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Mental Health, Older Age Adults
Band 6
Permanent: Working times Monday to Friday 9am-5pm
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (Working times Monday to Friday 9am-5pm)
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Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
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The Sophie Centre, The Julian Hospital
£33,706 - £40,588 Per annum
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COVID-19 Vacancy Band 6, Senior Community Mental Health Practitioner. Older Person’s

Band 6

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust provides child and adult mental health services, learning disability, wellbeing, older people's and eating disorder services across Norfolk and Suffolk.

At any one time, around 23,000 people in Norfolk and Suffolk are receiving care and attention from the Trust. We believe in whole life care - seeing people in the context of their whole lives, understanding the importance of good physical health, friends, family, spirituality, culture, home, work, education and a sense of purpose and achievement to experience good mental health.

Nearly 3,200 full and part-time practitioners care for our service users in hospitals, in the community and in their own homes, whilst an additional 900+ staff provide non-clinical support, including cleaning, delivering supplies, ward administration, information technology, human resources and financial services. 

We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and want to reflect the diversity of our local communities within our teams.  We welcome applications from all talented individuals with the relevant qualifications, skills, knowledge and experience.

We are committed to delivering quality driven mental health services. Every individual makes a valuable contribution. We are proud of our staff who have been commended for the care they provide. Do you value working positively, respectfully and together? If so, we’d love you to join us!

We will consider flexible working arrangements for our roles, please indicate in your application if this is something you require

If you would like to view our Employee Handbook, please follow the link provided under 'Further links'.

Please read the job description/person specification carefully and ensure your application reflects the knowledge, skills and experience needed.

It is important that you complete a formal application form as CV’s alone will not be accepted.

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Job overview

There is an exciting opportunity to join the North Older Person’s Community Mental Health Team. Our base is located close to Norwich City Centre at the Julian Hospital. Our Team is rated good by the CQC and we have recent received a Research Impact Award, at the last Trust awards ceremony. We have a long history of excellent staff retention. We have adopted a compassionate leadership style and have a culture of coaching and supporting our staff to deliver a high quality of care. Staff will receive regular line management supervision and time to discuss their caseloads and their wellbeing. We have one day per month that is dedicated to attending our monthly governance meeting, internal and external training and CPD.  Our team covers Norwich City and the North Norfolk Towns and rural areas. We are proud of our supportive, welcoming, friendly and professional team

There is a welcome bonus of £3000 offered to new staff to the trust. The trust also offers a relocation bonus of up to £5000, depending on distance of relocation.

If you are interested in applying for this post, you will be welcomed to contact Ivan Codling or Justin Cork, Clinical Team Managers for a discussion about the team on 01603 978344. You are welcome to visit our base to be shown around. You will be offered time to talk about the team and the role you will be applying for.


Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will be working with service users with Dementia or suspected Dementia, functional mental health conditions, such as with people on the SMI register & depression and anxiety. You will work alongside their family, carers and other service providers involved in their care. 

You will be responsible for the planning, review and delivery of care and treatment in the community in conjunction with the service users on your caseload. Usual caseload numbers are around 20-30 services users per full time staff.

You will provide duty cover for the team on a rostered basis and will support individuals in need and will liaise with other agencies to ensure care needs are met.

You will require excellent communication and organisational skills and the ability to work flexibly on a busy caseload. Assist with the supervision of peers if requested. Enable patients to gain and maintain independence. Identifying personal learning and training needs through KSF, appraisal and personal development plans on an annual basis. Undertake the supervision of students that will be undertaking placements within the Team.

Working hours are currently 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday. The successful candidate will have to opportunity to work flexibility as per the NSFT flexible working policy. You will be able to work a mixture of home working, working from base and seeing patient’s in their own home. There is free parking for staff and services users on site.



Working for our organisation

Norfolk is a great place to work with beautiful countryside and access to some of the best beaches in the country. Working in Norfolk affords the opportunity for stunning wellbeing walks, with the City of Norwich being a stones throw away, and a commutable distance to work. we also have over 100 miles of river networks, known as the Norfolk Broads.

Benefits included with this role are:

NHS pension

A comprehensive in-house and external training programme

Career progression

Starting annual leave of 27 days per annum (increasing to 33 days pa based on length of service, plus bank holidays)

Staff physio service

NHS discounts and many more

Please visit our trust website to see out trust visions and values.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

As a Community Mental Health Practitioner, you will be responsible for:

  • Holding a caseload of patients with organic and functional presentations under CPA and NCPA
  • Having sound knowledge of the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act, NICE guidelines etc.
  • Taking new referrals from GP’s, Wards and other mental health teams/services.
  • Working with our primary care partners.
  • Performing initial assessments. and reviews.
  • Assessing and managing risk.
  • Using Dialog+ where possible and Recovery Care Planning with service users and carers.
  • Managing your own diary and planning your day.
  • Attending MDT meetings and ward review meetings.
  • Being part of the duty system, usually once per month.
  • Communicate effectively through clinical notes, documents on Lorenzo and letters to GPs and other involved parties.
  • Administering depot medication.
  • Driving is essential for this role.



Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Experience of working within a multidisciplinary team
  • Able to demonstrate an appropriate level of knowledge of mental health practice from previous experience
Desirable criteria
  • Experience in delivering group based interventions
  • Having a knowledge of working with people with dementia


Essential criteria
  • Competent assessment skills
  • Risk assessment knowledge and skills
Desirable criteria
  • Medicine Management
  • Prevention and Management of Suicide training
  • Able to time manage and reflect on clinical practice


Essential criteria
  • Knowledge of psychosocial interventions
Desirable criteria
  • Developing knowledge of local wider systems and networks


Essential criteria
  • Ability to travel independently and have access to a car


Essential criteria
  • Post holder will posses a relevant profession qualification
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence at social care / health related study

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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

Ivan Codling
Job title
Clinical Team Manager
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Telephone number
01603 978344
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