Street Triage (TVP) Mental Health Practitioner
Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
Oxford, UK
20h ago

Are you an experienced Mental Health Practitioner (RMN, Social Worker or OT), who wants to work in an interesting and dynamic role alongside Thames Valley Police as a Mental Health Practitioner?

Working in Street Triage may be for you!

You will work closely with the frontline police officers to provide triage, assessment and signposting for people in their care who appear to be in immediate need of support for their mental health.

The post requires you to have excellent interpersonal and communication skills to enable you to work effectively in partnership with TVP.

The post will give you an opportunity to use your clinical skills and expertise to support Children and Young People, Adults and Older Adults who come into contact with the police when there is a concern for mental well being, and ensure necessary information sharing and signposting to appropriate support.

The main aim of the role is to

  • Improve the experience and outcomes for service users.
  • Quickly assess a situation to ensure the appropriate care pathway is identified.
  • Reduce the number of deprivations of liberty under S136 by identifying suitable, appropriate, less restrictive, alternatives of support.
  • Reduce the amount of time police officers are spending inappropriately managing situations in private locations by providing support for mental health assessments and facilitating access to appropriate services.
  • Reduce inappropriate referrals to Emergency Departments for those in mental distress.
  • Improve training, awareness, confidence and joint working relationships between the Police and health professional staff.
  • The post covers the Oxfordshire area, the hours of work, based on TVP demand are 16 : 00-02 : 45 - you will be based at Cowley Police station with an allocated Police Officer;
  • the expectation is that you are mobile overnight when appropriate to support immediate access for those with mental health needs that come into contact with the police.

  • The TVP MH Practitioner role is part of the developing Mental Health Urgent Care Pathway, which includes SCAS MH Practitioners, the Warneford Night Team, the Emergency Department Psychiatric Services and the Home Treatment Team;
  • you will be actively encouraged to develop and maintain your skills by working across the other parts of the service and contribute to developing the whole service.

    There is an increasing role within the post to work with TVP neighbourhood and problem solving teams proactively contributing to multi agency planning for people with mental health needs who come into contact with the police.

    If you are someone who enjoys interagency working, within busy and often challenging and stimulating environments, and you have excellent clinical and interpersonal skills, and you are enthusiastic and motivated to implement change and develop the service, this is the job for you.

    Benefits of working for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust include :

  • Excellent opportunities for career progression
  • 27 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, with an increase to 33 days with continuous service
  • NHS Discount across a wide range of shops, restaurants and retailers
  • Staff accommodation
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Lease car scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.
  • Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.
  • Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3 years of employment or study.
  • Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.

  • Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.
  • We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services.
  • This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.

  • Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
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