Mental Health Access Practitioner

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
8 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

The post holder will provide triage and assessment to all GP registered patients age 18+ in Walsall dealing with various mental health disorders. Cover for another locality may be required at times. The team ethos is one of working towards a recovery model of care that promotes social inclusion.

The post holder will triage referrals and undertake Trusted Assessments in accordance with the pathways relating to routine referrals.

This post holder will be working with a team that consist of a Service Manager, Clinical Lead/CBT therapist, Team Lead, Band 6 Primary Care Mental Health Nurses, Senior Mental Health Practitioners and Administrators. The team's responsibility is to provide, develop and improve services for people with non-crisis mental health conditions in primary care. The post holder will have a high level of autonomy within their role and will be expected to adhere to the parameters of the Primary Mental Health Service operational policy.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will act as Trusted Assessor undertaking Triage and Assessment, where indicated, to ensure the patient is commenced on the right care pathway to meet their needs through signposting and referral to appropriate services.

Post holders will have a high level of autonomy providing mental health triage and assessments for people with Walsall registered GP aged over 18. You will provide a service to people who present with non-crisis mental health needs. You will be expected to develop and manage all aspects of the service, such as working within the parameters of the service operational policy.

A key aspect of the role requires liaison with referrers as well as carers where appropriate and local services; understanding and utilising appropriate care pathways. Staff will be expected to work autonomously managing high volumes of referrals. Utilising their own initiative in a busy and demanding service and to be able manage change effectively.

Make complex clinical judgements, evaluating alternative courses of action and managing and advising on complex clinical issues regarding the treatment and care of patients, taking into account the opinion/advice of professional colleagues, the patient and carer, where appropriate. To seek medical guidance from the identified Responsible Clinician as appropriate.

About us

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist mental health, learning disability, and community healthcare services for the population of the Black Country.

Across the whole of the region we provide:
  • Adult and older adult mental health services
  • Specialist learning disability services

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was formed on 1 April 2020, after NHS England and NHS Improvement approved the merger of Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust.

Combining resources, strategies and talented workforce enables us to deliver a wider variety of outstanding services that are based on best practice and are continually improving.

We currently employ over 3,000 members of staff and just like the population we serve, we are made up of diverse cultures and backgrounds.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Providing specialist mental health care triage, assessments and formulation of management plans within the Walsall PCN locality.

Please see Job Description for full details of responsibilities.

Person Specification

Experience and Qualification


  • Achieved grade/Qualification


  • Experience of working within community mental health

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