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First Contact Mental Health Practitioner

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year pro rata, per annum
Closing date
27 Jun 2022

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Learning Disability
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a full time enthusiastic, motivated and caring Band 6 First Contact Mental Health Practitioner to work in primary care, within the expanding multidisciplinary team for Selby Town Primary Care Network (PCN). Together with Tees Esk and Wear Valleys (TEWV) NHS Foundation Trust, the PCN is working to transform local community mental health services for people with mental health problems.

People have told us that their first contact with services for emotional and mental health support is the most important part of their journey to recovery. We see this new role as fundamental to the development of innovative and integrated mental health services within our local community. The role will help us achieve our shared ambition of 'no wrong door' and the delivery of the right care, in the right place, at the right time, and with the right service.

NMC Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers (England), HCPC Occupational Therapist encouraged to apply.

Main duties of the job

You will work as an autonomous practitioner within friendly teams of GP's, other First Contact Mental Health Practitioners, ANPs, Practice Nurses, and Pharmacists. You will develop close working relationships and be a valued member of the Primary Care Team. You will collaborate with other professionals, both internal to, and external from, the PCN. Your role will involve offering specialist mental health advice and providing expert clinical care for people with a range of mental health needs, ensuring that those with complex mental illness do not fall between gaps in services. You will improve access by being a 'first contact mental health worker', undertaking triage, assessments, brief interventions, and reviews. You will contribute networking and navigation expertise, enabling access to a range of appropriate mental health support across the community system. You will ensure that, once assessed, each person receives the best possible care in the right place at the right time by the right supporting service.

About us

Selby Town PCN has 4 practices, serving a population of approximately 50,000:
  • Escrick Surgery
  • Beech Tree Surgery
  • Posterngate Surgery
  • Scott Road Medical Centre

The PCN is working in an increasingly collaborative way with other local organisations, including social care, TEWV, and voluntary and community groups.

Selby Town PCN has a vision of achieving the best health and well-being for our population. To realise this vision, the PCN has constructed an ambitious program of work in a number of areas, including Population Health, Community Engagement and Primary Care Re-design. The PCN has a proven track record of developing innovative, exciting roles to promote co-ordinated services for vulnerable patients. It has become evident that mental health is an essential part of this service delivery. The successful post-holder will join an established, ambitious locality network; committed to continuous improvement and the development of a strong, compassionate multidisciplinary workforce. Selby Town PCN considers this collaborative approach as being essential to the provision of high quality, sustainable care to its local neighbourhood population.

We are committed to providing a safe and supportive environment to work in where you will have a voice, feel appreciated and listened to. The successful candidate will be well supported by our existing Advanced First Contact MH Practitioners, work autonomously and have day to day responsibility for their clinics and workload.

Job description Job responsibilities

This is a new, exciting and innovative post to support the needs of the local population living with a range of mental health difficulties. The role holder will fulfil a first contact specialist mental health role within GP Practices across the Primary Care Networks (PCNs), seeing patients who would otherwise have traditionally seen a GP. Within the primary care setting, the role holder will work in a collaborative and multi-agency way. This will contribute to the safe and effective day to day operation of the PCN and the efficient and timely management of clinical enquiries and decision-making.

The post will sit within the GP practices and will facilitate the interface between Primary Care and Secondary Mental Health Services to provide specialist advice and support, assessment, treatment, education and solution-focused approaches to the local Primary Care Teams, for patients and carers.

The role will offer expertise in networking and navigation to promote ease of access to a range of specialist mental health support services. This ensures that each person, once assessed, receives the best possible care in the right place at the right time and by the right supporting service.

The post holder will be an effective member of the multi-disciplinary team. They will be professionally accountable and responsible for patient care, undertaking initial assessment with signposting to appropriate services, or providing time-limited psycho-social therapeutic interventions directly, in e.g. GP surgeries, patients homes and other primary care settings. This will include providing clinical advice to GPs such as specialist opinion or prescribing support (within the parameters of the Non-medical prescribing/NMP framework).

The post-holder will manage their daily clinics and act as a specialist advisor to GPs, fulfilling a pathway management function and providing short term interventions and support, in collaboration with GPs and other practice based mental health workers.

You will support the establishment of partnerships and networks with key stakeholders across the PCN and the wider mental health care system. You will offer advice to, or obtain advice for, the Primary Care Team on appropriate interventions and on-going patient care management.

You will develop links and foster a culture of partnership between Primary Care Teams and Mental Health Services, promoting clear communication and access to specialist knowledge and advice. This will include the facilitation of joint working with PCN, Secondary Care providers, and Voluntary Care Sector to increase the range of services/interventions available to the communities served.

You will provide clinical advice, consultation, and support to other care providers within primary, secondary, voluntary and statutory services as required.

In line with the principles for community transformation, you will ensure systems/pathways are in place to enable smooth transition between primary care and secondary mental health services.

Due to the nature of the role it is essential that applicants are able to travel independently across the locality and have access to a suitable vehicle for business purposes. If necessary, adjustments can be considered in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.

Person Specification Qualification Essential
  • Current professional registration with appropriate body in healthcare or social work.
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development.
  • Certificate in mentorship, teaching & assessing in clinical practice as appropriate to own profession.
  • Clinical Supervisor.
  • Key skills in literacy, numeracy and ITQ level 2 (or equivalent).
  • Recognised sign-off mentor (or equivalent) for students or must be achieved within agreed timescale.
  • Leadership or management qualification.
  • Post-graduate qualification in a relevant area.
  • If appropriate to professional registration, NMP (or willing to obtain).
Skills Essential
  • Communicate complex and sensitive information effectively to patients, carers/families and all members of the multidisciplinary team.
  • Work effectively across complex organisations, pathways and services
  • Provide effective clinical supervision, teaching, training and assessing in clinical practice.
  • Work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team and undertake lead professional responsibilities.
Experience Essential
  • Significant experience working with people with mental ill health in a community setting.
  • Working collaboratively with service users and their families/carers.
  • Mentoring students on practice placement experience.
  • Experience and involvement with quality improvement activities.
  • Providing clinical supervision.
  • Working in a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Non Medical Prescribing.
  • Experience working in primary care.
  • Experience working in a multiagency setting.
  • Leadership or management experience.
Knowledge Essential
  • Demonstrable knowledge to post-graduate level of evidence-based practice in caring for patients in the designated field.
  • Knowledge of Stepped Care model.
  • Understanding of relevant legislation (e.g. Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act).
  • Detailed understanding of Safeguarding and its application in practice.
  • Clinical Governance and its application in practice.
  • Clinical Risk Assessment and Management and its application in practice.
  • Understanding of psychological models of care and treatment.
  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience of delivering psycho-social interventions and approaches.

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