People in Suffolk have been working together to improve NHS mental health services in the region and the #averydifferentconversation began.
Those conversations were used to plan changes so that people in Suffolk are able to get the help and support in the right place for them, when they need it, to stay mentally well. Our aim is to deliver an integrated community-based model of mental health care supporting both primary and secondary care services.
Primary Care Networks (PCNs) are groups of GP practices working together in a local geographical area. From 2021, each PCN will have at least one mental health practitioner working in its practices.
We are working jointly with PCNs to consider the wider health of their communities, taking a proactive approach to managing population health. We are currently recruiting for North East Ipswich PCN which covers Two Rivers and Felixstowe Road.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 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 to agree priorities for each local population.
These roles, have been piloted for the past year in our early adopter sites, so the workload is defined, manageable and appropriate.About us
We are at the start of a journey which will see services transformed over the next decade.
From beautiful stretches of coastline to city streets, from vibrant towns to picturesque villages, Suffolk has a host of reasons why it is a great place to live and work.
Barrack Lane & Ivry Street PCN - The practices in this PCN occupy a part of central Ipswich steeped in military history. The two practices are in the area which were barracks and soldiers on horseback were a common sight for 150 years and Ivry St practice occupies one of the original buildings. The area allows easy access to the Shotley Peninsula and stunning Suffolk Coast, with Felixstowe Port, the biggest and busiest container port in the UK a few miles away. Job descriptionJob responsibilities
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.
You will need to have good organisational 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.
On a day-to-day basis, all PCN Practitioners will work as a member of GP practice extended teams and have a base in practices whilst working in an agile way. 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 early adopter sites).
Benefits included with these roles are:-
- 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.
We are working hard to maintain usual recruitment process however please be aware that we may ask you to be interviewed via MS Teams rather than in person. 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.
**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 SpecificationQualificationsEssential
- 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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