Assistant Practitioner - London

Recruiter
Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust
Location
London (Greater)
Posted
12 Feb 2018
Closes
18 Feb 2018
Sector
Healthcare
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Main area
Mental HealthGrade
NHS: AfC: Band 4Contract
PermanentHours
37.5 hours per weekJob ref
455-MH1725-SM

Site
CommunityTown
LondonSalary
£23,609 - £27,219.60 pa incl of HCASClosing
14/02/2018 23:59



At Camden and Islington NHS foundation trust our staff and service users have worked closely to create a set of values that make sure people who use our services get the best possible chance of a rapid recovery.
We have 3 key priorities which are:

Early and Effective Intervention
Helping People to Live Well
Research and Innovation

The cultural pillars that help us achieve our key priorities are:

We value each other
We are empowered
We keep things simple
We are connected

By coming to work at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust you will be joining a Trust with a national reputation for research, where services recognise that research underpins its commitment to providing high quality and innovative clinical care.
As an applicant for this role, you are urged to demonstrate within your supporting statement a combination of evidence that reflects your competence to meet the job specification and provide examples of how C&I values are an integral part of the way you have and will continue to deliver service.


We welcome applications from resilient, enthusiastic and committed individuals who enjoy working with service users with a broad range of acute mental health and social issues. The crisis teams provide assessment and treatment to individuals who present in crisis, who without support and intervention may otherwise be admitted to hospital. We operate as a 24-hour service, 365 days per year and aim to follow a bio-psycho social model which includes one-to-one counselling, family work and provision of medication as and when indicated.The team also provides a gate-keeping service for the in-patient acute wards and thereafter supports patients through an early discharge process. The successful candidates would be required to work a rotating shift pattern, 7 days per week. As most of our contact with service users is within their own home, the capacity to drive or to utilise public transport and travel around the borough independently is vital. The team also provides a gate-keeping service for the in-patient acute wards and thereafter supports patients through an early discharge process. As well as working with the patients on a daily basis, you would provide support to the qualified staff by documenting patient contact, carrying out physical observations, and supporting others in the assessment process. You would also be expected to take an active role with the discharge procedure for settled service users once their crisis is resolved. We do this in a highly professional multidisciplinary manner. Excellent ICT skills go hand in hand with the Trust’s policy on electronic record-keeping and all staff are expected to work in this manner.The ability to work on your own initiative is vital and at times this can involve lone working whereby you would be expected to monitor patients mental health and note and feedback on any changes you encounter. Due to the nature of the client group we see, on-going risk assessment is an intrinsic part of the working day. A robust supervision structure is in place and any necessary training will be provided through the Trust’s Learning & Development team.The successful candidate would be required to work a rotating shift pattern, 7 days per week. As most of our contact with service users is within their own home, the capacity to drive or to utilise public transport and travel around the borough independently is vital. The Assistant Practitioners are also rostered to work in the Trust's Crisis Call Centre which deals with all crisis calls and referrals to the three Trust Crisis teams.We are a dynamic and busy service and welcome applications from robust and committed individuals who enjoy working with service users with a broad range of acute mental health and social issues. The Acute Division provide mental health services to a diverse and multi-cultural population and endeavours to reflect this in its workforce. Across the crisis teams, we are a dynamic, ever evolving and fast-paced service and welcome applications from committed individuals who enjoy working with acutely unwell service users with a broad range of mental health and social issues.The acute division provide mental health services to a diverse and multi-cultural population and endeavours to reflect this in its workforce. Bilingual or multilingual applicants are strongly encouraged to consider applying.Camden and Islington Trust cares about the wellbeing of our staff and we understand the challenges and risks they face whilst performing their duties both onsite and in the community.We have a dedicated HR Wellbeing and Benefits Manager with information on all our staff benefits and services available for staff to utilise as part of the Change and Inspire Health and Wellbeing programme including:• Childcare vouchers• DSE Eye Test Scheme• Season ticket loan• Bicycle Loan• Discounted gym membership• Annual Health and Wellbeing events• Health and Wellbeing Newsletter, mailing list and latest offers• Health challenges and workshops• Workplace Health Champions• Counselling ServiceAll applications for this post need to be made online with reference to the Person Specification. Please click, apply at the end of the advert and register with this site as directed. Any application that does not meet the requirements of the Person Specification will not be shortlisted for interview. All short listed applicants will be contacted by email and are advised to check their email accounts regularly. If you have not been contacted within 4 weeks of the closing date you should assume that you have not been short listed.


In line with NHS protocols, only those applicants who demonstrate clearly how they meet our person specification will be shortlisted for interview. We regret that it is not possible to contact all applicants for every vacancy. If you have not been contacted within 4-6 weeks of the closing date please assume you have not been shortlisted for the next stageWe reserve the right to close any vacancies from further submissions, when we have received sufficient applications from which to make a shortlist. Please ensure you apply without delay if you wish to be considered for this role. We are an employer committed to Equal Opportunities and Diversity, with a range of family friendly policies.For more information please go to Camden & Islington NHS FT website.

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