We are looking for

someone who is professional in how they communicate, work with care and compassion, are competent, committed, courageous, reliable, trustworthy and dependable in undertaking allocated tasks and responsibilities.

  • The service has seen many positive developments in a short period, which we continue to play an important role in- supporting individuals in a Step- up House as an alternative to hospital, and having close working links with the Mindline phone and Crisis Safe Space services in the county. These collaborative and integrated working models are part of an exciting future for the people of Somerset in what is available to support their Mental Health. 
  • Person specification

    Qualifications/Training

    Essential criteria

  • RMN, Social Work or Occupational Therapy Qualification
  • Current registration with relevant professional body
  • Evidence of post qualifying professional development in an acute setting
  • Knowldege and Experience

    Essential criteria

  • Significant post registration experience in multi-disciplinary community mental health services
  • Experience of managing risk of clients in crisis
  • Experience of assessment, care-plan, development and evaluation in conjunction with clients and carers
  • Desirable criteria

  • Experience of mental health difficulties
  • Good knowledge of resources and working practices across health and social care
  • Ability to be innovative in practice
  • Personal Qualities

    Essential criteria

  • To be able to demonstrate an awareness and responsibility whilst recognising the impact frequent exposure to distressing circumstances has on care and compassion.
  • Sympathetic and considerate towards patients, carers and relatives.
  • Ability to inspire hope, support recovery and make a difference
  • Act in a ways that support equality and diversity.
  • The ability to attend the necessary training with regard to personal safety.
  • Ability to work under pressure and on own initiative.
  • Flexibility and commitment to high standards of service for adults with mental health difficulties.
  • Speak to distressed patients and their relatives in person and on the telephone.
  • Required to spend a considerable period of a working day in front of a VDU.
  • Other

    Essential criteria

  • Ability to travel round Trust area to fulfil the requirements of the role.
  • Skills and Abilities

    Essential criteria

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills including presentation of cases to multi-disciplinary case conferences.
  • Able to carry out evidence based interventions.
  • Compassionate – Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively with patients, carers and relatives about complex and sensitive issues remaining sensitive and empathetic.
  • Excellent organisational skills, ability to manage own time and plan timed activities for staff and patients
  • Ability to recognise and manage challenging situations in a calm and professional manner.
  • Ability to lead a team, demonstrating teaching and mentorship skills and work effectively as part of a team.
  • Experience of carrying out supervision to junior staff, coordinating the care of clients and delegating tasks.
  • High standards of written communication skills with the ability to use email and internet.
  • Ability to undertake PMVA training to required level for role.
  • Desirable criteria

  • Ability to work in partnership with other agencies.
  • Willingness to lead groups
  • Experience of multidisciplinary working in a community setting
  • If you are successful for interview, you will be required to bring the following with you: Proof of any essential qualifications stated on the Job Description, proof of NHS payslip if coming from another NHS Organisation and Photo ID to prove your identity and Right to Work (More details will follow for successful applicants invited to interview)

    Our values are simple: Outstanding Care, Working Together, Listening and Leading. 

    We recognise that our colleagues are our most valuable resource, we are proud of the excellent levels of service our Trust provides to our service users and the dedication and conscientious of our colleagues. With this in mind, we offer a range of colleague benefits including:

    Excellent annual leave entitlement

    Enhanced rates of pay

    NHS Pension Scheme

    Free parking on most of our sites

    NHS discounts

    Training and development

    Flexible working

    Paid registration fees for the 1st year for newly qualified colleagues

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