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Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
7 Jun 2024
Our Primary Care Mental Health Service is an award-winning service, receiving national interest as a new and innovative way of working in Primary Care. Based in GP practices we ensure that those with mental health needs are seen at the right time, in the right place, by the right people.

We're looking for an enthusiastic Band 6 Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner, who holds NMC or HCPC registration, to join us.

  • Have excellent communication skills and the ability to complete robust clinical assessments independently.
  • Enjoy a new challenge, variety in your work, working in a passionate and driven team striving to make a difference for our community.
  • Would like to be part of the exciting Community Transformation Programme.

  • Are a compassionate, supportive and professional service that will actively support your growth and development as a senior member of the team.
  • Achieve and always seek to be the best we can be through teamwork and a clear vision.

Main duties of the job

Working alongside a Mental Health Liaison Practitioner, you will work across the interface between Primary Care and Mental Health Services to facilitate mental health assessment in primary care and support GPs with joint decision making in relation to secondary care referrals, signposting, and transition of service users from secondary mental health services back to Primary Care. Your expertise will help inform GPs management plans for those with mental health needs in primary care.

Providing support, education and problem-solving approaches for adults of working age, you will be an active member of the primary care team with the ability to undertake very short-term interventions for clients with mild to moderate mental health difficulties.

This is not a 'case load' role or service, enabling you to be flexible and dynamic in a well-supported autonomous role that will allow experience, decision-making skills and service user focus to thrive and develop.

Please note for this role you will be required to travel independently around the county meeting strict time deadlines. You will need to hold a full UK driving licence* and have use of a vehicle. You cannot usepublic transport for this role as this is not a reliable form of transport and will not allow you to meet service needs. Please confirm in your application that you meet the specified criteria.

*DVLA have a number ofreciprocalarrangements with overseas countries, for further information please visit the DVLA website

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities.
  • To support service users with transitioning from secondary care into primary care.
  • To be a valued core member of primary care teams within an LCG, using specialist mental health knowledge.
  • To develop links and foster a culture of partnership between Primary Care Teams and CPFT Adult Mental Health Services.
  • To promote the use of treatment protocols and care pathways leading to increased integration of service users within Primary Care setting.
  • To enable practitioners in Primary Care to develop their skills and confidence in assessment and treatment of particular mental health problems.
  • Facilitate joint work between Primary Care and Secondary Care interface and Primary Care/Voluntary Sector to increase range of services/interventions available.
  • To develop a close relationship with Primary Care practices, attending practice meetings and having regular informal contact.
  • Interventions will be delivered under Primary care governance and policies whilst also maintaining adherence to CPFT Trust policy.

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • Registered mental health professional [mental health/LD/Adult], appropriate to the job role (nursing, OT, SW)
  • Completion of Mentorship/preceptorship Course/ENB equivalent, or intention to complete
  • Evidence of continuous professional development


  • Non-medical prescriber



  • Experience of working alongside people with complex health problems in the designated care group
  • Experience of supervising staff
  • Experience of providing a range of clinical interventions to people in the designated care group with a variety of health problems
  • Experience of working consultatively with professionals
  • Experience of conducting clinical assessments including risk assessments
  • Experience of partnership working within and across various statutory and nonstatutory teams and agencies
  • Understanding of clinical governance


  • Experience of managing a caseload
  • Lived experience of mental health issues
  • Experience of working within primary care
  • Significant experience of adult community mental health
  • Experience of developing new services

Skills & Abilities


  • Excellent negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Establish and maintain communication with individuals, families, carers and groups about difficult or complex matters overcoming any differences in communication
  • Develop own skills and knowledge and provide information to others to help their development
  • Skills of assessing and interpreting service user conditions with appropriate actions
  • Ability to work with resistance at times, to manage own reactions to difficult situations and to act with appropriate authority and diplomacy
  • IT literacy and willingness to take on new technology


  • Liaison with multi agencies at times especially in emergencies requiring mental effort to coordinate management of a crisis

Knowledge & Understanding


  • Significant post qualifying experience in the relevant care group

Physical Requirements


  • Ability to use manual handling techniques
  • Ability to travel across sites

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


Peterborough Town Hall

17 Bridge Street



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