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PCN Mental Health Lead 3K Welcome Bonus

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year gross per annum
Closing date
8 Aug 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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This is an exciting opportunity for either an experienced or an aspiring team manager to take up the role of PCN Mental Health Lead across Primary Care Networks to support GPs across East Suffolk.

The role will provide an opportunity for better joint working across primary care and adult secondary care mental health systems and will make it easier for patients to obtain the help they need.

This is ideal for someone who is proactive and passionate about innovation and providing a high-quality holistic approach to the care of people who have been identified as in need of mental health support in a primary care setting. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone to develop their career and skills set in a highly innovative and transformative service.

As part of the responsibilities of this role, you will manage a team of 12 Specialist Mental Health Practitioners for Primary Care staff (ARRS roles) embedded within PCNs across Suffolk

Main duties of the job

To fully support the Care Group with the strategic and operational planning and delivery for their designated specialist service area(s) within the locality.

You will be responsible for ensuring the effective management of the day-to-day operational / clinical issues arising within mental health service delivery.

To undertake clinical activity as necessary, especially complex management referrals.

To actively monitor performance, quality, safety and service development within their service areas, in line with locality and Trust-wide policies and protocols.

To maintain performance with key performance indicators and ensure that their team(s) are providing a responsive, high quality service to clients, their families and carers and meeting commissioner and stakeholder expectations.

About us

Primary Care Networks (PCNs) are groups of GP practices which work together in a local geographical area. In Suffolk there are 14 PCNs with a variety of different sizes, patient populations and mental health priorities. From 2021, each PCN will have at least one mental health practitioner working in its practices. ARRS Practitioners can include registered nurses, social workers, OTs and clinical psychologists. On a day to day basis, they will work as members of their GP practice extended teams and be based in GP practices.

This is an exciting time to join mental health and wellbeing services in Suffolk. We are at the start of a journey which will see a transformation of services over the decade.

Job description
Job responsibilities

Be accountable for the performance of the Mental Health Primary Care Network Team

Build and maintain positive supportive relationships with the relevant PCN clinical directors / deputies

Provide professional leadership to the clinical teams ensuring input into recruitment, supervision, appraisal and professional development.

Provide specialist clinical input into the planning, development, and evaluation of ARRS mental health services, holding responsibility for defined projects as delegated by the Care Group

Demonstrate highly specialist knowledge and skills and have undertaken appropriate post registration training.

Contribute to Trust-wide or external projects and initiatives as required and in agreement with the Care Group.

To promote equality, diversity and inclusion within areas of influence.

**This post attracts a recruitment premium of £3,000 (pro-rata for part time roles). This is a one off payment with half paid on appointment and half paid after the completion of a satisfactory probation period (6 months). The premium is taxable. Please note that should you leave employment, or choose to move to an alternative post within the Trust that does not attract this recruitment premium, you will be required to reimburse all or some of the payment. Please note this recruitment premium is for external applicants only, and not applicable to newly qualified nurses**

Person Specification
  • Nursing degree or equivalent or Dip OT Dip OT, Dip SW, RN, Clinical Psychology Grade A, or extensive relevant experience.
  • Ongoing professional development working towards degree level.
  • Higher degree or post graduate certificate in area of clinical / therapeutic practice

  • Post basic teaching qualification
  • Further qualification in mental health work. ILM certificate in management or equivalent
  • Qualification in a specialist intervention
  • Prince2 Qualification

  • Ability to travel independently across site

  • High level standard of working, knowledge/skills and community work as a senior clinician.
  • Experience of Caseload management/highly complex and difficult clinical situations and cases
  • Specialist or advanced skills attained in assessment
  • High level of evidence based reflective practice and clinical reasoning skills in assessment

  • Understanding of mental health issues in a primary care setting

  • Effective communicator with patients, carers and staff and able to negotiate and persuade in complex and difficult situations
  • Organising project work and supervising others as part of the process
  • Team management and performance management skills
  • Leading service development work
  • Formulating policies/procedures/ standards
  • Budget setting / management oversight
  • Able to effectively prioritise own workload
  • Competent ICT skills

  • Build on / develop further knowledge of psychosocial interventions and their appropriate
  • Experience of undertaking audits
  • Build on / develop further specialist knowledge of health promotion
  • An understanding of the policies and guidelines both local and national e.g. National Institute for Clinical Excellence guidelines

  • Knowledge of research methods and audit relevant to the job.

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Priscilla N&S

“Welcome to Norfolk and Suffolk foundation Trust, we provide an extensive range of mental health services across two counties , working with our communities and partners we continue to develop and transform our services so we can really meet the needs of the people we serve .We are an organisation which truly values nurses , acknowledges the special , unique skills they bring and is committed to developing clinical, academic and leadership pathways whilst supporting, nurturing and caring for you .We have strengthened nurse leadership, created Nurse Consultant , Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist roles with many more expected . We have over 80 Non medical prescribers and will continue to support more each year .  Nursing In NSFT is not without its challenges but we have used them to create opportunities, to learn, to improve and to work differently . Our absolute priority , our number one aim is to improve the care we provide and we will achieve this. Join us and be part of something very special" - Diane Hull, Chief Nurse

Diane Hull - NSNHSFT

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is the main provider of specialist mental health services for the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, serving a population of 1.6 million people. We are a large organisation covering a wide geographical area divided into ‘Care Groups'. There are also Care Groups supporting children, family and young people’s services, and specialist services, including Forensic mental health services.

Each Care Group has its own Leadership team, with the aim of supporting clinically led decision making locally, to support the needs of people accessing services. 

We have inpatient facilities across both counties with smaller bases in rural locations. Many of the Trust’s services are offered in the community, enabling people accessing services to receive the support they need in an environment familiar to them.

At NSFT we believe in recovery and wellbeing, and understand the importance of good physical health, maintaining relationships and achieving a balance between treatments and continuing an active life.

The people in our care, families and carers are at the centre of all aspects of all we do and are vital in helping shape and support our service strategy. Our strategy supports and enables people with mental health problems to live a fulfilling life and make their personal recovery journey. 

Norfolk and Suffolk, in the East of England are some of the safest places to live in the UK, with low crime rates making it a community to be proud of. Housing prices are frequently cited as a reason to move here, as you get an incredible amount for your money compared with other major UK cities.

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About our location

Norwich in Norfolk has something for everyone. It has retained a strong local identity and, with that, a sense of community. Locals say hello to each other, baristas remember our coffee orders and you’ll be among the first to know about interesting local projects.  This strong sense of community, along with excellent shopping, eating out, affordable house prices and excellent schooling is why Norwich has been ranked by the Guardian as the UK’s best city to work in.

Ipswich in Suffolk is steeped in history, yet full of life. According to The London Economic, affordable house prices and hourly commutes to London have earned Suffolk’s county town a slot in their top ten property destinations. “In Ipswich we have got a fantastic cultural offer far better than what towns and cities bigger than us are offering.  We have got very good transport links, especially to London, and house prices are a lot cheaper in the area.

One of Norfolk’s most famous stretches of beaches, Great Yarmouth attracts around six million tourists each year! Situated at the mouth of the River Yare, this old port town is home to beautiful golden sandy beaches and neighbouring towns and villages with scenic views and homely charm.

Full to the brim of history and with a vibrant town centre, King’s Lynn is the ideal destination to enjoy the superb mix of history, shopping and entertainment on offer!  A small, historic market town, King's Lynn is the perfect place to live and work, with fantastic train links and short drives to fantastic beaches.

Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is a unique and dazzling historic gem. An important market town with a richly fascinating heritage, the striking combination of medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and glorious cathedral and abbey gardens provide a distinctive visual charm. With prestigious shopping, an award-winning market, plus variety of attractions and places to stay, Bury St Edmunds is under two hours from London and convenient for Cambridge.

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For family members who love (or need) to travel, you’re ideally located. Trains run to and from London every 30 minutes from both Ipswich and Norwich, and there are direct rail services from Manchester, Nottingham and Cambridge.   Both counties are well connected to major road networks and Norwich has an international airport. 

Some of our valued employees have told their story of working at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust... use the links below to read these.

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