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Primary Care Mental Health Specialist Practitioner

Powys Teaching Health Board
£41,659 to £47,673 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Feb 2023

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Primary Care
Band 7
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen within our Primary Mental Health Service provision for a Primary Care Mental Health Specialist Practitioner, this is a new post with scope for developing and improving the care pathways offered. The post-holder will be an extension of the primary care practice working alongside GPs in providing an augmented mental health service to individuals currently on GP caseloads who present with acute mental health issues or a deterioration in a medium/long term condition.

We are seeking an enthusiastic and self-motivated professional who can provide clinical expertise in mental health, advanced practice, and specialist knowledge in support of the delivery of access to secondary and primary mental health and psychological therapy services. Their expertise will support GPs in the local care and management of their patients and provide a link to other Mental Health support services in the area.

Main duties of the job


If you are an internal applicant this post will only be offered on a secondment basis and you will need to have gained your line managers approval for the secondment prior to going to interview

The successful applicant will work predominately within the General Practices based in Llanfyllin and Newtown, alongside all disciplines and professionals to help educate, develop, and support a clear understanding of the complexities and scope of mental health need within the local population. They will also consult closely with secondary care mental health services and third sector organisations to ensure cohesive and purposeful pathways of care. The post holder will be expected to take a lead in local audit, learning, training, and development within the role. There will be an expectation to produce evidence that can be used to inform future service design and commissioning of services. This will include using outcome measures, compiling reports, and presenting findings. The role promotes and provides early assessment, treatment and improved access to evidence-based interventions for people with SMI and will help people to focus on achievable goals and access local community resources.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; English and/or Welsh speakers are equally welcome to apply.

About us

Powys is cited as being a wonderful place to live and work; a rural health setting where you can personally and professionally grow, where patients are at the heart of care provision. If you are an ambitious professional in search of job satisfaction, Powys is the place to be. Whatever your career aspirations, we are committed to supporting and developing you.

Powys Teaching Health Board is responsible for meeting the health and wellbeing needs of the population of Powys. Powys is the largest county in Wales with Snowdonia to the North and the Brecon Beacons to the South, the spectacular scenery is something to behold. Working in partnership, we commission and provide award-winning hospital, community, mental health and learning disability services, so our portfolio is varied and diverse. We are proud to offer patients an unrivalled level of care and range of careers for professionals who want to make a real difference.

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Applicants are invited to apply in Welsh, any application submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application made in English.

Job description Job responsibilities

The service will be for people over 18 years old (including carers) with an emphasis on screening, triage, assessing and coordinating the development of care pathways for people who contact the General practice The successful applicant will also be expected to provide brief support and time limited evidence-based interventions, using the principles of motivational interviewing, with a view to identifying other sources of support or treatment through NHS or Third Sector provision.

Effective communication and engagement skills are fundamental to this role, as well as current evidence-based knowledge, a commitment to collaborating with individuals adopting a recovery approach and to working within a trauma informed model of care. In return, we can offer you a variety of rewarding challenges, continued training and development and the opportunity to work within a friendly and supportive team. We are also keen to support practitioners to develop their skills and knowledge in therapeutic interventions.

For further information or an informal discussion prior to application, please do not hesitate to make contact.

You will be able to find a full Job description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents or please click Apply now to view in Trac.

Person Specification Qualifications and/or knowledge Essential
  • Professional qualification (one or more of the following): o Registered Mental Nurse (Nursing & Midwifery Council Registered) o Registered Nurse for Learning Disabilities (Nursing & Midwifery Council registered) o Degree or Diploma in Social Work (General Social Care Council or Health and Care Professions Council or Care Council for Wales registered) o Degree or Diploma in Occupational Therapy (Health Professional Council registered)
  • Postgraduate Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (or its equivalent) as accredited by the British Psychological Society (Health Professional Council registered and eligible for Chartered Clinical Psychology status of the BPS)
  • Relevant Master's Degree or equivalent experience
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Ability to demonstrate sound clinical knowledge and awareness of current evidence base relevant to the area of practice
  • Sound working knowledge of the legal and policy framework underpinning mental health service provision e.g. Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act, National Service Frameworks, Mental Health (Wales) Measure
  • Able to analyse complex clinical situations and formulate solutions
  • Expert knowledge in the range of agencies available to the client group served
  • Knowledge of safeguarding procedures for children and adults
  • In depth knowledge and understanding of the primary care sector and its systems
Experience Essential
  • Significant experience of working within CMHT settings (or equivalent) or above
  • Experience of MultiDisciplinary Team Working within a Community Mental Health setting
  • Working within a Primary Care setting
  • Teaching experience
  • Experience of working with people under 18 and/or people between the age of 18 and 65 and/or people over 65
  • Experience of working with individuals with substance misuse problems
Aptitude/Abilities Essential
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Ability to undertake comprehensive biopsychosocial assessments and identify service user need across the age range
  • Awareness of and ability to utilise appropriate screening and assessment measures to support good clinical practice across the age range
  • Ability to assess and manage risk across the age range
  • Ability to undertake and interpret cognitive assessments
  • Ability to develop and deliver formulation based and manualised evidence-based interventions for specific problems
  • Experience of teaching within the clinical area to a range of disciplines
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with personnel at all levels
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Effective team player
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Ability to prioritise work and meet deadlines
  • Good IT skills
  • Resilient, self-motivated, flexible, and adaptable approach to work
  • Ability to manage anxiety within self and others
  • Highly motivated and dynamic
  • Committed to personal development of oneself and others
  • Good communicator
  • Good written skills
  • Able to work on own initiative and manage a range of priorities across competing agendas
  • Ability to speak Welsh
  • Effective leadership skills

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