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CYP Mental Health PCN Link Worker

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year Per annum
Closing date
10 Jun 2023
The Community Mental Health Hub, is designed to provide young people with expert help from one easy access point, and will be hosted by the West Somerset Primary Care Network (PCN). This is a new service, created as part of the ARRS (Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme). The main goal for PCNs, as set out by NHS England, is to enable greater provision of proactive, personalised, and coordinated care. The post holder will be responsible for supporting the screening of referrals including signposting, offering information, telephone triage and where necessary face to face assessments to ascertain need.

You will based predominantly within our Minehead PCN hub alongside the Clinical Director and PCN Manager, our expanding pharmacy team , social prescribing team (Care Coordinators, Village Agents and Health Coaches) and 'Living Better' complex care teams- including a Complex Care GP and a team of Complex Care Nurses. We hold frequent MDT meetings and process referrals through our single point of access. Our own premises for the development and retention of PCN roles and our neighbourhood project is just one way in which we showcase our forward thinking and commitment to the team. We host frequent wellbeing/ development days and hold team development at the heart of what we do along with a healthy prescription of humour, beautiful scenery and sea air, why not come and meet the team and consider applying?

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work within the West Somerset PCN which comprises of four GP surgeries across the catchment area - including Exmoor Medical Centre, Dunster & Porlock Surgeries, Minehead Medical Centre and West Somerset Healthcare.

The post holder will also work alongside colleagues from the CAMHS SPA & Early Intervention Services.

The post holder will be closely linked with the Somerset Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), Voluntary Sector and Schools. They will assess, signpost and offer short term interventions for children and young people for their mental health, ensuring that they get the best possible care and outcomes.

About us

CAMHS CQC Rated: Outstanding Somerset NHS Foundation Trust - Care Quality Commission (

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, fantastic pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular career conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will hold current NMC, Social Work England or Health and Care Professions Council registration and be working at or towards Band 6 or with equivalent skills and experience.

To work as part of the Mental Health Hub undertaking direct/indirect assessments and consultations, offering advice, signposting and undertaking the appropriate assessment of risk.

To support the delivery of a high-quality link worker provision into primary and secondary care. This will include providing consultation and training to staff in a range of agencies in relation to the mental and emotional well-being of children and young people.

To support the PCN in the delivery of the service, ensuring it meets national guidance and local key performance indicators.

To provide clinical supervision if appropriate and as required as well as supporting students.

Person Specification



  • Core qualification in Nursing, Social Work or Occupational Therapy
  • Evidence of continued professional development


  • oProfessional knowledge acquired through degree/diploma.



  • Post qualification experience in a mental health setting, working with young people with mental illness.
  • Experience of working with children and young people who have serious mental illness and their families and carers in the community
  • To have ability to manage a case load and experience of acting as care coordinator for clients on a case list



  • Able to demonstrate experience of providing mental health assessments
  • Experience of managing risk in a community setting

Employer details

Employer name

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


West Somerset - Minehead Hub



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