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PCN Mental Health Practitioner Band 7 Bury St Edmunds(£3K Enhancement)

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
Bury St. Edmunds
£41,659 to £47,672 a year gross per annum
Closing date
29 Sep 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Over the past couple of years, people in East and West Suffolk have been working together to improve NHS mental health & emotional wellbeing care, learning disability & autism services in the region and the #averydifferentconversation began.

We have used those discussions to plan changes that we think will make things better. We hope these proposed changes will mean that people in East and West Suffolk will be able to get the help and support in the right place for them, when they need it, to stay mentally and emotionally well. Our aim is to deliver an integrated community-based model of mental health care.

PCNs are groups of GP practices who work together in a local geographical area. In Suffolk there are 14 PCNs with a variety of different sizes, patient populations and mental health priorities. From 2021, each PCN will have at least one mental health practitioner working in its practices. Practitioners can include registered nurses, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists and Clinical Psychologists. On a day-to-day basis, PCN Practitioners will work as a member of GP practice extended teams and be based in practices. This role will also support secondary mental health services by acting as the interface from primary care to manage referrals into the correct services at the correct times. These roles have already been shown to reduce referrals into secondary care (data collected from practice pilot areas).

Main duties of the job

As a Senior PCN practitioner, you will be responsible for the management of day-to-day operational and clinical issues arising from within your PCN. You will line manage the PCN practitioners as part of a multidisciplinary team providing advice, support, and treatment for members of our community experiencing problems with their mental health and wellbeing. You will collaboratively engage with the GP practices within the PCN and the PCN Practitioners to agree priorities for each local population.

We are looking to recruit Mental Health Nurses, Registered Nurses, Occupational Therapists and Social Workers with an interest and experience in a mental health setting, to undertake the planning and delivery of direct patient care in Sudbury.

You will need to have good organizational skills and experience of leading a team, as you will be managing a team of PCN practitioners providing services to people with mental health care needs as well as offering support and advice to other health care professionals. You will be an autonomous practitioner, making clinical judgements, identifying alternative courses of action, managing and providing a high-quality care.

About us

We are working jointly with our primary care colleagues and as the PCN's evolve, we will be expected to think about the wider health of their communities, taking a proactive approach to managing population health. These roles, although new have been piloted for the past year in our Early Adopter sites, so the workload is defined, manageable and appropriate to allow for patient centred care and other activities.

Benefits included with these roles are: -
  • Recruitment premiums: £3K Welcome Enhancement
  • NHS pension
  • a comprehensive in house & external training programmes
  • career progression
  • starting annual leave of 27 days per annum increasing to 33 days pa based on length of service (plus paid bank holidays)
  • staff physio service
  • NHS discounts and many more.

Here at NSFT we pride ourselves on being a welcoming, talented, friendly and supportive team who like nothing better than sharing their experiences and learning from each other.

NSFT is committed to lifelong learning and continuous professional development (CPD) for its entire staff. There are a variety of definitions of CPD across the professions, but it is usually taken to mean learning activities which update existing skills.
CPD is determined through appraisal with a personal development plan agreed between an individual and their manager, with the commitment of the necessary time and resources.
Job description
Job responsibilities

Surrounded by countryside with 1,000 years of history to explore Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is a unique and dazzling historic gem. The main town in West Suffolk and is rapidly expanding with a new shopping complex and housing redevelopments to complement its cobbled streets and Georgian squares. It has low crime rates and good schools. With an award-winning market, plus a variety of attractions and places to stay, Bury St Edmunds is under two hours from London and convenient for Cambridge and Stansted Airport is just over an hour away. Visit the magnificent St Edmundsbury Cathedral and stand among the ruins of the Abbey of St Edmund in the stunning Abbey Gardens, once the most famous pilgrimage location in England. Known as Suffolk's foodie town, Bury St Edmunds is home to Greene King, award-winning restaurants and the only Michelin starred restaurant in Suffolk!

**This post attracts a recruitment premium of £3,000 (pro-rata for part time roles). This is a one off payment with half paid on appointment and half paid after the completion of a satisfactory probation period (6 months). The premium is taxable. Please note that should you leave employment, or choose to move to an alternative post within the Trust that does not attract this recruitment premium, you will be required to reimburse all or some it, as follows: 100% of the value of the premium in the first 12 months; 50% of the value of the premium in the period 12 months to 2 years following appointment. Please note this recruitment premium is for external applicants only. Not applicable to newly qualified nurses**

Person Specification
  • Nursing degree or equivalent or Dip OT Dip OT, Dip SW, RN, Clinical Psychology Grade A, or equivalent.
  • Ongoing professional development working towards degree level.
  • Higher degree or post graduate certificate in area of clinical / therapeutic practice Post basic teaching qualification

  • Further qualification in mental health work. ILM certificate in management or equivalent

  • Able to demonstrate an appropriate level of knowledge of mental health practice from previous experience.
  • Experience in the delivery of short term, focussed evidence-based interventions.
  • Experience of working with mental health service users in a statuary or voluntary capacity.
  • Experience in providing leadership in a mental health care environment.
  • Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Evidence of leading service development within a mental health care setting.
  • Experience with risk assessment and ongoing management.

  • Understanding of mental health issues in a primary care setting

  • Excellent communication skills Competent assessment skills
  • Effective analytical and decision-making skills Care planning skills.
  • Competent and effective treatment skills. Able to effectively prioritise own workload.
  • Competent ICT skills. Satisfactory verbal and written language skills.
  • Safeguarding training.

  • Prevention and Management of Suicide training

  • Knowledge of medication and the monitoring of its effects
  • Build on / develop further knowledge of psychosocial interventions and their appropriate
  • Build on / develop further specialist knowledge of health promotion
  • An understanding of the policies and guidelines both local and national e.g. National Institute for Clinical Excellence guidelines

  • 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.

  • Ability to travel independently.

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Priscilla N&S

“Welcome to Norfolk and Suffolk foundation Trust, we provide an extensive range of mental health services across two counties , working with our communities and partners we continue to develop and transform our services so we can really meet the needs of the people we serve .We are an organisation which truly values nurses , acknowledges the special , unique skills they bring and is committed to developing clinical, academic and leadership pathways whilst supporting, nurturing and caring for you .We have strengthened nurse leadership, created Nurse Consultant , Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist roles with many more expected . We have over 80 Non medical prescribers and will continue to support more each year .  Nursing In NSFT is not without its challenges but we have used them to create opportunities, to learn, to improve and to work differently . Our absolute priority , our number one aim is to improve the care we provide and we will achieve this. Join us and be part of something very special" - Diane Hull, Chief Nurse

Diane Hull - NSNHSFT

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is the main provider of specialist mental health services for the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, serving a population of 1.6 million people. We are a large organisation covering a wide geographical area divided into ‘Care Groups'. There are also Care Groups supporting children, family and young people’s services, and specialist services, including Forensic mental health services.

Each Care Group has its own Leadership team, with the aim of supporting clinically led decision making locally, to support the needs of people accessing services. 

We have inpatient facilities across both counties with smaller bases in rural locations. Many of the Trust’s services are offered in the community, enabling people accessing services to receive the support they need in an environment familiar to them.

At NSFT we believe in recovery and wellbeing, and understand the importance of good physical health, maintaining relationships and achieving a balance between treatments and continuing an active life.

The people in our care, families and carers are at the centre of all aspects of all we do and are vital in helping shape and support our service strategy. Our strategy supports and enables people with mental health problems to live a fulfilling life and make their personal recovery journey. 

Norfolk and Suffolk, in the East of England are some of the safest places to live in the UK, with low crime rates making it a community to be proud of. Housing prices are frequently cited as a reason to move here, as you get an incredible amount for your money compared with other major UK cities.

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About our location

Norwich in Norfolk has something for everyone. It has retained a strong local identity and, with that, a sense of community. Locals say hello to each other, baristas remember our coffee orders and you’ll be among the first to know about interesting local projects.  This strong sense of community, along with excellent shopping, eating out, affordable house prices and excellent schooling is why Norwich has been ranked by the Guardian as the UK’s best city to work in.

Ipswich in Suffolk is steeped in history, yet full of life. According to The London Economic, affordable house prices and hourly commutes to London have earned Suffolk’s county town a slot in their top ten property destinations. “In Ipswich we have got a fantastic cultural offer far better than what towns and cities bigger than us are offering.  We have got very good transport links, especially to London, and house prices are a lot cheaper in the area.

One of Norfolk’s most famous stretches of beaches, Great Yarmouth attracts around six million tourists each year! Situated at the mouth of the River Yare, this old port town is home to beautiful golden sandy beaches and neighbouring towns and villages with scenic views and homely charm.

Full to the brim of history and with a vibrant town centre, King’s Lynn is the ideal destination to enjoy the superb mix of history, shopping and entertainment on offer!  A small, historic market town, King's Lynn is the perfect place to live and work, with fantastic train links and short drives to fantastic beaches.

Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is a unique and dazzling historic gem. An important market town with a richly fascinating heritage, the striking combination of medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and glorious cathedral and abbey gardens provide a distinctive visual charm. With prestigious shopping, an award-winning market, plus variety of attractions and places to stay, Bury St Edmunds is under two hours from London and convenient for Cambridge.

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For family members who love (or need) to travel, you’re ideally located. Trains run to and from London every 30 minutes from both Ipswich and Norwich, and there are direct rail services from Manchester, Nottingham and Cambridge.   Both counties are well connected to major road networks and Norwich has an international airport. 

Some of our valued employees have told their story of working at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust... use the links below to read these.

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