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Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£32,720 to £39,769 per annum inclusive outer London HCAS
Closing date
30 Sep 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity to recruit to a Primary Care Mental Health Practitioners in Kingston.

In this role you will work as part of the primary care team in specified Primary Care Network(s), providing support to GP practices for patients presenting with mental health problems. This support will include provision of advice, education, support and interventions to patients and carers.

Main duties of the job

It is envisaged that the focus of a practitioner's work will generally be people whose needs cannot be met by IAPT services but who may not need ongoing care from secondary care community mental health services. The practitioner can facilitate onward access to other secondary care-based services, or third sector services integrated within the mental health pathway.

The practitioner will be embedded as part of the Primary Care Network Multi-Disciplinary Team. We welcome applicants from a registered mental health profession or non-registered psychological professionals who have specific competences in evidence base psychological therapies for SMI.

About us

We are Proud to Belong at South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust.

We have expert services, a rich history and a clear commitment to providing the best quality care for those with mental ill-health. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as 'good' - we aspire to be 'outstanding'.

This is a great time to join us. We are transforming the way we care for our communities to support our mission of Making Life Better Together. We have built two brand new mental health facilities at Springfield University Hospital, which are amongst the best in the world. More developments are planned across our sites and services.

We are inclusive and diverse and strive to be actively anti racist. We want to attract people from all backgrounds and experiences to enrich the work we do together. We are proud to co-produce and involve our local communities in all that we do.

We offer flexible working, career development and a variety ofbenefits to enable a positive, welcoming environment in which our people and their careers can thrive.

Come and join our inclusive teams and help our patients on their recovery journey.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To provide medicine education and adherence advice and lifestyle advice for patients and their carers, presenting with mental health problems

Assist in supporting early intervention and supporting shared decision-making around self management

To work with patients and team members to support engagement with appropriate services and treatment which may include onward referral to secondary mental health services or signposting to other mental health services, social prescribers, voluntary services and community-based support groups.

To support patients to transition from secondary care to primary care by providing up to three step-down sessions at the point of step down from secondary care services

To support patients to transition from primary care to secondary care when more specialist or intensive support is required

To support patients to stay well within their local communities, including the re-enforcement of newly learned psychology techniques

To support patients on the SMI register to access annual physical health checks

Work at all times to promote the safety and the well being of service users and their families/carers

To develop a close relationship with Primary Care practices, attending practice meetings and having regular informal contact.

To work closely and in partnership with colleagues within primary care and the Trust in a collaborative way, ensuring that decisions are made that ensure the best care for service users and that there is a seamless pathway.

Person Specification



  • Relevant clinical experience
  • Experience of working with people who have experienced serious ongoing mental health problems
  • Experience of research based/reflective practice e.g. understanding and ability to use supervision to reflect on skills, attitude and knowledge and develop these by using evidence-based practice


  • Experience of supervision and/or mentoring of junior staff and students
  • Experience of working as a Recovery Support Worker in Mental Health

Training & Qualifications


  • Registered mental health professional appropriate to the job role (Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker, Pharmacy technician)
  • Non-registered psychological professionals (including those on voluntary and accredited registers) who have specific competences in evidence-based psychological therapies for severe mental health problems
  • Evidence of continuing professional development


  • Training in support of people with mental health problems
  • Training in recovery approaches in mental health

Knowledge & Skills


  • Able to proactively and independently manage workload
  • Ability to provide quality care that is responsive to service user needs, without close supervision
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Employer details

Employer name

South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust


Tolworth Hospital

Red Lion Rd



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