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Locality Primary Care Mental Health Specialist Practitioner

Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year pa
Closing date
30 Sep 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the ongoing development of the Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service, in partnership with both statutory and third sector services. The post holder will be linked to a primary care network (PCN), whilst providing a peripatetic specialist mental health clinical role within defined GP practices to support people with a wide range of mental health issues.

We would actively encourage people of all backgrounds who meet the essential criteria to apply, as we are seeking to ensure the workforce is representative of the people of Leeds. Applicants from BAME backgrounds and/or who are able to speak a community language (eg Urdu, Farsi, Polish, Romanian) are welcome.

The primary aim of this team is to support General Practice in managing the mental health of those patients where an existing mental health service within Leeds has not been identified to meet their current needs. This may include offering advice to the practice or engaging directly with the patient.

Main duties of the job

The team take a transdiagnostic approach to mental health care, with the aim of using a helpful conversation/biopsychosocial assessment approach to identify and formulate the patient's difficulties. We work alongside the patient to explore their current experiences in relation to their mental health, identify their current goals and priorities, and consider what support may be helpful to best achieve these.

This can include identifying existing services which may be of benefit to the patient and supporting referrals to these or using psychoeducation and/or practical coping strategies and skills to support the patient with symptom management.

They will work closely at the interface with secondary care mental health services, and provide clinical leadership to the Primary Care Network.

The post holder will provide access to triage, specialist mental health assessment, risk assessment, and brief intervention to prevent deterioration in mental health requiring a referral to secondary mental health services. The post holder will also provide access to triage, assessment and decision support for primary care colleagues to ensure that service users with complex mental health needs access the correct pathway and intervention to meet their needs.

This will build upon Leeds' vision for the development of a new mental health framework for care in Leeds wrapping specialist mental health clinical knowledge and skills into primary and community settings.

About us

We are a high quality, high performing NHS foundation trust. We are the main provider of specialist mental health and learning disability services in Leeds. We also provide specialist inpatient services in York as well as some highly specialised services across the country.We employ around 3,000 staff and every year we have contact with over 25,000 service users. Our vision is to provide outstanding mental health and learning disability services as an employer of choice. Our ambition is to support our service users and carers, our staff and the communities we serve to live healthy and fulfilling lives. We need people like you to help us achieve our goals; to live our lives free from stigma and discrimination; and to improve the lives of people with a learning disability and mental ill health. We perform well againstlocal and national targetsand inour most recent CQC inspection, 85% of our services were rated good or outstanding.As a teaching trust with strong links to local universities, we are a centre of excellence for teaching,research and development.

Job description Job responsibilities

1. Communication/Relationship Skills Ensure effective communication systems are in place and used appropriately.

Full participation in appropriate managerial and clinical meetings.

Take responsibility for positively engaging service users and carers in all aspects of care delivery and evaluation.

Support the development of networks with staff working in other agencies that provide services to service users with complex mental health needs, liaising with a range of staff and clinicians in primary and community health services, social care, independent and third sector.

The post holder will report directly to the Band 7 Senior Primary Care Mental Health Liaison Practitioner, and be accountable to the Locality Manager.

To provide supervision, support and training to colleagues including through the PDP/appraisal process.

Will be able to adapt to barriers in communication that Service Users may present with e.g. emotional, psychological and physical, utilising a high level of expertise in communication skills.

2. Knowledge, training and experience Recognised professional qualification RMN, RN (Mental Health), OT, Social Worker Will maintain current specific professional and legal standards of practice in accordance with professional codes of conduct. Extensive experience of working in partnership with service users, carers and other agencies. Extensive experience in undertaking specialist mental health and risk assessment, will demonstrate that these skills are maintained and shares those skills with other team members. Will be able to demonstrate a high level of understanding of the national and local mental health and social care agenda and be able contribute to service development initiatives. Will be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of clinical, teaching and leadership skills and can demonstrate evidence to support same. Will be highly skilled in all aspects of clinical communication including the maintenance of accurate records To demonstrate and apply a highly skilled level of clinical and professional supervision. (Utilising a variety of techniques underpinned by a variety of models and experience).

Work actively to reduce mental health inequalities, by applying your knowledge of social inequality of mental health in Leeds and how some communities are at greater risk of poor mental health

3. Analysis, Problem Solving and Judgemental Skills To provide advice, support and information to service users and carers. To support the development of links with partner agencies To provide supervision where appropriate to more junior staff and students. To offer consultation, advice and decision support to primary care colleagues. To use expert judgement and analytical skills in all areas of clinical practice and decision making, in line with Professional codes of practice

4. Planning and Organisational Skill Will be able to demonstrate excellent prioritisation and time management skills. Will be able to manage workload effectively under pressure

5. Physical Skills Car driver essential

Typing, keyboard skills working with clinical IT systems

6. Patient/Client Care Provide comprehensive mental health assessments, formulation, skilled brief interventions, and decision support to primary care colleagues to ensure that service users with complex mental health issues are supported to have their holistic needs met in a primary care setting. Be able to respond appropriately to unpredictable situations of risk and manage these in a safe, professional and holistic manner utilising risk assessment, relapse prevention interventions and safety planning. Provide access to triage, assessment and decision support for primary care colleagues To maintain a commitment to person centred care and to promote the use of the recovery model. Actively engage service users, carers/family members, and other professionals/partners in developing collaborative care plans and crisis plans to meet service user needs. Liaise with and establish effective working relationships with a range of staff and clinicians in primary and community health services, social care, independent and third sector to meet service users social, physical and mental health needs.

7. Policy and Service Development Implementation Participate in service audit, evaluation and review. Contribute to the development of the service applying NICE guidelines through Clinical Governance and professional standards.

8. Responsible for Financial and Physical Resources To make effective use of all available resources under the guidance of the Locality Manger and Senior Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner

Adhere to Trust financial instructions eg: mileage and expenses claims, timely submission of attendance sheets and activity recording.

9. Responsible for Human Resources. Will provide supervision and appraisal as appropriate.

The post holder will provide a high level of skill in supervision, education and skills sharing to primary care colleagues, more junior staff and students.

To participate in the provision of an effective induction programme for new staff as appropriate to achieve a clear awareness of roles and responsibilities, and operational policies and procedures

10. Responsible for Information Resources Will be highly skilled in all aspects of clinical communication including the maintenance of accurate records in line with Trust procedure and professional guidance.

Will provide data as required to support monitoring of performance indicators, and contribute to evaluation of the service

11. Research and Development (R & D)

Participates in clinical audit and evaluation as appropriate

12. Freedom to Act

As a registered practitioner will use professional judgement and exercise professional accountability in all aspects of clinical practice

Will adhere to all professional and Trust policies and procedures including the reporting of Trust incidents, complaints procedure and information governance

Will engage in receiving regular line management and clinical supervision provided by a defined band 7 Team Manager/ Primary Care Locality Lead

Person Specification Relevant core professional qualification and registrations Essential
  • eg. RMN, RN (Mental Health), OT, Social Worker
Evidence of Essential
  • Ongoing and recent post qualification continuous development
Experience Essential
  • The ability to organise and prioritise own workload under pressure.
  • Experience of receiving clinical supervision ,reflecting on own practice , and providing supervision to more junior staff

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