Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner (SPCMHP)

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Basildon and Brentwood
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
4 Dec 2023
Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner 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 - Basildon and Brentwood

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 days per week, giving you more flexibility and work life balance.

Main duties of the job

  • Provide a seamless service in order to aid the Patient's recovery and Well-being plans inthe community.
  • 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.
  • Ensure safe Clinical Practice takes place, maintaining Care Quality Commission standards at all times and in line with the NHS Constitution.
  • Triage patients and facilitate them receiving the most appropriate support for their needs ensuring people are not passed around the system.
  • Deliver effective and safe services which support the key elements ofClinical/Practice governance.
  • 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.
  • Provide and undertake detailed Physical Health investigations such BMI, Blood Pressure and request Blood Test as appropriate .

About us

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

Relocation Expenses

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

Job description

Job responsibilities

The exciting changes we are looking for Primary Care Mental Health Practitioners (PCMHP) to join our programme for Basildon and Brentwood Locality, working collaboratively with Mental Health. EPUT has in place excellent 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 Primary Care Mental Health Practitioners to support the way forward in the delivery of Community Mental Health Services at pace.

The successful candidate will assist in ensuring prompt assessment of individuals with mental health needs and identifying appropriate treatment options and access to the right services where required. In addition they will be undertaking physical health checks and support patients who will be stepping down from various mental health services. 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.

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.

Precriber 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

Area of work

Basildon is a busy bustling town which consists of a shopping centre, restaurants and bars. Basildon locality as received a lot of initiatives to expand businesses and also to improve quality of life for its population. The local councils are working closely with different housing providers to ensure appropriate and affordable housing is being made available to attract new residents to the area. It as easy transport links to central London which is 26 miles away and is also easily accessible by car as the two main roads from London to Southend, theA13andA127, pass to the south and north of the town respectively, allowing easy access to theM25and the rest of the motorway network.

Brentwood is a suburban town with a small shopping area and high street. Beyond this are residential developments surrounded by open countryside and woodland, some of this countryside lies within only a few hundred yards of the town centre. Brentwood continues to development to attract new residents and potential workers in the area. Brentwood is 20 miles away from London and as easy transport links into the city. The A12 by-passes the town and is approximately a mile from the M25 motorway. Brentwood as a wide range of bars and restaurants for you to enjoy!

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
  • 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


Basildon and Brentwood

Basildon and Brentwood

SS16 5NL

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