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Specialist Mental Health Practitioner (Campaign)

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
Marlow, High Wycombe, Aylesbury, Tring, Buckingham, Beaconsfield, Great Missenden, Princes Risborough
£40,057 - £45,839 per annum
Closing date
1 Jul 2022

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Primary Care
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Oxford Health and Buckinghamshire’s’ Primary Care Networks (PCN) are leading the implementation of the Community Mental Health Framework to improve patients experience and plug the gap between Primary and Secondary Care Mental Health Services. These emerging roles will empower patients aged 18+ years to access specialised mental health support locally, within their GP Surgeries.

The post holder is integral to accomplishing ease of access to mental health care for Buckinghamshire’s population at primary care level in an efficient and timely manner. The successful applicant(s) will facilitate improved opportunities for joint working with Buckinghamshire’s voluntary care sector, whilst contributing to the leadership and development of national mental health agendas across their matched Primary Care Network (PCN). As part of the Primary Care Networks Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) your role will provide mental health triage, assessment and advice to patients and your colleagues. You will work to facilitate early intervention for patients, to enable recovery within the community, whilst recognising the value in your skills to ensure prompt access to secondary care specialists as appropriate.

Primary Care Specialist Mental Health Practitioners are being recruited from a range of disciplines registered with a professional body; Occupational Therapists, Mental Health Social Workers, Mental Health Nurses, and Psychological Therapists, all roles are vital to implementing specialist mental health provisions at primary care level, across various locations within Buckinghamshire. We welcome applications from all disciplines stated!

We are looking for autonomous, driven, and confident practitioner(s). This role provides the opportunity for continuing professional development (CPD), with scope to influence service innovation and development. This role is for practitioner(s) who pride themselves on delivering a high-quality holistic approach for patients needing mental health support. This is an exceptional opportunity for someone to develop their career and skills set in a highly innovative and transformative service.

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to select up to three preferences regarding Primary Care Network of interest, the ‘One Page Summaries’ from six out of eight vacancies have been posted in addition to the job description. Please review these and make note within the supporting information section on the application form your three preferences. The following Primary Care Networks are eager for a Specialist Mental Health Practitioner and currently have a vacancy: Dashwood PCN, Arc PCN, BMW PCN, Chesham and Little Chalfont PCN, Cygnet PCN, South Bucks PCN, The Swan PCN and North Bucks PCN. Whilst each PCN holds an overall population, your role will be to work within your contracted hours to meet the needs of a proportion of these patients.

Successful candidate(s) on appointment as Specialist Mental Health Practitioner roles will receive up to four weeks formal bespoke induction, organised collaboratively between Oxford Health and PCN, with capacity for continued informal induction at candidate’s consideration. You will be based within the GP surgeries on a day-to-day basis, with the opportunity for hybrid working. Candidates will be employed by Oxford Health and will receive clinical management and supervision through the trust, in addition to full training and development opportunities. Buckinghamshire’s Primary Care Mental Health Team Manager leads an established peer support network for theseroles across B.OB which successful candidates will receive protected time to attend. We value continuing professional development as a partnership and enthusiastic about supporting you with your Professional Development Plan throughout your employment, encouraging additional qualifications and/ or training that we are dedicated to supporting.

We are excited to be working in collaboration with primary care to evolving mental health community services for Buckinghamshire’s residents and look forward to welcoming you to a hardworking and devoted team.

About the Job
  • To provide a lead role in supporting the PCN in triaging mental health concerns raised by on the day patient requests, highly providing specialist advice and support within GP surgeries
  • To review patients presenting with mental health issues, consider a range of options regarding treatment interventions providing them with highly specialised advice concerning care when appropriate and liaising with GPs and MH teams
  • To offer brief interventions as needed eg problem solving, decision making, building resilience, building on personal strengths, risk de-escalation, medication advice and prescribing if a registered NMP. Identifying care act eligibility and referring appropriately for assessments, carers assessments or safeguarding concerns.
  • Working as a member of the primary Care MDT and taking responsibility for the development and implementation of specialist mental health training to the PCN.
  • To provide a navigation role to help GP’s make appropriate referrals to the relevant community and secondary care services – bridging the gap between primary care services such as IAPT and secondary care, working in partnership across the system.

  • The “must haves” for you to be considered for this role:
    • Current professional registration: Registered Mental Health Nurse, Social

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