Mental Health Practitioner (HCPC)

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£43,574 to £49,587 a year including 5% high cost area supplement
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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Old Age
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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SABP are seeking to recruit a qualified OT or Nurse to work as part of our Integrated Care Team within primary care, supporting people with long-term physical and MH issues in Guildford/Waverley.

You will have a minimum of 2 yrs experience working within community mental health services and possess an ability to work autonomously within a primary care community setting.

You will be able to facilitate MH/cognitive assessments and formulate diagnosis, treatment/post diagnostic plans with the Consultant Psychiatrist. Facilitating a person-centred, psychosocial approach to practice, enabling independence and avoiding hospital admissions. Excellent risk assessment and communication are an essential skill set, problem solving and signpost to other services, if appropriate.

An ability to foster excellent relationships between PC and secondary care services, with a high standard of care provision for the person using our service/carer/family members.

You will gain experience of working across PC teams, and associated services/agencies, where you will share your knowledge and skills via facilitation of MH training sessions. You will access training/development opportunities facilitated by PC and secondary care colleagues.

You will be well supported by your manager and consultant psychiatrist via regular supervision sessions.

If you would like to know more about this post, please contact Ivana Flitton.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Main duties of the job

Mental Health Practitioners (MHP) aim to provide better care to people with co-morbid long-term physical health and primary care mental health conditions who are under the care of the integrated community teams.
  • Work as part of an integrated team in supporting people with long-term physical and mental health issues to maximise individuals independence and well-being
  • To screen MH referrals and attend MDT meetings within primary care.
  • Support families/carers to develop their understanding of mental health conditions.
  • To help prevent unplanned acute hospital admissions and excessive use of GPs and emergency services.
  • Support staff within integrated care teams to identify, understand and manage the interplay between mental health and long-term physical health conditions via clinical practice and informal training.
  • Liaise closely with secondary MH services to ensure care is person centred and avoid duplication of services.
  • Maximise choice and support people to remain independent for as long as possible
  • Early identification and interventions for MH problems, preventing unnecessary reliance on secondary and acute care
  • Timely and co-ordinated response to peoples needs
  • Signpost people to the right help/service.
  • Raising awareness of MH issues and associated challenges.
  • Accept MH referrals from Milford and Haslemere hospitals.

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country within easy reach.

For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

Job description Job responsibilities

Integrated Care Team Guildford/Waverley

Offer high quality mental health assessment to people with comorbid physical and MH needs, (functional and organic) and often with frailty under the care of the integrated care team. Inclusive of people living in their own home, care/nursing home/within a community hospital setting. Providing individualised short-term input .

Assess those with cognitive impairment and with clinical supervision- provide diagnosis if identified/post-diagnostic support to individuals/carers/families.

Work to increase awareness and recognition of mental health/dementia issues affecting adults and their families/carers.

Develop and deliver education, supporting colleagues in the management of patients with primary care MH issues and/or dementia within the integrated team and other supporting services.

Provide expert support for patients/families/carers within the Primary Care integrated team and require specialist MH support.

To work with colleagues to develop and manage integrated health and social care patient pathways that bridge primary, secondary, and acute in-patient care/offer alternative options for support to patients/carers.

link with Liaison Psychiatry and acute hospital colleagues, supporting the timely discharge of people from acute settings.

Key Relationships:


Community Matrons

Other members of the integrated team

Acute hospital staff/liaison psychiatry


Social Services

Out of Hours providers including Seam

Voluntary Sector

ICO Manager/line manager

Consultant Psychiatrist

To provide excellent documentation and risk assessments.

To represent the integrated Care Team/SABP at multi agency meetings.

To maintain professional registration and mandatory training requirements.

To attend clinical and managerial supervision as required.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • RMN/Diploma/degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Mentor Course or recognized alternative, e.g.998
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development
  • Educated to level 3 Dual nursing qualification
Experience Essential
  • 2 years experience at a senior clinical level
  • Working knowledge of current, person-centred models of care
  • Experience of working with people with comorbid physical and mental health difficulties
  • Able to clinically manage adults and older adults health requirements
  • Working knowledge of the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act, Deprivation of Liberty
  • Knowledge and experience of the NMC Code of Conduct/HCPC
  • Demonstrable risk assessment and risk management skills
  • Experience of working with older adults with mental health problems and dementia
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a wider multidisciplinary team
  • Previous experience of working in the community
  • Experience of autonomous working.
  • Experience of facilitating informal training.

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