Specialist Mental Health Practitioner for Primary Care

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
The Bell Surgery, , Henley on Thames
£40,057 - £45,839 per annum pro rata
Closing date
21 Aug 2022

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Primary Care
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Oxford Health is excited to be working in partnership with Henley SonNet Primary Care Network on the introduction of Specialist Mental Health Practitioners (MHP) for Primary Care.

These new roles will enable patients aged 18+ to access dedicated mental health support in their surgery and, that support will have stronger links with specialist mental health services. Making it easier for patients to obtain the help they need, when they need it, within their community.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Mental Health Practitioner to help establish better access to dedicated mental health support in local community settings. This role needs someone who is proactive and passionate about innovative new ways of working and a holistic approach to caring for people in need of mental health support.

In Oxfordshire we are working in partnership to improve community mental health services and plug the gaps between primary and secondary care. Your role will be crucial to developing strong partnership working relationships between, other primary, secondary and third sector mental health support services at a community level.

As part of surgery Multi-Disciplinary Teams (MDT) you will provide triage, assessment and mental health advice to patients presenting at their GP surgery. Your role will support primary care in offering enhanced support to patients with mental health conditions, facilitating early intervention, supporting recovery and helping them to live well in their community.

You will be based within a Primary Care Network (PCN) working on a day to day basis out of GP surgeries, accountable to the PCN leadership in a matrix management style. However, as an Oxford Health member of staff, you will be fully connected to our Trust mental health teams for line management and team support; whilst also receiving full training and clinical supervision through the Trust to support your continuous development.

About the Job

  • To provide a lead role in supporting the PCN in triaging mental health concerns raised by on the day patient requests, providing highly specialist advice and support within GP surgeries.
  • To review patients presenting with mental health issues, consider a range of options regarding treatment interventions providing them with highly specialised advice concerning care when appropriate and liaising with GPs and MH teams.
  • To offer brief interventions as needed e.g. problem solving, decision making, building resilience, building on personal strengths, risk de-escalation, medication advice and prescribing if a registered NMP.
  • Working as a member of the primary Care MDT and taking responsibility for the development and implementation of specialist mental health training to the PCN.
  • To provide a navigation role to help GP’s make appropriate referrals to the relevant community and secondary care services – bridging the gap between primary care services such as IAPT and secondary care, working in partnership across the system.

  • Some of the benefits of joining our team:

    • Salary ranging from £40,056 to £45,838 per annum (Agenda for Change)
    • Flexible working opportunities and a strong emphasis on your work, life balance
    • Annual leave – 27 days for new starters, plus bank holidays. Increasing to 29 days after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years NHS service. Pro rata for part time staff
    • Excellent learning and development opportunities
    • Salary sacrifice scheme for a new car
    • Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave for eligible staff
    • Advanced IT enablement and support
    • Confidential telephone care service providing independent support and advice for staff.
    • And so much more

    The “must haves” for you to be considered for this role:

    • Current professional registration: Registered Mental Health Nurse, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist or equivalent
    • Community experience in mental health services for adults or older age adults with severe / significant / enduring mental illness
    • Experience of providing a range of evidence-based interventions to people with a variety of mental health problems and serious mental illness.

    If you recognise yourself in these requirements, we recommend you apply today!

    We are happy to answer any questions that you may have about the role:

    Oxford Health Contact: Beth Morphy, Primary Care Mental Health Team Manager beth.morphy@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk

    Primary Care Network Contact: Louise West at the Bell Surgery Henley. louise.west3@nhs.net

    For further details / informal visits contact:

    Name Beth Morphy

    Job title Primary Care Mental Health Team Manager

    Email address beth.morphy@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk

    Telephone number 07810624711

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