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Home Treatment Team Practitioner posted by Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust

Full Time
Laurence House Birch Hill Hospital, Rochdale
30,401 - 37,267

Job Description

We are proud to provide high quality mental health, learning disability and community services across six boroughs of Greater Manchester - Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside and Glossop and Trafford.

Our 5,500 staff work tirelessly to deliver the very best care and we receive excellent feedback from our patients. We’re really proud of our #PennineCarePeople and do everything we can to make sure we’re a great place to work.

Pennine Care’s ambition is to work together to promote an all-inclusive environment which attracts all candidates and signals our ongoing commitment to both celebrate and promote diversity.

As a Disability Confident Employer we offer a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the minimum selection criteria at each stage of the selection process.

We are committed to improving the working lives of our employees, developing the Trust as a Great Place to Work. Some benefits we offer:

  • 27 days annual leave rising to 29 (after 5 years) and 33 (after 10 years) plus bank holidays pro rata
  • A dedicated Staff Wellbeing Service
    A number of NHS discounts across retail, leisure and travel
  • Flexible Working
  • Staff Discount with Stagecoach and First Buses

Future plans

We are developing our future strategy, which will focus on providing the highest quality mental health and learning disability services.

As part of this, our community (physical health) services in Bury, Oldham, Rochadale (adult services) and Trafford will be moving to a new NHS Provider in 2019. For Bury, Oldham, Rochdale (adult services) this will take place on 1 July 2019.

We have been very proud to run community (physical health) services over the last seven years, but we believe there are other provider organisations better positioned to enable these community services to achieve more for the benefit of local people. We are working closely with our staff and colleagues in the new provider organisations to ensure the smoothest possible transfer.


Interviews for this post will be held on 26th September 2019

Service/Ward/Department Summary:

The Home Treatment Team is an integral part of the Adult Acute and Community services within Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust. The team will offer intensive community based support to those service users who are experiencing an acute episode of mental ill health as an alternative to admission to an inpatient bed. The team will also provide intensive support to service users who are leaving a hospital bed as part of an individual’s discharge pathway. Time limited intensive involvement from the team will help safely resolve their acute mental health needs. Where admission is unavoidable, the team will facilitate discharge at the earliest opportunity. This may involve planned supported leave prior to discharge.

The main function of the team is to provide crisis management away from an inpatient setting. The team also offer a supported discharge pathway.

Role Summary:

To undertake allocated duties within the Home Treatment Team, including assuming responsibility for co-ordinating shifts on a rotational basis.

To be involved in the ongoing development of the service.

To facilitate the implementation of early discharge pathway for service users who have been identified as appropriate for this service under the direction of senior team members.

To undertake accurate psychosocial / risk assessments and act as co-worker for service users who are supported by the Home Treatment Team who present with acute mental health problems or psychological distress. To work in close liaison with other members of the multidisciplinary team, including care coordinators, to implement treatment / management plans in order to facilitate Home Treatment.

To undertake the role of the gatekeeper for all people requiring admission to inpatient services, including those requiring assessment under the MHA and to provide an alternative to hospital admission through Home Treatment interventions where appropriate.

It is expected that you will deliver care in accordance with all Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust policies and procedures, the Mental Health Act and community care legislation.

Key Responsibilities of the Post:

  1. To develop individualised packages of care for service users with mental health problems, including signposting where necessary, within the stepped care model (NICE, 2003), Fair Access to Care Services and the Care Programme Approach.
  2. To provide intensive home treatment in service users home/community settings.
  3. To provide crisis management and short term psychotherapeutic interventions as appropriate
  4. To develop and provide a supported discharge/leave pathway for inpatients To identify the need for protection in line with safeguarding children and the Protection of Vulnerable Adult Policy and to comply with statutory obligations.
  5. To liaise and negotiate with other professions, statutory and independent agencies to ensure the best possible service is provided to service users and carers.
  6. To evaluate systematically and record, outcomes of mental health assessments, adapting care on the basis of these outcomes.
  7. To involve family and carers in the assessment and care planning with service users consent.
  8. To provide education and appropriate self-help resources to patients and carers specific to individual needs.

Key Requirements of the Person Specification:

RMN / Occupational Therapist, Social Worker equivalent.

Completion of Preparation for mentorship/Practice Teacher/Fieldwork Educator qualification or willingness to complete

Short courses and experience to post graduate diploma level

Evidence of on-going CPD

Proven experience of working with clients with complex needs.

Experience of working with individuals who present to mental health services in crisis and have symptoms of mental health illness

Experience of working in multi-disciplinary teams.

Experience of providing supervision to junior staff

For further details / informal visits contact:

Simon Warburton

Job Title: Crisis Service Manager

Contact Number: [Click here to apply]




All new starters to Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust who are appointed to a post which requires a Disclosure Barring Certificate check (DBS) will be recharged for the full cost of the check. Substantive staff can choose to spread the cost over their first three months’ salary or pay the full amount from their first months’ salary. Members to the Trust bank must repay the full amount from their first pay. The Trust encourages all staff and bank workers to register with the DBS update service at an annual cost of £13, for bank members this is obligatory. The cost of an enhanced DBS check is £44 and for a standard check £26, both attract an administration charge of £3.50.

  • Priority will be given to applications from NHS employees with an at risk status
  • This post is on PCFT T&C's. If you are an internal employee currently on transferred T&C's and you are voluntarily applying for this post please be aware that should you be appointed the T&C's of this post will transfer to PCFT.
  • Applicants will be informed about the progress of their application following shortlisting. Applicants who clearly demonstrate the criteria listed in the person specification will be shortlisted for interview.
  • You will be contacted via email. Please check your spam filter, if any mail goes to your junk folder you will need to mark it as safe. Computer access is available via your local Job Centre & Library
  • Applicants applying for the position who want to be considered under the disability confident scheme will be guaranteed an interview if they meet the essential criteria on the person specification for the post
  • If you require reasonable adjustments to our recruitment process please contact [Click here to apply] at the earliest opportunity to ensure that measures can be put in place to enable your application for this post
  • The Trust cannot guarantee the transfer of lease cars or cover the costs of early termination charges
  • We have a strict policy on unsolicited contact from recruitment agencies. Please do not contact Recruiting Managers directly



Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.




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Reference Number

311-R037-19

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