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Mental Health Therapeutic Practitioner

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Central Way
£49,178 to £55,492 a year pa inc HCAS
Closing date
17 Dec 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Primary Care and Community Mental Health (Brent Borough)

An opportunity has arisen to work as one of the Mental Health Therapeutic Practitioners for Brent Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) and our Primary Care Networks (PCNs).

We are looking for a candidate with robust clinical expertise who is also able to demonstrate progressive skills in leadership and service development todrive the delivery of place based integrated care and embed specialist mental health skills in the primary care.

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Main duties of the job

The MH Practitioner will provide consultation, advice, triage and liaison functions to our PCNs.

This role will involve a number of elements which will support the management of people with mental health conditions in primary care, who may be new or known previously to secondary care mental health services.

The CMHT is an exciting area to work in as it is at the forefront of mental health transformation in line with the five year forward plan. To be considered for this post you will need to be aRegistered Nurse or Social Workerand have experience of working in multi-disciplinary teams who care for adults within mental health secondary care sector. You will have experience of working in community mental health and ideally have knowledge and experience of a CMHT.

Interview date: TBC

About us

Brent CMHT is an established team with a friendly, supportive culture. There is a visible and supportive management team and a strong emphasis on training and professional development opportunities. Support to prepare candidates for interview will be provided.

Brent is a place of contrast and a destination for thousands of British and international visitors every year. Home of the iconic Wembley Stadium, the world-famous Wembley Arena, the new London Designer Outlet and the spectacular Swaminarayan Hindu Temple, it provides a stage for cultural, sporting and religious events of national and international importance. The team serves the diverse and vibrant population of Brent, named London Borough of Culture 2020 and most recently 'Council of the Year' at the LGC Awards 2020. The team base is located in Kilburn with excellent transport links.

Interview date:TBC

Job description

Job responsibilities

This role will involve a number of elements which will support the management of people with mental health conditions in primary care, who may be new or known previously to secondary care mental health services.

The post holder will provide assessments, formulation and delivery of psychological intervention in primary care, secondary to this, supporting access to Community Mental Health Teams or other services such as Third Sector and Talking Therapies where needs can be better met by these services. The post holder would be expected to work closely with experts by experience, local communities and will also be involved in raising the awareness of mental health difficulties in the general population.

The post holder will contribute to the provision of psychological interventions in the PCN, which will be under the direction of a qualified clinical psychologist who will retain clinical responsibility for clinical work carried out.

The post holder will be part of the Primary Care MDT team assisting case reviews, triage of those presenting with mental health needs, support GPs with referring clients to Mental Health Services as appropriate and ensure the delivery of physical health checks. For those with SMI and where applicable to the skilled professional, the post holder will support antipsychotic medication management. The role will be embedded within a PCN working with several GP surgeries and within the local Community Hub to enable safe transfers of care. It is crucial that the post holder can:
  • Facilitate people with long term mental health conditions to access mental health services and transfers of care back to their GP from Community Hub
  • Screen, Triage and deliver short term interventions based on clients needs and enable access to therapeutic activities working closely with voluntary, Community and third sector
  • Provide an enhanced level of support to PC clinicians through advice and training to improve skills and capacity in responding to the needs of people with mental health conditions discharged back to them
  • Work within an agreed process for safe transfer of care from Community Mental Health Hubs to GPs as well as and rapid re-referral, when appropriate
  • Ensure that patients transfer to their GP under this process have good clinical outcomes
  • Ensure that patients transfers to their GPs under this process have access to appropriate advice, advocacy, vocational support to access social networks
  • Ensure that the Public Sector Equalities Duty is met

As an autonomous practitioner, he/she will be responsible for their own work and interventions and for the interpretation of agreed guidelines and policies.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Professional qualification in mental health e.g. Occupational Therapy, Social Work or Mental Health Nursing (RMN) with current NMC/HCPC registration
  • Attained at least Level 2 Maths and English (equivalent to GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C))


  • Educated to degree or Diploma level with other courses relevant to primary care mental health services e.g. CBT, Brief Solution Focused Therapy etc.
  • RGN/physical health qualification
  • Evidence of recent and on-going relevant further professional development
  • oAttendance at specialist short courses relevant to the post (e.g. MBT or DBT, Trauma Informed Care, Group Approaches)



  • Experience of work in the NHS, PCNs or outreach work, or local engagement work (e.g. youth worker, mentoring, peer support etc.), experience of working in voluntary sector, working in community groups.
  • Work with client groups with serious mental health problems: mental health care and/or working with carers and/or delivering therapeutic group interventions and/or working in MDTs
  • Audit, evaluation or research
  • Work in multi-cultural settings
  • Mental health issues as a service user or carer


  • Evidence of experience in a Band 6 position or equivalent
  • Other relevant post registration experience
  • Work with interpreters
  • Work with behaviours that challenge services
  • Work with people with complex emotional needs (personality disorder)
  • Conducting service-related research and or audit experience
  • Experience of teaching/training in a formal or informal setting
  • Experience of working in a primary care setting/ social care/ voluntary sector
  • Experience of supervising junior staff within own and/or other disciplines

Skills and Knowledge


  • Basic understanding of health care systems and structures: staffing, roles and responsibilities, the role of hospitals, primary care and community care
  • Team/self-management and organisation skills that enable a number of complex activities and clinical work to be undertaken, revising and adjusting these according to the needs of individual patients and the service
  • Knowledge of counselling skills/cognitive behavioural skills, psychosocial interventions
  • Knowledge of recovery approaches as used with those with mental health conditions
  • Work with people from a wide range of backgrounds
  • Contain and work with organisational stress and able to hold the stress of others
  • Manage effectively exposure to distressing/highly emotional circumstances
  • Manage effectively verbal aggression from service users, families, etc. and the risk of physical aggression
  • Able to negotiate and ability to handle confrontation effectively and professionally
  • Ability to engage challenging and/or acutely distressed patients inpotentially hostile and/or antagonistic situations and use de-escalation techniques effectively.
  • Assessment and treatment of Deliberate Self Harm
  • Risk assessment/management and crisis intervention skills
  • Use of psychosocial assessment methods
  • Higher level communication skills, both written and oral
  • Sufficient clinical knowledge to be able to make autonomous decisions, based on an analysis of complex presenting problems and judgement about available options, with senior clinical support/supervision


  • Ability to interpret research and apply to practice
  • Specialist knowledge of mental health conditions as well as their relationship to physical disorders

Personal Characteristics


  • Ability to work effectively, timely and independently
  • Ability to frequently work under pressure and maintain intense concentration, particularly in unpredictable situations where there will be exposure to highly distressed and/or disturbed patients, often exhibiting challenging behaviours and the risk of physical violence
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Commitment to equal opportunities
  • Ability to accept constructive feedback
  • Ability to accept constructive feedback
  • Exercise initiative, flexibility and tact and self-awareness
  • Willing to use peer and group supervision creatively
  • Be able to work flexibly if required
  • Be aware of the limitations in your competencies and seek appropriate senior advice and leadership.


  • oPersonal experience of a mental health condition



  • Computer literate
  • Being able to work flexibly across local environments
  • Awareness of diversity of cultural norms and being able to respond tothis appropriately
  • Concentrate intensely for a substantial proportion of working time, during client contact, teaching/supervision sessions, team meetings, preparing written work etc
  • Use IT packages - word processing, e-mail and internet, Excel and Access
  • Ability to use or learn NHS clinical systems
  • Work cross-culturally and/or in different languages
  • Work to professional guidelines
  • Accept accountability for own work, and of working towards defined results
  • Plan, organise and prioritise own workload
  • Record and report on clinical information as required


  • Experience in using SystmOne

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


Brent Community Mental Health Team

Park Royal Centre for Mental Health

Central Way

NW10 7NS

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