PCN Senior Mental Health Practitioner - Stockport

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
2 Oct 2022

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Primary Care
Band 7
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Senior Mental Health Practitioner to work within a Primary Care Network service in Stockport. The introduction of this role is to support the wider transformation of community mental health services for adults and older adults that seeks to bridge the divide between primary care and secondary mental health care, and physical health services. The successful candidate will be based within one of the PCNs in the Stockport Borough, working in GP Practices to provide mental health leadership, pathway development and implement clinical processes.

The practitioner will be employed by Pennine Care but will be based at a defined PCN and will be accessible and responsive to GPs and service users within the PCN. The role will mainly work with people who need specialist mental health care, widening access to mental health support across services. The service will be for people over 18 years old with a specific focus on:
  • Those who are not responding to primary care mental health interventions or not ready for IAPT or their mental health needs exceed the access criteria for IAPT but do not meet the access criteria for secondary care
  • People with serious or significant mental illness (SMI) who are in recovery and relatively stable in secondary care mental health services who could be cared for within primary care
  • People with SMI who are eligible for an annual health check, medication review and improved access to physical health interventions.

Main duties of the job

You will
  • Provide a combined consultation, advice, triage and liaison function, informed by NICE guidance within the primary care setting
  • Support an access function for people, ensuring swift and seamless access to the most appropriate care pathwayand onward access to mental health services
  • Develop and implement mental health clinics based on the needs of the PCN
  • Directly support GP's with the management of more complex mental health presentations and linking with secondary care mental health servicesas appropriate
  • Support people presenting in crisis, assessing clinical risk, and providing short term interventions, where possible, to manage the crisis, link into mental health support networks and promote self-management
  • Provide a link role between neighbourhood primary care services and secondary care mental health services for complex cases and issues
  • Identify training and education needs for PCN teams in relation to mental health practice and support the development of mental health training as required.

About us

If you come and work for us we will offer a range of benefits and opportunities, including:
  • Generous annual leave entitlement for Agenda for Change and Medical and Dental staff.
  • Flexible working opportunities to support your work/life balance
  • Access to Continued Professional Development
  • Involvement in improvement and research activities
  • Health and Wellbeing activities and access to an excellent staff wellbeing service
  • Access to staff discounts across retail, leisure and travel

  • If you are Kind, Fair, Ingenious and Determined then we want you to come and join our#PennineCarePeople


    Job description Job responsibilities

    Please see attached job description and person specification to support your application for this post.

    Please refer to the essential criteria in the person specification which will highlight the skills, knowledge and experience you will need to demonstrate in your application, by way of example, to give yourself the best opportunity to be shortlisted.

    Person Specification Qualifications Essential
    • Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN), Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, with current registration
    • Post graduate qualification or equivalent level of experience
    • Completion of preparation for Mentorship /Practice Teacher / Fieldwork Educator qualification or willingness to complete
    Experience Essential
    • Substantial post registration experience of working with people with serious mental illness
    • Proven experience of working with clients with complex needs
    • Experience of leading multidisciplinary working in mental health care with complex cases
    • Experience of working to objectives and meeting deadlines, within a performance management framework
    • Experience of providing day-to-day clinical leadership and operational management
    • Experience of supervising junior staff
    • Experience of managing budgets or resources
    Knowledge Essential
    • Working knowledge of current mental health legislation and guidance
    • Safeguarding thresholds and procedures
    • Understand the nature of working in a primary care setting
    • Working knowledge of NICE guidance in the treatment of common mental health problems
    • Knowledge of mental health /risk management processes
    • Understanding of confidentiality and data protection issues
    • Comprehensive understanding of deliberate self-harm and appropriate management strategies
    • Display a good understanding of clinical governance and quality improvement
    • Be competent in developing and delivering training packages relating to mental health
    • Overview and knowledge of the range of interventions and services that meet the needs of all service users referred to the service
    • Ability to plan, manage, monitor, advise and review interventions
    Skills & Abilities Essential
    • Ability to build and maintain effective relationships with stakeholders
    • Be competent in developing and delivering training packages relating to mental health
    • Able to demonstrate an ability to communicate complex and sensitive information in an understandable form to a variety of audiences

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