Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
Avon Valley
£32,306 to £39,027 pa
Closing date
14 Aug 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Do you want to make a positive difference and be involved in the development of an exhilarating, new and innovative approach to providing mental health care within local communities?

Do you want to work for an NHS Trust that is committed to continuous professional development and has an excellent track record for staff development and support?

You need look no further - please apply for this exciting opportunity:

Mental Health Practitioner:

In Hampshire and Isle of Wight (HIOW) we have launched our plan to transform experiences in adult mental health through a programme called ‘No Wrong Door’. This is led by the local NHS, councils, Public Health, GPs, voluntary and community partners and people with lived experience of mental illness.

Adults with a mental illness have told us first contact is the most important point in successfully starting their recovery. When people with a mental illness are at their most anxious, they face too many choices with little support. To tackle this, we are going to:

1. Ensure that wherever and however a person accesses care, they are met with compassion, understanding, and supported with both their physical and mental wellbeing.

2. Build teams around communities that are close to people’s homes, making sure people’s recovery is close to their personal support networks.

3. Provide people who are working across these physical and mental health services with the right support and training, making sure we have creative career options across the area.

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust (SHFT) will be working with Avon Valley Primary Care Network (known as PCN), which looks after the needs of the local population in the New Forest and works in collaborative partnership with other organisations including local authorities, community service providers and voluntary and community groups to deliver this new and innovative approach to mental health care.

You will be part of an ambitious but compassionate and friendly team of professionals in various additional roles that have been created to enhance our mental health care. You will work as an autonomous practitioner within this team, developing close working relationships with General Practitioners and be a valued member of the primary care team. The role offers exciting opportunities for direct clinical work, service development and multi-disciplinary team working. You will work with Primary Care stakeholders in South West area to support and deliver therapeutic interventions to service users in primary care who do not meet the criteria for secondary care services.

Your role will be to support the planning and coordination of mental health in primary care for people presenting to the GP practices with a range of mild to moderate mental health needs and deliver therapeutic interventions. Work with the secondary care mental health practitioner and help lead the PCN team of Social Prescribers and Care Coordinators in providing a support service for patients in the Avon Valley

We border the beautiful South Coast and the equally beautiful New Forest National Park giving us huge opportunity to empower our patients to improve their health as part of their well-being. This is a beautiful part of the UK to be a health care professional. As a service keen to provide excellent care to our locality we would welcome enthusiastic, pioneers who are willing to develop the role. We are looking for the very best people to come with us on our journey of discovery and development. Primary Care experience is not essential.

If you are a qualified Mental Health Practitioner, with a passion for supporting local people with mental health problems and their families and are looking for an exceptional opportunity to contribute to the development of an innovative and new way of working - then we look forward to hearing from you!

For an informal discussion about the role please email:

Raff Davis

and Clive Redgrove

with a phone number.

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