Mental Health Practitioner (Primary Care)

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Brighton and Hove
£32,306 to £39,027 a year Per annum / pro rata for part time
Closing date
10 Jul 2022

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Primary Care
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you passionate about helping people maximise their mental health and social wellbeing in their own community?

The Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service is recruiting to a number of Band 6 Nursing, OT, and Social Work roles in its new Primary Care Network Mental Health Team (PCN MHT) and in its established Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner team (PCMHP). Both teams work with people in primary care to provide fast access to mental health expertise at the right level to prevent further deterioration or escalation in need. The people we work with are usually unable to access IAPT services, but may not meet the thresholds for secondary care services.

The PCMHP team are based in Sussex Partnership and GP sites across Brighton and Hove. The team has a strong, well-established group of practitioners and seniors delivering short term one-to-one interventions and evidence-based groupwork alongside Brighton and Hove's Wellbeing College.The PCMHP team works closely with IAPT services, with many people using PCMHP to develop their readiness to access IAPT.

PCN MHT roles are embedded in GP Primary Care Networks. This exciting and evolving service integrates closely with small groups of local GP surgeries, delivering flexible care alongside voluntary sector partners (Southdown), whilst maintaining high standards of support and supervision. The team provides accessible, high quality clinical consultation, assessment, and one-to-one intervention right on the GP's doorstep.

Main duties of the job

Both services will need you to use your excellent assessment and triage skills. You will encounter people experiencing a range of mental health needs, and as a band 6 practitioner you will be sufficiently skilled and experienced to work with them to find the right pathway to support.

In both roles you will communicate closely with GPs, secondary care services (ATS, crisis teams, etc), carers, and voluntary sector networks to make sure people's needs are understood at the earliest point, providing a bridge between primary and secondary care when necessary.

Within the PCMHP team, you will undertake brief interventions and facilitate a range of evidence-based groupwork, negotiating onward care with IAPT, ATS, and other Trust and voluntary sector colleagues as necessary.

The PCN MHT is a developing service presently focussing on flexible one-to-one work delivered in partnership with GPs and the voluntary sector. This exciting team offers opportunity and challenge in equal measure to experienced community practitioners wanting to be at the forefront of the transformation of Brighton and Hove's mental health services.

Your interventions will be vital to preventing deterioration in previously stable patients, supporting people to transition to the right services, and supporting GPs and voluntary sector colleagues to provide safe, evidence-based mental health support. Both teams support remote working options within the needs of the service, and of service users.

About us

Sussex Partnership places a huge focus on the wellbeing of our staff, and ensures our reward packages reflect the immensely important work they do.

We know that a positive work / life balance brings about huge health-related benefits, which has a positive impact on the care we provide. Please speak to us about flexible working, for example: home-working, part time hours, flexible start or finish times, or anything else. If it works for you and works for the role, we'll do our best to make it happen.

Your benefits:
  • Access to full psychological support via our internal wellbeing team
  • Excellent supervision programmes, with ongoing opportunities for training and development
  • Access to a host of discount schemes, and excellent NHS pension
  • Generous holiday entitlement (starting at 27 days plus bank holidays, increasing with continuous NHS service)
  • A 'Golden Hello' or relocation package for non-SPFT staff of up to £2000 (see attached documentation for terms and conditions)

Job description Job responsibilities

We would warmly welcome you giving us a call to discuss these exciting roles in advance of your application:

Clinical Service Manager, PCN MHT: James Watson 07393 235 042

Clinical Lead, PCMHP: Paula Hearne 07483 116 190

We are looking for self-motivated, energetic, and creative clinicians. You will have substantial, relevant mental health experience, and up to date professional registration from a core mental health profession (i.e. nursing, OT, social work).

These roles will be important to the transformation of community mental health service in Brighton and Hove, and will help to ensure that gaps in service between GPs, the voluntary sector, and secondary tier services can be bridged. We are therefore looking for practitioners who can build partnerships, and can work flexibly, adaptively, and creatively in growing and developing these locally focussed teams.

If you are invited to interview, we will ask you which service you have a preference for joining, and you will have an opportunity to talk to us about where you could best fit in. Interviews may be conducted remotely.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Mental Health qualification or equivalent
  • Include relevant professional registration
Knowledge/Experience Essential
  • Extensive post-qualifying experience of clinical work with people with a range of mental health problems
  • Experience of partnership working within and across various different statutory and non-statutory teams and agencies
  • Experience in working consultatively with professionals
  • Experience of providing low intensity psychological interventions including, provision of self help, behavioural activation, solution focused, guided self help, and a CBT informed approach using a range of delivery models, telephone, face to face , individual and workshops
  • Experienced in conducting clinical assessments, including risk assessments

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