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Lead Mental Health Practitioner - Primary Care Network

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum (pro rata)
Closing date
23 May 2024
**We offer a relocation package of up to �8,000**

Opportunity for a part time Mental Health Practitioner to join our wonderful PCN team that emphasises patient care and staff training. Your role will support four practice teams.

You would work to ensure a high level of care is delivered to all patients. The PCN is supportive of any development opportunities and you will have regular Supervision and access to the PCN Clinical Education Lead. Join a PCN that prioritises staff well-being and patients whilst offering a brilliant work/life balance.

We are made up of four GP Practices - in Congleton and Holmes Chapel. As a PCN we have a patient list size of approximately 48,000, for whom we provide General Practice services.We are committed to working together to deliver high quality care for our patients. We aim to bring together collaborative working for health, social care and the voluntary sector, enabling increased time to deliver improved patient care. Our mission is to place the patient at the heart of everything we do.

The successful candidate will join a growing PCN Team, (including Clinical Pharmacists, Paramedic Practitioners, First Contact Physios, Physician Associate, Social Prescribing Link Workers and Advanced Nurse Practitioners) and will be supported by the PCN Leadership Team. Regular development sessions, clinical supervision, teaching, training and opportunities to upskill will be provided, linking in with the PCN Clinical Educational Lead.

Main duties of the job

This role will work across the GP practices within Congleton and Holmes Chapel to provide triage, early assessment, brief intervention / treatment and improved access to appropriate care pathways and provide evidence-based interventions to people experiencing first symptoms of mental un-wellness to those with more longer-term conditions. Ideally, we are looking for a candidate with extensive experience of providing mental health care and interventions.

The successful candidate will access and link with secondary mental health services acting as a bridge between primary and secondary care. This will make it easier for people accessing services and get the help that they need.

The practitioner will also develop and implement specialist mental health training across the PCN as well as, potentially, supervise junior colleagues and social prescribers.

About us

CWP provides health and care services for local people, including mental health, learning disability, community physical health and all-age disability care - including the provision of three GP surgeries.

Our aim is to help people to be the best they can be, adopting a compassionate, person-centred approach to everything we do. We were recently rated as Outstanding for Caring by the Care Quality Commission with a Good rating overall.

We offer a variety of roles at all levels, so whether you are just starting out in your career or looking to use your skills and experience in a new role, CWP is the right employer for you.

CWP are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences.

To support this, we offer up to three weeks induction, dependent on role, with our Prepare to Care programme for all new starters. This aims to give you all the knowledge and guidance to help you grow and flourish with CWP.

We welcome applications from people who have direct experience of accessing our services.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please download a copy of the job description for full details.

Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification) and values.

CWP recruits people that can demonstrate the Trusts Values and Behaviours in their everyday life. Therefore, if you are invited to interview, you will be undertaking a Values Based Interview/Assessment ,which explores not only what you do but how and why you do it.

Before applying, we encourage you to review the Trusts Values and Behaviours which are the 6 Cs Communication, Competence, Courage, Care, Compassion and Commitment. A Guide to completing your application form can be accessed on the right side of this page under the job description.

The Supporting Information Section in your application should therefore reflect your understanding of the Trusts Values and associated Behaviours. You will be expected to provide us with examples from work experience and/or personal life which demonstrate these values through your behaviour.

If you have a disability that meets the definition set out in the Equality Act 2010, and you can show that you meet the essential criteria described in the person specification for an available position, please answer YES to the question: Do you wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme?

Please inform the team if you have any special support needs to be considered as part of the interview and selection processes.

CWP is proud to be an accredited Veteran Aware organisation helping to provide and share best practice in NHS care for our armed forces community. As a veteran aware organisation, CWP is committed to delivering on the principles of the Armed Force Covenant and has a Silver award with the MOD Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (DERS).

The trust offers a Guaranteed Interview Scheme to any armed forces community applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post and encourages applications from armed forces reservists or cadet force adult volunteers.

Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment.You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of �13 per year applies.

New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

If you experience any technical difficulties or need help when making an application please contact our Recruitment Team on 01244 393100.

Good luck with your application. We hope to welcome you to Team CWP very soon.

Person Specification



  • Registered Mental Health Professional, with professional qualification relating to Health (e.g. current registered RMN, Occupational Therapist)
  • Educated to degree level in relevant field / equivalent level of experience of working in the specialist area
  • Masters level qualification in relevant field / or equivalent post qualifying short courses and / or equivalent experience
  • Recent evidence of post-qualifying continuing professional development


  • Teaching qualification or significant experience
  • Post graduate Psychological therapy qualification / or equivalent

Knowledge & Expertise


  • Excellent communication skills: working with staff, working with patients and carers, working with general practice, presentations, written reports, understanding and ability to interpret, research and facilitate staff to implement evidence-based practice
  • Proven ability to challenge current practices and freedom to make change in light of evidence-based recommendations
  • Knowledge, understanding and the ability to interpret and implement local and national policy direction relevant to practice
  • Proven experience of clinical audit, skill and knowledge required to facilitate staff to undertake clinical audit
  • Empowering staff to manage and support change
  • Demonstrable effective clinical leadership with knowledge, understanding and application of leadership theories
  • Relevant clinical expertise to support and facilitate clinical development and innovation
  • Evidence of sound information technology skills



  • Experience of acting as clinical supervisor
  • Experience in the development of professional roles
  • Successfully managed projects that demonstrate ability to communicate and implement change
  • Demonstrable and proven understanding and experience of the clinical and corporate governance agenda
  • Knowledge and experience of facilitation of reflective practice for staff and personal reflective practice
  • Experience of providing and receiving complex, sensitive or contentious information in potentially highly emotive situations
  • Significant experience of the direct delivery of a clinical, technical or social care service
  • Significant experience of delivering specialist programmes of care / care packages
  • Demonstrable ability and experience in motivating and empowering others to change roles and in leading practice development

Employer details

Employer name

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


CHOC PCN - Readesmoor Medical Centre, Lawton House Surgery, Meadowside Medical Centre & Holmes Chapel Health Centre

Mountbatten Way


CW12 1DY

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