Senior Mental Health Practitioner

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year pro rata, per annum
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Band 7
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for two full time, dedicated and enthusiastic Senior Mental Health Practitioners to join our growing team of multi-disciplinary clinicians delivering care to patients within PCN's across Stoke-on Trent. The posts are fixed term for 12 months to cover maternity leave.

You will be responsible for providing mental health specialist care to patients within the PCN, whilst working as part of the network's multidisciplinary team.

As a mental health practitioner, you will work as an autonomous practitioner alongside a team of GPs, ANPs, Practice Nurses and Pharmacists and be responsible for the provision of assessments, interventions and education, and have the responsibility for managing patients with a variety of mental health conditions. This role will also work in collaboration with the PCN social prescriber and health and wellbeing practitioner and community resources. You will be expected to collaborate with other healthcare professionals, both internal to, and external from, the PCN, working across the interface between Primary Care and Mental Health Services.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will demonstrate outstanding autonomous and critical thinking and is a caring, compassionate and committed experienced health professional. They will, whilst acting within their professional boundaries, provide care for the presenting patient from initial history taking, assessment and management of care, arrange timely assessments, either face to face or via telephone triage and provide short-term intervention as appropriate. This may involve support of the wider family group/carers. They will demonstrate safe, competent clinical decision-making and expert care for patients within the practice and wider primary care network. They will communicate and work collaboratively with the general practice team to meet the needs of patients, supporting the delivery of policy and procedures. They will liaise with other professionals and agencies both statutory and non-statutory and to provide a link between primary and secondary services from a North Staffs Combined perspective.

About us

Our Trust is on an incredible journey of innovation and we'd like you to be part of it.

Our vision is 'To be Outstanding in all we do and how we do it.' Our teams pride themselves on compassion, team work and resilience. The Trust supports you by offering a flexible shift system including twilight shifts and compressed hours to support working families and our staff parking is free on all our main sites.

As an employee and representative of the Trust, you are required to demonstrate and uphold the Trust's Values. These are:

Proud to CARE:


Caring with compassion, it's about how we listen, what we say, what we do.


Friendly, welcoming, sharing ideas and being open


Taking personal and collective responsibility, being accountable for our actions


Striving for the best, for high-quality safe care and continually improving

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Assess, plan, implement and evaluate treatment/interventions and care for patients via telephone or video, in clinic or in their own homes.
  • Proactively identify and manage treatment plans for patients with dementia and serious mental illness.
  • Diagnose and manage both acute and chronic conditions, integrating both drug- and non-drug-based treatment methods into a management plan
  • Review medication for therapeutic effectiveness, appropriate to patient needs and in accordance with evidence-based practice and national and practice protocols, and within scope of practice
  • Work with patients in order to support compliance with and adherence to prescribed treatments
  • Prioritise health problems and intervene appropriately to assist the patient in complex, urgent or emergency situations.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Relevant professional qualification - degree level or equivalent.
Experience Essential
  • Significant post qualification experience
Knowledge Essential
  • Management of patients with long-term conditions

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