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Mental Health Practitioner - Primary Care Team, East Stafford

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
1 Jun 2023
**Please be aware we do have another advert out for these vacancies under a Stafford postcode, please only apply for the one advert and you will be considered for your preferred area**

Do you have a genuine interest in working with people who are experiencing mental health difficulties within the primary care setting?
  • Do you work well with individuals on a 1-1 basis and in group situations?
  • Are you forward thinking, and highly organised?
  • Have you got excellent communication skills and work well within a multi-professional and multiagency setting?

Due to expansion in our teams we are looking to recruit 14 x Band 6 Mental Health Practitioners to work in our developing Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner Team. The roles will be based over the whole of South Staffordshire and we are looking to recruit into the following:

7 vacancies in the East Staffs Primary Care Network working in Burton/Uttoxeter/Tamworth/Lichfield

7 vacancies in the West Staffs Primary Care Network working in Stafford/Seisdon/Cannock/Rugeley

We welcome applications from staff who have one of the following professional backgrounds; nursing, occupational therapy, or social work, and who are interested in creating a responsive and holistic mental health service within a primary care setting. Applicants must be fully qualified in the appropriate profession and registered with the relevant professional body.

Main duties of the job

  • Assessing people's mental health needs within a primary care setting.
  • The delivery of brief, short term, and low intensity psychological interventions for people with common mental health disorders.
  • Mental Health promotion involving the development of effective relationships between primary care and local communities and other services in the voluntary and statutory sector.
  • Provision of support and advice to GPs and other primary care providers.
  • Bridging the gap between primary care and other provider services to ensure fast and effective response times for those accessing services.

About us

MPFT provides physical and mental health care, learning disability, and adult social care services across Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Shropshire, and Telford & Wrekin. In addition, we provide services on a wider regional and national basis. We serve a population of 1.5 million and employ around 8,500 members of staff.

By joining MPFT you will become part of a diverse and inclusive team who are empowered and supported to deliver care in a way which is consistent with our values:
  • putting people at the heart of what we do
  • empowering people to improve care and wellbeing
  • delivering better health, better care in partnership

We are embedding values based and inclusive recruitment practices to ensure that all applicants, from any backgrounds, from under-represented groups, such as black, Asian or other ethnic groups, individuals with a disability, or LGBTQ+ individuals. All have an equal chance of success in achieving a role with us.

We will support your career development and progression. Membership of the excellent NHS pension scheme, generous maternity, paternity, adoption leave, pay and the option for flexible working. You will receive up to 27 days annual leave (increasing to 33 days) and the opportunity to purchase additional annual leave.

We are also proud to have a choice of staff networks that help you meet like-minded people.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Check out the videos below showcasing why you should grow your career here at MPFT:

Why Work for Mental Health Services at MPFT - YouTube

Development and Progression Within Mental Health Services at MPFT - YouTube

The post holder will work with one or more primary care networks in the South Staffordshire area to provide assessment and brief intervention treatment for individuals presenting with mental health needs.

Carry out mental health assessments following agreed practice guidelines as part of a primary care network team.

The Mental Health Practitioner will undertake the development, implementation and review of care planning and risk management. Delivering a high quality clinical service to Service Users, their Families and Carers in primary care.

The post holder will demonstrate an attitude which respects the core values of the organisation and the principles of Recovery.

Significantly more investment in Voluntary, Non-statutory services is being made as part of our transformation work, to help support you in helping your patients access the services they need. To drive this programme forward we need qualified mental health professionals who have the passion, enthusiasm, and skills to be part of this exciting, new way of providing community mental healthcare.

Would you like to get a first hand experience of the role and spend a couple of hours experiencing the day in the life of a PCN MHP in a GP Surgery. To arrange this you must be an RMN (Registered Mental Health Nurse), OT (Occupational Therapist), or Social Worker Band 6 or Band 5 with at least 1 year of experience and have passed your preceptorship. Preceptorship is a period of structured support and development that you will receive during your first year of practice after completing your professional training.

If you are interested in finding out more about the PCN MHP role and gaining first hand experience, you can contact or, who are mental health professionals currently working in the NHS. They may be able to provide you with further information and guidance on how to get involved in this role and find out more before applying

Person Specification



  • Professional qualification relevant to Adult Mental Health i.e. RMN, OT, Social Worker, Therapist.


  • Specialist Mental Health Training e.g. Assessment.



  • Evidence of extensive post qualification experience of working with adults experiencing mental health related difficulties
  • Experience of assessing, planning, co-ordinating and managing the care of people with mental health problems


  • Experience working with people engaging in high risk behaviours and self-harm
  • Experience of working in community setting and making decisions autonomously

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