Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner *New Hire Bonus*

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
**New Hire Bonus - �1500**

The permanent posts are eligible for a �1500 New Hire Bonus.

An initial payment of �500 will be paid in the first 1 month and a final payment of �1000 will be paid 1 year after your start date.

Please see attached New Hire Bonus Terms & Conditions.

Two Full-time positions and One Part-time 22.5 hours per week

Our Primary Care Mental Health Service is an award-winning service, receiving national interest as a new and innovative way of working in Primary Care. Based in GP practices and Neighbourhood teams we ensure that those with mental health needs are seen at the right time, in the right place, by the right people.

We're looking for enthusiastic Band 6 Primary Care MH Practitioners, who hold NMC or HCPC registration, to join us. We currently have two vacancies covering Cambridgeshire area, including the city of Cambridge.

  • Have excellent communication skills and the ability to complete robust clinical assessments independently.
  • Enjoy a new challenge, variety in your work, working in a passionate and driven team striving to make a difference for our community.
  • Would like to be part of the exciting Community Transformation Programme.

  • Are a compassionate, supportive and professional service that will actively support your growth and development as a senior member of the team.
  • Achieve and always seek to be the best we can be through teamwork and a clear vision.

Main duties of the job

Working alongside a Mental Health Liaison Practitioner you will work across the interface between Primary Care and Mental Health Services to facilitate mental health assessment in primary care and support GPs with joint decision making in relation to secondary care referrals, signposting, and transition of service users from secondary mental health services back to Primary Care. Your expertise will help inform GPs management plans for those with mental health needs in primary care.

By providing support, education and problem-solving approaches for adults of working age, you will be an active member of the primary care team with the ability to undertake very short-term interventions for clients with mild to moderate mental health difficulties.

This is not a 'case load' role or service, enabling you to be flexible and dynamic in a well-supported autonomous role that will allow experience, decision-making skills and service user focus to thrive and develop.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities.

To support service users with transitioning from secondary care into primary care.

To be a valued core member of primary care teams within an LCG, using specialist mental health knowledge.

To develop links and foster a culture of partnership between Primary Care Teams and CPFT Adult Mental Health Services.

To promote the use of treatment protocols and care pathways leading to increased integration of service users within Primary Care setting.

To enable practitioners in Primary Care to develop their skills and confidence in assessment and treatment of particular mental health problems.

Facilitate joint work between Primary Care and Secondary Care interface and Primary Care/Voluntary Sector to increase range of services/interventions available.

To develop a close relationship with Primary Care practices, attending practice meetings and having regular informal contact.

Interventions will be delivered under Primary care governance and policies whilst also maintaining adherence to CPFT Trust policy.

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • Registered mental health professional [mental health/LD/Adult], appropriate to the job role (nursing, OT, SW)
  • Completion of Mentorship/preceptorship Course/ENB equivalent, or intention to complete
  • Evidence of continuous professional development


  • Non-medical prescriber



  • Experience of working alongside people with complex health problems in the designated care group
  • Experience of supervising staff
  • Experience of providing a range of clinical interventions to people in the designated care group with a variety of health problems
  • Experience of working consultatively with professionals
  • Experience of conducting clinical assessments including risk assessments
  • Experience of partnership working within and across various statutory and nonstatutory teams and agencies
  • Experience of working within the CPA process
  • Understanding of clinical governance
  • Previous experience of working in the community
  • Contribute to the implementation of services


  • Experience of managing a caseload
  • Lived experience of mental health issues
  • Experience of working within primary care
  • Significant experience of adult community mental health
  • Of working autonomously within the mental health network accessing advice and support as required
  • Experience of developing new services

Skills & Abilities


  • Excellent negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to develop effective professional relationships with others
  • Establish and maintain communication with individuals, families, carers and groups about difficult or complex matters overcoming any differences in communication
  • Develop own skills and knowledge and provide information to others to help their development
  • Participate in partnership working with individuals, groups, communities and agencies
  • Promote people's equality, diversity and human rights
  • Skills of assessing and interpreting service user conditions with appropriate actions
  • Ability to work in partnership with key stakeholders
  • Ability to work with resistance at times, to manage own reactions to difficult situations and to act with appropriate authority and diplomacy
  • Plan and organise complex activities or programmes requiring, formulation and review
  • Assessment, planning and intervention skills
  • Provision of specialist advice in relation to mental health
  • IT literacy and willingness to take on new technology
  • Able to use Word, PowerPoint, clinical systems, email and /or willingness to learn
  • Frequent and intense concentration in client assessment and formulation, both individual and group work with up to 5 hours a day in direct face to face client contact
  • Liaison with multi agencies at times especially in emergencies requiring mental effort to coordinate management of a crisis

Knowledge & Understanding


  • Significant post qualifying experience in the relevant care group

Physical Requirements


  • Ability to use manual handling techniques
  • Team working
  • Ability to travel across sites

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

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


Community - South (Cambridgeshire)

Douglas House, 18b Trumpington Road, Cambridge CB2 8AH



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