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Senior Mental Health Practitioner - Primary Care

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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An opportunity has become available for a Senior Mental Health Practitioner to provide specialist mental health care as a valued member of the Primary Care Network (PCN). The post will be based within the Spalding PCN and It will include working with primary and secondary care and the neighbourhood teams to locally support the mental health transformation and improve the lives of people who access healthcare services.

Lincolnshire is one of only 12 areas in England to be chosen to lead on transforming mental health services. These privileged roles provide great opportunity for an enthusiastic, motivated, and committed team member to lead the changes locally, working with partners across health, care, and community. We are forging ahead in our community transformation plans to offer a dynamic, localised approach that is responsive, evaluated & tailored to local need, targeting health inequalities. We are focused on helping people towards prevention and recovery, enabling them to live well in their community as much as possible. We work closely with the local community to design and improve services, ensuring we use the existing assets and work to continually improve and develop these.

Main duties of the job

Key elements of the role will include (but not be limited to):o Providing specialist clinical knowledge and interventions to service users in primary care setting. This will include working with the practice team to support people with highly complex mental health needs/serious mental illness.o Developing and implementing clinical processes that contributes towards the continuous improvement of mental health provision across the primary care network (multiple GP practices)o Providing best practice training, mentorship and guidance to mental health practitioners and other roles within the primary care/ neighbourhood MDTo Managing a caseload of highly complex/SMI presentations working closely with the locality secondary mental health service, to maintain personalised care plans which focus on what matters to the person and avoid escalation to.o To perform the duties of a non-medical prescriber, ensuring that appropriate medication is prescribed, monitored, and administered in line with current best practice and the Trust Medicines Management Policy.The post holder will be encouraged to contribute to service development, and there will be opportunities for CPD and clinical supervision as professional development is actively encouraged.

About us

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health services and a number of learning disability, autism and social care services in the county of Lincolnshire. Employing around 2,800 staff, and serving a population of over 766,000, our people lie at the heart of everything we do.

You could be part of a Trust rated by staff as one of the best mental health and learning disability trusts in England, in an area heralded as a fantastic place to live and work. We firmly believe the key to high quality care is a contented workforce. This is reflected in our Care Quality Commission rating of 'outstanding' for well-led and 'good' overall. In the most recent National NHS Staff Survey, our staff rated us as the number one trust nationally for staff morale and one of the top scoring NHS Trusts in the Midlands for being compassionate and inclusive. We're really proud of this!

We are also leading the way in transforming care, with multi-million-pound transformation of patient environments and radical redesign of community services.This is the time to join and help redesign our services of the future. We offer options for flexible working and provide a wide range of training and promotion opportunities in all professions. We support and celebrate diversity, have active staff networks groups and are always looking at what more we can do to support our staff.

Job description Job responsibilities

The post will be based within Spalding PCN covering Munro Medical Centre and Beechfield Medical Centre.

The successful candidate will be an experienced clinician with proven skills in working with people who have a range of highly complex mental health needs, demonstrating practice that is evidence-based and innovative. Demonstrating adaptability, excellent communication skills and self-motivation. In addition to undertaking mental health assessments, you will take on a caseload of highly complex service users to provide therapeutic interventions and coordinate their care. You will work in the context of local and national drivers providing advanced clinical care for identification of individual needs which essentially supports diagnosis and treatment options.

Ideal candidates will also be qualified to prescribe and support with medication decisions. Opportunities to develop these skills and qualifications can be provided to the successful candidate.If you would like any further information or meet to discuss this opportunity please contact: Emma Barrass, Service Manager: Spalding PCN: Louise Johnson or Lisa Jone:

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Degree in mental health and social care or equivalent:
  • 1st level registration RMN
  • Evidence of specialised continued professional training (degree level) in clinical practice
  • Non-medical prescriber (or ability to complete within first 12 months in post)
  • Evidence of advanced clinical practice at post graduate level to masters or equivalent
  • Evidence of continuous professional development
  • Management or leadership qualification
Experience Essential
  • Post- Registration experience of working with adults with mental health needs.
  • Experience of working autonomously within a senior position
  • Experience of managing staff and good leadership skills.
  • Experience of working across organisations
  • Sound knowledge of the national agenda for mental health.
  • Sound knowledge of clinical/ risk assessment and understanding of confidentiality.
  • Sound knowledge of the Mental Health Act.
  • Experience of leading service change/development/transformation.
  • Experience of leading training sessions
  • Experience of neighbourhood working
Skills & Competences Essential
  • Highly developed clinical reasoning skills
  • Prioritisation and resource allocation, planning and organisational skills.
  • Able to communicate complex and at times highly sensitive information to a variety of stake holders
  • Good negotiation skills for conflict resolution
  • IT skills- email, word processing, excel, systems use
  • Analyse and interpret data and/ or information.

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