provide supervision of other professionals as agreed with Line Manager
• To maintain a high quality practice by attending clinical supervision in line with Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust policies and as agreed by Military Veterans’ Service policies and protocols

General Duties of All Postholders
• To undertake any other reasonable duty, which is appropriate to the band, when requested by Senior Staff
• To be familiar with and comply with all Trust and departmental policies, procedures, protocols and guidelines
• To be aware of and work towards the Trusts strategic goals

Standards of Business Conduct
• The post holder will be required to comply with the organisations standing order and standing financial instructions and at all times, deal honestly with the organisation with colleagues and all those who have dealing with the organisation including patients, relative and suppliers
• The post holder must ensure that their behaviour and interests inside and outside work do not conflict with their Trust position, duties and/or responsibilities
• The post holder must comply with and support the development of the performance standards within the service/department to ensure the service is responsive to and meets the needs of its customers
• The post holder will be required to develop and maintain good working relationships with all patients, service users, staff, contractors and where appropriate, members of the public.
• The Trust aims to maintain the good will and confidence of its own staff, patients, service users, NHS contractors and the general public. To assist in achieving this objective it is essential that at all times, the post holder carries out their duties in a courteous, sympathetic and professional manager
• All post holders who are members of a professional body must comply with standards of professional practice / conduct. It is the post holders’ responsibilities to ensure they are both familiar with and adhere to these requirements and maintain their professional membership to the relevant body

Equality and Diversity & Equal Opportunities
• The post holder must carry out all duties and responsibilities of the post in accordance with the Trust’s Equal Opportunities and Equality and Diversity policies, avoiding unlawful discriminatory behaviour and actions when dealing with colleagues, service users, members of the public and all other stakeholders
• The post holder must promote awareness of and respect for equality and diversity in accordance with Trust policies and procedures

• Appointments to regulated and controlled activities require an enhanced CRB disclosure and registration with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA), Vetting and Barring Scheme. Checking will be in accordance with the timeline promulgated by the Independent Safeguarding Authority.
• All staff have a responsibility to promote the welfare of any child, young person or vulnerable adult they come into come into contact with and in cases where there are safeguarding concerns, to act upon them and protect the individual from harm.
• All staff should refer any safeguarding issues to their manager and escalate accordingly in line with the Trust Child and Adult Safeguarding Policies.
• All staff should familiarise themselves with the NICE Guidelines “when to suspect child maltreatment 2009.”

Professional and Personal Development
• The post holder must ensure that they are aware of their responsibilities by attending the Trust Mandatory Training and Induction Programme
• The post holder will be involved in a formal IPDR/KSF review with his or her manager at least every 12 months. Once performance / training objectives have been set, the staff member’s progress will be reviewed on a regular basis, so that new objectives can be agreed and set, in order to maintain progress in the service delivery.

Confidentiality & Information Governance
• Confidentiality is of prime importance. In the normal course of duties, the post holder will have access to confidential documents and information relating to patients, service users, staff and contractors, as well as information of a commercially sensitive nature. Such information should not be communicated to anyone outside or inside the NHS unless done in the normal course of carrying out the duties of the post. Disciplinary action will be considered where a breach of confidence has been established
• All information obtained or held during the post-holders period of employment that relates to the business of the Trust and its service users and employees will remain the property of the Trust. Information may be subject to disclosure under legislation at the Trust’s discretion and in line with national rules on exemption
• The post holder must maintain high standards of quality in corporate and clinical record keeping ensuring information is always recorded accurately, appropriately and kept up to date. The post holder must only access information, whether paper, electronic or in other media, which is authorised to them as part of their duties
• The post holder must ensure compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998

This advert closes on Monday 17 Jun 2024