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Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
23 Mar 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
As part of the exciting community mental health transformation programme in Bedford, new opportunities have arisen for a registered mental health professional to work in our Primary Care Networks (PCNs).

PCNs comprise one or more GP Practice(s) which deliver services to populations of around 50,000 registered patients.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a mental health practitioner from any professional background wishing to further develop their career. The candidate will have experience of working in a primary care or community service and be passionate about delivering high quality mental health care in a primary care setting.

The practitioner will be based in Primary Care and will work as part of a team including GPs, social prescribers, primary care mental health link workers, health coaches, care co-ordinators and specialist occupational therapists. They will also work closely with the specialist mental health services, social care and the voluntary sector to deliver and facilitate access to services to improve mental well-being.

They will work as part of the multi-agency team to undertake triage and assessment. They will deliver a range of interventions to individuals requiring mental health support and facilitate onward support from partners and specialist services.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will show compassion and empathy for people living with a mental health condition, will be of a kind and approachable nature, and will be able to make service users and carers feel comfortable and at ease. We would like you to have a holistic approach to care and look beyond just a persons struggles with their mental health to enable you to support them as a whole person, not just a diagnosis.

Professional development will be supported as well as access to peer support, coaching and mentoring. The successful candidate will have access to all training and development opportunities offered by the BLMK Primary Care training hub and ELFT.

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Job description Job responsibilities

For further details and informal discussion then please contact Kerry Wilding

Person Specification Education/ Qualification/ Training Essential
  • oRMN, Mental Health SW, Mental health OT
  • oCurrent registration with NMC or HPCC
  • oEvidence of regular updating of practice in line with professional registration requirements
  • oMSc or postgraduate diploma in mental health interventions
  • oMentorship/practice teacher certificate
Experience Essential
  • o2 years post qualified experience in mental health.
  • oExperience of working with people with acute and long term mental health problems in a community setting under CPA framework
  • oExperience of working as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • oExperience of making full psychosocial assessment
  • oExperience of managing junior staff/supervising and mentoring student nurses
  • oOf working/contact with primary health care team.
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • oGood knowledge of current and relevant local and national agendas that impact upon Primary Care Networks, mental health services and the wider health and social care system and the ability to understand and disseminate this knowledge to others.
  • oSound knowledge and understanding of the Mental Health Act (1983/ 2007/ 2014/5), Care Act (2014), relevant national standards and other relevant national policies.
  • oExcellent knowledge & understanding of recovery principles and NICE guidance in relation to common mental disorders and the ability to ensure that evidence-based practice with clear clinical outcomes is embedded into practice.
  • oDemonstrate a knowledge base for substance use and associated risks.
  • oDemonstrate a competency in using electronic clinical systems and associated Microsoft Office products or equivalent software.
Personal attributes/ other Essential
  • oSelf-aware demonstrating a positive attitude on achieving the best results and overcoming obstacles.
  • oTakes action to enable others to achieve maximum contribution, communicates vision, direction, and outcomes clearly, motivating others to achieve.
  • oAbility to work independently and as part of a team and able to both/influence and work across professional boundaries.
  • oTakes specific action to improve team or individual performance intervening promptly and constructively to support.
  • oAbility to communicate positive expectations of the organisations (PCN and ELFT) to others in an enabling and supportive manner.
  • oAbility to remain calm under pressure, motivate others and be flexible and adaptable to change.
  • oDemonstrates they care and values others, able to acknowledge and reward good work, celebrating team and individual success.
  • oAble to demonstrate a commitment to self-development
  • oEssential car driver, must have access to transport to drive between bases.

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