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Primary Care Mental Health Specialist Practitioner

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum
Closing date
10 Aug 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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As part of a Primary Care Sustainability Project, a successful pilot led to a new and innovative Primary Care Liaison Service. We continue to develop and have opportunities to work in our primary care service in Cardiff and/or the Vale of Glamorgan and the Universities across Cardiff and the Vale . You will be mental health professionals available to support the work of General Practitioners and other inhouse practitioners, providing expert advice to patient and primary care practitioner, assessment, referral on to appropriate services, signposting, follow-up reviews, and mental health first aid. You will be instrumental in supporting patients much earlier in their pathway to improve patient experience and access to specialist support closer to patients' homes in line with Care Aims. We are looking for a further 2.4 Practitioners to join our 17 other team members to provide care to all 9 of the clusters of GP Practices in Cardiff and Vale. We have also developed a new service that is based in the Universities of Cardiff. In addition to the Liaison Service, the UHB have enhanced 3rd Sector support to provide Tier Zero and Guided Self Help (CCI) interventions within each Cluster, as a direct support to the Primary Care Liaison Service.

Main duties of the job

Do you want to be part of the continued development of the Primary Care Liaison Service? We offer excellent training opportunities working across primary care services and empower patients within the GP setting. Interested? We want to hear from you.

The PCLS is looking for 2 FT staff and one PT staff to continue the roll out of this ground-breaking service . Role consists of assessment/ triage within GP surgeries to support General Practitioners. You will also liaise with other services across CAV or in the 3rd sector to ensure seamless care. There is an ability to 'hybrid work' offering remote working and laptop/ phone. The successful candidates must demonstrate in-depth knowledge of Community Mental Health Practice, an up-to-date knowledge of the delivery of psychological therapies and support. We work with the Cardiff universities offering placements to future nurses. We have opportunities within the team allowing progression within the service, with supervisions and clinical supervision to allow progressive practice. Training opportunities are encouraged. We work within a multidisciplinary approach and welcome applications from Registered Mental Health Practitioners from Nursing, Occupational Therapy or Social work. We will consider applications from experienced band 5 staff.

Ability to speak Welsh is desirable; Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply.

About us

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is one of the largest Integrated Health Boards in the UK, employing over 15,000 staff, providing over 100 specialist services. Working across 6 hospital sites, we have a diverse range of career opportunities to offer. Serving around 500,000 people living in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, we are focussed on the health and care needs of our local population whilst working with our partners to develop regional services.

Our mission is Caring for People, Keeping People Well,and our vision is that every person's chance of leading a healthy life should be equal. As an organisation we are unashamedly ambitious for our population's health, rising to the challenges of today and tomorrow through our 10-year strategy, Shaping our Future Wellbeing. We are contributing to a healthier Wales with great emphasis placed on innovation and improvement, learning from around the world and leading the way in clinical research. Partnership working is strong at Cardiff and Vale, and we work closely with our staff and our community.

Cardiff, the thriving Welsh capital, is a fantastic city to live and work in with an abundance of sports, arts and cultural attractions. Situated to the west of Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan offers a combination of beautiful Welsh countryside and a dramatic natural coastline. Whether city life or rural living, Cardiff and the Vale offers the best of both worlds.

Job description Job responsibilities

This new service forms part of the Psychology & Psychological Therapies Directorate, which is currently based at the Cardiff Royal Infirmary Building. The successful candidates will be based in a practice(s) and appointments/bases will be guided by a project implementation plan. You can expect to receive excellent access to clinical supervision, peer support and further study to enhance career development.

This role will provide mental health advice and referral guidance to GPs and patients in Primary Care, signposting to the appropriate clinically indicated pathway within designated GP practices in the area. The role will also provide support & advice giving on management & care planning to the Primary Care team. Liaison with the local CMHT will be essential. The post may include some unsocial hours. The postholder will be required to provide services to a number of Primary Care Teams within a Cluster of GP practices.

You will work as part of Cluster Team, (providing services to a number of GP Practices) supervised by a Senior Band 7 Senior Liaison Worker. The service is headed up by a Service Lead who links the Mental Health and PCIC UHB boards to the Primary Care clusters in a co-produced service.

You will be able to find a full Job description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents or please click Apply now to view in Trac

Person Specification Other Essential
  • Ability to travel across the health board in a timely manner to meet service needs
Personal Qualities Essential
  • Flexibility
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to use own initiative and communicate effectively with colleagues
  • Strong resolve to meet targets in adverse situations
Special Knowledge Essential
  • Awareness of mental health issues and public health agenda
  • Mental Health and Social Care legislation
  • An understanding of the resource implication of clinical decision making
  • An a awareness and commitment to Recovery in mental health
  • Knowledge of safeguarding procedures
Experience Essential
  • Ability to demonstrate significant post registration experience within community mental health
  • Assessment and management of clinical risk with good mental health assessment skills
  • Efficient management of own clinic
  • Experience of working in a primary care setting
  • Experience of working in a multi agency community setting
Qualifications Essential
  • Professional qualification (one or more of the following):
  • Degree in mental health related subject or equivalent experience gained ion the workplace
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Motivational Interviewing skills
  • Brief Solution Focused Therapy
  • CBT skills
  • CCBT experience
Skills Essential
  • Clinically competent. Ability to assess and interpret patients condition
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and computer skills
  • Organisation and time management skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Clinical supervision skills/ Teaching skills

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