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ARRS Mental Health Practitioner - Band 7

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata
Closing date
24 May 2024

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Mental Health Practitioner under ARR Scheme for St Paul's PCN, Cheltenham)

We are looking to recruit a 0.6 whole time equivalent post at Band 7, Mental Health Practitioner under the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (MHP ARRS).

This is an exciting opportunity to improve the experience for individuals with mental health needs through offering early assessment and access to treatment and support to promote mental health and well-being within primary care.

This Post covers: St Paul's PCN (Cheltenham)

Main duties of the job

The ARRS Practitioner will be an integrated member of the GP practice team and will take the lead in ensuring best practice is delivered across your allocated GP surgeries. The role requires working autonomously in providing high volume assessment, diagnosis, and treatment appointments, advice and support for GPs in caring for other patients with mental health issues, improve links with and navigation to community providers and will also support the practice with providing annual reviews for patients on the practices' Mental Health Registers. The MH Practitioner will work within a number of GP practices within a specific Primary Care Network.

For more information contact: Hannah Rigby (

Enthusiasm, an ability to work flexibly and collaboratively with colleagues across service areas to bring about change and the desire to develop and improve services will be fundamental to these roles. Professional development, governance support, training and supervision will be provided by GHC Trust working collaboratively with colleagues in Primary Care. We welcome external applicants and relocation expenses are available subject to NHS guidelines.

About us

We have in excess of 5000 staff working over 50 sites, providing a diverse range of services. We strive to support an organisational culture that is welcoming, builds and celebrates inclusivity and diversity and provides a sense of belonging and trust.

The annual NHS Staff Surveygives our people the opportunity to tell us about their experience working at the Trust. For the 2023 survey just over 2800 colleagues gave us their views (58.5%). It was great to see from the results that colleagues are saying that:
  • 89.7% believe they are making a positive difference to patients/service users
  • 73.3% would recommend the organisation as a place to work
  • 82.4% agree that care of patients and service users is the organisations priority
  • 76.7% would be happy with the standard of care for a friend or relative

Our results put us as 5th nationally as a Community, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities NHS Employer of Choice and 1st equal amongst all NHS Provider Trusts in the South West. However, we know we have more to do and will continue to drive forward our commitment to making GHC a Great Place to Work.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Gloucestershire Health and Care is committed to embedding and providing personalised care through all of its services as part of our high-quality care strategy. The purpose of personalised care is to empower people to lead the lives they want to live. Personalised care starts with a conversation with people about what matters to them. It builds on what people can do, as well as addressing their health needs. Including new ways of working and delivering care, emphasising that we need to make effective use of the full range of our peoples skills and experience to deliver the best possible patient care. So we want to know What Matters to You and that you will share our values and join us on this very important journey.

The qualification, training & experience requirements for the role are underlined in the Job Description/Person Specification.

Please refer to the Additional Information attachment before submitting your application.

Person Specification



  • Registered Mental Health Practitioner, eg Mental Health Nurse (RMN)


  • Non-Medical Prescriber



  • Significant, recent clinical experience in the assessment of mental health at Band 6 level.
  • Front line experience of using advanced assessment skills especially in determining the nature and severity of mental illness/health (functional and organic) and differentiation between physical and mental health symptoms and conditions.
  • Extensive working knowledge of the makeup of the wider health and social care community including statutory and non-statutory services and direct experience of multi inter-agency working and collaboration.
  • Detailed working knowledge of how specialist mental health services are organised and operate, where and how they fit into the health and social care community.


  • Contemporary experience of working in a primary care setting.
  • Experience of assessment and management of patients with mental health conditions in a primary care setting.
  • Experience of the wider community mental health service in recovery / crisis teams.

Employer details

Employer name

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust


St Paul's Medical Centre

121 Swindon Road


GL50 4DP

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