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Rapid Response Mental Health Practitioner

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 - £39,027 per annum
Closing date
22 Jan 2022
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Rapid Response Mental Health Practitioner

£32,306 - £39,027 per annum


Full time - 37.5 hours per week (Includes unsocial hours with some evenings and weekend rota coverage)

Location: South CAMHS, The Carol Kendrick Centre, Manchester

Ref: 349-MCH-3797468

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the UK, employing over 28,000 staff.

We are responsible for running a family of ten hospitals across seven separate sites, providing a wide range of services from comprehensive local general hospital care through to highly specialised regional and national services.

We are the main provider of hospital care to approximately 750,000 people in Manchester and Trafford and the single biggest provider of specialised services in the North West of England. We are also the lead provider for a significant number of specialised services including Breast Care, Vascular, Cardiac, Respiratory, Urology Cancer, Paediatrics, Women’s Services, Ophthalmology and Genomic Medicine.

Our vision is to improve the health and quality of life of our diverse population by building an organisation that:

  • Excels in quality, safety, patient experience, research, innovation and teaching
  • Attracts, develops and retains great people
  • Is recognised internationally as a leading healthcare provider.

Enhance the lives of children and young people experiencing a mental health crisis

As England’s largest NHS Trust, our size and scope mean you’ll gain exposure to a variety of complex cases and support that will be hard to find at other Trusts. Although the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has continually rated our CAMHS services as outstanding, we know there’s still more we can do. As we expand our service, we need people like you to support us in continuing to improve the outcomes and experiences for children and young people in Greater Manchester.

About us

The NHS Long Term Plan aims to provide all children and young people experiencing a mental health crisis with access to age-appropriate crisis care by 2023/24. Available 24/7 through NHS 111, it combines rapid crisis assessment, brief response and intensive home-treatment functions. To help us achieve this goal at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT), we’re developing and implementing a crisis care offer to support children, young people (CYP) and those who care for them - to remain in their own home and aid their recovery during and after the crisis episode.

About the role

We’re looking for a Mental Health Practitioner to join our newly formed crisis care team. You’ll be instrumental in the success and future developments of the team, ensuring that all contact with the service is of the highest standard at all times. Working alongside senior clinical staff, you’ll respond rapidly to requests for assistance when a young person is having a crisis episode – supporting CYP and those who care for them for up to 72 hours.

This role will also involve providing, or providing access to, a range of quality psychotherapeutic interventions in accordance with CYP assessed needs. You’ll also participate in telephone helplines for CYP, families and other professionals in managing crisis out of hours. Plus, you’ll develop ongoing relationships with CYP and families to promote resilience and reduce the likelihood of future crisis episodes.

About you

It’s vital that you have a relevant core professional qualification in mental health, and have excellent literacy, numeracy, IT and keyboard skills. You’ll also have significant experience in either community or inpatient settings. Plus, experience of assessment, formulation and managing complex cases and risk within a mental health service. Knowledge of referral systems and general bed management procedures is also desirable but not essential.

Developing your career with us

We want our people to thrive in their roles at MFT. So we’re passionate about your personal development. You’ll get all the support you need to deliver the best care you can. Plus, you’ll get specialist training in the interventions that support people when in crisis.

We’re also deeply committed to innovation. So you can be sure you’re gaining experience at the leading-edge of Child and Adolescent Mental Health. We’re always looking to develop new ways of working and improve teamwork. So we provide regular training opportunities that focus on this, too.

Apply Now

Working within a supportive team and with the chance to really develop your own skills in role, you’ll witness your work having a direct impact on the lives of thousands of children and young people across Manchester, Trafford and Salford.  Join an organisation and a hospital that’s as ambitious as you are. We offer unparalleled career opportunities and a great work-life balance in one of the country’s most exciting cities.  For an informal conversation or to simply find out more contact Al Ford e:

Closing Date: Saturday 22nd January 2022.

To apply please click here

We may decide to close this vacancy earlier than the published closing date if sufficient applications are received.

MFT would like to develop a committed, flexible workforce that is able to adapt to the changing needs of the NHS.  We aim to support employees who wish to work flexibly, to allow them to maintain a healthy work life balance and fair consideration will be given to any flexible working requests.

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of race, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership are encouraged to apply for this post.

If you have any personal requirements that will enable you to participate in our recruitment process please contact a member of the Recruitment Services by phone on 0161 276 6198 at the earliest opportunity to ensure that measures can be put in place to enable your application for this post.

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