Mental Health Practitioner - A2i

The closing date is 14th Mar 2024

Job summary

"After working as an Inpatient Mental Health Nurse with working aged adults for nearly 7 years, I was looking for a role to work around my home life whilst still contributing to our patients experiences within Mental Health care. I feel well supported by my management team with regular check-ins and meetings to discuss my case load and the team have been approachable and welcoming in helping me find my feet as an autonomous practitioner. Mental Health care is challenged and stretched but our A2i team work positively to put our patients at the heart of everything we do." - Nichola is proud to be Solent and you could be too!

Working in Portsmouth offers a diverse inner-city client base where we provide assessments and interventions to individuals who present with a range of mental health needs. We are the access point for Adult Mental Health by assessing and working with our patients to access the most appropriate services which are tailored to support their mental health and social care needs. Our patients will be supported by the right professional at the right time.

We're passionate about providing you with opportunities to develop and have a wide range of therapies and treatments to train in to continue your learning, which can also be transferable across all other areas of Mental Health. We want you to be the best you can be, to deliver the best to our patients.

Main duties, tasks & skills required

Assess patient/client, plan develop/implement/evaluate programmes of care and carry out nursing procedures to achieve best health outcome for patient/client/family/health needs as well as actively promote health and wellbeing
Evaluate clinical outcome and report variance to clinical pathway, protocols, or best practice guidelines
Contribute to effective discharge planning and/or referral process to health care provider and support agencies to meet identified health needs
Apply diagnostic reasoning and professional judgement to nursing practice
Manage daily care of patient/client and when required manage care in the absence of senior colleagues
Foster inquiry and critical thinking amongst colleagues to advance nursing practice and patient/client care to ensure the provision of positive patient/client outcomes and person-centred care
Accurately document assessments of patients/client's health status, diagnosis and response to nursing and other interventions and treatments
Effectively manage clinical care and area through the implementation of clearly defined policies and procedures
Educate and provide information to patients/clients/family to improve knowledge of illness, self-management prevention of complications and promotion of recovery
Role model safe nursing practice and report poor practice when observed
Practice in accordance with legal, ethical, culturally safe, and professional standards including the Code of practice 

About us

At Solent, our teams mirror the communities we serve. The Equality, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging plan fosters authenticity, ensuring every Solent NHS Trust member feels visible, validated, and valued.

The Annual Staff survey positions us among top-performing Community and Mental Health trusts in 3 of 9 themes:

  • Compassion and inclusivity
  • Each voice matters
  • Staff Engagement

Our commitment to enhancing diversity, inclusion, and belonging fosters a strong sense of uniqueness, celebrated among colleagues, contributing to excellent patient outcomes.

We welcome applications from underrepresented communities, offering an informal chat for those uncertain about job fit. Our revamped recruitment process prioritizes inclusivity, aligned with Disability Confident and Armed Forces Covenant guaranteed interviews.

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Solent supports flexible working, providing a carer's passport. Our award-winning Health and Wellbeing service, including Employment Disability, Neurodivergent, and Menopause support, makes Solent NHS an inclusive workplace.

We promote staff vaccination as the primary defence against Flu and Covid-19. Join us in contributing to outstanding patient outcomes in a diverse and inclusive environment.

Job description

*Please Note : For a detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description* 

Person specification



Degree in Nursing, Occupational Therapy or Social Work (or equivalent)

Registration with either NMC / HCPC



Experienced in assessing and developing patient care plans

Experienced in developing and delivering care and clinical interventions to patients

Experience of MDT working

Experience of teaching, training and supervision/assessing junior staff and students

Evidence of recent CPD

Evidence of developing policy, guidelines contributing to management of resources

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.

UK Professional Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website.

For help with your application, contact: 

Stephen Urry 


Pay scheme

Agenda for Change 


Band 6 


£35392.00  to £42618.00 Yearly



Working pattern

Full-Time, Flexible Working 

Reference number


Job locations

St Mary's Community Health Campus 
Milton Road 
PO3 6AD 


This vacancy is closed to applications.