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Specialist Mental Health Practitioner for Primary Care

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum | pro rata
Closing date
29 Sep 2022

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Primary Care
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Oxford Health is excited to be working in partnership with the Oxford Central Primary Care Network on the introduction of Specialist Mental Health Practitioners (MHP) for Primary Care.

These new roles will enable patients aged 18+ to access dedicated mental health support in their surgery and, that support will have stronger links with specialist mental health services. Making it easier for patients to obtain the help they need, when they need it, within their community.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Mental Health Practitioner to help establish better access to dedicated mental health support in local community settings. This role needs someone who is proactive and passionate about innovative new ways of working and a holistic approach to caring for people in need of mental health support.

Main duties of the job

As part of surgery Multi-Disciplinary Teams (MDT) you will provide triage, assessment and mental health advice to patients presenting at their GP surgery. Your role will support primary care in offering enhanced support to patients with mental health conditions, facilitating early intervention, supporting recovery and helping them to live well in their community.

You will be based within Oxford Central Primary Care Network (PCN) working on a day-to-day basis out of Jericho Health Centre, accountable to the PCN leadership in a matrix management style. However, as an Oxford Health member of staff, you will be fully connected to our Trust mental health teams for line management and team support; whilst also receiving full training and clinical supervision through the Trust to support your continuous development.

You will be working with adults of all ages, but Oxford Central PCN has a particularly high proportion of younger adults. We are looking for someone who is interested in this age group, and who is kind, understanding and passionate about helping these young adults to develop their potential.

About us

Some of the benefits of joining our team:
  • Salary ranging from £40,056 to £45,838 per annum (Agenda for Change)
  • Flexible working opportunities and a strong emphasis on your work, life balance
  • Annual leave - 27 days for new starters, plus bank holidays. Increasing to 29 days after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years NHS service. Pro rata for part time staff
  • Excellent learning and development opportunities
  • Salary sacrifice scheme for a new car
  • Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave for eligible staff
  • Advanced IT enablement and support
  • Confidential telephone care service providing independent support and advice for staff.
  • And so much more

Job description Job responsibilities

About the Job
  • To provide a lead role in supporting the PCN in triaging mental health concerns raised by on the day patient requests, providing highly specialist advice and support within GP surgeries.
  • To review patients presenting with mental health issues, consider a range of options regarding treatment interventions providing them with highly specialised advice concerning care when appropriate and liaising with GPs and MH teams.
  • To offer brief interventions as needed e.g. problem solving, decision making, building resilience, building on personal strengths, risk de-escalation, medication advice and prescribing if a registered NMP.
  • Working as a member of the primary Care MDT and taking responsibility for the development and implementation of specialist mental health training to the PCN.
  • To provide a navigation role to help GPs make appropriate referrals to the relevant community and secondary care services bridging the gap between primary care services such as IAPT and secondary care, working in partnership across the system

  • The must haves for you to be considered for this role:
    • Current professional registration: Registered Mental Health Nurse, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist or equivalent
    • Community experience in mental health services for adults or older age adults with severe / significant / enduring mental illness
    • Experience of providing a range of evidence-based interventions to people with a variety of mental health problems and serious mental illness.

    If you recognise yourself in these requirements, we recommend you apply today!

    We are happy to answer any questions that you may have about the role.

    Please note:
    • New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.
    • Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.
    • Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3 years of employment or study. Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.
    • Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.
    • We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services. This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.
    • Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

    Person Specification Essential Essential
    • Current professional registration: Registered Mental Health Nurse, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist
    • Independent and supplementary Prescriber
    Essential Essential
    • Community experience in mental health services for adults and older age adults with severe / significant mental illness
    • Experience of working in primary and secondary mental health services
    Essential Essential
    • Experience of providing a range of evidence based interventions to people with a variety of mental health problems and serious mental illness
    • Specialist knowledge relating to MH needs of young adults age 18-25 and to the needs of those diagnosed with, or with presenting traits of, personality disorder

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