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First Contact Mental Health Practitioner

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
Hambleton & Richmondshire
£32,306 to £39,027 a year pro rata, per annum
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for 4 full time enthusiastic, motivated and caring First Contact Mental Health Practitioners to work in primary care, within the expanding multidisciplinary teams of Hambleton North, Hambleton South, and Richmondshire Primary Care Networks (PCN). Together with Tees Esk and Wear Valleys (TEWV) NHS Foundation Trust, the PCNs are working to transform local community mental health services for people with significant mental health problems. People have told us that their first contact with services for emotional and mental health support is the most important part of their journey to recovery. We see these new roles as fundamental to the development of innovative and integrated mental health services within local communities. These roles will help us achieve our shared ambition of 'no wrong door' and the delivery of the right care, in the right place, at the right time, and with the right service.

NMC Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers (England), HCPC Occupational Therapist encouraged to apply.

Main duties of the job

You will work as an autonomous practitioner within friendly teams of GP's, other First Contact Mental Health Practitioners, ANPs, Practice Nurses, and Pharmacists. You will develop close working relationships and be a valued member of the Primary Care Team. You will collaborate with other professionals, both internal to, and external from, the PCN. Your role will involve offering specialist mental health advice and providing expert clinical care for people with a range of mental health needs, ensuring that those with complex mental illness do not fall between gaps in services. You will improve access by being a 'first contact mental health worker', undertaking triage, assessments, brief interventions, and reviews. You will contribute networking and navigation expertise, enabling access to a range of appropriate mental health support across the community system. You will ensure that, once assessed, each person receives the best possible care in the right place at the right time by the right supporting service.

About us

The 3 PCNs are expanding their existing mental health in-house provision. You will join staff working in similar roles, enabling the delivery of improved access to mental health support for more people across Hambleton & Richmondshire.

Within Hambleton North PCN, you will work within: Stokesley Health Centre, Great Ayton Health Centre, Mowbray House Surgery & Mayford House Surgery. Our vision is to provide good quality, safe and effective care for our communities. You will become part of a forward thinking PCN, committed to the development of a dedicated, caring and resilient multidisciplinary primary care workforce.

Within Hambleton South PCN, you will work within: Lambert Medical Centre, Thirsk Health Centre, Topcliffe Surgery & Glebe House Surgery. Our practices work closely together to improve standards of care for all patients. You will be joining a dedicated multidisciplinary workforce delivering a personalised and integrated care service for registered people.

WithinRichmondshire PCN, you will work within several practices including: Scorton Medical Centre, Leyburn Medical Practice, Friary Surgery, Quakers Lane Surgery, Doctors Lane Surgery (Aldbrough St.John), Harewood Medical Practice, Catterick & Colburn Surgery, Central Dales Surgery. Our practices work closely together to ensure patient care is at the forefront of all services. You will become a valued member of a growing multidisciplinary team with a drive for continuous improvement.

Job description Job responsibilities

This is a new, exciting and innovative post to support the needs of the local population living with mild to moderate mental health difficulties. The role holder will fulfil a first contact specialist mental health role within GP Practices across the Primary Care Networks (PCNs), seeing patients who would otherwise have traditionally seen a GP. Within the primary care setting, the role holder will work in a collaborative and multi-agency way. This will contribute to the safe and effective day to day operation of the PCN and the efficient and timely management of clinical enquiries and decision-making.

The post will sit within the GP practices and will facilitate the interface between Primary Care and Secondary Mental Health Services to provide specialist advice and support, assessment, treatment, education and solution-focused approaches to the local Primary Care Teams, for patients and carers.

The role will offer expertise in networking and navigation to promote ease of access to a range of specialist mental health support services. This ensures that each person, once assessed, receives the best possible care in the right place at the right time and by the right supporting service.

The post holder will be an effective member of the multi-disciplinary team. They will be professionally accountable and responsible for patient care, undertaking initial assessment with signposting to appropriate services, or providing time-limited psycho-social therapeutic interventions directly, in e.g. GP surgeries, patients homes and other primary care settings. This will include providing clinical advice to GPs such as specialist opinion or prescribing support (within the parameters of the Non-medical prescribing/NMP framework).

The post-holder will manage their daily clinics and act as a specialist advisor to GPs, fulfilling a pathway management function and providing short term interventions and support, in collaboration with GPs and other practice based mental health workers.

You will support the establishment of partnerships and networks with key stakeholders across the PCN and the wider mental health care system. You will offer advice to, or obtain advice for, the Primary Care Team on appropriate interventions and on-going patient care management.

You will develop links and foster a culture of partnership between Primary Care Teams and Mental Health Services, promoting clear communication and access to specialist knowledge and advice. This will include the facilitation of joint working with PCN, Secondary Care providers, and Voluntary Care Sector to increase the range of services/interventions available to the communities served.

You will provide clinical advice, consultation, and support to other care providers within primary, secondary, voluntary and statutory services as required.

In line with the principles for community transformation, you will ensure systems/pathways are in place to enable smooth transition between primary care and secondary mental health services.

Due to the nature of the role it is essential that applicants are able to travel independently across the locality and have access to a suitable vehicle for business purposes. If necessary, adjustments can be considered in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • oSignificant experience working with people with mental ill health in a community setting.
  • Working collaboratively with service users and their families/carers.
  • oMentoring students on practice placement experience
  • oWorking in a multi-disciplinary team
  • oExperience and involvement with quality improvement activities
  • Experience working in primary care.
  • Experience working in a multiagency setting.
  • Leadership or management experience
Knowledge Essential
  • oDemonstrable knowledge to post-graduate level of evidence-based practice in caring for patients in the designated field.
  • oDemonstrable knowledge and experience of delivering psycho-social interventions and approaches
  • oKnowledge of Stepped Care model.
  • oUnderstanding of relevant legislation (e.g. Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act).
  • oDetailed understanding of Safeguarding and its application in practice
  • oClinical Risk Assessment and Management and its application in practice
  • oClinical Governance and its application in practice
  • oUnderstanding of psychological models of care and treatment
Qualifications Essential
  • oCurrent professional registration NMC or registration with the appropriate professional body.
  • Ability to evidence of Continuing Professional Development since registration.
  • oCertificate in mentorship, teaching & assessing in clinical practice as appropriate to own profession
  • oClinical Supervisor
  • oLeadership or management qualification
  • oPost-graduate qualification in a relevant area
  • oIf appropriate to professional registration NMP (or willing to obtain)
Skills Essential
  • oCommunicate complex and sensitive information effectively to patients, carers/families and all members of the multidisciplinary team.
  • oWork effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team and undertake lead professional responsibilities
  • oWork effectively across complex organisations, pathways and services

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