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Mental Health Practitioner

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year p.a. (plus HCAS)
Closing date
26 Jun 2024

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are recruiting Primary Care Network Mental Health Practitioner for Barking and Dagenham.

A Primary Care Network (PCN) is a group of GP practices that work together in a local geographical area. We are recruiting for one vacancy in the CentralPCN

The role has been co-designed by our Mental Health clinicians and GP colleagues, with the aim of improving patient access to mental health care and support. As an additional resource based on the patients' GP surgery, your role would include assessing patients' needs, signposting them to support resources, referring to other services and, where appropriate, offering brief intervention.

The post-holder will be employed by NELFT and will be a member of the local Mental Health service team, supported by a line manager and peers, but will be based in a Primary Care Network working inCentral PCN premises.

This is an exciting time to join the team as we are developing relationships and building links between Primary Care and local Mental Health and Wellness Teams. We are looking for people who are keen to broaden their experience and embrace working in new ways with the wider primary care team as well as NELFT colleagues.

Main duties of the job

Central PCN

We are a thriving Primary Care Network (PCN) based in vibrant Central PCN locality. Comprising 3 General Practices within proximity, united by a shared vision of exceptional patient care and a strong sense of community.

We pride ourselves on the family culture within our Practices. Our teams are renowned for their warm and welcoming nature, creating an environment which fosters support, development, and care, not only for our patients but also for our colleagues.

We seek a talented Mental Health Practitioner to join our well-established ARRS Team. By expanding our workforce, we aim to better support and enhance healthcare for our local patient population.

We are deeply committed to the growth and success of our staff. As such, we offer opportunities for continued professional development, weekly protected time, clinical supervision, regard to the HEE Quality Framework, and unwavering support from our MHP Management Team and additional workforce. Our dedicated MHP Management Team provides strong leadership support, guiding and empowering our team throughout their journey with us.

If you are interested in taking on a new challenge and possess the skills to strengthen our team further, join us, and together, let's make a difference in people's lives and the NHS healthcare system.

Immediate openings are available with up to a month's induction, ensuring candidates are fully equipped, confident, and successfully integrated within our PCN.

About us

Starting with NELFT

NELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction of up to two weeks which will include mandatory training, systems training and the allocation of equipment. As part of the process new starters will have the opportunity to also meet the executive team, senior managers and attend a number of drop-in sessions focusing on engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham, Essex.

Probationary Period

This post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).

High-Cost Area Supplement

This post also attracts payment for High-Cost Area Supplement of 15% (pro rata for part time staff).

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached job description and person specification for more information about this role and working at North East London NHS Foundation Trust. We encourage you to refer closely to this when completing your application.

We welcome your application even if you do not meet all the criteria listed in the person specification. Any development needs to help you succeed in the role, can be discussed at the interview stage.

Certificates of Sponsorship

Although we are a registered sponsor organisation, we are unable to offer sponsorship for all job roles. Please check your eligibility under the UKVI points based system

Use of AI

Applications for this role should be written by the applicant. If artificial intelligence (AI) programmes are used then the application may be rejected due to this document being an important part of the assessment process. This does not prevent applicants seeking appropriate support with applications should they need to for the purposes of any declared disability.

Person Specification



  • Non-Medical Prescriber OR willingness to gain qualification
  • NVQ level 2 or equivalent standard of literacy and numeracy
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse



  • Understanding and application of NMC Code of Professional Conduct
  • Awareness of NHS Long Term Plan and Primary Care Networks
  • Have an understanding of the ARRS Job description
  • Understanding of the challenges of providing mental health services to residents of a multi demographic borough Understanding of NSF and clinical governance priorities


  • Knowledge of psycho-social / psycho-educational techniques
  • Understanding of current governmental policy in relation the provision of mental health and community care
  • Understanding of Integrated Care Services



  • Basic awareness of IT and skills in use of technology
  • IT literate e.g. Word, Excel, internet and e-mail use
  • Ability to work with service users and carers as partners in care
  • Ability to provide evidence-based care that is responsive to service user need
  • Ability to use own initiative and judgement to make decisions


  • Competence in use of clinical systems



  • Ability to travel efficiently within the PCN area, to different GP practices and NELFT workplace (if applicable)
  • Effective team player Excellent communicator, both verbally and written

Employer details

Employer name

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust


Central PCN



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