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Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£45,753 to £52,067 a year Incl. 5% Fringe HCAS, pa, pro rata.
Closing date
23 Jul 2024
This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and experienced Mental Health Practitioner to join our General Practice integrated mental health service (GPimhs) in Weybridge and Hersham PCN.

We have a Fixed Term (12 Months), Full-Time (37.5 Hrs per week, 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday with limited flexibility) role.

Should the post be offered to an internal (SABP) applicant, this can be offered as a secondment.

The post-holder will be required to work from the following GP Surgeries in the Weybridge and Hersham PCN and sometimes for nearby SABP Hub.
  • Church Street Practice, Weybridge KT13 8DW
  • Fort House Surgery, Walton-On-Thames KT12 1UX
  • Hersham Surgery, Walton-On-Thames KT12 4HT
  • Rowan Tree Practice, Weybridge KT13 8DW

GPimhs comprise small teams based across several GP Practices and are aimed at addressing the needs of adults who frequently attend their GP with serious/significant mental health needs that are not being met elsewhere including - people in recovery who are stepping down from adult mental health services, people on Primary Care SMI Registers requiring annual physical health checks, people with traits of personality disorder as well as those with a diagnosis.

These teams consist of a Clinical Psychologist/Clinical Lead, a Mental Health Practitioner, a Community Connector and an administrator, all integrated and located in GP surgeries. There is additional support from specialist psychiatry and pharmacy.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will take a key role in developing and shaping a major new and transformative approach to providing mental health care within the community. They will be responsible for working closely with General Practitioners and the primary care team to provide assessments, brief interventions, and care navigation for people with significant mental health issues living in the locality. The successful candidate will need to work closely with local mental health services to support an easy in and out approach between secondary and primary care. They will have day-to-day supervisory responsibility for the Community Connector role (employed by the Voluntary Sector) and for managing the clinical referral priorities.

As this role is based within a community setting we do require that you must be able to travel between multiple sites and trust locations within the set hours of your working day.

Please check the job description & person specification document for more information on the requirements for this job.

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country within easy reach.

For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

Please note that we reserve the right to close posts as soon as sufficient applications are received.

Working from home contracts do not attract high cost area payments.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Job description

Job responsibilities

My job makes better lives bybeing a proactive member of a new team responsible for the development of a transformational approach to integrating primary and community mental health care.

Job Overview

NHS England/Improvement has developed a new Framework to support local systems in implementing the NHS Long Term Plans vision for transforming community mental health care. This Framework sets out how the LTP's vision for a new place-based community mental health model can be realized, and how we can modernize community mental health services to shift to the whole person, whole population health approaches.

The role of the Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner is fundamental to the development of these innovative new teams and mental health services based within networks of GP Practices (PCNs). The role will support the ongoing development and mobilization of integrated primary care mental health services.

The role provides and promotes early assessment, treatment and/or onward bridging to community resources and support and improved access to evidence-based interventions for people with serious mental illness. The role will help people to focus on achievable goals and access local community resources. The service will be for people over 18 years (including carers) with a specific focus on:
  • mental health needs that do not meet the access criteria for IAPT or secondary care
  • people with serious mental illness who are in recovery and stable in secondary care mental health services who could be cared for within Primary Care
  • People with severe mental illness who should be receiving an annual health check and medication review and improved access to physical health interventions.
  • Younger adults (18-25) particularly those transitioning between children's and adult services.
  • People who present frequently in primary care with a diagnosis of Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder or with traits that interfere with their daily functioning.

Key Responsibilities

Overall: As part of a small team, to contribute to delivering and co-developing the primary care mental health service model and care pathways for the provision of integrated physical and mental health care in Primary Care Networks.
  • To accept referrals direct from primary care and promote early assessment, and treatment and ensure robust relationships and links with other community-based services. To work predominantly with adults (18+)with SMI whose needs are best met within primary care and whose difficulties are best understood within a biopsychosocial model.
  • To work closely with colleagues in specialist community mental health services to ensure smooth transitions between teams and services and facilitate an easy in, easy out approach to improve access to evidence-based interventions
  • To work closely with and provide day-to-day support and guidance to the Community Connections Primary Care Link Worker/Connector role.
  • Facilitate mental health and assets-based assessments in Primary Care and support the Primary Care Team in accessing the appropriate levels of services.
  • Case find, screen, triage, assess, and coordinate the development of care plans for people that have been referred by a member of the Primary Care Team
  • Provide brief support and time-limited evidence-based interventions, using the principles of motivational interviewing.
  • Complete joint assessments with CMHRS to identify and support patients ready to transition to primary care, develop care plans and prepare people for step down.
  • Work with the Primary Care Link Worker/Community Connector to actively understand what community resources and assets are available within the specific PCN geography and population and ensure awareness of these is communicated throughout the Network.
  • Foster collaborative working between a full range of physical health and mental health services to ensure that people who need care are able to access it quickly and easily and are prevented from being bounced around or excluded from services or falling through the gaps'.
  • Support and sign post service users, carers and families to access voluntary services and other relevant community providers and utilise available information (e.g. Health Surrey, First Steps) that promote self-management approaches.
  • Work with Primary Care to increase awareness and recognition of mental health issues that affect the registered population through the provision of support, education and problem-solving approaches.
  • Develop and deliver education and training which better support the Primary Care Team in management of people with co morbid physical and mental health issues and support completion of , and onwards action from, SMI physical health checks undertaken within the PCN
  • Participate in the formal evaluation of the integrated primary mental health care model.
  • Establish and participate in networks that help to streamline care pathways across community, primary and secondary care services within the PCN population.
  • Keep accurate, contemporaneous electronic and written documentation, care plans and reports in primary care (EMIS system). Outcome measurement
  • Be responsible for relevant data collection on work activities, inputting data onto the GP Practice and/or SABP databases as required, and to maintain a high standard of clinical record keeping.
  • Maintain high standard of care in all areas of practice in accordance with the relevant professional Code of Conduct and guidelines.


1. Provide a prompt response to requests for information and advice in line with agreed response times.

2. Develop and deliver education and training which better support the Primary Care Team in management of people with co-morbid physical and mental health issues, and support completion of physical health checks and associated interventions

3. Promotion of positive attitudes towards people with mental ill health, mutual understanding and effective collaborative working between mental health services, primary care trusts and community and voluntary sector.

4. Provision of a suitable leaning environment for nursing and other students on placement, and undertake the roles of supervisor or mentor for students on designated undergraduate, postgraduate courses and post experience courses where appropriate.

5. Provide education on request from statutory and voluntary organisations.


1. To participate in the formal evaluation of the integrated primary mental health care model.

2. Maintain awareness of current research within own area of specialist practice, and demonstrate a commitment to evidence-based practice.


1. To maintain high standard of care in all areas of practice in accordance with the relevant professional Code of Conduct and guidelines.

2. Maintain and develop a level of professional knowledge, skills and expertise that ensure the highest standards of practice and is responsive to changing care needs.

3. Act at all times according to professional standards, maintaining own knowledge and skills.


1. Maintain effective functioning of the service by working effectively in management and leadership tasks as required.

2. Contribute to the development of procedure and accepting delegated management tasks.

3. Supply the necessary information of activity outcomes (and other KPI data) as agreed with the Service manager.

4. Have good quality IT skills appropriate to the needs of the post.

5. This job description is not restrictive or definitive in any way and should be regarded only as a guideline to normal duties.

Person Specification



  • Professional Qualification in Mental Health Nursing or Occupational Therapy or Social Work
  • Professional Registration



  • Completion of mentorship/preceptorship course or the intention to complete
  • Experience of providing a range of evidence-based interventions to people with a variety of mental health problems and serious mental illness

Employer details

Employer name

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Hersham Surgery

Pleasant Pl, Hersham


KT12 4HT

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