PCN Mental Health Practitioner

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 a year per annum inclusive of HCAs
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The Living Well Network Alliance (LWNA) has been developed to transform the way adult mental health services are delivered in Lambeth. We have brought together community mental health teams, social workers and the voluntary sector to provide holistic support in three Living Well Centres. The LWNA works in an innovative way to offer joined-up and personalised support to service users, we also offer a range of support and training opportunities to employees. We welcome applications from people with lived experience of mental health challenges. This is valuable and we recognise the positive impact this experience can have on the work we do.

You will be based at an agreed GP location and be supported by Primary Care colleagues and Living Well Centres. We are engaged in an exciting period of transformation and development which will result in improved pathways between services. These roles will be key in developing new relationships and improved ways of working between primary and secondary care in Lambeth.

We have career pathways available, you will be able to develop your skills and build your experience to progress into other roles across different specialties. For this role, we offer career pathways to PCN Team Leader and other band vacancies across the Living Well Network and SLaM. In addition, we offer ongoing training and professional development with various mental health modalities and leadership skills.

Main duties of the job

Key duties include:
  • To work with patients and General Practice team members to support engagement with appropriate services and treatment which may include onward referral to Living Well Centres or signposting to other services, social prescribers, voluntary sector services and community-based support groups.
  • To assist in supporting early intervention and shared decision-making around self-management of symptoms and adherence to treatment.
  • To contribute to the improvement of pathways and communication between primary and secondary care.
  • Contribute to the improvement of physical health for people with mental health needs.
  • To provide informal, mental health specific learning for staff across the Primary Care Network, including providing specialist advice relating to mental health.

About the Location

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work within a strong and forward-driven team to improve patients' outcomes. The new roles will be integrated within General Practice within a Primary Care Network neighbourhood working closely with, and being supported by, integrated teams based in Lambeth's Living Well Centres.

About us


We are committed to ensuring our staff get the most out of their benefits package and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. There is an extensive range of excellent benefits for you and your family. We want you to feel like you are part of a close knit team at SLaM. It's important to us that you valued and appreciated and that are why we have a comprehensive benefits package on offer

Some of our benefits are highlighted here:
  • Generous pay, pensions and leave,we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance,flexible working and support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working and job sharing.
  • Career development,There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
  • Car lease,our staff benefits from competitive deals to lease cars
  • Accommodation,our staff benefits fromkeyworker housing available which is available on selected sites
  • NHS discounts,with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.

Other benefits include:
  • Counselling services
  • Wellbeing events
  • Long service awards
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff restaurants

We look forward to receiving your application.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Provide medicine management education, adherence advice and lifestyle advice for patients and their families and/or carers presenting with mental health needs
  • Support patients to transition from secondary care to primary care by providing appropriate number of step down sessions at the point of step down from secondary care services dependant on patient need.
  • Support patients in their referral from primary care to secondary care and ensure effective and safe transition.
  • Support patients to stay well within their local communities, including psychological support and the re-enforcement of psychology techniques.
  • Promote the safety and the wellbeing of patients and their families and/or carers
  • Develop a close relationship with Primary Care practices within the PCN, attending practice meetings and having regular informal contact.
  • Work closely and in partnership with colleagues within Primary Care and their community partner organisations in a collaborative way, ensuring that decisions are made that ensure the best care for service users and that there is a seamless pathway.
  • Support GPs in assessing risk by providing expert advice and consultation.
  • Support primary care teams with the review of long-acting depot injections for those patients with complex needs, offering support with administration on an occasional basis if required.
  • Support patients on the SMI register to access annual physical health checks, working with other professionals as required

Quality Improvement
  • Contribute to the improvement of pathways between primary and secondary care and where practicable, to standardise processes across the PCN
  • Improve quality and effectiveness of prescribing of mental health medications through clinical audit and education of prescribers to improve performance against NICE standards and clinical and prescribing guidance
  • Support primary care initiatives which improve the physical health outcomes of those with a long-term mental health condition and the mental health outcomes of those with a long-term physical health condition

Training Development and Education:
  • Provide informal mental health specific learning for staff across the Primary Care Network, including providing specialist advice relating to mental health
  • Undertake mandatory and statutory training as required by Trust policy, identifying individual training needs.
  • Contribute and commit to undertaking an annual Development Review/appraisal.
  • Undertake personal development as identified in the Personal Development Plan (PDP).

Person Specification



  • Registered mental health professional appropriate to the job role (Registered Mental Health Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker)
  • Evidence of post qualification training/education
  • Evidence of recent continued professional development
  • Mentorship or equivalent



  • Relevant clinical experience
  • Experience of working with people who have experienced serious ongoing mental health problems
  • Experience of providing a range of clinical interventions, including triage and assessment, to people in the designated care group with a variety of health problems
  • Experience in proactively and independently managing a workload


  • Previous experience of working within primary care
  • Experience of psychological assessment and treatment of clients with a range of psychological needs of a complex nature in adult mental health
  • Experience of conducting audits



  • An understanding of the relationship between primary and secondary care services
  • Knowledge of key legislation and guidelines in relation to statutory mental health responsibilities, including Safeguarding Adults, Young people and children
  • An understanding of the stepped care model of delivery of psychological therapies for depression, anxiety and personality disorder


  • Theoretical knowledge of psychopathology and the evidence base for the relevant treatment



  • Highly developed verbal and written communication skills including communicating complex, highly technical and sensitive information to clients, their families and colleagues
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate and to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive and/or challenging behaviour
  • Effective IT skills
  • Good organisational skills


  • Ability to contribute to, monitor and implement changes and improvements to services
  • Accredited practitioner skills in at least one model of psychological therapy
  • Accredited nurse prescriber

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

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust


Living Well Centre

332 Brixton Road



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