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Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Primary Care Network - Various locations countywide
£35,392 to £42,618 Per annum, pro rata + 5% of salary from £1,192 to £2,011
Closing date
22 Sep 2023

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We are currently seeking several full-time qualified Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, Therapists or Social Workers to join our Primary Care Mental Health Service covering PCNs in Hertfordshire in all the 4 quadrants, East, North, South and West.

Successful applicants will facilitate clinics offering a mix of telephone, virtual and face to face consultations with children and young people and their carers/families within their designated GP surgeries. The role includes triaging and signposting service users to access the most appropriate service to support their mental health and wellbeing. This exciting development recognises that placing specialist mental health staff in GP practices will promote early assessment and treatment in a recovery and holistic focused way, therefore helping our Children and Young people and their families to achieve the best experience and outcomes.

An added advantage is the option to work more flexibly and closer to your own home as there are various posts in all quadrants in Hertfordshire.

If you are passionate about making a difference to children and young people's mental health and wellbeing and have the skills, experience and attributes we are looking for, we would love to hear from you.

This is a full-time permanent position and driving is essential as you will be required to cover various GP practices within the PCN sites.

Main duties of the job

This is a Band 6 mental health practitioner post. This role maybe undertaken by a registered practitioner such as CPN, Psychologist or Therapist, OT, SW), with experience of working with CYP with mental health needs. The post will generally be based within the primary care setting (GP surgeries) but may require some travel within the community setting.

This is an early intervention service aimed at CYP with mild to moderate mental health and emotional difficulties. The main duties will include providing mental health advice and support, triage, consultation, liaison and evidence based low-intensity interventions (e.g. CBT, DBT, Behaviour therapy, trauma informed CBT or similar) and signposting to a wider range of early help and other community mental health services.

This is an exciting opportunity for professionals who are seeking something new and varied with room for progression. The role would suit someone who is confident working autonomously but also being part of a team. We are looking for professionals who work dynamically in a fast-paced environment, managing smaller caseloads with a quick turn-over but offering a service of the highest quality.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from theCare Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description

Job responsibilities

As the Mental Health Practitioner
  • you will work as part of a PCNs multidisciplinary team (MDT), delivering a high standard of quality and compassionate care that focuses on the direct needs of the CYP and their family
  • You will provide mental health advice and support, triage, consultation, liaison and brief interventions to CYP in GP surgeries.
  • facilitation of onward access to mental and physical health, well-being, and biopsychosocial interventions
  • provision of brief psychological interventions, where qualified to do so and where appropriate
  • work closely with other PCN-based roles to help address the potential range of biopsychosocial needs of patients with mental health problems. This will include the PCNs MDT, including, for example, PCN clinical pharmacists for medication reviews, and social prescribing link workers for access to community-based support and
  • may operate without the need for formal referral from GPs, includingaccepting some direct bookings where appropriate
  • provide support and supervision to other PCN professionals and MDT members including other lower band ARRS roles within the PCN and any future students on assignments/placements as required
  • develop collaborative relationships and work in partnership withhealth, social care, and community and voluntary sector providersand multi-disciplinary teams to holistically support patients' widerhealth and well-being, public health, and contributing to thereduction of health inequalities
  • provide education and specialist expertise to PCN staff, supporting them to improve their skills and understanding of mental health issues and behavioural approaches
  • Increase support and mental health awareness and education within the PCNs and locally of issues affecting CYP and their families and how best to support them using all the available community resources for prevention and early intervention.

Person Specification



  • Registered mental health professional appropriate to the job role (nursing, OT, SW)
  • Evidence of continuous professional development


  • Completion of Mentorship/preceptorship Course/ENB equivalent, or intention to complete
  • Non medical prescriber



  • Post-registration experience
  • Previous experience of working in the community/primary care setting
  • Experience of working alongside people with complex mental health problems
  • 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 non statutory teams and agencies
  • Experience of working within the CPA process
  • Experience of delivery teaching sessions to colleagues and professionals



  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to communicate in a clear and unambiguous way
  • Excellent negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to develop effective professional relationships with others
  • Ability to develop good therapeutic relationships
  • 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
  • Ability to formulate community care plans, based on relevant models
  • Ability to maintain high standards of record -keeping, including accurate data entry and recording.



  • Able to work autonomously, setting appropriate goals in accordance with professional, ethical guidelines and Trust policies.
  • Work within the spheres of own professional responsibilities and escalate clinical and operational concerns to senior clinical and operational management in a timely way as and when required

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Primary Care Network - Various locations countywide

Primary Care Network - Various locations countywide

Primary Care Network - Various locations countywide

AL10 8YE

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