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Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner- Kingston

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£31,163 to £37,875 a year Salary inclusive HCAS
Closing date
26 Sep 2022

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner - Kingston - Band 5

We have an exciting opportunity to recruit to 1 WTE x Band 5 Primary Care Mental Health Practitioners in Kingston.

In this role you will work as part of the primary care team in specified Primary Care Network(s), providing support to GP practices for patients presenting with mental health problems. This support will include provision of advice, education, support and interventions to patients and carers.

Main duties of the job

It is envisaged that the focus of a practitioner's work will generally be people whose needs cannot be met by IAPT services but who may not need ongoing care from secondary care community mental health services. The practitioner can facilitate onward access to other secondary care-based services, or third sector services integrated within the mental health pathway.

The practitioner will be embedded as part of the Primary Care Network Multi-Disciplinary Team. We welcome applicants from a registered mental health profession or non-registered psychological professionals who have specific competences in evidence base psychological therapies for SMI.

About us

We offer a number of excellent staff benefits and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. Some of our benefits are highlighted here:
  • Generous pay, pensions and leave,we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance,we support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working, job sharing, term-time working, compressed hours and working from home.
  • Career development,There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
  • Subsidised car parking - You can park at any of our sites at a reduced rate of £20/month

Job description Job responsibilities

  • This is not an exhaustive list of duties and responsibilities, and the postholder may be required to undertake other duties which fall within the grade of the job, in discussion with the manager.
  • This job description will be reviewed regularly in the light of changing service requirements and any such changes will be discussed with the postholder.
  • The postholder is expected to comply with all relevant Trust policies, procedures and guidelines, including those relating to Equal Opportunities and Confidentiality of Information.
  • The postholder is responsible for ensuring that the work that they undertake is conducted in a manner which is safe to themselves and others, and for adhering to the advice and instructions on Health and Safety matters given by Manager(s). If postholders consider that a hazard to Health and Safety exists, it is their responsibility to report this to their manager(s).
  • The postholder is expected to comply with the appropriate Code(s) of Conduct associated with this post.
  • South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust operates a no smoking policy. The Trust has been smoke free since 01 January 2006.

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • Relevant clinical experience
  • Experience of working with people who have experienced serious ongoing mental health problems
  • Experience of research based/reflective practice e.g. understanding and ability to use supervision to reflect on skills, attitude and knowledge and develop these by using evidence-based practice
  • Experience of supervision and/or mentoring of junior staff and students
  • Experience of working as a Recovery Support Worker in Mental Health
Training & Qualifications Essential
  • Registered mental health professional appropriate to the job role (Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker, Pharmacy technician)
  • Non-registered psychological professionals (including those on voluntary and accredited registers) who have specific competences in evidence-based psychological therapies for severe mental health problems
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Training in support of people with mental health problems
  • Training in recovery approaches in mental health
Knowledge & Skills Essential
  • Able to proactively and independently manage workload
  • Ability to provide quality care that is responsive to service user needs, without close supervision
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

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