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Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 per annum plus HCAs
Closing date
22 May 2024
An exciting opportunity has arisen to work in the Primary Care Mental Health Team (PCMHT). We are looking for two experienced mental health practitioners nurse, social worker and or occupational therapist.

From working in the team you will be able to gain more knowledge of completing triage assessments, having a caseload and offering short term interventions. The team is made of a diverse MDT, we offer teaching sessions, space for reflective practice and an opportunity to be a champion in your chosen areas.

You will be working as part of a Primary Care Mental Health Team to deliver timely assessments, care planning and evidenced based health and psychosocial care interventions to the adult population in Lewisham with mental health needs. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to interface directly with partner agencies including Primary Care, Secondary Care and MIND to ensure effective service delivery and discharge planning.

The PCMHT's are now working directly with Primary Care and sharing the same electronic record system and the successful candidate will receive training. The team works with our newly developed Care Process Model to ensure our patients and carers receive standardised care.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide support with overall management of referrals, providing timely screening, triage and trusted assessments for patients with a wide range of mental disorder.
  • To be personally responsible and professionally accountable for a delivering a range of evidenced based psycho-social interventions for a specific case list.
  • To work in collaboration with our partner agencies and the MDT to provide a range of interventions to support service users to stay well within their local communities including psychological, social prescribing and medication advice and management
  • To work with patients and carers using evidenced based tool to inform care planning to support engagement with treatment and appropriate services.
  • To support family and carers with the management of risk and to escalate all risk concerns as required ensuring that there is clear communication of risk to all involved with care.
  • To work collaboratively with colleagues within the PCMHT using shared decision making to ensure safe and effective discharge planning or onward referral. This may include discharge to Primary Care, onward referral to secondary care, signposting to social prescribers, third sector partners, voluntary services or community based groups. To ensure that all planning is shared with those involved with the care in a timely manner.

About us

The Primary Care Mental Health Teams are an integrated service providing support in primary care for people experiencing complex mental health problems. The service consists of a multidisciplinary team of mental health practitioners including psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, employment specialists, occupational therapists and psychologists who work in a recovery focused way, using a strengths-based approach based on individual needs rather than diagnosis.

Some of our benefits are highlighted here:
  • Generous pay, pensions and leave, we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance, flexible working and support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working and job sharing.
  • Career development, we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
  • Car lease, our staff benefits from competitive deals to lease cars
  • Accommodation, our staff benefits fromkeyworker housing available which is available on selected sites
  • NHS discounts, with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Risk Assessment and Risk Management
  • Reporting any incident or Serious Untoward Incidents that may take place in a community setting and provide reports and accurate records relating to the
  • Working safely to ensure safe custody of medicines, sharps, and clinical equipment in a community setting and reporting of all incidents following Trust Policy
  • Recognising and responding appropriately to self-harm and suicide prevention with particular regard to the risks in community settings, in line with Trust policies and training
  • Understanding and working within the boundaries of the Lone Working Policy and awareness of Personal Safety in a community setting, including clear and updated communication with
  • Responding to urgent situations, emergencies or crises using protocols specific to the local community

Safeguarding and Duty of Candour
  • Understanding and implementing safeguarding procedures in a community setting recognise, report and investigate safeguarding issues and raise safeguarding alerts if you suspect that a service user and/or carer has been exposed to harm or
  • Understanding and implementing of Duty of Candour with regard to the particular issues in a community

  • Demonstrating an awareness and understanding of relevant and up-to- date Mental Health Law of particular relevance in community settings ensuring adherence to legislation at all
  • Having knowledge of the legal requirements of the Mental Health Act, Care Act, Mental Capacity Act, Programme Approach, Deprivation of Liberty, Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults and Community Treatment Orders.

Person Specification



  • Registered mental health professional appropriate to the job role (Nurse, social worker, occupational therapist).
  • Evidence of post qualification training/education
  • Evidence of recent continued professional development.
  • Mentorship or equivalent.


  • A commitment to completing quality improvement training.



  • Experience of research based/reflective practice e.g. understanding and ability to use supervision to reflect on skills, attitude and knowledge and develop these by using evidence-based practice.
  • Experience of providing a range of clinical interventions, including triage and assessment, to people in the designated care group with a variety of health problems.
  • Experience of working consultatively with professionals.
  • Experience of working in an MDT setting.
  • Experience of working with and addressing issues of diversity including experience of working within a multicultural framework.
  • Experience of risk management and safeguarding


  • Experience of working in primary care
  • Experience of developing and facilitating teaching programme for staff.
  • Experience of working in a community mental health setting.
  • Experience of psychological assessment and treatment of clients with a range of psychological needs of a complex nature in adult mental health.



  • An understanding of the relationship between primary and secondary care services.
  • Awareness of racial and diversity issues and factors affecting access to mental health care.
  • Knowledge of key legislation and guidelines in relation to statutory mental health responsibilities, including Safeguarding Adults, Young people and children.
  • An understanding of the stepped care model of delivery of psychological therapies for depression, anxiety and personality disorder.
  • Ability to provide quality care that is responsive to service user needs, without close supervision.


  • Theoretical knowledge of psychopathology and the evidence base for the relevant treatment.
  • Knowledge of the theory of psychological models, such as CBT, DBT, or MBT.

Skills and Abilities


  • Highly developed verbal and written communication skills including communicating complex, highly technical and sensitive information to clients, their families and colleagues.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate and to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive and/or challenging behaviour.
  • Effective IT skills.
  • Good organisational skills.
  • Skills in emotional resilience: able to cope in difficult interpersonal situations.
  • Self-aware, self-confident and intrinsically motivated to do a good job and to motivate others.


  • Accredited practitioner skills in at least one model of psychological therapy.
  • Accredited nurse prescriber
  • Ability to contribute to, monitor and implement changes and improvements to services.
  • Specialised clinical skills, e.g. group work, anxiety/anger management, family work skills

Employer details

Employer name

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust


Lewisham Mental Health Team

1 Southbrook Road


SE12 8LH

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