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Senior Mental Health Practitioner, ARRS Worker

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum
Closing date
28 Jan 2023

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Band 7
Full Time
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At MPFT we pride ourselves on staff wellbeing and development and can we offer you:
  • Our SOOTHE resources - supporting staff across the trust with their physical, mental and financial health. In addition to the support offered from our occupational health provider Team Prevent.
  • Counselling support and lifestyle information with advice on a variety of personal matters
  • In our Gift providing a platform for your voice to be heard to inform change
  • The opportunity to purchase additional annual leave
  • Opportunities for flexible working (depending on the role)
  • Career development opportunities and coaching plus access to in house training programs
  • Innovative research training program entitled STARS (Supporting the advancement of Research Skills)
  • Child Care Vouchers Scheme
  • Recognition and engagement through our staff LOVE awards, LOVE long service awards and Staff Engagement Surveys

NHS discounts available via the Blue Card and Red Guava schemes.

Main duties of the job

We have an exciting opportunity for a Mental Health Practitioner working in Primary Care. This is an ARRS worker, in line with the transformation of community mental health services.

This role is working in the East of Shrewsbury with 6 GP practices. This role is about offering timely interventions and support for those who are experiencing mental health issues. The post holder will work closely with and be supported by Shrewsbury Central East Community Mental Health Service.

Note: This is a fixed term post to provide Maternity Cover.


Work with one or more primary care networks in the Shropshire Telford and Wrekin area to provide assessment and brief intervention treatment for individuals presenting with mental health needs.

Carry out mental health assessments following agreed practice guidelines as part of a primary care network team.

Undertake the development, implementation and review of care planning and risk management.

Provide consultation and staff supervision to aid service provision for individuals presenting with mental health needs across team and primary care network.

Deliver a high quality clinical service to Service Users, their Families and Carers in primary care..

Demonstrate an attitude which respects the core values of the organisation and the principles of Recovery.

About us

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is an award winning organisation with over 9000 employees. We are one of the largest integrated Health and Social Care providers, covering services across North & South Staffordshire, Shropshire, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, Isle of Wight and Essex.

We pride ourselves on the services provided to support with the well-being of all of our employees both physically and mentally and offer counselling support and lifestyle information. Opportunities for flexible working are also available depending on the role.

We encourage career development provided by in house training programs and coaching support.

Demonstrating our strong commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, and in context of our objective aligned to the growth of diversity across the workforce; we are particularly seeking applications from individuals who may be from under-represented groups, such as black, Asian or other ethnic groups, individuals with a disability, or LGBTQ+ individuals who meet the specific criteria.

We are embedding values based and inclusive recruitment practices to ensure that all applicants, from any backgrounds, have an equal chance of success in achieving a role with us.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Formulate, contribute to, and participate in, the development and implementation of assessment and treatment in collaboration with the multi-disciplinary primary care team.
  • Carry out specialist mental health assessments, including risk and therapeutic interventions to patients.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of care pathways, including appropriate service user assessments/referrals and models of care.
  • To take responsibility for providing holistic assessment, care and treatment to clients referred to the Primary Mental Health Service.
  • Foster robust working relationships with all partners in particular GPs, Practice Nurses, other Primary Care Staff and third sector services.
  • Provision of support and advice to GPs and other primary care providers (such as practice nurses) to enable them to safely manage and care for people with mental health problems.
  • Contribute to the continuing improvement and development of Primary Mental Health Services.
  • To Act as the designated Mental Health Practitioner for a specific GP Practice Team / PCN, and a specific group of clients.
  • To conduct assessments and to deliver specific therapeutic interventions to a group of clients and to liaise with other professionals regarding progress and outcomes.
  • Contribute to the continuing improvement and development of Primary Mental Health Services, ensuring that practices remain abreast of new developments. Develop and maintain standards and implement change in respect of this.
  • To act as a Change Agent and actively seek to develop practice.
  • Ensure record keeping is in accordance with Professional and Trust standards.
  • Where the post holder is a prescriber ensure the safe management of medicines and adhere to safe practice and principles of administration in accordance with the NMC code of professional conduct and the trust NMP policy.
  • Work in a professional and collaborative manner with the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Participate and promote positive intra-agency working.
  • Participate and assist in setting standards of evidence based patient care.
  • Act as knowledge resource in primary care to other team members and other agencies as required.
  • Undertake delegated responsibilities as agreed with Operational Manager.
  • Ensure the principles of Clinical Governance are incorporated in service delivery by maintaining a high quality service based on agreed clinical standards.
  • Ensure that Trust policies and procedures are adhered to.
  • Assist in the development of local protocols to ensure a high standard of service delivery is achieved and maintained.
  • Ensure effective processes of communication are established, maintained and regularly evaluated throughout pathways.
  • Assist in the investigation of complaints and incidents in accordance with Trust policy.
  • Participate in Serious Incident investigations/reviews as required
  • Participate in managerial supervision.
  • Identify, undertake and participate in appropriate audit, quality assurance programmes and research

Risk Assessment
  • Understand the range of risks potentially faced by the patient group.
  • Work in partnership with others to identify and assess the nature, location and seriousness of the particular risks and to advise on appropriate action.
  • Recognise potential crisis situations and act responsively and responsibly to resolve.
  • Be aware of the potential for vulnerability and abuse and use the local policy to inform appropriate personnel in line with safeguarding procedures.
  • Follow the Lone Working Policy ensuring that home visiting, and any autonomous activity is effectively reported and logged.
  • Work with other members of the multi-agency team to plan, monitor and review the effectiveness of the role and interventions carried out.
  • Take all possible precautions to safeguard the welfare and safety of staff, patients, visitors and the public, by implementing all policies related to health, safety, security and risk.
  • Highlight risk and manage accordingly relating to safeguarding adults and children and maintain an accurate record of risk, actions taken and investigations.

Professional and Personal Development
  • Receive clinical supervision and participate in appraisal and performance development.
  • Adhere to profession specific code of conduct.
  • Ensure attendance at all Mandatory and statutory training.
  • Identify development needs and set own personal development objectives in discussion with reviewer.
  • Work towards achieving competencies outlined within role and the collection of evidence within personal portfolio.
  • Contribute to the experience of learners and to ensure delivery of professional specific mentorship requirements.
  • Develop an environment that is conducive to learning, promoting staff development and involvement.

Systems and Audit
  • Record statistical data as required, using agreed information technology within the service.
  • Utilise technology/equipment to record and input relevant and essential information in line with local and national policies/procedures.


  • Observe a personal duty of care in relation to equipment and resources, eg blood pressure monitor, scales, height measure,ECG machine and similar clinical equipment that might be involved in physical health checks,IT equipment such as phone and laptop and also software on those such as One Consultation for virtual appointments, voice dictation

Decisions and judgement

  • Participate, when required, in recruitment, selection and induction of junior/support staff.

  • Work independently on a regular basis and receive managerial and professional supervision in line with the trust policy.

  • The post holder will be responsible for specialist mental health assessments and care planning to meet identified needs working with a complex client group.

  • Where appropriate carry out interventions and recommendations or signposting/referring on to enable other service providers to meet needs.

Communication and relationships

  • Ensure advanced communication with patients, relatives and carers, visitors, staff and others.

  • Ensure that all communication takes place in a manner that is consistent with legislation, policies and procedures.

  • Develop measures to improve communications where barriers exist

  • Communicate with people in a manner that is consistent with their level of understanding, culture and background.

  • Use a range of highly skilled communication skills to communicate with a range of individuals. This will include verbal, written, electronic and adapted communication techniques for individual needs.

  • The situations in which communication takes places will be highly complex, emotional and sensitive which will require empathy, tact, assertiveness and excellent listening skills.
  • Act as an ambassador and positive role model.

Physical/Mental demands of the job
  • Implement highly developed physical skills pertinent to the area of specialism, for example administering injections, manual handling, computer and keyboard skills, health and safety, de-escalation skills.

Undertake prolonged and regular periods of concentration due to the complex nature of the client group, assessing people using highly developed communication skills.

Most challenging/difficult parts of the job
  • Due to the complex nature of the client group there will be regular exposure to stressful and emotional situations. It is expected that the post holder is responsible for completing up to date risk assessments and to work closely with colleagues where risk management recommendations have been identified.
  • The post holder should use managerial and clinical supervision to ensure discussion and learning is developed when exposed to stressful and demanding situations.

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • Experience as a senior mental health practitioner
  • Leadership
  • Non-medical prescriber
Skills Essential
  • Interventions in a Community Setting

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