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Primary Care Network Lead Mental Health Practitioner

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum
Closing date
12 Aug 2022

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Primary Care
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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As part of our community mental health transformation programme, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) has been working in partnership with our Primary Care Networks to expand the primary care mental health practitioner roles. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the primary care team within the Central Wallasey Primary Care Network (PCN).

We are working together to provide joined up services to give patients access to support to live happier, healthier lives. We are looking to recruit a new Primary Care Network Mental Health Practitioner to join our PCN team. Our multi-disciplinary team already includes GPs, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Healthcare Support Workers, Phlebotomists, Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, Health & Wellbeing Coaches, Care Coordinators, Social Prescribers and Physiotherapists.

Working in partnership, the role will be directly employed and supported by CWP, but fully embedded within the PCN multi-disciplinary team to develop new ways of working and providing that essential bridge between the PCN and CWP.

This is an exciting opportunity to work with a primary care setting and we are looking for enthusiastic and motivated people to apply for these posts.

Main duties of the job

On a day-to-day basis, PCN Practitioners will work as a member of GP practice extended teams and be based in practices, and will provide local assessment, triage, risk assessment, risk management, signposting, onward referral, and evidence-based interventions for patients presenting with mental health problems.

This role will also support secondary mental health services by acting as the interface from primary care to manage referrals into the correct services at the correct times.

The role will operate within the principles of recovery and be responsible for the case management of agreed individuals with mental health conditions in conjunction with the Primary Care Team, liaising with GP's and other allied healthcare professionals to manage patients with a wide range of presenting mental health conditions.

You will need to have good organisational skills as you will be managing a caseload and the provision of services to people with mental health care needs as well as offering support and advice to other health care professionals. You will be an autonomous practitioner, making clinical judgements, identifying alternative courses of action, managing and providing a high-quality care.

About us

CWP provides health and care services for local people, including mental health, learning disability, community physical health and all-age disability care - including the provision of three GP surgeries.

Our aim is to help people to be the best they can be, adopting a compassionate, person-centred approach to everything we do. We were recently rated as Outstanding for Caring by the Care Quality Commission with a Good rating overall.

We have been recognised by the Health Service Journal as one of the top places to work in the health service for the last two years running. CWP also scored the highest in the north west (among mental health, learning disability and community Trusts) for staff recommending CWP as a place to work in the NHS Staff Survey 2020.

We have services across Wirral and Cheshire, as well as Trafford, Warrington, Bolton, Halton and Liverpool - and provide specialist services for the North West as a whole.

Apply now to join our skilled and friendly teams and help us to deliver our vision to improve health and wellbeing by providing high quality care. We offer a variety of roles at all levels.

CWP are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

We welcome applications from people who have direct experience of accessing our services.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please download a copy of the job description for full details.

Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification) and values.

CWP recruits people that can demonstrate the Trusts Values and Behaviours in their everyday life. Therefore, if you are invited to interview, you will be undertaking aValues Based Interview/Assessment,which explores not only what you do but how and why you do it.

Before applying, we encourage you to review the Trusts Values and Behaviours which are the 6 Cs Communication, Competence, Courage, Care, Compassion and Commitment. A Guide to completing your application form can be accessed on the right side of this page under the job description.

The Supporting Information Section in your application should therefore reflect your understanding of the Trusts Values and associated Behaviours. You will be expected to provide us with examples from work experience and/or personal life which demonstrate these values through your behaviour.

If your disability meets the definition set out in the Equality Act 2010, and you can show that you meet the essential criteria described in the person specification for an available position, please answer YES to the question: Do you wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme? Please also inform the team if you have any special support needs to be considered as part of the interview and selection processes.

We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for our Armed Forces community. Please answer YES to the question in the application form.

All new clinical support staff will be required to have completed or working towards the Care Certificate (CWP In-house 2 day training to be completed within 6 months of start date).

Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment.You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of £13 per year applies.

New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

CWP encourages and supports all staff to become vaccinated against COVID-19.

Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

If you experience any technical difficulties or need help when making an application please contact our Recruitment Team on 01244 393100.

Good luck with your application. We hope to welcome you to Team CWP very soon.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Mental Health Professional, with professional qualification relating to Health (e.g. current registered RMN, Occupational Therapist)
  • Educated to degree level in relevant field / equivalent level of experience of working in the specialist area.
  • Masters level qualification in relevant field / or equivalent post qualifying short courses and / or equivalent experience
  • Recent evidence of post-qualifying continuing professional development
  • Teaching qualification or significant experience
  • Post graduate Psychological therapy qualification / or equivalent
Knowledge & Expertise Essential
  • Excellent communication skills: - working with staff - working with patients and carers - working with general practice - presentations - written reports - understanding and ability to interpret, research and facilitate staff to implement evidence-based practice
  • Proven ability to challenge current practices and freedom to make change in light of evidence-based recommendations
  • Knowledge, understanding and the ability to interpret and implement local and national policy direction relevant to practice
  • Proven experience of clinical audit, skill and knowledge required to facilitate staff to undertake clinical audit
  • Empowering staff to manage and support change
  • Demonstrable effective clinical leadership with knowledge, understanding and application of leadership theories
  • Relevant clinical expertise to support and facilitate clinical development and innovation
  • Evidence of sound information technology skills
Experience Essential
  • Experience of acting as clinical supervisor
  • Experience in the development of professional roles
  • Successfully managed projects that demonstrate ability to communicate and implement change
  • Demonstrable and proven understanding and experience of the clinical and corporate governance agenda
  • Knowledge and experience of facilitation of reflective practice for staff and personal reflective practice
  • Experience of providing and receiving complex, sensitive or contentious information in potentially highly emotive situations.
  • Significant experience of the direct delivery of a clinical, technical or social care service
  • Significant experience of delivering specialist programmes of care/ care packages
  • Demonstrable ability and experience in motivating and empowering others to change roles and in leading practice development

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