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Primary Mental Health Practitioner

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
£35,922 to £43,257 per annum
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
HMP Cardiff is a category B local remand prison holding male adult prisoners mainly drawn from the South East Wales region. Given the current pressures and shortages of prison spaces we are having increasingly more out of area men residing with us which creates added complexities when trying to confirm past care and treatment and make appropriate release plans. The turn over of the population is quick therefore creating a challenge for our services to act in a timely way.

The primary mental health team here operates a seven day service, all new receptions into custody are triaged to see if they require mental health support during their stay and those with mild to moderate mental health needs are offered further assessment and intervention. We are looking to appoint a Band 6 Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker or Mental Health Nurse to join us.

Main duties of the job

This opportunity will provide
  • Experience of working in a fast paced and challenging environment
  • Development of skills working with a diverse population with complex needs and risks
  • Opportunity to work with partner agencies such as prison staff, probation and physical health
  • A wide scope of practice opportunities liaison, assessment, group work, referring on.
  • Team working, joining an established team of experienced practitioners and being part of the wider service including secondary care

What we are looking for
  • A practitioner with post qualification experience in a range of settings
  • A drive to work alongside the team to improve the service we deliver
  • An understanding of the needs of our population.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply.

Please note that as this is a seven-day service each practitioner in the team is needed to cover one weekend out of four.

We welcome interest from those that would like a part time opportunity though this is a full time post that we are looking to cover. We welcome visits to our service or if you would like to find out more please contact us.

About us

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is one of the largest Integrated Health Boards in the UK, employing over 15,000 staff, providing over 100 specialist services. Working across 6 hospital sites, we have a diverse range of career opportunities to offer. Serving around 500,000 people living in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, we are focussed on the health and care needs of our local population whilst working with our partners to develop regional services.

Our mission is Caring for People, Keeping People Well,and our vision is that every person's chance of leading a healthy life should be equal. As an organisation we are unashamedly ambitious for our population's health, rising to the challenges of today and tomorrow through our 10-year strategy, Shaping our Future Wellbeing. We are contributing to a healthier Wales with great emphasis placed on innovation and improvement, learning from around the world and leading the way in clinical research. Partnership working is strong at Cardiff and Vale, and we work closely with our staff and our community.

Cardiff, the thriving Welsh capital, is a fantastic city to live and work in with an abundance of sports, arts and cultural attractions. Situated to the west of Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan offers a combination of beautiful Welsh countryside and a dramatic natural coastline. Whether city life or rural living, Cardiff and the Vale offers the best of both worlds.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will be able to find a full Job description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents or please click Apply now to view in Trac

Person Specification



  • Registered professional with appropriate regualtor
  • Relevant post registration qualifications and education attained at diploma level (e.g. primary care, community mental health, Older adults, CAMHs)


  • Relevant degree level qualification



  • Clinically credible with experience of multidisciplinary working
  • Proven post-registration experience


  • Experience in a range of clinical settings -Prison experience would be advantageous



  • Clinical assessment and formulation skills.


  • Postgraduate training or CBT/counselling skills.
  • Risk assessment e.g. Warrn/ HCR20, emergency triage of prisoners, motivational interviewing.

Special knowledge


  • Ability to demonstrate sound clinical knowledge and awareness of current evidence base relevant to the area of practice
  • Ability to demonstrate understanding of the legislative and policy framework underpinning mental health service provision e.g. Mental Health Measures, Mental Capacity Act, and National Service Frameworks.


  • Relapse prevention, PRaM, MAPPU policy and procedures in desirable special knowledge.

Employer details

Employer name

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board


HMP Cardiff

Knox Road


CF24 0UG

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