Primary Care Mental Health Liaison Practitioner

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum
Closing date
29 Sep 2022

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Primary Care
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
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We are currently seeking 1 qualified nursing, occupational therapy or social care professional to join our Primary Care Mental Health service in the Hoddesdon and Hertford area.

1 x 22.5 Hrs/Week

This exciting development recognises that by placing specialist mental health staff in GP practices promoting early assessment and treatment in a recovery focused way, this will help the service user achieve the best outcomes.

Main duties of the job

This is a Band 6 mental health practitioner post. You will have a relevant professional qualification (nursing, social work, OT), and experience of working with service users with mental health needs. The post will be based within the primary care setting. The practitioner will offer primary care mental health liaison support to GP surgeries within a designated hub of surgeries and will have the opportunity to support the development and implementation of this service. The service will provide support to those being referred for support and will also seek to support primary care practitioners in the transfer of service users from secondary care to primary care.

At HPFT we view our staff as our most important resource and offer:
  • Athorough induction to your role and team
  • A regular, good quality supervision
  • Access to Lead Nurse for your area promoting professional development
  • Arange of developmental opportunities to support you to grow in your profession and your practice
  • The opportunity to apply to work flexibly so that you can balance your work with your life outside work

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from theCare Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description Job responsibilities

Key responsibilities: The role of the Primary Care Mental Health Liaison Practitioner will be to work across the interface between Primary Care and Mental Health Services to work alongside the service manager/s to facilitate mental health assessment in primary care and support GPs about decision making in relation to secondary care referrals, support transition of service users from the care of secondary mental health services back to Primary Care and to facilitate re-access where appropriate. The post holder will do this by providing consultation, support, education and problem solving approaches to the Local Primary Care Teams particularly in the area of assessment and management of mental health problems in Adults of working age. This will include signposting to other services and occasionally undertake very short term interventions for clients with mild to moderate mental health difficulties. The role is to strengthen access and 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 secondary mental health services. Work in partnership with service users in the designated care group with complex health presentations, developing their care plans and recovery plans to enable them to lead fulfilling lives.4 Work in partnership with Health and social care professionals from other agencies and organisations including Community Navigators They will demonstrate an understanding of clinical interventions relevant to the Pathway/Protocols to include psycho-education, relevant aspects of social inclusion, Recovery, care plans and discharge planning, working closely with carers, families and partner agencies to facilitate this. The post holder will work at all times to promote the safety and the well being of service users and their families/carers. The post holder will be an autonomous practitioner who will support Primary Care surgeries to manage transition of mental health service users from secondary care to primary care The postholder will operate a team caseload rather than an individual caseload in partnership with primary care To provide leadership, management and supervision for junior staff identified to support the Primary Care Mental Health Liaison services. To provide clinical supervision to staff and students. To act within the appropriate professional code of conduct at all times. All staff should comply with the Trusts Anti-Discriminatory Statement, Employee Charter, Trust Policies and Procedures, Code of Conduct and Equality and Diversity.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Nursing/ Socail work or OT
  • Evidence of post reg CPD
  • Completion of mentoriship or equivalent
  • Non medical prescribing qualification
Experience and Attainments Essential
  • Min, 1 year post reg experience
  • Experience of working with people with severe mental ill health
  • Experience of workng community /primary care
  • Experience of workng consultativley with professionals
  • Experience of providing assessment and clinical interventions
  • Experience of supervising staff
Skills and knowledge Essential
  • Excellent written and oral communcaation skills
  • Excellent negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Estalblsh relationships with service users and carers
  • Understanding of primary care mental health
  • Partership working with other agencies
Analytical skills Essential
  • Able to work autonomously in keeping with registratiin requirements and Trust policy
Physical skills Essential
  • Car driver/access to car
  • IT literacy

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