JOB TITLE: Band 7 Senior Mental Health Practitioner (Based in Grantham and Rural Primary Care Network & K2 Healthcare Sleaford Primary Care Network)
DEPARTMENT: Primary Care
LOCATION/BASE ADDRESS: 1 post in Grantham Health Clinic and 1 post in Sleaford
BAND AND SALARY: Band 7
NUMBER OF HOURS: 1.0 wte (37.5 hours per week)
TEMP/PERM (END DATE IF FIXED TERM): Permanent contract
In LPFT we are forging ahead in our community transformation plans that aim to offer a dynamic, localised approach that is responsive, evaluated & tailored to local need, targeting health inequalities. This role is significant in moving towards an integrated care system approach and successful candidates will be trailblazing this new approach.
We are looking to recruit a senior mental health practitioner to work in the Primary Care Networks based in Grantham and Sleaford. If you are interested, we would strongly urge you to read the candidate pack and contact Ruth Taylor, Neighbourhood Lead via firstname.lastname@example.org or Christine Coupar, Service Manager via Christine.Coupar@nhs.net
You will be assigned to the Primary Care Network (PCN) to support the community mental health transformation programme and will work autonomously providing mental health leadership implementing clinical processes. In addition to screening and triaging you will undertake mental health assessments and arrange follow up in Primary Care as appropriate and to provide therapeutic interventions. You will work in the context of local and national drivers providing advanced clinical care for identification of individual needs which essentially supports diagnosis and treatment options. Ideal candidates will also be qualified to prescribe and support with medication decisions. Opportunities to develop these skills and qualifications can be provided to the successful candidate.
Whilst a full Job and Person specification is attached to this advert, key elements of the role will include (but not be limited to):
• Providing specialist clinical knowledge and interventions to service users in primary care setting. This will include working with the PCN to support people with highly complex mental health needs/serious mental illness.
• Developing and implementing clinical processes that contributes towards the continuous improvement of mental health provision across the PCN (multiple GP practices).
• Providing best practice training, mentorship and guidance to mental health practitioners and other roles within the primary care/ neighbourhood MDT
• Managing presentations of highly complex/SMI presentations working closely with the secondary mental health services, to maintain personalised care plans which focus on what matters to the person and avoid escalation to urgent care pathways
• To perform the duties of an independent prescriber, ensuring that appropriate medication is prescribed, monitored and administered in line with current best practice and the Trust Medicines Management Policy.
The Successful Candidate will:
• Have the qualifications and experience as highlighted in the Person Specification.
• Be an experienced clinician with proven skills in working with people who have a range of highly complex mental health needs, demonstrating practice that is evidence-based and innovative.
• Preferably have some experience of working closely with or within primary care.
• Demonstrate adaptability, excellent communication skills and self-motivation.
The post holder will be encouraged to contribute to service development, and there will be opportunities for CPD and clinical supervision as professional development is actively encouraged.
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