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Primary Care Clinical Lead MH Practitioner

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum (pro rata)
Closing date
27 Mar 2023

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Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) in collaboration with our Primary Care Networks (PCNs) are excited to be rolling out the first wave of the mental health Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS). These roles have been created as part of the NHS Long-Term Plan and mental health community transformation to put clinicians with mental health experience directly within primary care networks. The funding for these roles is an exciting partnership between CWP and the PCNs as they are funded jointly between the two. The person will be directly employed by CWP but jointly managed and supported by CWP and the PCN in what will be a new, collaborative way of working.

This vacancy is for one whole time equivalent Primary Care Network Lead Mental Health Practitioners. They will cover Healthier West Wirral Primary Care Network. Recruitment will be lead by CWP but supported when necessary by the PCNs with regards to shortlisting and interviews. If you would like to discuss these roles further then please do not to hesitate to get in touch with Peter Evans 07917 088 127

Main duties of the job

To provide a highly experienced level of mental health provision to the primary care network who will act as a conduit and expert for mental health within the PCN. The role will involve thorough assessment of patient's mental health needs including the assessment and management of risk. The post holder will maintain a caseload which will involve ongoing assessment, review and intervention to help the patient improve their wellbeing and achieve their goals. Where necessary they will refer patients to more appropriate services.

About us

CWP provides health and care services for local people, including mental health, learning disability, community physical health and all-age disability care - including the provision of three GP surgeries.

Our aim is to help people to be the best they can be, adopting a compassionate, person-centred approach to everything we do. We were recently rated as Outstanding for Caring by the Care Quality Commission with a Good rating overall.

We offer a variety of roles at all levels, so whether you are just starting out in your career or looking to use your skills and experience in a new role, CWP is the right employer for you.

CWP are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences.

CWP is proud to be an accredited Veteran Aware organisation helping to provide and share best practice in NHS care for our armed forces community. As a veteran aware organisation, CWP is committed to delivering on the principles of the Armed Force Covenant and has a 'Bronze' award with the MOD Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (DERS).

The trust offers a Guaranteed Interview Scheme to any armed forces community applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post and encourages applications from armed forces reservists or cadet force adult volunteers.

We welcome applications from people who have direct experience of accessing our services.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please download a copy of the job description for full details.

Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification) and values.

CWP recruits people that can demonstrate the Trusts Values and Behaviours in their everyday life. Therefore, if you are invited to interview, you will be undertaking aValues Based Interview/Assessment,which explores not only what you do but how and why you do it.

Before applying, we encourage you to review the Trusts Values and Behaviours which are the 6 Cs Communication, Competence, Courage, Care, Compassion and Commitment. A Guide to completing your application form can be accessed on the right side of this page under the job description.

The Supporting Information Section in your application should therefore reflect your understanding of the Trusts Values and associated Behaviours. You will be expected to provide us with examples from work experience and/or personal life which demonstrate these values through your behaviour.

If your disability meets the definition set out in the Equality Act 2010, and you can show that you meet the essential criteria described in the person specification for an available position, please answer YES to the question: Do you wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme? Please also inform the team if you have any special support needs to be considered as part of the interview and selection processes.

We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for our Armed Forces community. Please answer YES to the question in the application form.

All new clinical support staff will be required to have completed or working towards the Care Certificate (CWP In-house 2 day training to be completed within 6 months of start date).

Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment.You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of £13 per year applies.

New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

CWP encourages and supports all staff to become vaccinated against COVID-19.

Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

If you experience any technical difficulties or need help when making an application please contact our Recruitment Team on 01244 393100.

Good luck with your application. We hope to welcome you to Team CWP very soon.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Mental Health Professional, with professional qualification relating to Health (e.g. current registered RMN, Occupational Therapist)
  • Educated to degree level in relevant field/ equivalent level of experience of working in the specialist area.
  • Masters level qualification in relevant field /or equivalent post qualifying short courses and/ or equivalent experience
  • Recent evidence of post-qualifying continuing professional development
  • Teaching qualification or significant experience.
  • Post graduate Psychological therapy qualification/ or equivalent
Knowledge and Expertise Essential
  • Excellent communication skills: - working with staff - working with patients and carers - working with general practice - presentations - written reports - understanding and ability to interpret, research and facilitate staff to implement evidence based practice
  • Proven ability to challenge current practices and freedom to make change in light of evidence-based recommendations
  • Knowledge, understanding and the ability to interpret and implement local and national policy direction relevant to practice
  • Proven experience of clinical audit, skill and knowledge required to facilitate staff to undertake clinical audit
  • Empowering staff to manage and support change
  • Demonstrable effective clinical leadership with knowledge, understanding and application of leadership theories
  • Relevant clinical expertise to support and facilitate clinical development and innovation
  • Evidence of sound information technology skills
Experience Essential
  • Experience of acting as clinical supervisor
  • Experience in the development of professional roles
  • Successfully managed projects that demonstrate ability to communicate and implement change
  • Demonstrable and proven understanding and experience of the clinical and corporate governance agenda
  • Knowledge and experience of facilitation of reflective practice for staff and personal reflective practice
  • Experience of providing and receiving complex, sensitive or contentious information in potentially highly emotive situations.
  • Significant experience of the direct delivery of a clinical, technical or social care service.
  • Significant experience of delivering specialist programmes of care/ care packages
  • Demonstrable ability and experience in motivating and empowering others to change roles and in leading practice development

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