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PCN Band 6 for BLIS (£3K Enhancement)

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year Per Annum
Closing date
16 Feb 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Over the past couple of years, people in East and West Suffolk have been working together to improve NHS mental health & emotional wellbeing care, learning disability & autism services in the region and the #averydifferentconversation began.

We have used those discussions to plan changes that we think will make things better. We hope these proposed changes will mean that people in East and West Suffolk will be able to get the help and support in the right place for them, when they need it, to stay mentally and emotionally well.

Now is an exciting time to join NSFT as we launch our transformational Primary Care Network Mental Health Service across the whole of Suffolk.

Primary Care Networks (PCNs) are groups of GP practices who work together in a local geographical area. In Suffolk there are 14 PCNs with a variety of different sizes, patient populations and mental health priorities. From 2021, each PCN will have two mental health practitioners working in its practices alongside a multi-disciplinary team. Practitioners can include registered nurses, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists and Clinical Psychologists. On a day-to-day basis, PCN Practitioners will work as a member of GP practice extended teams and be based in practices.

Main duties of the job

We are working jointly with our primary care colleagues and as the PCN's evolve, we will be expected to think about the wider health of their communities, taking a proactive approach to managing population health. These roles, although new have been piloted in our Early Adopter sites for the past year so the workload is defined, manageable and appropriate to allow for patient centred care and other activities.

We are at the start of a journey which will see services transformed over the next decade.


As a PCN practitioner, you will work across the interface between Primary Care and Secondary Mental Health Services as part of a multidisciplinary team providing advice, support, and treatment for members of our community experiencing problems with their mental health and wellbeing.

We are looking to recruit Mental Health Nurses, Registered Nurses Occupational Therapists and Social Workers with an interest or preferably experience in a mental health setting, to undertake the planning and delivery of direct patient care. We would welcome applications either as a permanent position (attracting the recruitment premium of £3k) or as a secondment opportunity for 12 months.
About us

You will need to have good organizational skills as you will be managing a caseload and the provision of services to people with mental health care needs as well as offering support and advice to other health care professionals. You will be an autonomous practitioner, making clinical judgements, identifying alternative courses of action, managing and providing a high-quality care.

We are at the start of a journey which will see services transformed over the next decade.

From beautiful stretches of coastline to city streets, from vibrant towns to picturesque villages, Suffolk has a host of reasons why it is a great place to live and work.

Barrack Lane & Ivry Street PCN - The practices in this PCN occupy a part of central Ipswich steeped in military history. The two practices are in the area which were barracks and soldiers on horseback were a common sight for 150 years and Ivry St practice occupies one of the original buildings. The area allows easy access to the Shotley Peninsula and stunning Suffolk Coast, with Felixstowe Port, the biggest and busiest container port in the UK a few miles away.

Job description
Job responsibilities

Benefits included with these roles are:-
  • NHS pension
  • a comprehensive in house & external training programmes
  • career progression
  • starting annual leave of 27 days per annum increasing to 33 days pa based on length of service (plus paid bank holidays)
  • staff physio service
  • NHS discounts and many more.

Here at NSFT we pride ourselves on being a welcoming, talented, friendly and supportive team who like nothing better than sharing their experiences and learning from each other.

We are working hard to maintain usual recruitment process however please be aware that we may ask you to be interviewed via MS Teams rather than in person.

NSFT is committed to lifelong learning and continuous professional development (CPD) for its entire staff. There are a variety of definitions of CPD across the professions but it is usually taken to mean learning activities which update existing skills.
CPD is determined through appraisal with a personal development plan agreed between an individual and their manager, with the commitment of the necessary time and resources.
Person Specification
  • Nursing degree or equivalent or Dip OT, Dip SW, Clinical Psychology Grade A, or equivalent.
  • Mentorship qualification or ENB 998. Willingness to train to become Practice Supervisor or Assessor

  • Higher degree or post graduate certificate in area of clinical / therapeutic practice
  • ILM Certificate in management or equivalent.

  • Effective analytical and decision-making skills
  • Competent and effective treatment skills
  • Able to effectively prioritise own workload
  • Basic computer skills including use of email/internet

  • Able to time manage and reflect on clinical practice

  • Experience in working in team delivering person centred treatment packages
  • Demonstrate effective risk assessment and risk management experience

  • Experience in supporting service development

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Priscilla N&S

“Welcome to Norfolk and Suffolk foundation Trust, we provide an extensive range of mental health services across two counties , working with our communities and partners we continue to develop and transform our services so we can really meet the needs of the people we serve .We are an organisation which truly values nurses , acknowledges the special , unique skills they bring and is committed to developing clinical, academic and leadership pathways whilst supporting, nurturing and caring for you .We have strengthened nurse leadership, created Nurse Consultant , Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist roles with many more expected . We have over 80 Non medical prescribers and will continue to support more each year .  Nursing In NSFT is not without its challenges but we have used them to create opportunities, to learn, to improve and to work differently . Our absolute priority , our number one aim is to improve the care we provide and we will achieve this. Join us and be part of something very special" - Diane Hull, Chief Nurse

Diane Hull - NSNHSFT

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is the main provider of specialist mental health services for the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, serving a population of 1.6 million people. We are a large organisation covering a wide geographical area divided into ‘Care Groups'. There are also Care Groups supporting children, family and young people’s services, and specialist services, including Forensic mental health services.

Each Care Group has its own Leadership team, with the aim of supporting clinically led decision making locally, to support the needs of people accessing services. 

We have inpatient facilities across both counties with smaller bases in rural locations. Many of the Trust’s services are offered in the community, enabling people accessing services to receive the support they need in an environment familiar to them.

At NSFT we believe in recovery and wellbeing, and understand the importance of good physical health, maintaining relationships and achieving a balance between treatments and continuing an active life.

The people in our care, families and carers are at the centre of all aspects of all we do and are vital in helping shape and support our service strategy. Our strategy supports and enables people with mental health problems to live a fulfilling life and make their personal recovery journey. 

Norfolk and Suffolk, in the East of England are some of the safest places to live in the UK, with low crime rates making it a community to be proud of. Housing prices are frequently cited as a reason to move here, as you get an incredible amount for your money compared with other major UK cities.

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About our location

Norwich in Norfolk has something for everyone. It has retained a strong local identity and, with that, a sense of community. Locals say hello to each other, baristas remember our coffee orders and you’ll be among the first to know about interesting local projects.  This strong sense of community, along with excellent shopping, eating out, affordable house prices and excellent schooling is why Norwich has been ranked by the Guardian as the UK’s best city to work in.

Ipswich in Suffolk is steeped in history, yet full of life. According to The London Economic, affordable house prices and hourly commutes to London have earned Suffolk’s county town a slot in their top ten property destinations. “In Ipswich we have got a fantastic cultural offer far better than what towns and cities bigger than us are offering.  We have got very good transport links, especially to London, and house prices are a lot cheaper in the area.

One of Norfolk’s most famous stretches of beaches, Great Yarmouth attracts around six million tourists each year! Situated at the mouth of the River Yare, this old port town is home to beautiful golden sandy beaches and neighbouring towns and villages with scenic views and homely charm.

Full to the brim of history and with a vibrant town centre, King’s Lynn is the ideal destination to enjoy the superb mix of history, shopping and entertainment on offer!  A small, historic market town, King's Lynn is the perfect place to live and work, with fantastic train links and short drives to fantastic beaches.

Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is a unique and dazzling historic gem. An important market town with a richly fascinating heritage, the striking combination of medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and glorious cathedral and abbey gardens provide a distinctive visual charm. With prestigious shopping, an award-winning market, plus variety of attractions and places to stay, Bury St Edmunds is under two hours from London and convenient for Cambridge.

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For family members who love (or need) to travel, you’re ideally located. Trains run to and from London every 30 minutes from both Ipswich and Norwich, and there are direct rail services from Manchester, Nottingham and Cambridge.   Both counties are well connected to major road networks and Norwich has an international airport. 

Some of our valued employees have told their story of working at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust... use the links below to read these.

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