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Rapid Response Team
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Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
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GM wide
GM Wide
£28,050 to £36,644 pa
25/11/2018 23:59
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Mental Health Practitioner - CYP Crisis Pathway


About the Trust

Formed in 2002, Pennine Care has grown to become a leading provider of community and mental health services.

Our vision is to deliver the best care to patients, people and families in our local communities, by working effectively with partners to help people to live well.

We provide services across six boroughs of Greater Manchester - Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside and Glossop and Trafford – with a combined population of more than 1.3 million people.

Our 6,000 community and mental health staff work tirelessly to deliver the very best care – and provide around 2.4 million patient contacts each year. We are privileged that some of the most talented and leading experts choose to work for us.

We consider ourselves lucky to be based just a few miles from the wonderful city of Manchester. If you’re looking to re-locate, there’s no GREATER place to live and work than MANCHESTER.                                                  

Our city offers an outstanding, yet affordable quality of life. Where else does vibrant nightlife and diverse culture meet the peace and tranquillity of the rolling Pennines?

 Interviews will take place on 3rd & 4th December 2018

Post Title

Mental Health Practitioner (with relevant core professional qualification)


Rapid Response Team


GM Wide

Band & salary scale


Hours of work


Permanent/Fixed term



Service/Ward/Department Summary

The Crisis Care pathway for children & young people across Greater Manchester (GM) is being totally transformed. Four new multi-agency, multi-disciplinary Rapid Response teams serving the whole of GM are at the heart of the transformation. These teams will provide crisis assessment and management and will offer intensive support post crisis for children, young people and families. The post holder will work predominantly within 1 geographical cluster, however some working across the whole GM area will be required


These posts are being advertised by multiple trusts across Greater Manchester. You only need to apply ONCE. All responses will be pooled for short-listing but if you have a preference for a specific organisation, you can state this within your application.


Organisations recruiting for these posts are Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust (covering Bury, Rochdale and Oldham; Tameside and Glossop, Stockport and Trafford); Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (covering Manchester and Salford); and Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust in alliance with North West Boroughs NHS Foundation Trust (covering Bolton and Wigan).


Role Summary

The post holder will have the opportunity to make profound improvements in how crisis care is experienced by children, young people and those who care for them. As a member of the Rapid Response Team you will be at the heart of a well funded, well organised, hugely valued work-stream. You will link with emergency services and with primary care to offer first response assessment and intervention for children and young people in actual or emerging crisis. You will offer intensive follow up for up to 72 hours and will develop longer term care plans to identify and address the holistic needs of young people and families across Greater Manchester. You will also link with specialist in-patient services, referring and co-managing admissions within a recovery model.


The Rapid Response Teams and the overall pathway emphasise a culture of accessible, high quality, holistic, child centred, recovery focused care, enabling you to effectively address the needs of children and families when they are at their most vulnerable. As such these posts will be enormously rewarding. The new crisis care pathway enjoys a high degree of national & local recognition and interest. Therefore these are high profile posts offering you potential opportunities to conduct service based research and to present at conferences and other events. You will also receive a structured induction and comprehensive training programme.


Key Responsibilities of the Post


  • Deliver community based assessment, de-escalation and interventions to young people presenting in crisis within a new Assessment and Reduction of Risk framework.
  • Offer up to 72 hour intensive support and intervention, jointly with VCSEs and other agencies across all GM boroughs
  • Work across traditional boundaries to develop holistic, recovery focused care plans to promote resilience and prevent relapse
  • Refer to specialist in-patient services and co-manage admissions to reduce Length of Stay
  • Provide, or provide access to, a range of quality psychotherapeutic interventions in accordance with CYP assessed needs
  • To provide advice, guidance or consultation to team members and other professionals contributing directly to children and young people’s formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan

Key Requirements of the Person Specification


  • You will have a relevant core professional qualification in mental health or social care plus evidence of continued professional development in a CAMHS related area.
  • You will have evidence of professional registration.
  • You will have substantial experience of risk assessment and risk management.
  • Have experience of assessment, formulation and managing complex cases and risk within a mental health service
  • An extensive range of clinical experience within the speciality or within a care pathway
  • Experience of exercising clinical responsibility for patients’ care and treatment and case management
  • Experience of working collaboratively with service users and their families/carers
  • You will have a genuine and passionate belief in the child centred, needs led, recovery focused values base of the service.
  • You will need to recognise the value of flexibility and availability for young people and be able to work weekends, unsocial hours and have use of a car or suitable means of transport to enable support of young people across GM.


Informal Contact Names


PCFT:                                    GMMH:                                   MFT:

Joanne Huddart                   Rachel Green                       Maria Slater

0161 716 2659                       0161 358 2156                     07799897126




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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

PCFT:                                    GMMH:                                   MFT:

Joanne Huddart                   Rachel Green                       Maria Slater

0161 716 2659                       0161 358 2156                     07799897126


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