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Primary Mental Health Clinical PCN Lead (East Cornwall)

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per annum
Closing date
27 May 2024
The role of Primary Mental Health Clinical PCN Lead is fundamental to the developing of these innovative new teams and mental health services based within networks of GP Practices (PCN's).

The team provides a sustainable, person-centred system of community mental health care, which delivers better access to a broader range of care options, reduced referral to specialist services, and improved patient experience and outcomes. It will aim to include evidence- informed approaches that are known to impact on both mental and physical health.

The role will support the ongoing development and mobilisation of integrated primary care mental health services. The role provides and promotes early assessment, treatment and/or onward bridging to community resources and support and improved access to evidence-based interventions for people with serious mental illness. The role will help people to focus on achievable goals and access local community resources.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for providing clinical leadership and the operational management of staff to a newly formed Primary Care Mental Health Team. They will use effective leadership, change management and team building skills to monitor, evaluate and develop the service provided. The practitioner will provide a bridge between the primary care mental health team and secondary care. In keeping with the national guidance on the introduction of this role, it is envisaged that the focus of a practitioner's work will generally be people whose needs cannot be met by Talking Therapies services but who may need not need ongoing care from secondary community mental health services.

They will work alongside general practice teams, providing clinical assistance and advice to the GPs and other members of the primary care team in managing the mental wellbeing of the practice population. Learning from National Early Implementer sites, there will be a requirement to build relationships with other community providers and mental health services while developing our PCN hub and spoke model.

It is envisaged that the role will be instrumental in developing a Community Mental Health MDT which will include the lead GP, consultant psychiatrist, Talking Therapies representative, homeless health service, substance misuse service and secondary care assessment nurse.

About us

We're an NHS community and mental health provider Trust based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We deliver community and hospital-based care to improve people's physical and mental health. We also provide specialist support to people with dementia or a learning disability.

We are a people organisation and people matter to us. As part of the team, you'll help support the health and wellbeing of the people who live and visit this beautiful part of the UK.

Over 4,000 people make up the Trust. This includes doctors, nurses, therapists, plus admin and support staff.

We work in people's homes, in community clinics and bases. Some staff work from one of our 13 community hospitals. Our aspiration is to have great people, provide great care, be a great place to work and a great partner.

Approximately 568,000 people live here. A third of people who live in Cornwall are supported by acute hospital services in Devon. As a result, we also work closely with our partners in Devon. In the summer, and during other holidays lots of people choose to visit the area. This increases the numbers of people who use our services

Job description

Job responsibilities

To view a detailed job description and person specification including the main responsibilities of this role please see supporting documents.

Person Specification

Skills and Experience


  • Experience of working in a mental health care setting and of liaising and working with GPs
  • Suitably trained and experienced in the delivery of short term, focussed evidence based interventions
  • Experience of working with service users who experience a wide range of mental health problems in a statuary or voluntary
  • An appreciation of the new NHS landscape including the relationship between individual providers, PCNs and commissioners
  • Excellent managerial, leadership and organisational skills


  • Willingness to undertake further study relevant to mental health in general practice (for example independent prescribing), supported by GP clinical supervision.
  • Experience of handling clinical incidents and complaints

Qualifications and registration


  • Relevant professional qualification e.g. Dip OT, Dip SW, RMN, Clinical Psychology Grade A, or equivalent, PG Dip HI CBT, PG Dip PWP, Counsellor For Depression.
  • BABCP or BPS registration

Employer details

Employer name

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Talking Therapies Head Office

2D Restormel estate


PL22 0HG

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