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Senior Mental Health Clinician - Suicide Prevention - Nepean Hospital - Temp Ft

Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District - Far Meadow, NSW

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical
Source: uWorkin


Employment Type: Temporary Full Time (Until 31/05/2021)
Position Classification: Mental Health Professionals
Remuneration: $1,925.13 - $1,989.59 Per Week 
Hours Per Week: 38
Requisition ID: REQ228093
Applications Close: 11/05/2021

Together, Achieving Better Health

Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District will drive innovation and excellence in health service delivery that provides safe, equitable, high quality, accessible, timely and efficient services that are responsive to the needs of patients and the community.

NBMLHD is committed to achieving a diverse workforce and strives to be an inclusive workplace for all people. We strongly encourage and welcome applications from all ages and genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, refugees, people of diverse genders and sexuality, and people with disability.

About the Role
Work as part of the Acute Community Mental Health Service to support people experiencing acute psychological distress and suicidal crisis. The Acute Community Mental Health Service comprises Step Up/Step Down acute care provided in consumers’ homes or in clinics, the Triage and Assessment Centre at Nepean Hospital, Alternatives to Emergency Departments, Assertive Suicide Prevention Outreach and the Zero Suicides in Care program. The service will operate both within business hours and after hours. Evening and weekend work will be a requirement of the role.

The Senior Mental Health Clinician will: 

  • Work across the Alternatives to Emergency Departments and Assertive Suicide Prevention teams, with rostered shifts in each of these services. May also work within other parts of the Acute Community Mental Health Service as needed or desired. 
  • Provide a compassionate, trauma-informed response to consumers experiencing suicidal crisis and acute psychological distress. 
  • When needed, conduct mental health assessments and safety planning, and work with acute mental health service clinicians to provide timely and appropriate care.
  • Provide culturally responsive support that respects differing world views and understandings of mental health and wellbeing
  • Facilitate contact with people who have a personal lived experience of recovery and firsthand experience in wellbeing management.
  • Work collaboratively with peer workers to ensure delivery of effective peer support and provide leadership and support to peer workers and other clinicians in responding to more complex or challenging presentations. 

Alternatives to Emergency Departments 
This service will provide rapid, compassionate care in a welcoming and supportive non-clinical environment to consumers who present in acute psychological distress and suicidal crisis. This is an alternative to presenting to an Emergency Department. Peer workers and clinicians will actively work to minimise distress by providing compassionate care, and adopting a holistic approach that recognises cultural understandings and psychosocial causes of distress.
Assertive Suicide Prevention Outreach Team
This team comprises peer workers and clinicians who respond in peer/clinician pairs to support people in acute psychological distress or suicidal crisis. They engage with people in their homes or in preferred community locations. The clinician and peer worker work as equal partners, each bringing their own expertise. Early contact will focus on psychosocial reasons for distress, stabilisation, safety planning and distress recognition. There will also be a focus on linkage with outpatient and community services, and on supporting families, friends and carers.

About Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District
The Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District provides world-class clinical care, research and innovation, and is committed to providing a workplace culture that values and promotes the growth of high performing teams and individuals. We are passionate about the work we do, and are committed to improving the health of our local community and enhancing the experience of all our patients.

See why people like you join our local health district – and welcome to the family! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2FVDzrwYZI
To check out our diverse workforce and see some of our recent innovative and community-focused achievements, browse our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8ZhAGF38E10CN2upBndvfA
If you would like more information about our Local Health district, please visit our website: http://www.nbmlhd.health.nsw.gov.au/

About Applying
If you read this and think “Wow – that’s me!” then please review the position description and selection criteria for the role. You will need to submit an application electronically by clicking on the “Apply Now” button. So that we truly understand how perfect you are for this role, please ensure that you detail your experience, skills, knowledge and any other relevant information by responding to each selection criteria. 
To apply, you need to be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or hold an appropriate work visa.

Selection Criteria to be addressed:

  1. Recognised tertiary qualifications and registration as follows: Degree in Occupational Therapy and full registration with AHPRA as an occupational therapist, or Degree in Social Work and eligible for membership of AASW, or Psychology and full registration with AHPRA as a Psychologist and a current Senior Psychologist or eligible for senior Psychologist grading (with no less than 12 months service at the 9th year of service and thereafter rate), or for a Counsellor, the Bachelor of Health Science Mental Health (Djirruwang Program, or for a Counsellor, Bachelor of Health Science Mental Health (Djirruwang Program), or Registered Nurse with full registration with AHPRA and post-graduate qualifications in mental health or a related area.
  2. Sound understanding of contemporary evidence based suicide prevention and Zero Suicides in Care frameworks, and ability to utilise advance practice skills and professional reasoning to develop innovative practice models in line with these frameworks.
  3. Substantial clinical experience in, and commitment to champion, educate and lead, recovery-oriented and trauma-informed mental health care for people experiencing acute psychological distress/suicidal crisis.
  4. Demonstrated high level interpersonal and communication skills to negotiate, resolve conflict and motivate change, with ability to develop interagency partnerships and cooperatively develop referral pathways to promote access to a range of services and supports.
  5. Demonstrated leadership ability and knowledge and skills to provide supervision to students, psychologists or level 1/2 allied health.
  6. Demonstrated high level verbal and written communication skills with the ability to adapt communication style to suit a diverse range of consumers, carers and health care providers.
  7. Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimum supervision with high level organisational, problem solving and decision making skills.
  8. Current Driver's Licence and willingness to use for work purpose travel.

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For role related queries or questions contact Adam Vance via email [email protected]

Far Meadow, NSW

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