Primary Care Practitioner

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year Based on full time hours
Closing date
29 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking a Mental Health Practitioner (Mental Health Nurse, Occupational Therapist, or Social Worker) to join our developing primary care Mental Health Team in the Central area of Southampton.

The successful applicant will become part of a growing primary care team who deliver care to some of the most diverse populations in Southampton. You will work within surgeries and in an MDT environment there are a large number of social prescribing link workers reflecting the needs of the population and the practices currently share pharmacists, health and wellbeing coaches, peer worker and mental health practitioners.

You will be working within a GP practice and receive support and mentorship from a named primary care practitioner in addition to clinical supervision within the mental health team.

You will contribute to the triage service, offering early assessment, brief interventions and signposting for people with mental health needs in their local communities

Main duties of the job

You will be a registered practitioner, experienced in working within a mental health setting with skills to engage people that may be pre-contemplative about change. The post holder should be experienced in working with individuals presenting with mental health needs.

There will be training available for the post and part of the role will work towards delivering group interventions using the Comprehend, Cope and Connect model (CCC) within the PCNs - an opportunity for a new approach to mental health one that meets the whole person takes in their strengths and their experience (trauma informed) and works with their potential and aspirations. The new workforce with this orientation can create a psychologically informed environment that supports and encourages, while acknowledging distress and motivating work on change and addressing challenge. We offer peer support, reflective practice and wraparound support and training.

Our primary care setting is a rewarding place to work. We are looking for an enthusiastic and creative person who is committed to maximising life opportunities for our patients and their families. The work is varied and challenging, and there is a strong team approach ensuring good support for the successful applicant. You will need to have a flexible, multi-disciplinary approach, have a good understanding of risk assessment, crisis planning and the recovery model.

About us

Are you committed to providing remarkable care and service?

Are you passionate about helping people and want to make a difference every day?

We want to meet you!

Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities. We are committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect through our 6,500 strong workforce.

Southern Health has over 300 sites across the county and we serve 1.5 million people throughout all stages of their lives. Our aim is to work alongside the people we support (and our health and care partners) to deliver the best possible care and constantly improve.

Here at SHFT we have so much to be proud of:
  • Working as a team and supporting each other, we put patients and our staff at the heart of everything we do.
  • We have a skilled and diverse workforce and are committed to our staff development, offering bespoke training packages, leadership pathways and career opportunities.
  • We offer a variety of benefits such as an amazing pension scheme, generous annual leave, Childcare Choices scheme, many discounts (Blue Light card, The Company Shop, NHS Staff Discounts, cycle to work scheme) and much more.

Come to work with us, together we will provide outstanding treatment and care to improve lives.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Further information about the Trust and this role can be found on the Job Description and Person Specification document attached.

Person Specification



  • *Qualified as a registered mental health nurse, social worker or occupational therapist
  • *Mentorship course/ evidence of CPD
  • *Ability to fulfil travel requirements of the post
  • *Clinical supervision training

Employer details

Employer name

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust


Cannon House

6 Cannon Street



SO15 5PQ

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