Navigator / Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to recruit a Part-Time (22.5hours/Week), Band 6, Permanent member of staff, in to the role of Navigator/Senior Mental Health Practitioner based within NHS Tameside and Glossop Talking Therapies - (IAPT) Improving Access to Psychological Therapy Service.

The primary function of the Navigator is to steer referrals coming into, and where appropriate (following MDT discussion / discussion with the referrer) out of the service.

The successful applicant will attend daily multi disciplinary team meetings and assist in the screening and triage of all referrals coming into NHS Talking Therapies and where appropriate.

Some referrals will require additional triage and screening outside of the multi disciplinary team meeting including reviewing risk in all domains and safeguarding There is also a requirement to provide specialist advice to colleagues and assisting with referrals to the most appropriate services.

As part of this role, the successful applicant will receive regular clinical and line management supervision.

Further information on the role can be found within the job description and person specification.

Main duties of the job

Job Summary

To provide single point of entry and first level gate keeping into mental health services.

To participate in an MDT (Multi Disciplinary Team) meeting in order to screen, triage and assess all referrals into the service and allocate to the most appropriate service to meet the needs of the service user.To undertake comprehensive assessments of the health and social care needs of individuals who are referred to the service in addition to comprehensive risk assessments.

To coordinate assessment clinics and prioritise appointments.To provide assessment for individuals who present through the urgent care pathway with acute mental health needs. Following assessment to be responsible for identifying appropriate management plans, follow up care, referrals and signposting of patients into specialist services.

This post will also hold responsibilities for the assessment and formulation of presenting mental health problems experienced by people at a primary care level.

This post involves liaison with other roles and services within the community, and will directly link with a group of General Practice surgeries.

To participate in the overall development of the service ensuring that the principles of Clinical Governance underpin all developments.It is expected that you will deliver care in accordance with all Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust policies and procedures

Please refer to Job Description and Person Specification for full details.

About us

We are proud to provide high quality mental health and learning disability services, across five boroughs of Greater Manchester

Our vision is for a happier and more hopeful life for everyone in our communities and our staff work hard to deliver the very best care for the people who use our services. We're really proud of our #PennineCarePeopleand do everything we can to make sure we're a great place to work.

Our ambition is to maximise people's potential and we aim to promote an inclusive environment and improve the diversity of our workforce so our people truly represent the communities we serve.

All individuals regardless of race, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership are encouraged to apply for this post. We would also encourage applications from individuals with a lived experience of mental illness, either individually or as a carer.

If you come and work for us we will offer a range of benefits and opportunities, including:
  • Generous annual leave entitlement for Agenda for Change staff.
  • Flexible working opportunities to support your work/life balance
  • Access to Continued Professional Development
  • Involvement in improvement and research activities
  • Health and Wellbeing activities and access to staff wellbeing.

  • If you are Kind, Fair, Ingenious and Determined then we want you to come and join our#PennineCarePeople

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

    Main Duties and Responsibilities

    Clinical Work- To assist in triaging all referrals that are made to the service as the first level gatekeeper to Mental Health services working within core hours (9 5).- Provide specialist consultation and advice to other health and social carecolleagues as required.- Attend multi-disciplinary meetings relating to referrals or clients in treatment, where appropriate.- Prepare and present clinical information for all patients on their caseload to clinical case management supervisors within the service on an agreed and scheduled basis, in order to ensure safe practice and the clinical governance obligations of the worker, supervisor and service are delivered.- To provide assistance to clients and other professionals both from within the service and externally. Providing guidance and direction to clinical staff engaged in telephone based assessments.- Adhere to an agreed activity contract relating to the overall number of client contacts offered, and clinical sessions carried out per week in order to minimise waiting times and ensure treatment delivery remains accessible and convenient.- To make onward referral to the most appropriate service to meet the individual needs of the service user following triage.- To carry out a thorough assessment of the service users current mental health problems and individual needs, including a risk assessment.- To provide short term psychotherapeutic interventions as appropriate- To provide short term crisis management as appropriate- To identify the need for protection in line with safeguarding children and the Protection of Vulnerable Adult Policy and to comply with statutory obligations.-To liaise and negotiate with other professions, statutory and independentagencies to ensure the best possible service is provided to service users and carers.- Complete all requirements relating to data collection and support the service to maintain full IAPT compliance in respect of key performance Indicator (KPI) reporting.- Respond to and implement supervision suggestions by supervisors in clinical practice.- Provide advice, information, training and clinical supervision to other colleagues in the service- Engage in and respond to personal development supervision to improvecompetences and clinical practice- To participate in relevant operational groups and to carry out work as required by the service.- To promote and develop collaborative working with relevant services and agencies.- To actively contribute to the development and evaluation of a service pathway for the identified client groups AFC 14/9/20 JME-112-20 Navigator/Senior MHP Band 6- To evaluate systematically and record, outcomes of mental health assessments, adapting care on the basis of these outcomes.- To involve family and carers in the assessment and care planning with service users consent.- To provide education and appropriate self-help resources to patients specific to individual needs.- To maintain accurate and up to date clinical documentation on all service user contacts, ensuring confidentiality at all times.- To develop a thorough understanding of deliberate self-harm, suicide andpossible management strategies.- To possess a sound knowledge of issues surrounding violence and aggression and to be able to diffuse potentially difficult and volatile situations.- To contribute to the establishment and review of policies, procedures andpractice guidelines relating to the work of the Access Service and the interface between primary, secondary and specialist Mental Health Services.- To provide advice and information to non-mental health trained medical and nursing staff regarding the management of patients with mental health problems.- To undertake evidence based practice.

    Full /further information on the role can be found within the job description and person specification.

    Person Specification



    • RMN / RNMH / Social Worker equivalent
    • Completion of Preparation for Mentorship / Practice Teacher / Fieldwork Educator qualification or willingness to complete
    • Evidence of on-going CPD
    • Further experience and short courses to post graduate diploma level.


    • Non-medical prescribing qualification
    • Formal teaching qualification.
    • Further training in brief psychosocial interventions.



    • Significant post registration experience.
    • Proven experience of working with clients with complex needs.
    • Experience of working with individuals who present to mental health services in crisis and have symptoms of mental health illness
    • Experience of working in multi-disciplinary teams.
    • Experience of providing supervision to junior staff


    • Primary care mental health work experience (IAPT)
    • Experienced in the use of outcome measures such as CORE, PHQ9 and GAD7
    • Experience of working with a psychological model of care
    • Experience of triaging referrals
    • Motivational Interviewing Experience



    • Understanding of current mental health legislation, Safe Guarding and Child Protection Legislation
    • Awareness of NICE Guidance in the treatment of mental health problems and knowledge of treatments and interventions appropriate for individuals with mental health needs
    • Understanding of confidentiality and data protection issues.
    • Knowledge of psychosocial assessment and risk assessment / management processes
    • Comprehensive understanding of deliberate self-harm and appropriate management strategies
    • Understanding of Care Pathways within both Primary and secondary Care.

    Skills and abilities


    • Comprehensive mental health and risk assessment skills.
    • Ability to construct effective packages of care and risk management plans
    • Ability to deliver a range of evidence based interventions. Offer advice on the treatment options available. Provide relevant information/ self-help education.
    • To signpost to other services as agreed.
    • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
    • Comprehensive I.T Skills
    • Ability to form productive working relationships with service users, carers and multi-disciplinary staff
    • Good organisational and prioritisation skills.

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Pennine Care NHS FT


    NHS Tameside and Glossop Talking Therapies

    Pennine Care Trust HQ, Old St


    OL6 7SR

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