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Mental Health Liaison Practitioner

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Fenland locality
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
28 Sep 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are excited to be able to offer the following opportunity to apply for a senior role within the Primary Care Mental Health Service (PCMHS)
  • Band 7 Mental Health Liaison Practitioner - Fenland

The ideal candidate have excellent communication skills and the ability to build and maintain relationships across primary care, secondary care and 3rdsector organisations.

The MHLP will lead a small team across surgeries ensuring delivery of advice, request of service, assessment and signposting. In due course, we hope the service will be able to deliver short interventions and you will be part of developing this part of the service.

Having strong team work ethic, accountability, accompanied by an ability to work autonomously with a desire for innovation.

Main duties of the job

The role of Mental Health Liaison Practitioner(MHLP) will be to work across the interface between Primary Care and Mental Health Services to provide support, education and problem solving approaches to the Local Primary Care Teams.

The MHLP will provide the expertise for complex referrals received, after triage by means of clinical assessment in a variety of locations including surgeries and homes visits. This will include acting as 'sign-poster' to other services.

The MHLP role is to strengthen access to provide community triage for people who may need mental health services. The post holder will ensure systems are in place to promote smooth pathways between primary care and mental health services.

They will also provide continuing education to primary care such as support and direction, GP's Health Visitors, and others.MHLP's will provide supervision for Band 6 PCMHS Practitioners

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities.

1. To develop links and foster a culture of partnership between Primary Care Teams and CPFT Mental Health Services.

2. To promote the use of treatment protocols and care pathways leading to increased competences and in the care of people with mental health problems within Primary Care setting.

3. To enable practitioners in Primary Care to develop their skills and confidence in assessment and treatment of particular mental health problems.

4. Through co-working undertake some joint assessment work with Primary Care staff. Offer advice to or obtain advice for the Primary Care Team on appropriate interventions and ongoing patient management.

5. To provide advice including signposting to carers identified in Primary Care.

6. To co-ordinate, facilitate and evaluate skills enhancement, educational programming and ongoing professional development for the Primary Care Teams alongside other Mental Health Professionals (both statutory and voluntary).

7. To provide educational opportunities for Primary Care Team Workers.

8. Facilitate joint work between Primary Care and Secondary Care interface and Primary Care /Voluntary Sector to increase range of services/ interventions available.

Person Specification Education/Qualification Essential
  • Relevant professional qualification e.g. Dip OT, Dip
  • SW, RMN, Clinical Psychology Grade A, or equivalent
  • Further qualification in mental health work
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working in a mental health care setting and of liaising and working with GPs
  • Experience in the delivery of short term, focused evidence based interventions
  • Experience of working with mental health service users in a statuary or voluntary capacity
  • Experience of developing services/project work
  • Receptive to and able to use clinical supervision appropriately
  • Ability and confidence to build and maintain relationships and credibility with a wide variety of stakeholders at different levels
  • Understanding of mental health issues in a primary care setting
  • Understanding of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and other Therapeutic approaches
  • Lived experience of mental health
Skills & Abilities Essential
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written
  • IT literacy
  • Time management ability
  • Presentation skills
  • Good organisational ability
Knowledge & Understanding Essential
  • Knowledge and awareness of issues relating to mental health and mental health problems in a primary care setting
  • Knowledge of research methods and audit relevant to the job
  • Interest in developing knowledge base and skills relating to the provision of high quality primary mental health care
Physical Requirements Essential
  • Access to a vehicle which can be used for work purposes or can demonstrate an ability to get between community sites efficiently
Other Essential
  • Commitment to ongoing training and development
  • Able to work flexibly to fulfil service requirements including evening work, if required
  • The post may entail access to environments that are not adapted to the needs of the people with physical disabilities

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