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Team Leader - Mental Health AOD Clinician - Gladstone

Bridges Health & Community Care

The Company

Since 1997, Bridges Health & Community Care Ltd (Bridges) has assisted hundreds of people to move beyond the isolation and stigma of mental illness and addictions to a meaningful existence with a sense of purpose. The key foci on this journey of recovery are:

  • Fostering the belief that recovery is possible and cultivating optimism;
  • Strengths and resilience rather than illness and the possibility of failure,
  • Building personal capacity, self-reliance, social and community connections and mainstream integration,
  • Celebrating small steps rather than expecting over-night transformations.

We adhere to evidence based practice, embrace a multidisciplinary approach and utilise the strengths, culture and diversity in our staff and interventions to offer the best possible service for our clients, consumers and carers.

The Opportunity

Bridges are in the process of redesigning and transforming our mental health services to a contemporary flexible service model to ensure we offer an agile and adaptable service during the current COVID-19 climate, while ensuring we offer a safe workplace for staff and clients. We are seeking an experienced highly regarded accredited mental health practitioner who likes diversity in their role, and is also reliable, honest and committed to best practice.

The Role

The key role functions for this position are to:

  • Provide inclusive leadership, clinical governance and supervision to a small team of mental health staff
  • Provide evidence-based interventions, across the spectrum of presentations for people with mental ill-health, psychosocial and drug and alcohol issues
  • Ensure program is delivered in accordance with the contract and service model through monitoring and review cycles
  • Liaise with key stakeholders to ensure utilisation of service, working in a strong spirit of collaboration and client-centred care
  • Collect and analyse data, conduct regular clinical audits and complete reporting requirement as per funding schedule(s)

Service delivery

  • Deliver mental health care in a stepped care framework ranging form psychosocial interventions to evidence-based therapies, based on client needs
  • Deliver services through a range of modalities, including intentional phone support, face-to-face, tele-health, and outreach to isolated communities and clients
  • Support people with moderate to severe mental illness and/or addictions to improve their capacity and capability using a person-centred approach, harm minimisation and a recovery oriented, capacity building framework
  • Work with individuals and their significant others in a planned, reliable manner to assist them to meet their individual needs and goals and review those goals on a regular basis in consultation with the consumer and relevant stakeholders
  • Assist individuals experiencing mental distress and adversity through intensive and ongoing support as identified through self-directed recovery plans, facilitating access to recovery–focused and socially inclusive activities in the community
  • Coordinate intensive support for up to 12-months to assist individuals to achieve their personal recovery goals and address their psycho-social needs in partnership with Bridge's peer and recovery workforce, the individuals chosen support network including clinical and non-clinical services
  • Liaise with Bridge's suite of allied health, disability and drug and alcohol services to ensure effective, collaborative and timely service delivery and responses using "No Wrong door" practice principles.
  • Respond quickly and effectively to consumers presenting with immediate and serious mental health issues, providing effective brief interventions and linking them in/referring to appropriate services
  • Ensure collection of relevant data and maintain accurate records as prescribed in a timely and efficient manner
  • Fulfil the role in accordance with Bridges Health & Community Care's core values, policies and procedures and contractual obligations

The Person

We seek staff who have:

  • Demonstrate a high standard of ethical and professional conduct
  • Understand the importance of risk and compliance and lead by example
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with clients and other stakeholders with dignity and respect
  • Ability to work in diverse and challenging situations
  • Understanding of the principles of privacy and confidentiality and duty of care
  • Ability to assist clients connect with other appropriate community resources
  • Ability to implement and facilitate planned activities to promote independence
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication, and organisational skills
  • Strong computer and reporting skills
  • Knowledge and understanding of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and access process for client group
  • Ability to and work effectively as a member of a team and autonomously
  • Display commitment to evidence-based practice, continuous quality improvement, training and professional development

Selection Criteria

  • Relevant tertiary (university) qualifications in health, social, or behavioural science fields e.g. psychology, social work, nurse and registered health practitioner
  • Experience in management, supervisory and/or leadership role
  • Knowledge and experience in working with people experiencing distress and adversity due to mental ill health and complex needs using principles of recovery, harm minimisation, person-centred and self-directed support
  • Knowledge and experience in working in both clinical and community-based services including the psychosocial disability space
  • Contemporary, evidence-based skills, including suicide interventions, therapeutic tools and strength-based recovery planning
  • The ability to communicate clearly, professionally and respectfully with consumers, families, colleagues, other agency personnel and external stakeholders
  • Excellent data entry skills and refined writing skills
  • Demonstrated computer skills, with intermediate to advanced knowledge in Microsoft Office applications, use of smart phones or similar mobile devices
  • Current senior first aid certificate, or willingness to obtain
  • Current Qld open driver's licence

Successful applicants will be required to possess a current Blue Card and/or Yellow card.

Please direct enquiries to Samantha Philips on 1300 707 655.

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