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Primary Care Mental Health Worker

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
South Shields,
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
22 Jul 2024
Do you want to join an innovative service delivering high quality treatments in primary care to people with common mental health problems?

Do you have the ability to both deliver high quality interventions, and develop the skills and knowledge of other practitioners in South Tyneside Talking Therapies?

Do you want to be part of a team described by its current staff as supportive, excellent, and amazing ?

If the answer to these questions is yes, this post could be for you.

The post holder will be part of South Tyneside Lifecycle Primary Care Mental Health Service, which incorporates South Tyneside Talking Therapies, Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) and the Healthy Minds Team.

South Tyneside Lifecycle Service is an award-winning service and one of the highest performing Talking Therapy services at both regional and national level.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will have:
  • An understanding of Common Mental Health Problems and their impact on social functioning and physical health
  • An understanding of at least one brief psychological and/or psychosocial intervention and the development of positive mental health.

A commitment to the recovery model of mental health and service user and carer involvement
  • A commitment to a holistic model of mental health and working with partners to address client need.
  • Experience of working with people who experience mental health problems especially depression and anxiety.
  • Skills in assessment and interventions for clients and consultation and supervision with primary care colleagues.

There is recognition that staff can realise their potential through effective clinical and management supervision, managerial support, and through access to internal and external training.

Staff development and their wellbeing are accepted as priorities and we have a long established Wellbeing Strategy Group which develops wellbeing initiatives for the service.

The post is for 30 hours per week and requires the post holder to work one late shift per week.

About us

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One Team One Trust - There are many reasons to work at our Trust. From our commitment to putting people first to our accessible services and award winning teams. We have a passion for research, innovation and tackling inequalities. We are committed to respect, fairness and civility and promote a compassionate, caring and positive culture / working environment.

We welcome all applications irrespective of peoples race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion/belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups. Looking after our workforces health and wellbeing is a priority for STSFT. We also provide access to high quality education, training, career progression and support. Flexible working is supported via the Trust's Flexible Working Policy.

The Trust employs around 8,300 people and provides a range of hospital services to a local community of around 430,000 residents. We also provide a range of more specialised services outside this area, in some cases to a population as great as 860,000. We offer our staff outstanding benefits - Fitness Centre (SRH), libraries at both hospital sites, chaplaincy support and access to a Childcare Co-ordinator to help staff with childcare arrangements.

Job description

Job responsibilities


The post holder will be part of South Tyneside Lifecycle Mental Health Service incorporating Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT). They will work with adults who have a range of common mental health problems in primary care providing medium level interventions which will include Counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. They will use traditional and innovative treatment methods

The post holder will work with people with different cultural backgrounds and ages, using interpreters when necessary and should be committed to equal opportunities.

To meet targets set nationally and locally for access, recovery and waiting times

Person Specification

Skills, Knowledge & Attributes


  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good organisational skills and ability to work autonomously
  • Knowledge and understanding of the recovery approach to Mental Health
  • Able to engage people who have experienced a range of mental disorders
  • Ability to challenge inequality and oppressive practice
  • Basic Microsoft Office IT skills
  • An ability to work in time-limited model that encourages focussed intervention and disengagement



  • Experience of working in community settings with people experiencing a range of mental health difficulties


  • Experience of working in statutory and voluntary mental health services



  • Professional qualification such as DipSW, RMN, O.T. or BACP or BABPC accreditation qualified counsellor
  • Training in a psychological or psychosocial intervention

Physical Skills


  • Must have an ability to visit a variety of sites within South Tyneside.

Employer details

Employer name

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust


Cleadon Park Primary Care Centre,

Prince Edward Road,

South Shields,

Tyne and Wear,

NE34 8PS

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