Practice Based Advanced Practitioners

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum
Closing date
3 Jul 2022

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Learning Disability
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a band 7 Mental Health Practitioner to work into on of the local Primary Care Networks (PCNs) GP practices to support the needs of our local population living with mental health difficulties. This is a new and innovative service supporting people in primary care settings and working in a collaborative and multiagency way to meet the needs of patients with a range of mental health needs.

GPpractices have begun working together alongside community, mental health,social care, pharmacy, hospital and voluntary services in the local area to form PCNs. PCNs signal a significant change in the way practices interact not only with each other, but the wider health andsocial caresystem. This will enable care to be delivered to a defined patient population, in a different way to meet the needs of that population. This will be focused on prevention andpersonalisationof care, making best use of resources collectively.

Main duties of the job

The post will sit within the GP practices and will offer assessment, diagnosis, treatment/brief interventions and review for both working age adults and older people. The role will be offering specialist mental health clinical care. The role will also offer networking expertise and navigation to a range of specialist mental health supports to ensure each person once assessed receives the best possible care in the right place at the right time by the right supporting service.

Candidates should have extensive clinical knowledge and experience across a range of mental health settings. They will need to hold or be willing to work towards a prescribing qualification and be able to offer diagnosis and treatment plans across all mental health conditions and presentations. Candidates will need to be able to offer supervision to other mental health professionals and GP practice staff. Experience in leading meetings, presentation skills and offering training and education to professionals across a range of specialties will be essential.

About us

You will be completely deployed into a PCN to work as part of that PCN MDT, MDT members will include: GPs, practice nurses, social prescribers, health and wellbeing coaches, pharmacists, physiotherapists etc.

You will also be connected to other staff in similar roles across different PCNs with support from and associate nurse consultant through a daily huddle.

Job description Job responsibilities

To improve the lives of people with mental ill health by minimising the impact of their condition through the timely delivery of an excellent, compassionate services to promote the recovery and well-being of patients and their carers / families.

To work collaboratively with General Practitioners and other practice staff within the locality to address the mental health needs of their adult and older adult practice population.

To be compassionate in meeting the needs of patients and their carers, recognising the importance of co-production and choice in the planning and delivery of care.

To be professionally accountable and responsible for patient care, undertaking assessments and 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 expert clinical advice to GPs such as specialist opinion or prescribing support (within the parameters of the NMP framework), and providing supervision and oversight of practice based CPNs.

To carry own specialist caseload of complex cases and act as lead professional as appropriate, providing a pathway management function for other more complex patients within primary care.

To promote social inclusion, community access and participation through the provision of patient care.

To facilitate others in the team to develop competence by providing clinical advice and clinical supervision to practice based mental health practitioner and other practice staff as appropriate or other less experienced primary care mental health workers and students.

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

To be committed to the Trusts Quality Improvement System.

To promote at all times a positive image of people with mental ill health.

To promote at all times a positive image of the Adult Mental Health Service and the wider Trust.

Promote and manage clear links, pathways and information sharingprocesses between existing services

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • oIf appropriate to professional registration NMP Level 2
  • oCurrent professional registration NMC or registration with the appropriate professional body.
  • oAbility to evidence Continuing Professional Development since registration.
  • oCertificate in teaching & assessing in clinical practice as appropriate to own profession.
  • oPost-graduate qualification in a relevant area
  • oLeadership or management qualification
  • oClinical Supervisor.
  • oKey skills in literacy, numeracy and ITQ level 2 (or equivalent)
Experience Essential
  • oSignificant experience working with people with mental ill health in a community setting.
  • oWorking collaboratively with service users and their families/carers.
  • oExperience working in primary care.
  • oDemonstrable leadership or management experience in a senior clinical role
  • oProviding clinical supervision.
  • oMentoring students on practice placement experience.
  • oWorking in a multi-disciplinary team
  • oQuality improvement activities
  • oExperience working in a multiagency setting.
Knowledge Essential
  • oDemonstrable knowledge to post-graduate level of evidence-based practice in caring for patients in the designated field.
  • oAbility to evidence an advanced level of clinical competence in one area of specialty practice
  • oKnowledge of Stepped Care model.
  • oUnderstanding of relevant legislation (e.g. Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act).
  • oCare Programme Approach and its application in practice.
  • oDetailed understanding of Safeguarding and its application in practice.
  • oUnderstanding of the physical healthcare needs and impact of patients with a LD or mental health problem
  • oClinical Risk Assessment and Management and its application in practice.
  • oClinical Governance and its application in practice.
  • oResearch and development methodology.
  • oUnderstanding of psychological models of care and treatment.
  • oDemonstrable knowledge and experience of delivering psycho-social interventions and approaches
  • oContemporaneous knowledge and understanding of recent health and social care policy guidance and implications on practice
  • oThe Trust's Quality Improvement System (QIS)
Skills Essential
  • oCommunicate highly complex and sensitive information effectively to patients, carers/families and all members of the multidisciplinary team
  • oWork effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team and undertake lead professional responsibilities
  • oWork effectively across complex organisations, pathways and services
  • oDemonstrable management and leadership skills
  • oProvide effective clinical supervision, teaching, training and assessing in clinical practice.
  • oWrite reports.

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