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Primary Care Network ARRS Mental Health Practitioner

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

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Primary Care
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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

An opportunity has arisen to recruit into Band 7 Mental Health Practitioner position for South-East Shropshire PCN.

South-East Shropshire PCN serves an overall population of 58,500 registered at 9 GP practices.

Mental Health Practitioners work flexibly as part of the PCN teams, ensuring that the service is accessible, and innovative in addressing service users' mental health needs.

While there is some scope for the role to be developed according to the specific needs of the PCN, Mental Health Practitioners are independent workers based in different GP surgeries throughout the week.

This role would suit a candidate who is able to work independently, offering mental health needs assessment, advice, information and signposting to the most appropriate services. There will be an offer of brief psychosocial interventions directly at the point-of-contact, with the aim of avoiding unnecessary onward referral.

Applicants should have relevant experience and competence in:
  • Robust assessing of a range of mental health issues
  • Risk identification and management
  • Positive relationship building across a variety of stakeholder groups
  • Expert navigation of a range of support, VCSE, social and clinical services
  • Co-production at all levels working with service users/carers, voluntary sector organisations and other statutory providers
  • Confidence in being able to use multiple electronic health record system

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 specification 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

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.

Main duties and 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

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Qualified Registered Mental Health Professional
  • Leadership Course
  • Masters Level Qualification in a Relevant Field
Skills Essential
  • Knowledge and Awareness of Relevant Legislation and Guidance
  • Knowledge of Mental Health Assessment, Treatment and Review
  • Awareness of Basic Research Methodology

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