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Crisis Care Practitioner

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Adult Mental Health Directorate


 Crisis Resolution Home Treatment


Crisis Care Practitioner

Based in Highbury, Bulwell, Nottingham

Salary:  Band 6 £30,401 - £37,267 per annum

Plus enhancements for unsocial hours working

(nights, weekends and Bank Holidays)

As part of our current local transformation work Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust have received investment to develop Improved Crisis Home Resolution services in the Greater Notts area.  We provide intensive home support to service users aged 18 and over, through a range of referral routes, which include self-referral and work with our community teams and partner organisations to provide a range of support options for people experiencing mental health crisis.  The investment also includes new plans to open a Psychiatric Assessment Unit (PAU) which will form part of the Crisis Pathway. This will offer patients a safe environment for ongoing assessment for up to 24-48hours with Crisis team staff supporting patients during their admission on the unit.

The service ‘gate keeps’ all admissions to acute mental health wards, the PAU and our crisis house, and aims to provide care in the least restrictive manner by offering an alternative to hospital admission through intensive home treatment.  Where required, the team support planned admission to wards and facilitates timely discharge from inpatient care, working closely with wards to identify patients who could be better supported in their communities.

We are seeking Crisis Care practitioners to join our team of Consultant Psychiatrists, Junior Doctors, Non-Medical Prescribers, Nurses, Social Workers and Support Workers providing rapid response for adults who are experiencing an acute psychiatric crisis.

Suitable applicants will:

  • be a qualified RMN, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist
  • have experience of working with people with mental health problems in an acute health care/community setting;
  • be required to assess the needs of individuals when they are acutely unwell and expected to lead, promote and support a prescribing service as an integral part of the care delivered by CRHT;
  • act as ‘gatekeeper’ to all psychiatric admissions and support and manage patient flow through the urgent care system;
  • have the ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team, be reliable and motivated;
  • be able to demonstrate high functioning in risk management;
  • be expected to participate in the provision of Specialised mental health assessments and developing treatment plans;
  • in collaboration with the team leader, monitor and lead improvements to standards of care though, supervision of practice, clinical audit, evidenced based practice, teaching and supporting professional colleagues and the provision of skilled professional leadership;
  • be a compassionate, person-centred individual who is hard working and can be flexible in their approach to helping service users experiencing a mental health crisis;
  • be committed to delivery of mental health care in the least restrictive environment;
  • be able to work 24/7 365 days a year rota with the other staff in the team;
  • hold full UK driving licence with access to a vehicle for business use.  Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled individuals in line with the Equality Act 2010.

Appointed applicants will have access to clinical and managerial supervision, career development opportunities, enhancement for any unsocial hours of working and access to relocation expenses for those meeting the criteria for reimbursement of such expenses.

For further details about the role, or an informal visit, please contact Matt Callaghan; Sarah Taylor Team Leaders, City/ County South CRHT, Tel: 0115 9691300 ex 12181 or 12440

Closing Date for Receipt of Applications: 26 June 2019.

Interviews will take place on 9 July 2019.

Band 6 £30,401 - £37,267 per annum

Crisis Care Practitioner

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Nottinghamshire, UK

Published on 11 Jun 2019