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ARRS Mental Health Practitioner - Band 7

Gloucestershire Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum
Closing date
26 Sep 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Following the successful implementation of specialist mental health practitioners in GP practices across Gloucestershire, we are looking to recruit a further Band 7 Mental health Practitioners. This is an exciting opportunity to improve the experience for individuals with mental health needs through offering early assessment and access to treatment and support to promote mental health and well-being within primary care. This post will cover the South Cotswold region (Primary Care Network). The ARRS Practitioner will be an integrated member of the GP practice team and will take the lead in ensuring best practice is delivered across the GP practice. The role requires working autonomously in providing high volume assessment, diagnosis, and treatment appointments, advice and support for GPs in caring for other patients with mental health issues, improve links with to community providers and will also support the practice with providing annual reviews for patients on the practices' MH Registers. The MH Practitioner will work within a number of GP practices within a specific Primary Care Network.

Main duties of the job

The primary focus of the role is to work as an advanced, autonomous practitioner providing patient-centred clinical care, encompassing the skills of assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients. To provide specialist advice, supervision and support to practice colleagues in relation to patients with mental health issues. In particular to help identify (through Risk Stratification) those patients potentially at risk of relapse to support their continued wellbeing and to reduce their impact on the Health and Wellbeing service as a whole.

The post holder will be expected to and not excluding the following:
  • To work within a MDT primary care team to provide a service for adults 18+ with varying levels of MH needs, including SMI and Complex Emotional Needs that may co-exist with physical health problems within the registered patient population and support the annual review of those on MH register.
  • To exercise a high degree of professional autonomy and make critical judgments.
  • To act as a practice leader, managing your own workload and to work across professional, organisational and system boundaries to improve services and develop practice.
  • To navigate around and refer onto mental health services, voluntary and public sector agencies and community support groups.
  • NMP is desirable or an expectation that you will undertake the course to gain this qualification.

About us

At Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, we are supportive of the people we care for in the community and aim to provide a fully responsive service to everyone who needs it. This is the same approach we take for our employees. We look to value the skills and experiences of those we work with, whether they are service users, carers, families or those looking to work with us.

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust is part of the NHS. We treat NHS patients according to NHS principles and standards. The difference is the Trust is accountable to local people, rather than to Government, and so we are able to work closely with our community to develop services in the way that best suits the needs of local people.

Job description Job responsibilities

We are keen to develop a more representative diversity of our senior staff and particularly encourage applications from those individuals with protected characteristics - in particular from women, ethnic minorities, LGBTQ+ and disabled candidates.

The qualification, training & experience requirements for the role are underlined in the Job Description/Person Specification.

Closing date: 25th September 2022

The Trust aims to recruit and retain the best possible staff who, through the application of their skills, qualification and experience, will make a positive contribution to our business of providing quality health care services. It is the Trusts view that the costs associated with moving house in order to take up a post with us should not restrict our ability to recruit the excellent people we need; therefore, we support staff to relocate with our relocation policy.

This post requires the post holder to be able to undertake all statutory and mandatory training and post holders must be able to undertake physical interventions. Fitness for physical intervention will be assessed by Occupational Health.

A valid UK driving licence plus the use of own transport for business purposes is essential. Lease care scheme may be available.

To ensure you fully understand how the Trust, as a Data Controller, will process and store your data please read the attached document Applicant and Staff Privacy Notice prior to applying for the role.

Candidates for any staff appointment shall, when making application, disclose in writing to the Trust whether they are related to any governor. Failure to disclose such a relationship may disqualify a candidate and, if appointed, may render them liable to dismissal.

Person Specification QUALIFICATIONS Essential
  • Registered Mental Health Practitioner, eg Mental Health Nurse (RMN)
  • Significant, recent clinical experience in the assessment of mental health at Band 7 level.
  • Front line experience of using advanced assessment skills especially in determining the nature and severity of mental illness/health (functional and organic) and differentiation between physical and mental health symptoms and conditions.
  • Extensive working knowledge of the makeup of the wider health and social care community including statutory and non-statutory services and direct experience of multi inter-agency working and collaboration.
  • Detailed working knowledge of how specialist mental health services are organised and operate, where and how they fit into the health and social care community.
  • Contemporary experience of working in a primary care setting.
  • Experience of assessment and management of patients with mental health conditions in a primary care setting.
  • Experience of the wider community mental health service in recovery / crisis teams.

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