Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£40,448 to £47,965 a year p.a. inc HCAS
Closing date
5 Oct 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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This role offers an exciting opportunity to be part of CNWL's new primary care pathway for eating disorders which has been successfully piloted and is now expanding across 5 London Boroughs. Within the role you will be involved in triaging and assessment of new referrals as well as planning, providing and evaluating care. Our client group are those aged 18-25 suffering from mild to moderate eating disorders. You will also be involved in offering training and advice to other professionals and have the opportunity to contribute to the development of a new service.

The Primary Care Eating Disorder Service will operate across 5 London boroughs: Westminster (TBC), Kensington & Chelsea (W10 6DZ), Brent (TBC), Harrow (TBC) and Hillingdon (UB8 1QG). The post holder will work across sites with options available for the main working base, and also some remote working. There is a link to the specialist eating disorder service CNWL provides at Vincent Square Eating Disorder Service,1 Nightingale Place, London, SW10 9NG.

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Main duties of the job

The role will be Full Time and will involve assessing and providing support to clients whom have a range of mild to moderate mental health needs. You will need to have excellent assessment skills, be able to work autonomously and be able to forge positive working relationship with primary care staff and clients. You will have excellent working knowledge of wellbeing and mental health care and the mental health needs of dynamic and changing population.

About us

We are passionate about delivering first-class patient-centred, safe and effective care, whether it is in a hospital setting, in a community clinic or in the patients own home. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Providing top quality care depends on our ability to employ the best people.

We're always looking to recruit outstanding people who will go the extra mile to support our patients, colleagues, teams and the Trust. With every new employee were hoping to find our future leaders and well support our staff by providing opportunities to develop your career. With a diverse culture and equally diverse range of opportunities across mental health, community services, addictions, eating disorders, learning disabilities and more whatever stage of your career you're at, there's always a place for you at CNWL.

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holder will be based and embedded within the new Primary Care Service.

For further information about this post please see attached detailed job description


1. Clinical
  • To process new referrals, by triaging them based on clinical risk, for the designated boroughs.
  • To undertake specialist eating disorder assessment.
  • To provide evidence-based treatment for patients suitable for the Primary Care Eating Disorder Service.
  • To provide advice to referring agencies on how to access the eating disorders service.
  • To advise other teams about management of eating disorders
  • To liaise with other clinicians involved in the patients care, in order that appropriate physical checks and interventions are carried out to ensure the patients physical safety, as required
  • To understand the role of relevant physical treatments (e.g. nutrition, pharmacology).
  • Monitoring of physical health (as appropriate to discipline) and mental health issues related to patients with eating disorders.
  • Ensure practice is in accordance with the relevant Code of Professional Conduct and Mental Health Legislation, which incorporates and respects differences in respect of gender, sexuality,ethnicity, religion, culture and disability.
  • Participate as an active member of the team, accountable for your practice, and work in partnership with other health care professionals, patients and others in the delivery of care.
  • Plan, prioritise and manage the delivery of assessment of referrals to the clinic.
  • To undertake risk assessments and risk management
  • To participate in the development and running of groups.
  • To organise own schedule, maintaining daily contact with your line manager about any issues as they arise.
  • Always act in a manner as to promote and safeguard the interests and wellbeing of patients, visitors and colleagues.

2. Generic Responsibilities
  • To work to the clinical boundaries and model of care of the Primary Care Eating Disorder Service.
  • To attend regular clinical meetings and to report back on patient contacts.
  • To provide professional advice to the multi-disciplinary team.
  • To develop and maintain professional and positive inter-disciplinary relationships within the clinic, Trust and related services.
  • To maintain standards of confidentiality at all times.
  • To inform the Primary Care Lead in the service of any concerns about the standard of care delivered to patients, to report to him/her any incidents, accidents or complaints in accordance with Trust policy, and to assist in any investigation and provide statements as requested by the Manager.
  • To partake in line management supervision.
  • To submit statistical returns within deadlines.
  • To follow professional guidelines at all times.
  • To maintain up-to-date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to both the specific client group and mental health.
  • To work with patients and staff according to the principles of equal opportunities.
  • To assist and support the Primary Care Team Lead in the establishment of an efficient working environment, making the most effective and efficient use of staff, supplies and services
  • To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data entry and recording, report writing and the responsible exercise of professional self-governance in accordance with professional codes of practice of the relevant professional body and with Trust policies and procedures.

Person Specification Education and Qualifications Essential
  • RMN, Mental Health SW, Mental health OT
  • Current professional registration appropriate for discipline
  • Evidence of regular updating in clinical practice since qualification.
Experience Essential
  • Post qualification clinical experience in a mental health setting
  • Experience of completing an assessment and formulating a safe care plan
  • Experience of managing a case load of patients.
  • Experience of working therapeutically with patients presenting with an eating disorder and psychiatric/ medical co morbidities
  • Therapy qualification or therapy skills training relevant to working in eating disorders
  • Experience of completing a specialist assessment for patients with a range of eating disorders within a community setting
  • Experience of providing supervision
  • Experience of providing training to other professionals.
Skills and knowledge Essential
  • Excellent Risk assessment and general Mental Health Assessments skills including full psycho-social, physical and mental health assessments.
  • Knowledge of evidenced based treatment for eating disorders.
  • Experience of working with family/ carers

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