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Band 5
Full Time 37.5 hours per week
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Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
Clock view Hospital
£23,023 - £36,644 per annum
25/03/2019 23:59
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Developing Band 5 Mental Health Practitioner

Band 5

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities, addiction services and acquired brain injury services for the people of Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby, Merseyside.
We also provide community physical health services in Liverpool, Sefton, secure mental health services for the North West of England, the West Midlands and Wales and specialist learning disability services across Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside

We work closely with service users, carers and partner organisations, we've been able to make real improvements to our diverse range of services, from health and social care, right through to high secure provision. This passion to improve has been recognised by the CQC who have recently rated us “Good”.

Mersey Care’s vision and values drive our organisation and the way we work together to deliver services. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate during recruitment, and any subsequent employment with the Trust, that their behaviour supports our values of Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm and Support (CARES). The CQC stated “It was clear that most staff across the organisation understood, and were committed to, the vision and values of the organisation. These were well communicated and the work to win both hearts and minds was apparent”.


An exciting opportunity has arisen for Band 5 Mental Health Practitioners to develop their skills to Band 6 level following a period of preceptorship/training.

We are currently seeking to recruit highly motivated and enthusiastic Band 5/6 staff for developmental posts to work with in the Single point of access team and Prenton Suite.

The role of the Single Point of access team is to oversee the process which service users have been refereed either by their GP or by IAPT services and emergency services in order to determine if (a) they require a full mental health assessment: and (b) If a full mental health assessment is required what level of urgency is attached to the referral.

The Prenton Suite is designated as a mental health specific place of safety. It is an integral part of the Assessment service based at Clock View hospital. It provides an alternative place of safety to facilitate mental health assessments and assessments under 136 of the Mental Health Act.

The successful candidates will demonstrate excellent leadership and communication skills, and be motivated to develop new ways of working. They will receive a full induction into the suite, and regular clinical/management supervision, including a professional development plan.

Shortlisting is planned for 26th March 2019

Interviews are planned for 02nd April 2019

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the resident labour market test. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UKVI website. From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks for Overseas Applicants.

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

Ms Jade Arkwright

Single Point Of Access

Team manager

0151 330 7215