Advanced Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£45,024 to £50,806 a year pa inc.
Closing date
16 Aug 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Full Time: 37.5 hours per week

We have an exciting opportunity for Mental Health nurses who are energetic, enthusiastic and capable to be at the forefront of some fantastic new initiatives.

Alongside our GP colleagues we have developed new mental health practitioner roles to work with the primary care networks in Bromley and Greenwich

In partnership with primary care colleagues the service aims to provide early assessment, treatment and improved access to evidence based interventions for people with mental health needs. This will both avoid care being escalated into secondary care unnecessarily and will support people to step down out of complex care settings.

Main duties of the job

You will be based within primary care providing care and support to patients presenting with Mental health issues this will include, triaging patients, carrying our physical health checks, running MH clinics and administering depot medication when required.

You will have support from colleagues in both primary care and secondary mental health care and opportunities each week to come together as a team to problem solve and engage in service and personal development activities.

Candidates will need the confidence to work independently, with experience of community work. All posts are full time and contracts are for 37.5 hours per week, allocation to a particular PCN will happen after successful candidates are appointed. We are interested in candidates who have experience of working age Mental Health as all work will be with patients over the age of 18, we are also interested in applicants who have a working knowledge of older adult Mental Health issues.

There is broader transformation of our Mental Health services and collectively these programmes of work will create significant improvements to the Mental Health offer in the Boroughs.

For further details please see attached Job description.

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people living in South East London and Kent and to people in prison. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,000 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, children's centres, schools and people's homes. We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations across the London Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent and manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital in Woolwich as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are one of the largest providers of prison health services providing healthcare to prisoners across Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
  • We're Kind
  • We're Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Please note that Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust operates a probationary period. Further details are available on request.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To provide clinical leadership to an integrated multi-disciplinary team in the delivery of mental health care to service users and families across the Primary Care Network
  • To fulfil a first contact specialist mental health role across the Primary Care Network seeing complex service users and carers who would have traditionally seen a GP
  • To promote, provide and critically evaluate early strengths based assessment, treatment and improved access to evidence based interventions for people with mental health problems
  • In line with principles of Shared Care, oversee support for those service users on depot and annual health checks for service users on SMI registers
  • Implement and evaluate pathways and transitions between primary and secondary care mental health services, supporting service users transitioning from secondary care
  • Offer education, support and training to GPs and practice staff in the management of mental health conditions
  • Develop capability of team members to assess and deliver best practice biopsychosocial skills and interventions
  • Maintain high quality record and data keeping, to lead on service evaluation, and the measurement of clinical outcomes and service user experience

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • Experience at senior level/autonomous practice
  • B7
Qualifications Essential
  • Masters or equivalent experience
Community mental health Essential
  • Community mental health experience
Multi stakeholder working Essential
  • Worked across agencies/stakeholders

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