NHS Mental Health Practitioner Interview
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Q1. Why do you want to be an NHS Mental Health Practitioner and what can you bring to the role?

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“I want to be an NHS Mental Health Practitioner because I get immense satisfaction from taking care of people, especially those who are vulnerable. Some of the skills and qualities required to become a competent Mental Health Practitioner include an ability to identify the needs of a client, be able to remain calm and act with confidentiality and integrity at all times, make difficult and challenging decisions, abide by the NHS values and also improve the lives of those who are in your care. Those skills and attributes are the ones I believe I possess, and I feel I can contribute positively within this role. Having also studied the NHS organisation, I believe your values and care standards are in line with the type of organisation I would like to work for.”

Q2. What particularly interests you in mental health?

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“There are specifically 5 things that interest me in mental health. The ability to have a POSITIVE IMPACT on patient’s and client’s lives. This is particularly attractive to me because you get to see the results of your work on a daily basis. Secondly, I the CHALLENGE that the role presents, is something I would thrive on. Working in mental health is not easy, and it is important you take on the challenge in a responsible and professional manner. Thirdly, the fact that MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS is more prominent and positive than ever before, makes me view the role in a more positive light, simply because the government and influential individuals are starting to take notice and help the NHS to achieve its goals. Next, the fact that you have to CONTINUALLY LEARN AND DEVELOP in this role interests me. I am someone who wants to continually improve and develop, and this role certainly has that requirement. Finally, the TEAM APPROACH to mental health is something that is very attractive to me. Whilst I am comfortable working alone, the fact you have to work collaboratively with other NHS team members and external stakeholder is something I would find appealing.”

Q3. What would you do if a client/patient added you as a friend on social media or started following you?
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Q4. What would you do if you were out with a client or patient and they began to become distressed?
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Q5. Why do you want to work in the NHS?
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Q6. What qualities do you have that would be a good fit for the NHS?
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Q7. What do you understand by the term rehabilitation?
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Q8. What would do if you saw a client or patient being abused by another member of the staff?
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Q9. What do you know about the professional duty of candour?
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Q10. Out of the 6 Cs for nursing, which do you deem most important?
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Q11. What are the different types of abuse and which, in your opinion is the worst?
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Q12. What do you understand about the Mental Capacity Act?
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NHS Mental Health Practitioner Job Description


NHS Mental Health Practitioner Job Brief:

The key responsibilities of a Mental Health Practitioner include:

  • To evaluate the care and ongoing assessment of patients and clients under your care and responsibility.
  • To deal with patients and clients under your care and carry out effective risk assessments based on the needs of the client or patient.
  • To provide the appropriate level of care and support for clients and patients under your care in line with NHS best practice and operational guidelines.
  • To respond to and manage the ever-changing workload within the NHS Mental Health Department.
  • Work collaboratively with inpatient departments to ensure the effective transition of care across the organization.
  • Undertake and perform specific assessments of vulnerable patients and clients and complete accurate reports as and when required.
  • Create and present detailed, professional reports to relevant professional bodies and individuals such as Magistrates to enable them to make correct decisions as and when needed.

In addition to the above list of responsibilities, you will also need to demonstrate the competencies of working under pressure, communicating effectively, acting in line with NHS code of conduct regulations and practices, adhering to relevant law, working in collaboration with other interested external stakeholders or organisations and also liaising with other internal departmental key members of staff to provide the appropriate level of care and treatment.

5 TIPS FOR PASSING THE NHS MENTAL HEALTH PRACTITIONER INTERVIEW!

TIP #1 – Before you attend your NHS Mental Health Practitioner interview, we strongly recommend you study the values that are applicable to your chosen NHS Trust. Furthermore, we also advise that you prepare an example of where you have demonstrated at least one of them in a previous work-related role.

TIP #2 – A key element of the NHS Mental Health Practitioner role is that of ‘confidentiality’. Before you attend the interview, make sure you understand how confidentiality applies to this important role and also read the code of conduct in respect of confidentiality whilst working in the NHS.

TIP #3 – The Mental Capacity Act is something you will have to consider at some stage whilst working in the NHS as a Mental Health Practitioner. You should have a brief understanding of what it means and how this important act applies to your role. Within the NHS Mental Health Practitioner interview questions and answers guide, we have provided you with a suggested answer to the question that relates to this important subject to help you prepare.

TIP #4 – If you were asked the following question, how would you answer it? “If a patient or client who was under your care contacted you on social media, what would you do?” There is a definitive answer to this question and it is vital you are able to answer it correctly. Again, within the guide featured on this page, we have provided you with a suggested answer to this and other important interview questions that are likely to arise during the Mental Health Practitioner job interview.

TIP #5 – Once you reach the end of your interview, you will be given the opportunity to ask the interview panel a number of questions. This is your opportunity to ask sensible and intelligent questions that make you stand out as the best candidate for the role. Here is a list of 3 questions we recommend you ask:

  1. What challenges are you facing within the Mental Health department at present and how can I help you in this role to overcome them?
  2. Would there be the opportunity to work additional hours within this role if I am successful?
  3. During my research, I heard some very positive things about the Mental Health department. What it is like to work there and is it a close-knit team?

If you would like more tips and more importantly suggested answer to the interview questions featured on this page, we recommend you download a copy of our Mental Health Practitioner interview questions and answers guide.

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