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Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner

Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
12 Mar 2024
Come join us!

We are building a Primary Care-based Mental Health & Well-being Team

There are opportunities for Band 5 Primary Care Practitioners (ARRS) who are Registered Professionals to work in our local Primary Care place-based teams in Warwickshire North which includes Nuneaton, Bedworth & Bulkington.

This is an exciting opportunity for dynamic people to join us and build on the existing multi-disciplinary PCN (Primary Care Network) teams to support the mental health and well-being needs of local communities.

You will be employed by Coventry and Warwickshire and Partnership Trust but be embedded within a group of GP practices with a focus on supporting local patients living across North Warwickshire.

This role is directly patient facing, so you will have a meaningful impact on improving the access, experience and outcomes for service users on a daily basis.

These local teams will work in partnership with higher acuity mental health services (delivered in this area by Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust), offering care at the point of need which suits individual patient needs. Each team will work together with support from their practices, to ensure they are delivering the best care they can.

If you are passionate about making a difference and can use your expertise to improve mental health and wellbeing, then we want to hear from you!.

Main duties of the job

To offer brief interventions to people who have mental health needs, but that do not need a referral into SCMH services. This will include facilitating short term case management offering professional advice, joint support and information. To work closely with social prescribers and other professionals within the PCN multi-disciplinary team, to support the patient to access the right services in the right place and at the right time

To act as a Liaison worker between Secondary Care Mental Health Provider and Primary Care. To support clinical decisions and discussions for patients who are not known to SCMH services or those who are open to Community mental health services and to support GPs who need advice. To review patients in primary care and assess where there needs can be best met. To support discussions on those patients in primary care who have been discharged or not engaged with SCMH services.

To provide an opportunity to support primary care and alleviate suffering and distress in a timely way for patients. The roles will enhance patient journeys and create better joint working across primary care and adult secondary care mental health systems and will make it easier for patients to obtain the help they need.

To develop and maintain collaborative links with the third sector to provide clinical advice and support to the Mental Health social prescribers or equivalent within Primary Care. This will include providing supervision of clinical cases as required.

About us

We exist to make a positive difference to the health and wellbeing of people and communities who need our services. This is our core purpose and the reason we come to work every day. We provide a full range of physical, mental health and learning disability services to children, young adults, adults and older adults over many sites across Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull. The Trust currently holds a 'Good' CQC rating.

We care for you as much as you care for others, and we offer a wide range of support services and benefits to promote staff wellbeing and a good work-life balance, including flexible working.

Our dedicated People Hub brings together all our support services including COPE, our in-house counselling service, emotional support through Staff in Mind, and much more. Our Employee Assistance Programme has a 24/7 helpline for advice and guidance with anything that is on your mind, work-related or not, as well as a salary sacrifice scheme.

Nuneaton & Bedworth Primary Care Network is a collaboration between 16 GP practices working together delivering high quality services for our local population, in order to address the health and funding inequalities, and ensure the financial and workforce stability of General Practices within the local health economy. More information about this PCN can be found on their website

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Ensure service users are more quickly supported to the right service utilising the PCN social prescribers or equivalent.
  • Provide dedicated support and presence within primary care settings Build long-term relationships and improve communications with primary care colleagues and other stakeholders
  • Enhance the skills and capacity in primary care and VCS through training and facilitation of joint working with the social prescribers.
  • To offer advice or obtain advice for primary care colleagues to plan appropriate and timely intervention.
  • To participate in pro-active mental health promotion and wellbeing initiatives (World Suicide prevention day / world mental health day)
  • Support smooth transition between primary and secondary care services if required.
  • Improve access to mental health services for service users and carers at the first point of contact as required.
  • Participate in receiving and screening referrals that the Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner can then complete a Mental health assessment and complete comprehensive risk and evidenced based decisions.
  • To recognise and describe effectively symptoms of mental illness and distress and escalate concerns effectively and in a timely manner. This may include decisions made with SCMH colleagues / GPs and social prescribers. Decisions may include signposting to the appropriate services, either within the CWPT, or externally as appropriate, and providing advice and feedback to referrers.
  • To record any assessment / assessment of risk and plan for each person they see on CWPT specified systems
  • To link in with locality community mental health duty teams to discuss any open referrals or for advice.
  • For patients presenting in crisis, the post holder may be required to support / or in conjunction with the GP referral process to Mental Health Access Hub.
  • To make telephone contact with patients within 5 working days as appropriate.
  • To agree with the patient brief interventions to be offered (maximum 4 weeks) or other support such as referral to social prescribers, referral to IAPT or SCMH as appropriate.
  • To participate as an effective member PCNs and
  • To support colleagues with the development and implementation of a person-centred approach to care: screening and decision making for referrals, identifying the needs of service user and their carers
  • Facilitate onward referral to the Voluntary sector via social prescribers.
  • Facilitate short term case management within Primary Care offering professional advice, joint support and information.

Person Specification



  • A good standard of education including minimum GCSE Grade C and above in English and Maths (or equivalent)
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent experience
  • Registered professional qualification (RMN/Social worker/Occupational Therapist)
  • Evidence of an active interest in further professional development.
  • Professional clinical knowledge acquired through degree/ diploma



  • Relevant experience working with individuals or professional groups
  • Knowledge and experience in Mental health services including, needs and interventions required for routine referrals and to have a theoretical knowledge of this.

Employer details

Employer name

Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust


Avenue House


CV11 5HX

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