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Senior Mental Health Practitioner

NHS AfC: Band 6

Main area
Mental Health
NHS AfC: Band 6
  • Full time
  • Part time
  • Flexible working
  • Compressed hours
Full and Part time hours available
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Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
£33,706 - £40,588 per annum, pro rata
Salary period
29/03/2023 23:59
Interview date

At NNUH it is our privilege to provide healthcare to over one million people across Norfolk and surrounding areas. Our vision is to ‘provide every patient with the care we want for those we love the most’, and if this inspires you and you share our values, we really want you to join our team. 

Our values support our vision and guide the behaviour of everything we do, these are:


We look after the needs of our patients, carers and colleagues, to provide a safe and caring experience for all.


We act with care, compassion and kindness and value others’ diverse needs.


We take an honest, open and ethical approach to everything we do.


We work as one team and support each other to maintain the highest professional standards.


We continuously learn and improve to achieve the best outcomes for our patients and our hospital. 

Wish you were here? So do we.

We want all our staff to achieve a balance between work and personal life and understand how important flexible working can be.  We welcome applications on a full or part time basis, various shift patterns and hybrid working, where roles allow.


Job overview

The Complex Health Hub consists of 6 specialties, mental health, substance misuse, safeguarding, dementia support, mental capacity and learning disabilities and autism.

The purpose of the hub is to bring the 6 specialties together to support the hospital to improve the care, treatment, and outcomes for individuals with complex needs. Working in a multi-disciplinary way enables our staff to discuss ideas, concerns, and complex cases with each other to identify and implement the appropriate intervention, increasing the likelihood of achieving the best outcome for the child. 

The post holder will sit under the mental health specialty of the hub. This new and exciting opportunity will see the successful candidate support the Paediatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist to provide specialist input to children with an identified mental health need and their families. 

Main duties of the job

You will deliver integrated care planning and person-centred interventions for children with an identified mental health need and/or complex psychological needs whilst working alongside the multidisciplinary team in the implementation and review.

Conduct joint care reviews with system partners, develop robust risk management and treatment plans for children with an identified mental health need that form part of discharge planning, community reintegration and support ward staff in the safe and effective management of the child. These plans will be shared via the multidisciplinary team and regularly reviewed.

You will also support the delivery of a high quality, safe and compassionate healthcare service, all staff are expected to act as a role model to others in all aspects of their work and consistently demonstrate NNUH’s ‘PRIDE’ values of People focused, Respect, Dedication, Integrity, and Excellence.

Working for our organisation

Join us at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and be part of a workforce of over 10,000 staff!

The NNUH is one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK, providing first-class acute care for around one million people, living in Norfolk and surrounding areas. We are a teaching and research hospital, at the forefront of innovation, home to state-of-the-art facilities, such as the Quadram Institute. We are pleased to work closely with the University of East Anglia, providing teaching opportunities for our staff and placement opportunities for their students. We attract some of the best and leading professionals from across the country and are proud that our workforce represents 94 countries from across the world.

We are a friendly, collaborative hospital, working with local services and home to N&N Hospitals Charity

We can offer you the full range of NHS benefits/discounts and in addition:

  • Flexible working hours
  • Fast Track Staff Physiotherapy Service
  • Multi Faith prayer room
  • Discounted gym memberships
  • Excellent pension scheme and annual leave entitlement
  • Wagestream - access up to 40% of your pay as you earn it
  • Free Park & Ride service direct to NNUH site
  • Free 24-hours confidential counselling support
  • On-site Nursery
  • On-site cafes offering staff discounts
  • Support in career development
  • Flexible staff bank
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars, Cycle to Work scheme and home electronics

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • Provide expert advice, guidance, and support to staff (in areas as specified within this job description) in how to support the management of high-risk patients using least restrictive and compassionate practice, whilst role modelling best practice.

  • Provide support to staff in relation to mental health cases

  • Provide training to staff to continually develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of this patients group needs and effective least restrictive ways they can provide support.

  • Assisting the Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist and Mental Health Deputy Service Manager with service improvement projects to increase parity of esteem in accessing care for children and their families.

  • Work as a registered professional who is further trained within their professional bodies scope of practice (training to be provided by NNUH) in providing enhanced physical health care, specific to the treatment of a mental disorder for example, insertion of nasogastric tubes.

  • To actively participate in multi-disciplinary audit activity within the clinical area.

  • Develop managerial skills within sphere of responsibility.

Please see the job description for full details


Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Registered Nurse on the appropriate part of the NMC register or Registered Professional with a registration appropriate to undertake the roles and responsibilities within this job description
  • Post registration qualification relevant to the clinical area or equivalent experience


Essential criteria
  • Significant experience at Band 5 (or equivalent) level, of which some is to be in a position relevant to the specialty (Mental Health, preferably Child and Adolescent)
  • Experience of managing and leading in a clinical area


Essential criteria
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to perform staff appraisals

Attitude, aptitude

Essential criteria
  • Effective role model, demonstrating NNUH’s PRIDE values of People focussed, Respect, Integrity, Dedication and Excellence

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Apprenticeships logoNo smoking policyInvestors in People: GoldStonewall Health ChampionsMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Improving working livesAge positiveDisability confident employerArmed Forces CovenantStep into healthNHS Pastoral CareWe offer Wagestream - A financial wellbeing benefit which lets you access your pay as you earn it.

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.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Kieron Loane
Job title
Mental Health Deputy Service Manager
Email address
Telephone number
01603 647938