An exciting opportunity has become available for Senior Mental Health Practitioner to provide specialist mental health care as a valued member of the Primary Care Network (PCN). The role will include working with primary and secondary care and the neighbourhood teams to locally support the mental health transformation and improve the lives of people who access healthcare services.
Lincolnshire is one of only 12 areas in England to be chosen to lead on transforming mental health services. These privileged roles provide great opportunity for enthusiastic, motivated, and committed team members to lead the changes locally, working with partners across health, care and community. We are forging ahead in our community transformation plans to offer a dynamic, localised approach that is responsive, evaluated & tailored to local need, targeting health inequalities. We are focused on helping people towards prevention and recovery, enabling them to live well in their community as much as possible. We work closely with the local community to design and improve services, ensuring we use the existing assets and work to continually improve and develop these.
1 post based at Grantham Health Clinic for K2 Grantham and Rural Primary Care Network
The successful candidate will be assigned to the Primary Care Network (PCN) to support the Community Mental Health Transformation work autonomously to provide mental health leadership and implement clinical processes. In addition to screening and triaging you will undertake mental health assessments and arrange follow up in Primary Care as appropriate and provide therapeutic interventions. You will work in the context of local and national drivers providing advanced clinical care for identification of individual needs which essentially supports diagnosis and treatment options. Ideal candidates will also be qualified to prescribe and support with medication decisions. Opportunities to develop these skills and qualifications can be provided to the successful candidate.
Whilst a full Job and Person specification is attached to this advert, key elements of the role will include (but not be limited to):
• Providing specialist clinical knowledge and interventions to service users in primary care setting. This will include working with the practice team to support people with highly complex mental health needs/serious mental illness.
Providing best practice training, mentorship and guidance to mental health practitioners and other roles within the primary care/ neighbourhood MDT
• Developing and implementing clinical processes that contributes towards the continuous improvement of mental health provision across the primary care network (multiple GP practices)
• Managing a caseload of highly complex/serious mental illness presentations working closely with the locality secondary mental health service, to maintain personalised care plans which focus on what matters to the person and avoid escalation to.
• To perform the duties of a non-medical prescriber, ensuring that appropriate medication is prescribed, monitored, and administered in line with current best practice and the Trust Medicines Management Policy.
The Successful Candidate will:
• Have the qualifications and experience as highlighted in the Person Specification.
• Be an experienced clinician with proven skills in working with people who have a range of highly complex mental health needs, demonstrating practice that is evidence-based and innovative.
Have some experience of working closely with or within primary care.
• Demonstrate adaptability, excellent communication skills and self-motivation.
The post holder will be encouraged to contribute to service development, and there will be opportunities for CPD and clinical supervision as professional development is actively encouraged.
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