Primary Care Mental Health Liaison Practitioner

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Hemel Hempstead
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum pro rata + 5% of basic salary, (min £1,066 max £1,845)
Closing date
6 Oct 2022

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Primary Care
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
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We are looking for a motivated and skilled nurse, occupational therapist or social worker to join us as a Band 6 Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner.

You will be working with a colleague to deliver mental health services to patients in primary care. This post, in conjunction with a full-time colleague, covers the GP Practices across the Dacorum locality (Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted and Tring) and its principles are in line with the NHSE Five Year Forward View for Mental Health. This recognises that by placing specialist mental health staff in GP practices who promote recovery-focused early assessment and treatment, we will help prevent deterioration and ensure good outcomes for service users. This role offers the opportunity to work from home at least some of the time as a number of service users continue to voice a preference for telephone triage/intervention.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will join a team of Band 6 mental health practitioners who are based within the primary care setting (GP practices). You will also be able to work with colleagues in newly recruited Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme Mental Health Practitioners (a partnership role between primary care and HPFT).

The post holder will provide:
  • specialist advice to GPs and other primary care colleagues
  • timely advice, support and interventions to service users (and where relevant their carers)
  • assist primary care practitioners in the transfer of service users from secondary care to primary care or primary care to secondary care.

This post will also provide the opportunity to work alongside various professional staff groups including GPs, practice nurses, pharmacists, paramedics, associate physicians, receptionists, community navigators and the wider community provision.

We are seeking applicants who
  • have extensive knowledge and experience of working with individuals with mental health needs
  • possess advanced assessment and formulation skills
  • are keen to develop their clinical skill base.
  • are confident, flexible and dynamic in their approach to their work with a positive outlook to working within a busy primary care environment.
  • able to work autonomously whilst also being a good team player.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from the Care Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description Job responsibilities

For full details of the main duties and responsibilities of the role please refer to the job description and person specification documents attached.

In return for this you would be offered continued training, and an opportunity to contribute to service development whilst working within a friendly and supportiveteam. The post holder will receive clinical support and supervision from operational managers and a Consultant Psychiatrist.

At HPFT we view our staff as our most important resource and offer:
  • A thorough induction to your role and team
  • A regular, high-quality supervision
  • Access to professional leads for your area promoting professional development
  • A range of developmental opportunities to support you to grow in your profession and your practice including high quality appraisals and personalised development plans
  • The option to apply to work flexibly so that you can balance your work with your life outside work.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Nursing/ Social Work or OT
  • Evidence of post reg CPD
  • completion of Mentorship or equivalent
  • non medical prescribing qualification
Experience and Attainments Essential
  • Relevant post reg experience
  • Experience of working with people with severe mental ill health
  • Experience of working community /primary care
  • experience of working consultativley with professionals
  • experience of providing assessment and clinical interventions
  • experience of supervising staff
Skills and knowledge Essential
  • excellent written and oral communication skills
  • excellent negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Establish relationships with service users and carers
  • understanding of primary care mental health
  • partnership working with other agencies
analytical skills Essential
  • able to work autonomously in keeping with registration requirements and Trust policy
Physical skills Essential
  • car driver/access to car
  • IT literacy
Trust values Essential
  • able to demonstrate Trust values

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