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PMHJRC - Advanced Mental Health Practitioner

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rota
Closing date
24 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
As an Advanced Mental Health Practitioner working in the Police Mental Health Joint Response Car (PMHJRC) you will work alongside Cambridgeshire Constabulary (CC) Officers to provide an immediate response to people in the community who are experiencing a mental health crisis.

Working 3pm - Midnight (Sun - Thurs) and 4pm - 2am (Fri - Sat) (please note these could be subject to change), the PMHJRC responds to 999 calls made to the Police, that have been identified as having a primary mental health need. The Advanced MH Practitioner will carry out a brief triage to ascertain whether a person can safely remain at home to avoid unnecessary attendance at acute hospitals, offer safety planning, sign posting and referrals into MH services if needed. They will also support officers in making decisions around the use of S.136 .

Main duties of the job

Successful candidate will work closely with Cambridgeshire constabulary to respond to 999 calls from, or concerning people in a mental health crisis.

The role of the Advanced Mental Health Practitioner will be to triage mental health presentations, need and risk and make collaborative plans for appropriate follow up care as appropriate.

Please note - the successful candidate will undergo police vetting as part of the employment checks.

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 take the lead in assessing patients mental state and risk and determining whether the patient is safe to be managed in the community.
  • To take the lead in initiating any appropriate plans for ongoing care.
  • To be a clinical expert and provide a patient focus for improving the patient experience.
  • To work closely with the operational and professional leads in developing the service.
  • The post holder may be required to work with FRS occasionally when the PMHJRC roster does not require them to cover the PMHJRC.
  • Offering advice, support and guidance to CC officers on scene at mental health jobs.
  • To liaise with other health and social care providers as appropriate and have good knowledge of local mental health pathways and services, including external agencies.
  • To have sound knowledge of the Mental Health Act and the Mental Capacity Act.
  • The post holder will work with FRS on occasion when the MA unit roster does not require them to cover MA.

  • 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 use public 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 of reciprocal arrangements with overseas countries, for further information please visit the DVLA website

    Person Specification

    Education / Qualifiation


    • NMC or HCPC registration
    • Evidence of continued professional development


    • Non Medical Prescribing Qualification



    • Post registration experience working with people in a mental health crisis


    • Experience working with brief psychological interventions/strategies for managing a crisis.

    Skills and Abilities


    • Assessing, formulating and working with people presenting in a heightened state of distress.
    • Communicating (oral and written) complex and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families and carers and to other professionals working both within and outside of CPFT.


    • Teaching / training of clinical staff.

    Knowledge & Understanding


    • Sound knowledge of the Mental Health Act (MHA) and Mental Capacity Act (MCA)
    • Able to demonstrate initiative and be proactive in organising the most suitable pathway of care.
    • Able to demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills.


    • Good knowledge of Trust services and voluntary sector services within CPFTs catchment area.

    Physical Requirements


    • Successful completion of Health Screening

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


    Thorpe Wood Police Station / Huntingdon Police Station / Cambridge Police Station


    PE29 6FN

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