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Senior Primary Care Mental Health Lead

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you Independent and supplementary Prescriber or willing to train?

Are you a registered Mental Health Nurse?

Do you have a passion for improving access to high quality, innovative and compassionate services for people with mental health needs?

The Senior Practitioner Mental Health Lead will be responsible for the on-going day to day management and development, of the mental health practitioner roles across Sandwell Primary Care Networks. The post holder will support GPs with 'on the day' Mental Health assessment and support for patients. These are new roles designated under the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme for Primary Care (ARRS).

The roles will provide an opportunity for improved joint working across primary care and adult secondary care mental health systems and will make it easier for patients to obtain the help they need.

This is an exciting role for someone who is proactive and passionate about innovation and providing a high-quality holistic approach to the care of people who have been identified as in need of mental health support in a primary care setting. We are really excited to be developing our integrated community services and look forward to welcoming you to a hardworking and dedicated team.

Main duties of the job

To provide a lead role based in the 'Your Health Partnership' PCN in triaging mental health concerns raised by 'on the day' patient requests, providing highly specialist advice and support within GP surgeries.

To review patients presenting with mental health issues, consider a range of options regarding treatment interventions providing them with highly specialised advice concerning care when appropriate and liaising with GPs and MH teams.

To offer brief interventions as needed e.g. problem solving, decision making, building resilience, building on personal strengths, risk de-escalation, medication advice and prescribing if a registered NMP. (Training will be provided as required).

Working as a member of the Primary Care MDT and taking responsibility for the development and implementation of specialist mental health training to the PCN.

To help GPs make appropriate referrals to the relevant mental health services - bridging the gap between primary care services such as IAPT and Primary Care Mental Health, working in partnership across the system.

About us

Black Country Healthcare is encouraging positive workplace who welcomes staff, with a desire to perform at a high level.

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

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was formed on 1 April 2020, following the merger of Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (covering Wolverhampton and Sandwell) and Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust.

Combining resources, strategies and a 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.

Why is this the place to work?
  • Beautiful, and peaceful hospital grounds, with seating areas
  • Good transport links around the midlands
  • Flexible working
  • NHS discount schemes
  • Working together with the local community to support patients and staff
  • Good performance outcomes
  • Training opportunities
  • Excellent staff support facilities, dedicated Health & wellbeing team, reflective practice, supervision, and debrief sessions
  • Opportunities to work with other services within the trust
  • New, up and coming digital processes and support

Job description

Job responsibilities

As a Senior Primary Care Mental Health practitioner, the post holder will work as part of a dynamic team in delivering an effective service supporting Primary Care Networks (PCNs) in Wolverhampton, Sandwell, Walsall and Dudley.

The primary focus of the post holder will be to support high quality service delivery of the Primary Care Mental Health Service across a range of practices within their designated PCN and lead on the co-ordination of the PCNs SMI registers. The post holder will be required to engage a range of key partners and stakeholders and lead on joint working across health and social care. In particular, they will need to work closely with colleagues within Black Country healthcare Mental Health Services, the PCNs, other provider organisations, local authority/Office of Public Health, and the voluntary and community sector. They will also work alongside the Primary Care Networks to support them in meeting their priorities around prevention, reducing health inequalities and population health management.

Person Specification



  • Leadership qualification or training or experience
  • Experience of managing an SMI register
  • Degree or equivalent qualification or experience in evidence based psychological therapies relevant to Pathway


  • Non-Medical Prescriber or willingness to work towards
  • Experience of working in both Primary and Secondary Care
  • Supporting staff in the day to day provision of clinical services
  • Experience of issuing fit notes

Employer details

Employer name

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Your Health Partnership PCN


B65 0BA

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