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PCN Senior Mental Health Practitioner

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£49,036 to £55,049 a year per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
26 Sep 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for experienced clinical mental health practitioners who are interested in working as part of the Lewisham Primary Care Networks.

These are new roles have been developed as part of Lewisham community Transformation to work collaboratively with are partners from Primary, Secondary and Voluntary sectors to develop interventions that can be offered at primary care level.

You will work as part of the primary care team in a specified Primary Care Network as a highly experienced autonomous practitioner carrying out assessments, care planning and interventions for patients with mental health needs. The role will also involve the provision of advice, education and support to service users and their carers or family members. You will also act as the interface between partner agencies to ensure effective transition to primary care and referral into secondary care settings.

The aim is to build support systems that reach the whole mental health population with a focus on prevention and sustained recovery delivered by multi-agency collaboration.

This is a newly funded post with 6 vacancies

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant

will act as the interface between partner agencies to ensure effective transition to primary care and referral into secondary care settings when necessary.

will complete assessments, care planning and provision of interventions for patients registered at the GP who have mental health needs.

will provide advice, education and support to service users and their carers or family members.

will support Primary Network Care teams to the deliver safe and evidence based care to support our local population to stay well in their community.

will be a strong advocate for the importance of physical health care and be skilled in engaging service users, carers and colleagues in that care.

will have experience and expertise in assessing and supporting those with a SMI with physical health problems

the ability to develop effective collaborative relationships with colleagues as well as the provision of education and training.

You will receive direct support, supervision and guidance from the GP's about your workload but also be line managed and professionally supervised by a service manager for the PCN.

About us

This is a new post and the successful applicant will work in a specific Lewisham Primary Care Network and to develop strong links with the Primary Care Mental Health Teams in that network

We are committed to ensuring our staff get the most out of their benefits package and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. There is an extensive range of excellent benefits for you and your family. We want you to feel like you are part of a close knit team at SLaM. It's important to us that you are valued and appreciated and that is why we have a comprehensive benefits package on offer

We look forward to hearing from you.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To offer comprehensive initial assessments and formulations to service users, especially those with more complex presentations.
  • To provide medicine management education, adherence advice and lifestyle advice for patients and their families and/or carers, presenting with mental health needs
  • To assist in supporting early intervention and shared decision-making around self-management of symptoms and adherence to treatment
  • To work with patients and team members to support engagement with appropriate services and treatment which may include onward referral to secondary mental health services or signposting to other mental health services, social prescribers, third sector partners, voluntary services, wellbeing hubs and community-based support groups.
  • Direct liaison with SLAM secondary care mental health teams to identify and support with any blockages for patients transitioning to primary care.
  • To promote the safety and the wellbeing of patients and their families and/or carers
  • To develop a close relationship with Primary Care practices with the PCN, attending practice meetings and having regular informal contact.
  • To work closely and in partnership with colleagues within primary care and their community partner organisations in a collaborative way, ensuring that decisions are made that ensure the best care for service users and that there is a seamless pathway.
  • To support GPs in assessing risk by providing expert advice and consultation
  • To devise and implement action plans and monitoring to support clinical and corporate governance requirements.
  • To implement systems to provide risk analysis that identifies and quantifies financial and non-financial risks, and supports the service in formulating management plans to minimise the risks, perform regular reviews and feed into the Trust Risk Register and Risk Management Programme.
  • To liaise with professional bodies as required in matters relating to staff within the team.
  • To ensure that all relevant good practice guidance is reflected within the working practice of the team. Investigate serious incidents and complaints as directed by the Clinical Service Lead/ Head of Care Pathway.

Quality Improvement
  • To contribute to the improvement of pathways between primary and secondary care and where practicable, to standardise processes across the PCN
  • To improve quality and effectiveness of prescribing of mental health medications through clinical audit and education of prescribers to improve performance against NICE standards and clinical and prescribing guidance

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered mental health professional appropriate to the job role (Nurse, Pharmacy Technician or Pharmacist).
  • Evidence of post qualification training/education.
  • Evidence of recent continued professional development
  • Mentorship or equivalent
  • A commitment to completing quality improvement training
  • Experience of using quality improvement methodologies.
  • Non-medical A recognised management qualification (e.g. MSc) or evidence of other advanced education
  • prescriber.
Experience Essential
  • Significant relevant clinical experience
  • Experience of working with people who have experienced serious ongoing mental health problems.
  • Experience of research based/reflective practice e.g. understanding and ability to use supervision to reflect on skills, attitude and knowledge and develop these by using evidence-based practice
  • Ability to proactively and independently manage a workload
  • Experience of working consultatively with professionals. and working in an MDT setting.
  • Experience of psychological assessment and treatment of clients with a range of psychological needs of a complex nature in adult mental health
  • Experience of working with and addressing issues of diversity including experience of working within a multicultural framework.
  • Experience of using and delivering clinical and managerial supervision and Experience of developing and facilitating teaching programme for staff.
  • Knowledge and experience of conducting audits.
  • experience and knowledge of importance of physical health
  • Understanding of Clinical Governance.
  • Experience of working in a community mental health setting.
  • Previous experience of working within primary care.
  • experience of using QI methodology
Knowledge Essential
  • An understanding of the relationship between primary and secondary care services.
  • Awareness of racial and diversity issues and factors affecting access to mental health care.
  • Knowledge of key legislation and guidelines in relation to statutory mental health responsibilities, including Safeguarding Adults, Young people and children
  • An understanding of the stepped care model of delivery of psychological therapies for depression, anxiety and personality disorder.
  • Ability to provide quality care that is responsive to service user needs, without close supervision
  • Theoretical knowledge of psychopathology and the evidence base for the relevant treatment.
  • Knowledge of the theory of psychological models, such as CBT, DBT, or MBT.
Skills and Abilities Essential
  • Highly developed verbal and written communication skills including communicating complex, highly technical and sensitive information to clients, families and colleagues
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate and to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive and/or challenging behaviour.
  • Self-aware, self-confident and intrinsically motivated to do a good job and to motivate others.
  • kills in emotional resilience: able to cope in difficult interpersonal situations.
  • Good organisational skills.
  • Effective IT skills.
  • Accredited practitioner skills in at least one model of psychological therapy
  • Accredited nurse prescriber
  • Ability to contribute to, monitor and implement changes and improvements to services.
  • Ability to contribute to, monitor and implement changes and improvements to services.

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