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Primary Mental Health Clinical Team Lead

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Primary Care Mental Health Clinical lead B7: West Penwith Primary Care Network (PCN)

Here in West Penwith we are creating a brand-new model as part of the transformation of mental health care in Cornwall. There has never been a more exciting time to work in mental health services, especially in primary care. We want to hear from people who have passion and creativity to help shape and build our new, holistic service in Penzance. We aim to create a space where we understand 'what matters to someone' not 'what is the matter with someone'. Our new team will include a diverse range of people all there to listen, triage and hopefully help with aspects of a person's life that may adversely affect their mental wellbeing.

We are currently underway in creating a welcoming hub in Penzance, St Ives and Hayle. We are searching for someone to help us realise this for our patients. We encourage anyone to contact us and discuss the role, as there is much to explore about this innovative, new way of working. Being able to sit with a certain level of uncertainty is a must as we plan our new service!

Although employed by Cornwall Foundation Trust jointly with the Primary Care Network, this role will be hub based and you will be a valuable member of the primary care network for the GP practices. You will benefit from regular supervision and hopefully love where you work, join us, let's work together!

Main duties of the job

West Penwith Primary Care Network

The post holder will be based and embedded within a Primary Care Network (PCN) working with GPs, practice nurses and other Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS) workers e.g., Mental health practitioner, social prescribers, health and wellbeing coaches, care co-ordinators, as part of the wider primary care Multidisciplinary Team (MDT). The hub model will also involve many other valuable services from the voluntary and community colleagues. They will work with primary care GPs to manage the mental health needs of their population at the point of contact. This includes those with lower-level support requirements that can be met within primary care.

The aims of this role will be to lead and develop the new service alongside other PCN leads, eventually creating three hubs across the PCN including Penzance, St Ives and Hayle.

Deliver improved access to a broader range of care options by offering timely and expert assessment/triage.

Aim to include evidence informed approaches that are known to impact on both mental and physical health.

In keeping with the national guidance on the introduction of this role, it is envisaged that the focus of a practitioner's work will often be people whose needs cannot be met by IAPT (Outlook South West) services but who may not need ongoing care from secondary care community mental health services, the 'gap population.'

About us

We're an NHS community and mental health provider Trust based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We deliver community and hospital-based care to improve people's physical and mental health. We also provide specialist support to people with dementia or a learning disability.

We are a people organisation and people matter to us. As part of the team, you'll help support the health and wellbeing of the people who live and visit this beautiful part of the UK.

Over 4,000 people make up the Trust. This includes doctors, nurses, therapists, plus admin and support staff.

We work in people's homes, in community clinics and bases. Some staff work from one of our 13 community hospitals. Our aspiration is to have great people, provide great care, be a great place to work and a great partner.

Approximately 568,000 people live here. A third of people who live in Cornwall are supported by acute hospital services in Devon. As a result, we also work closely with our partners in Devon. In the summer, and during other holidays lots of people choose to visit the area. This increases the numbers of people who use our services.

Job description Job responsibilities

For full information of the roles and responsibilities of this post, please see the attached job description, person specification and further details about the job role and PCN

Person Specification Education / Qualifications and Relevant Experience Essential
  • Relevant professional qualification e.g. Dip OT, Dip SW, RMN, Clinical Psychology Grade A, or equivalent
  • Experience of working in a ? mental health care setting and of liaising and working with GPs
  • Suitably trained and experienced in the delivery of short term, focussed evidence-based interventions
  • non medical prescriber
  • Further qualification in mental health work
  • Willingness to undertake further study relevant to mental health in general practice (for example independent prescribing), supported by GP clinical supervision.
Skills and Aptitude Essential
  • Receptive to and able to use clinical supervision appropriately
  • An appreciation of the nature of GPs and general practice. An appreciation of the nature of primary care prescribing.
  • Experience and an awareness of common acute and long-term conditions that are likely to be seen in general practice
  • Understanding of the implications of national priorities for the team and service
  • In-depth therapeutic and clinical knowledge and understanding of the principles of evidence-based healthcare
  • Experience of handling clinical incidents and complaints

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