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Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner (ARRS Scheme)

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£45,753 to £52,067 Per Annum (Incl. HCAS)
Closing date
12 Mar 2024
Please do not apply if you are a student or unqualified applicant .

As part of our services across Frimley Integrated Care system (ICS), we are excited to be able to implement Mental Health Practitioner roles across the Primary Care Network to support GPs with 'on the day' Mental Health assessment and support for patients. These are new roles designated under the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme for Primary Care (ARRS).

The roles will provide an opportunity for 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.

This is an exciting role for someone who is proactive and passionate about innovation and providing a high-quality holistic approach to the care of people who have been identified as in need of mental health support in a primary care setting. We are really excited to be developing our integrated community services and look forward to welcoming you to a hardworking and dedicated team.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide a lead role in supporting the PCN in triaging mental health concerns raised by 'on the day' patient requests, providing 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 e.g. problem solving, decision making, building resilience, building on personal strengths, risk de-escalation, medication advice and prescribing if a registered NMP
  • To provide a navigation role to help GPs 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:
  • Passion for improving access to high quality, innovative and compassionate services for people with mental health needs
  • Current professional registration: Registered Mental Health Nurse, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist or equivalent
  • Community experience in mental health services for adults and older age adults with severe / significant mental illness
  • Experience of providing a range of evidence-based interventions to people with a variety of mental health problems and serious mental illness

  • About us

    Berkshire Healthcare has a record of achievement and success that places us as one of the best performing Trusts in the country. We are rated 'Outstanding' by the CQC, we have a history of strong financial performance, and we have a highly skilled and engaged workforce. We aspire to be an outstanding organisation for everyone: our people, our patients, their families, and their carers.

    Some of the benefits of joining our team:

    o Flexible working opportunities and a strong emphasis on your work, life balanceo Annual leave - 27 days for new starters, plus bank holidays. Increasing to 29 days after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years NHS service. Pro rata for part time staffo Excellent learning and development opportunitieso Salary sacrifice scheme for a new caro Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave for eligible staffo Advanced IT enablement and supporto Confidential telephone care service providing independent support and advice for staff.o And so much more

    We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.

    The Trust may close any vacancy prior to the advertised closing date due to the high level of responses we receive for some of our vacancies.

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

    Please see attached job description for more information about this role and working at Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

    Person Specification

    Education/ Qualifications


    • Current professional registration: Registered Mental Health Nurse, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist or equivalent
    • Evidence of relevant post registration training and development in particular motivational interviewing, brief solution focussed interventions, cognitive and behavioural approaches and psychosocial intervention


    • Independent and supplementary Prescriber
    • Recognised Post Graduate clinical or leadership qualification relevant to the role
    • Mentor and mentorship training



    • Minimum 5 years post registration experience in working with people with mental health needs.
    • Community experience in mental health services for adults and older age adults with severe / significant mental illness
    • Experience of providing a range of evidence based interventions to people with a variety of mental health problems and serious mental illness
    • Considerable experience in the assessment and management of clinical risk. Experience in physical health assessment for people with mental health needs.
    • Experience of effective collaborative working in partnership to deliver holistic health and social care outcomes.
    • Evidence of Interdisciplinary / multi-agency working experience including primary care and community/ voluntary sector.
    • Experience of leadership and development of junior colleagues.


    • Proficient in clinical audits and research.
    • Experience of working in primary and secondary mental health services.
    • Experience in the planning and delivery of training and practice developments to staff.
    • Experience in service evaluation and improvements.
    • Experience working in a CAMHS and/or OPMH service



    • Able to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision
    • Possess high level of IT skills including word, outlook, excel and power point.
    • Ability to prioritise workload effectively, meeting expected deadlines.
    • Excellent analytical and decision-making skills.
    • Advanced interpersonal skills demonstrating the ability to communicate and work with a wide range of professionals across traditional service interfaces.
    • Ability to work effectively under pressure.
    • Ability to manage change and deal with conflict / stressful situations.
    • Effective negotiation skills.
    • Ability to produce and present clear reports.

    Knowledge/ Understanding


    • Advanced understanding of the mental health needs of adults.
    • Specialist knowledge of person-centred care and its application.
    • Able to demonstrate advanced understanding of health inequalities amongst marginalised groups
    • Specialist knowledge of psycho-social interventions and their appropriate use.
    • Working knowledge of appropriate assessment tools including risk management.
    • Working knowledge of the policies and guidelines pertinent to the planning and delivery of community MH care to adults with mental health needs.
    • Recovery focused practitioner able to apply recovery principles to adults and older people, understanding of 'strengths- based' approaches
    • Clear understanding of psychotropic medication and the monitoring of effects and side effects


    • Knowledge of practical application and use psychological therapies
    • Awareness of the impact of the health economies on service planning and delivery.
    • Specialist knowledge relating to MH needs of young adults age 18-25 and to the needs of those diagnosed with, or with presenting traits of, personality disorder

    Other Requirements


    • Recognise peoples' right to privacy and dignity, treating every person with respect
    • Willingness to embrace integrated model and new ways of working.
    • Willingness to be flexible in approach and attitude
    • Ability to work flexibly, outside normal working patterns if needed
    • Ability to foster good interagency working.
    • Ability to represent the team / service / Trust in a professional manner.
    • Ability to travel independently.

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


    Church Hill House

    51-52 Turing Drive


    RG12 7FR

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