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Mental Health Practitioner Primary Care

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year per annum
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity to recruit a Band 6 Mental Health Practitioner to the Shelton and Hanley PCN through Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS).

The adoption of this role is an exciting and new development that will build on and complement the progress of the new model of primary mental health care support.

Shelton and Hanley PCN consists of 3 member practices - working across 5 sites around the city. With a team of clinical and non-clinical staff, including care coordinators, a social prescriber, pharmacy team and physician associates. The PCN covers a patient population of just over 37,000 residents from the Shelton, Hanley and Birches Head areas of Stoke-on-Trent.

We are seeking to find a Mental Health Practitioner who can come and make a difference. Providing high quality interventions to patients aged 18 years plus. Working alongside the existing PCN based mental health roles you will be an important member of our primary care team.

The introduction of this role is part of a wider transformation and expansion of community-based mental health services set out in the NHS Long Term Plan.

The Mental Health Practitioner will be embedded as part of the Primary Care Network Multi-Disciplinary Team, as well the community mental health Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) with ready access to a wide range of support and expertise across both MDTs.

Main duties of the job

The role delivers timely access to an integrated, high quality, service user-centred service in primary care that enables people with mental health needs and/or social care problems (regardless of diagnosis) to improve their well-being and functionality, thereby preventing, reducing or delaying the need for more specialist services (either for mental health, physical health or social care needs). It is envisaged that the focus of a practitioners work will generally be people whose needs cannot be met by IAPT services but who may not need ongoing care from secondary care community mental health services. The practitioner can facilitate onward access to other secondary care-based services, or third sector services integrated within the mental health pathway.

Successful candidates must be experienced mental health practitioners and have experience of working in a Primary Care and /or a Community Mental Health Team setting.

You will be a confident communicator with colleagues and stakeholders alike. Above all you will have the ambition and drive needed to work within an environment of change and innovation.

About us

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare is one of only two specialist mental health trusts in England with an overall 'Outstanding' rating.

We are on an ambitious journey to deliver our visionto be outstanding - in all we do and how we do it.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will demonstrate outstanding autonomous and critical thinking and is a caring, compassionate and committed experienced mental health professional. They will, whilst acting within their professional boundaries, provide care for the presenting patient from initial history taking, assessment and management of care, including escalation to a more senior clinician. They will demonstrate safe, competent clinical decision-making and expert care for patients within the practice and wider primary care network. They will communicate and work collaboratively with the general practice team to meet the needs of patients, supporting the delivery of policy and procedures. They will liaise with other professionals and agencies both statutory and non-statutory and to provide a link between primary and secondary services from a North Staffs Combined perspective.

Key Duties/Responsibilities
  • To undertake assessments of individual clients difficulties, establishing risk and determining the appropriate course of action taking into consideration all possible options. The relationship should adopt a partnership approach engaging service users in the positive management of their health and wellbeing.
  • Proactively identify and manage treatment plans for patients with dementia and serious mental illness.
  • Diagnose and manage both acute and chronic conditions, integrating both drug- and non-drug-based treatment methods into a management plan.
  • Review medication for therapeutic effectiveness, appropriate to patient needs and in accordance with evidence-based practice and national and practice protocols, and within scope of practice.
  • Work with patients in order to support compliance with and adherence to prescribed treatments.
  • Prioritise health problems and intervene appropriately to assist the patient in complex, urgent or emergency situations, escalating to senior MHP if necessary.
  • Take prompt action on changes in condition, liaising with other caregivers, members of the clinical (multi-disciplinary) team and/or other agencies when necessary, reviewing care and communicating any amendments to the medical records.
  • To have responsibility for seeking support and advice from General Practitioner or senior MHP/supervisor in respect of issues and difficulties with individual patient care. To attend regular clinical supervision with the senior MHP in order to address caseload management issues.
  • Develop skills in respect of specific interventions that are appropriate to the clinical area and act as the lead in developing practice in relation to this.

Person Specification



  • Relevant professional qualification - degree level or equivalent


  • Driven to extend their clinical practice in a particular area (therapeutic interventions/independent prescribing etc).



  • Significant post qualification experience


  • Ability to work across boundaries of care

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.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare Trust


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