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First Contact Mental Health Practitioner

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Feb 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
GPpractices have begun working together alongside community, mental health,social care, pharmacy, hospital and voluntary services in local areas to form Primary Care Networks or PCN's. PCN's signal a significant change in the way practices interact, not only with each other, but the wider health andsocial caresystem. This collaboration will enable care to be delivered to a defined patient population, in a different way to meet the needs of that population. The focus will be on prevention andpersonalisationof care, whilst working together to make the best use of shared resources.

The West, Outer and North East York PCN, together with Tees Esk and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, are working together to transform our local community mental health services for people with significant mental health problems. New funding has enabled the PCN's and local GP surgeries, to create a multi-disciplinary team that will work in close collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders. By working co-operatively, we will be able to provide meaningful support for people with mental health difficulties in a way that meets their needs closer to their communities and their homes.

NMC Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers (England), HCPC Occupational Therapist encouraged to apply.

Main duties of the job

You will develop close working relationships with all our Clinical staff including our existing Mental Health Practitioner and become a valued member of the Primary Care Team, collaborating with other professionals both internal to and external from the PCN.

Your role will involve offering specialist mental health advice and providing expert clinical care for people with a range of mental health needs, ensuring that those with serious mental illness do not fall between gaps in services. You will improve access by being a 'first contact mental health worker', undertaking triage, assessments, brief interventions, and reviews. You will contribute networking and navigation expertise, enabling access to a range of appropriate mental health support across the community system. You will ensure that, once assessed, each person receives the best possible care in the right place at the right time by the right supporting service.

About us

You will work across the West Outer & North East York PCN and associated GP Practices: The Old School Medical Practice, Front Street Surgery and Haxby Group Practice. This PCN looks after the needs of over 43,000 people, in an increasingly collaborative partnership with other organisations, including local authorities, community service providers, Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, and voluntary and community groups. You will work in an ambitious but compassionate and friendly team of professionals in various additional roles created to enhance our general practice. The successful candidate will be well supported and will work autonomously and have day to day responsibility for their clinics and workload.

Primary Care experience is not essential; however, a good understanding of how Primary Care works would be beneficial.

We would welcome enthusiastic innovators with a strong desire to achieve the best possible outcomes for patients and have the motivation and flexibility to help develop the services as the team evolves to meet the needs of the population. The successful candidate will be well supported and will work autonomously and have day to day responsibility for their clinics and workload.

Job description Job responsibilities

This is a new, exciting and innovative post to support the needs of the local population living with a range of mental health difficulties. The role holder will fulfil a first contact specialist mental health role within GP Practices across the Primary Care Network (PCN), seeing patients who would otherwise have traditionally seen a GP. Within the primary care setting, the role holder will work in a collaborative and multi-agency way. This will contribute to the safe and effective day to day operation of the PCN and the efficient and timely management of clinical enquiries and decision-making.

The post will sit within the GP practices and will facilitate the interface between Primary Care and Secondary Mental Health Services to provide specialist advice and support, assessment, treatment, education and solution-focused approaches to the local Primary Care Teams, for patients and carers.

The role will offer expertise in networking and navigation to promote ease of access to a range of specialist mental health support services. This ensures that each person, once assessed, receives the best possible care in the right place at the right time and by the right supporting service.

The post holder will be an effective member of the multi-disciplinary team. They will be professionally accountable and responsible for patient care, undertaking initial assessment with signposting to appropriate services, or providing time-limited psycho-social therapeutic interventions directly, in e.g. GP surgeries, patients homes and other primary care settings. This will include providing clinical advice to GPs such as specialist opinion or prescribing support (within the parameters of the Non-medical prescribing/NMP framework).

The post-holder will manage their daily clinics and act as a specialist advisor to GPs, fulfilling a pathway management function and providing short term interventions and support, in collaboration with GPs and other practice based mental health workers.

You will support the establishment of partnerships and networks with key stakeholders across the PCN and the wider mental health care system. You will offer advice to, or obtain advice for, the Primary Care Team on appropriate interventions and on-going patient care management.

You will develop links and foster a culture of partnership between Primary Care Teams and Mental Health Services, promoting clear communication and access to specialist knowledge and advice. This will include the facilitation of joint working with PCN, Secondary Care providers, and Voluntary Care Sector to increase the range of services/interventions available to the communities served.

You will provide clinical advice, consultation, and support to other care providers within primary, secondary, voluntary and statutory services as required.

In line with the principles for community transformation, you will ensure systems/pathways are in place to enable smooth transition between primary care and secondary mental health services.

Due to the nature of the role it is essential that applicants can travel independently and have access to a suitable vehicle for business purposes. If necessary, adjustments can be considered in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.

Person Specification Qualification Essential
  • Current professional registration with appropriate body in healthcare or social work.
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development.
  • Certificate in mentorship, teaching & assessing in clinical practice as appropriate to own profession.
  • Clinical Supervisor.
  • Key skills in literacy, numeracy and ITQ level 2 (or equivalent).
  • Recognised sign-off mentor (or equivalent) for students or must be achieved within agreed timescale.
  • Leadership or management qualification.
  • Post-graduate qualification in a relevant area.
  • If appropriate to professional registration, NMP (or willing to obtain).
Skills Essential
  • Communicate complex and sensitive information effectively to patients, carers/families and all members of the multidisciplinary team.
  • Work effectively across complex organisations, pathways and services
  • Provide effective clinical supervision, teaching, training and assessing in clinical practice.
  • Work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team and undertake lead professional responsibilities.
Experience Essential
  • Significant experience working with people with mental ill health in a community setting.
  • Working collaboratively with service users and their families/carers.
  • Mentoring students on practice placement experience.
  • Experience and involvement with quality improvement activities.
  • Providing clinical supervision.
  • Working in a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Non Medical Prescribing.
  • Experience working in primary care.
  • Experience working in a multiagency setting.
  • Leadership or management experience.
Knowledge Essential
  • Demonstrable knowledge to post-graduate level of evidence-based practice in caring for patients in the designated field.
  • Knowledge of Stepped Care model.
  • Understanding of relevant legislation (e.g. Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act).
  • Detailed understanding of Safeguarding and its application in practice.
  • Clinical Governance and its application in practice.
  • Clinical Risk Assessment and Management and its application in practice.
  • Understanding of psychological models of care and treatment.
  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience of delivering psycho-social interventions and approaches.

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