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Mental Health Practitioner PCN Primary Care

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
31 May 2024
We are currently looking to recruit an enthusiastic and highly motivated registered nurse/OT or social worker, who is looking to support patients with mental health care needs to live well in their community.

As part of the Herefordshires mental health community transformation, this new and innovative, primary care role, has been developed within the South & West Herefordshire Primary Care Network (PCN) in collaboration with the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care Trust.

Working hand in hand with the mental health community teams, this role seeks to meet the mental health needs of new and existing patients entering the primary care pathway via their GP surgeries.

Working in a flexible and autonomous environment, the post holder will be embedded within the South & West Herefordshire PCNs Health and Wellbeing Team and be responsible for the smooth and effective delivery of this new and exciting service.

The role will require an individual with excellent communication skills and the ability to work across multiple service areas in order to ensure that our patients receive the right care and support. If you would like to discuss informally if this is the right role for you, please get in touch with the Recruiting Manager which can be found on the top right-hand side of the advert.

Please be advised NHS Jobs will not be available
  • Friday 17-Monday 20May

Do not attempt to use the service at these times and consider this for your application submission.

Main duties of the job

Embedded within the South & West Herefordshire PCN, the successful candidate will provide triage, signposting, assessment, and brief evidence-based treatment (1:1 and/or group interventions) for people presenting with mental health problems in primary care.

The post holder will formulate, contribute to, and participate in, the development and implementation of assessment and treatment in collaboration with the multi-disciplinary primary care health and wellbeing team. This will include a care plan linking patients into additional services as required.

The post holder will also be expected to work collaboratively with the key partner organisations, patients, carers, clinicians and other practitioners within the mental health multi-disciplinary teams, providing advice and consultation to PCN colleagues and support GPs and other PCN MDT members to assess and manage risk. They will also support members for the health and wellbeing team with caseload management.

The service operates from 9-5, Monday to Friday and involves a degree of travel, therefore it is essential applicants can meet the travel requirements of the post.

About us

At Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, we are working together to deliver outstanding care. We run community hospitals and community health services across Worcestershire and provide mental health and learning disability services across both Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Our people (all 4500+ of them) provide services for people of all ages, experiencing both physical and/or mental health conditions from over 100 sites.

We will support you to thrive offer flexible working options for a great work-life balance, help you fulfil your ambitions, and empower you to make positive changes within your team or service. Its why we were named Large Apprenticeship Employer of the Year award at the 2022 Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards. We value diversity and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, cultures, and ethnicities.

What we offer

27 days leave plus bank holidays, increasing up to 33 days with long service

Generous NHS pension and enhanced pay when you work unsocial hours

Flexible and agile working opportunities

Great maternity, paternity, and adoption support

Wide range of staff networks such as LGBT+ and ENRICH (Equality Network for Race Inclusion and Cultural Heritage)

Health service discounts and online benefits including excellent cycle to work and car salary sacrifice schemes

Health and wellbeing opportunities

If you would like to know more, please visit our careers website.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For full details of the duties and criteria for the role please refer to the job description and person specification attached.

Person Specification



  • Qualification in a core mental health profession (mental health nursing, occupational therapy, social work, clinical/counselling psychology)
  • Professional registration with relevant professional body e.g. NMC, HCPC
  • Evidence of post qualification training/studies
  • I understand that I will be asked to provide original certificates to verify my qualifications at point of offer



  • Extensive post-qualifying experience of working with people with a range of mental health problems in a Mental Health setting
  • Experienced in the assessment of people presenting with mental health problems including risk assessments and risk management
  • Working within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Managing own case load
  • Experience of partnership working within and across various statutory and non-statutory teams and agencies.


  • Working in a primary care setting
  • Experience of working with people with substance misuse issues
  • Training/developing staff and / or patients
  • Experience of delivering evidence based psychosocial interventions



  • Knowledge of principles of assessment of people with mental health problems
  • Knowledge of principles of risk assessment and management
  • Knowledge of Mental Health Act 1983 and Mental Capacity Act 2006 and other relevant legislation

Skills and Abilities


  • Ability to challenge poor behaviour
  • Ability to analyse and present complex information to professional colleagues
  • To communicate very sensitive condition related information to patients and relatives with empathy and reassurance
  • Skilled in assessing and interpreting patient conditions with appropriate action
  • A positive attitude and able to act on feedback
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English in both verbal and written formats
  • Ability to inspire confidence in service users, carers and staff
  • Influencing and negotiating skills
  • Delivery of evidence based interventions in mental health
  • Ability to use own initiative
  • Ability to prioritise workload
  • Good team player


  • Skilled in the provision of clinical supervision to both peers and junior members of staff

Additional Criteria


  • Will be required to complete breakaway / de-escalation training
  • Positively promotes equality and diversity in the workplace
  • Able to meet the travel requirements of the post

Employer details

Employer name

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust



Gloucester Road




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