Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner (SPCMHP)

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Mid Essex
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum - Role can be offered as a development role
Closing date
1 Oct 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner (SPCMHP) Band 6 - �31,365 - �37,890 per annum - Also be a development role from band 5 to band 6 Full Time - 37.5 hours per week - There is an option for you to work these hours over 4 or 5 days per week Base - Mid Essex -Chelmsford, Braintree and Maldon

EPUT is currently undertaking a substantial transformation project within our community mental health services, something of which supports the NHS 5 Year forward plan and the increase in mental health funding announced by the Government.

This post is advertised as full time, but there is an opportunity for you to work these hours over 4 or 5 days per week, giving you more flexibility and work life balance.

Due to these exciting changes we are looking for a Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner (PCMHP) to join the Adult Community Mental Health Services, Mid Essex. EPUT has in place excelling training and development opportunities allowing our staff access to strong career pathways, including a Trust bank that all new staff can automatically join to earn additional income or expand on their experience and knowledge in different patient areas. This is an exciting role for a Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner to support the way forward in the delivery of Community Mental Health Services

If you're shortlisted for this post, your interview will take place on 3 May 2023

Main duties of the job

  • Provide a seamless service in order to aid the Patient's recovery and Well-being plans in the community.

o Work in conjunction with the GP, Primary Care team and Consultant Psychiatrists to ensure that patients are supported in the most appropriate clinical practice environment from a Multi-disciplinary perspective.

o Ensure safe Clinical Practice takes place, maintaining Care Quality Commission standards at all times and in line with the NHS Constitution.

o Triage patients and facilitate them receiving the most appropriate support for their needs ensuring people are not passed around the system.

o Deliver effective and safe services which support the key elements of Clinical/Practice governance.

o As the Primary Care model develops, the post holder will focus on supporting the team's continuous improvement in the quality of their service, whilst safeguarding and maintaining a high standard of care by creating an environment in which excellence will flourish.

o Provide and undertake detailed Physical Health investigations such BMI, Blood Pressure and request Blood Test as appropriate.

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work
  • Day One Flexible Employer

The Trust supports and actively encourages flexible working for all employees. We offer many options and you are encouraged to ask the recruiting manager what is possible for this role. If appointed, you will have the opportunity to apply for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment

Join our Staff bank

What is Staff Bank?

Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

If you are joining our Trust in a fixed term role, please indicate on your New Starter Paperwork that you wish to join our staff bank.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The successful candidate will assist with undertaking physical health checks for patients on the SMI register and support patients who are discharged from secondary care. This innovative approach allows for new roles to complement the existing traditional General Practice roles to manage more patients at the point of contact. The teams skill mix has been designed based on a local population needs assessment and will consist of Physiotherapists, Clinical Pharmacists, Advanced Nurse Practitioners, Physicians Assistants, Community Psychiatric Nurses and Paramedics.

They will be highly skilled and a motivated Mental Health Nurse and be part of the Enhanced Primary Care team, at the forefront of establishing this innovative development in Primary Care Mental Health Services. The postholder will work with service users and carers, close to their home, to deliver highly accessible and responsive interventions via flexible referral routes. The key principles of the team are to offer interventions within Primary Care to promote a truly integrated, holistic approach to care.

Whilst driving is essential due to the demographic area of Mid Essex, where someone doesnt hold a full driving licence, applications will still be considered for those wishing to travel by public transport.

The post holder will be able to demonstrate the following:
  • Registered Mental Health (RMN)
  • Evidence of Continued Professional Development (CPD)
  • Experience of working within a Mental Health setting
  • Good oral communication skills based on fluency on the English Language
  • Ability to manage difficult situations sensitively by listening, showing tolerance and remaining objective

EPUT are proud to support career development and can offer opportunities for career growth by helping you work towards a Medical Prescribing qualification.

Prescriber training can support role and career development by enabling practitioners to take on greater responsibilities for managing patient care. This enhances patient care by supporting patients timely access to treatment with medicines, enabling choice whilst helping to reduce waiting times, reduce hospital admissions and maximising the wider skills of the healthcare team

Annual leave entitlement

In line with the Agenda for Change terms and conditions, on appointment to the NHS you will be entitled to 27 days annual leave plus Bank holidays. Your entitlement will increase after 5 years NHS Service to 29 days plus bank holidays per year and then increase again to 33 days plus bank holidays after 10 years service.

EPUT Support Services

As a Trust we recognise that the last year has been challenging for us all, but EPUT are proud to support every individual with access to various support services, whether it be in regards to your work or personal life. The types of support that EPUT has available are: ..
  • Our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is a free counselling service which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.This is designed to provide you with independent, free and confidential information, advice and support to help you improve your wellness and wellbeing. Free counselling sessions can be offered either via telephone or face to face on a variety of topics.
  • Here For You is a new support service in response to the pandemic, specifically for people who work in healthcare, social care, the voluntary sector or not-for-profit sector. EPUT staff can benefit from receiving support and advice via telephone 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Support with long COVID offering webinars and support groups to raise awareness and provide advice.
  • Support with managing stress.
  • Occupational Health support via either management or self referrals.

Relocation Expenses

The Trust can offer a generous relocation package of up to �8000, which is dependent on eligibility and offered under specific terms.



Chelmsford is a busy bustling town which consists of a shopping centre, restaurants and bars. It as easy transport links to central London which is 30 miles away and is also easily accessible by car as the A12 is the main road from London into Chelmsford and also allowing easy access to theM25and the rest of the motorway network. Chelmsford has been redeveloped in the last few years providing new homes and attracting new residents to the area. Maldon and Braintree are close by and are easily accessible by car. Theyre smaller towns, but still have the essential shops and restaurants for all of the residents in the area.

Person Specification

Education/Qualifications Knowledge


  • Registered Mental Health (RMN)
  • Risk Management training and/or Suicide Prevention training
  • Mentorship Preparation
  • Evidence of Continued Professional Development (CPD)
  • Meet the requirements for revalidation as set out by the NMC
  • High standard of education
  • Good written and spoken English


  • Venepuncture trained
  • Level 2 accredited Stop Smoking advisor
  • Trained to deliver Physical Health screening



  • Experience of working within a Mental Health setting
  • Literate in IT/Computer Skills
  • Good oral communication skills based on fluency on the English Language
  • Ability to inspire confidence in the MDT, service users, carers and junior staff.

Personal Qualities


  • Ability to manage difficult situations sensitively by listening, showing tolerance and remaining objective.
  • Ability to identify barriers to change and develop strategies to overcome them
  • Self -motivated with the ability to use supervision effectively and be resourceful in a clinical setting
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to contain the emotional impact of working with people with Mental Health problems
  • Shares the Trust's Beliefs and models this in their attitude and behaviour: Able to ensure that the organisational values of open, compassionate and empowering are demonstrated by self and others every day
  • Ability to work within a Multi -discipliary team

Additional Requirements


  • Fitness Analysis as appropriate
  • Current driving licence
  • Ability to travel across sites efficiently and across Trust boundaries to attend meetings, etc.


  • Be flexible in the hours that you work which are necessary to meet the changing needs of the service where appropriate

Employer details

Employer name

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Mid Essex

Mid Essex


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