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Older Person's Mental Health
Band 5
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
Foundation House
£25,655 - £31,534 per annum, pro rata
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COVID-19 Vacancy Older Person's Mental Health Practitioner

Band 5

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust is proud to provide community, mental health and learning disability services and acute hospital services from Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton. Our mission is to deliver outstanding care through a culture of listening, learning and continuous improvement. Over 9,000 colleagues work for our trust in a very wide range of services and we aim to provide a supportive, inclusive environment in which our colleagues can thrive. We are working towards merging our trust with Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in order to provide consistent and accessible services across Somerset and better supporting people in our county to maintain their health and wellbeing. We are proud to be the Health Service Journal Mental Health Trust of the Year.

Job overview

Taunton and West Somerset  Neighbourhood OPMH would like to welcome a new team member who is motivated, caring, forward thinking individual who embraces a challenge! Our supportive team welcome applicants who may want a change or their first step in newly qualified nurse role.

The role will involve managing a defined caseload with a focus on working with individuals and their significant others who experience a complex range of mental health needs and difficulties. Acting as a key member of the Multi Disciplinary Team working within an Integrated Service. The post holder will undertake complex mental health assessments, care co-ordinate a caseload, have access to psychosocial support, be collaborative in their outlook and must be skilled in positive risk management whilst working within a recovery approach. We work very closely with a wide range of agencies in our community and will be central to this fulfilling role.

Whilst this role will be predominantly based in Taunton, there may be occasions where you will be  working in West Somerset .  



Main duties of the job

The team provides needs-led assessment and treatment and support, for older-aged adults in the community, working closely with the Inpatient Ward, Home Treatment Team, IDSS other CMHTs, GPs, Primary Care Network MDTs and Voluntary Services. We work extremely closely with the rest of the integrated neighbourhood teams, which include integrated rehabilitation team and district nursing.

You will be committed to a person-centred approach to your work and will have an ability to prioritise and work flexibly. You will hold a caseload that will include patients with functional and organic diagnoses. You will also be part of the Duty worker system that is in place but always be supported by a duty manager and your fellow colleagues – we foster a true team approach!

The team's hubs are based in Taunton and Minehead and whilst you will be based in Taunton there may be occasions when you will be expected to work across both areas to cover the Taunton and West Somerset Neighbourhood. 

Working for our organisation

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts. 

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone’s throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan – there is truly something for everyone!

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Acting as Care Coordinator, you'll make ongoing assessments of service users’ needs to reflect individual circumstances, including; assessing risk, promoting and enabling independent functioning, delivering relevant therapies and ensuring that service users are protected from significant harm.


  • Liaising and working in partnership with our Community Services, liaising with our acute inpatient services, in-patient and community medical staff, pharmacy practitioners, psychological therapists. A range of community mental health Teams within and outside the organisation, primary, out of hours GP service, Emergency Duty Team, Community Directorate, housing providers, voluntary agencies, Adult Social care, PCT, substance misuse services, the police other emergency services, the Probation Service, NHS Direct and the Safeguarding Children Team.
  • Working with carers and significant others and members of the community with connections to people who use the service.


 Clinical Responsibilities

  • Undertaking care co-ordination responsibilities with a defined caseload focusing on work with people experiencing severe and enduring mental health difficulties and other complex needs and difficulties within in care settings and in the community.
  • Providing effective and timely assessment using a recovery approach and strengths model
  • Establishing, maintaining and ending purposeful, therapeutic relationships with people experiencing serious mental health difficulties. Practice will be creative and underpinned by knowledge of, and skills in evidence based practice and psychosocial interventions.
  • Delivering services using a recovery and strengths approach where solution focused intervention, motivational interviewing and communicating hope are central. Using persuasive, negotiation and re-assurance skills to facilitate and enable engagement.
  • Providing time-limited intervention whilst preventing dependency on mental health services. Identifying appropriate discharge goals and working positively with risk using own professional judgement and team processes.
  • Assessing risk in collaboration with people experiencing mental health difficulties, significant others and other workers/professionals, alongside use own professional judgment and team processes. This involves exploring individual’s risk of harm to themselves and/or others and may involve working with challenging, hostile and distressing behaviour.
  • Identifying and agreeing Recovery Care Plans and Risk Management Plans with individuals and other relevant people.
  • Taking responsibility for ensuring the communication of Recovery Care Plans, Risk Management Plans and other important information to relevant people, professionals and agencies as appropriate. Encouraging individuals to take the lead in sharing information wherever possible.
  • Communicating complex information to a range of people and professionals with a wide range of levels of understanding. Identifying barriers to understanding and using creative methods to overcome them.
  • Communicating complex information between mental health practitioners including medical staff such as clinical information and investigations.
  • Identifying changed level of risk in relation to clinical investigations and mental state and distinguishing critical information that requires urgent action or rapid onward referral.
  • Identifying Adult Safeguarding concerns, raising alerts and participating in Safeguarding Adults processes.
  • Providing and receiving information from carers, care teams, GP, significant others and members of the community. Communication can be highly emotive and there can be significant barriers to acceptance of the approach and intervention of mental health services, for example when requests conflict with the rights and wishes of an individual experiencing mental health difficulties.
  • Identifying and engaging with practitioners with specialist knowledge, for example by requesting specialist knowledge or clinical supervision sessions where appropriate.
  • Working without direct supervision within levels of own competence. Using Team processes and supervision appropriately and being accountable for own actions.
  • Constructive use of own supervision sessions, engagement in reflective practice, commitment to continuously develop self-awareness and work appropriately within professional boundaries.
  • The post holder will undertake the role of Duty worker on a Rota basis.

 Management responsibilities

  • Providing advice and support for unqualified members of the Team.
  • To develop an area of specialist practice and knowledge within the Team and to provide advice and information (according to level of competence and experience) for other Team members.
  • To act as a Team representative and to develop and maintain links with other professionals and other agencies in relation to this area of specialist practice.
  • Contributing to the promotion of staff well being and morale in the Team through developing and maintaining supportive relationships, acting as a role model and demonstrating hope and inspiration.
  • Supporting the Team Manager to achieve Team objective, targets and quality standards.
  • Participating in development initiatives within the Team and the Trust as agreed with the Team Manager.
  • Promoting recovery focused work within the Team and with other professionals and agencies.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Current Professional Registration (eg with HCPC/NMC)
  • Experience as a Band 5 or equivalent Mental Health Practitioner
  • Computer literate in use of Word, Excel, Email and PowerPoint
  • Evidence of good standard of literacy/English language skills
  • Ability to drive

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 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

Bev drohan
Job title
Team Manager
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Telephone number
07920 278887
Additional information

We welcome intrested applicants to contact the team for an informal discussion about the role.

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