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Crisis Nurse/Multi-Disciplinary Pathway Worker

Band 6

Main area
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
Band 6
Part Time/Full Time up to 37.5 hours per week
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Canterbury, Kent
Canterbury Kent
£30,041 - £37,267 per annum pro rata
21/08/2019 23:59

Do you want to be part of an innovative, dynamic organisation that is committed to delivering the best care by the best people? We are looking to appoint people who are as passionate about high quality care as we are.

NELFT provides award winning community and mental healthcare for over 2 million people. We work to ensure our patients, their friends and family, feel confident that their health needs are well met. With an excellent reputation for research and development, our skilled health professionals are at the cutting edge of evidence-based innovation, opening up the possibilities for better ways of working and delivery of care.

We are committed to the delivering the best care for our patients. The successful candidate will share this commitment and demonstrate our Trust values.

We are committed to continuous learning to improve patient outcomes so this means that we are also committed to the professional development of our workforce. We want to ensure you have the opportunity to grow and progress within NELFT, so take the first step on this journey by joining us now.

Come and work for NELFT’s crisis resolution and home treatment team and be part of one of the UK’s most innovative healthcare Trusts.

 Crisis Team

The Crisis Team involves risk assessment and management of young people experiencing acute mental health crisis in both community and A&E settings.

The Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team work intensively with children and young people experiencing acute mental health difficulties who would otherwise require hospital admission. The team are fully agile, operating a 24 hour crisis response and paediatric liaison service across Kent and Medway providing support and advice to patients and carers, as well as receiving referrals for advice and assessment from key partners in care, including the police, Ambulance Service, Single Point of Access and acute trusts. The service also offers a 24 hour gatekeeping function for all admissions requiring a mental health bed.

This post is suitable for registered nurses, with the relevant experience in mental health crisis services or an acute or community mental health setting. You should enjoy working within a busy and challenging environment, and must be able to work effectively under pressure. You will have a thorough knowledge of mental illness and therapeutic interventions, and the ability to assess individuals presenting in acute mental health crisis. You will have a thorough understanding of clinical risk assessment and must be competent in the utilisation of a model of positive risk taking that supports the patient’s independence and autonomy. As a senior member of staff, you will have the experience required to co-ordinate the workload of the team on a regular basis and to offer support and supervision within the team.

We are looking for candidates who have demonstrable knowledge, understanding and experience of working with the legal frameworks which relate to the care and treatment of children and young people in crisis. In particular the Children Act 1989, Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended in 2007).

NELFT has been commissioned to provide care to young people in mental health crisis in line with the principles of the Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat ( The Concordat is arranged around:

• Access to support before crisis point

• Urgent and emergency access to crisis care

• The right quality of treatment and care when in crisis

• Recovery and staying well, and preventing crises All clinical work involves joint work with the CYPMHS and YPWS locality teams in order to ensure smooth transfer back and out of crisis.  The teams have the ability to work with young people and their families in their own homes, being seen on a daily basis if the need requires. The work is aimed at crisis management, risk management, prevention of admission and, if the latter cannot be avoided, then the teams work effectively with inpatient units to ensure a short stay in hospital with intensive post discharge follow-up.  

Working in our Crisis team is for you if you are excited by a modern approach. We would very much like to hear from you.

This post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).

At NELFT we set very high standards to ensure we provide quality services. We require prospective employees to carry out an online literacy and numeracy test, equivalent to NVQ Level 2. For more information regarding our assessments, please visit our website. If you are shortlisted, invited for interview and successfully offered the post, you will be required to undertake an assessment for these skills during the pre-employment checks

NELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction of up to two weeks which will include mandatory training, systems training and the allocation of equipment.  As part of the process new starters will have the opportunity to also meet the executive team, senior managers and attend a number of drop in sessions focussing in engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham Essex.

Due to the hard to recruit nature of this post, it has been identified by NELFT as being eligible for a welcome payment subject to the terms set out within the NELFT Recruitment Policy.

This post also attracts a one off payment equivalent to 10% of annual basic salary, subject to a minimum payment of £4,000 and maximum of £10,000 (pro-rata).

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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

For informal enquiries, please contact:

Wayne Bennett, Crisis Integrated Team Manager