Specialist Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner

Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
28 Mar 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the ongoing development of the Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service, in partnership with both statutory and third sector services. The post holder will be linked to a primary care network (PCN), whilst providing a peripatetic specialist mental health clinical role within defined GP practices to support people with a wide range of mental health issues.

We would actively encourage people of all backgrounds who meet the essential criteria to apply, as we are seeking to ensure the workforce is representative of the people of Leeds. Applicants from BAME backgrounds and/or who are able to speak a community language (eg Urdu, Farsi, Polish, Romanian) are welcome.

The primary aim of this team is to support General Practice in managing the mental health of those patients where an existing mental health service within Leeds has not been identified to meet their current needs. This may include offering advice to the practice or engaging directly with the patient.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide access to triage, specialist mental health assessment, risk assessment, and brief intervention to prevent deterioration in mental health requiring a referral to secondary mental health services. The post holder will also provide access to triage, assessment and decision support for primary care colleagues to ensure that service users with complex mental health needs access the correct pathway and intervention to meet their needs.

The post holder will be expected to have a broad understanding of community mental health services and the wider primary care landscape. An awareness of future community mental health transformation would be beneficial.

This post is suitable for social workers, mental health nurses and occupational therapists

This will build upon Leeds' vision for the development of a new mental health framework for care in Leeds wrapping specialist mental health clinical knowledge and skills into primary and community settings.

**Please note any correspondence following application will be sent via trac.jobs & the Trust's Resourcing Team**

About us

The Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LYPFT) is the main provider of Mental Health and Learning Disability services in Leeds. We also provide specialist inpatient services in York and some highly specialised services across the country. As a teaching trust with strong links to local universities, we are a centre of excellence for teaching,research and development.

There are many benefits of working for LYPFT including fantastic employee wellbeing support, 27 - 33 days annual leave, flexible working and remote working arrangements, the NHS Pension Scheme (LYPFT pays 20.6% into your scheme each year), coaching, support and opportunities for career development and training and education support alongside a range of exclusive discounts and payment schemes including for cars, extra leave days and more organisations such as Blue Light Card, Health Service Discounts and NHS Discount Offers.

We also have an incredible bank department, offering variety of roles in nursing, allied health professions, healthcare support worker and administration clerical. Permanent employees are automatically added to bank. Bank-only workers can choose the hours they want to work and will have the opportunity to gain additional experience, keep skills up to date, develop new ones and earn extra money without having to commit to a permanent role. For an informal discussion or more information please contact the team bankstaffingdepartment.lypft@nhs.net

Job description
Job responsibilities

  • The team take a transdiagnostic approach to mental health care, with the aim of using a helpful conversation/biopsychosocial assessment approach to identify and formulate the patients difficulties. We work alongside the patient to explore their current experiences in relation to their mental health, identify their current goals and priorities, and consider what support may be helpful to best achieve these.

    This can include identifying existing services which may be of benefit to the patient and supporting referrals to these or using psychoeducation and/or practical coping strategies and skills to support the patient with symptom management.

    They will work closely at the interface with secondary care mental health services, and provide clinical leadership to the Primary Care Network.
  • Ensure effective communication systems are in place and used appropriately
  • Full participation in appropriate managerial and clinical meetings
  • Take responsibility for positively engaging service users and carers in all aspects of care delivery and evaluation
  • Support the development of networks with staff working in other agencies that provide services to service users with complex mental health needs, liaising with a range of staff and clinicians in primary and community health services, social care, independent and third sector
  • The post holder will report directly to the Band 7 Senior Primary Care Mental Health Liaison Practitioner, and be accountable to the Locality Manager
  • To provide supervision, support and training to colleagues including through the PDP/appraisal process
  • Will be able to adapt to barriers in communication that Service Users may present with e.g. emotional, psychological and physical, utilising a high level of expertise in communication skills.
  • Recognised professional qualification RMN, RN (Mental Health), OT, Social Worker
  • Will maintain current specific professional and legal standards of practice in accordance with professional codes of conduct.
  • Extensive experience of working in partnership with service users, carers and other agencies.
  • Extensive experience in undertaking specialist mental health and risk assessment, will demonstrate that these skills are maintained and shares those skills with other team members.
  • Will be able to demonstrate a high level of understanding of the national and local mental health and social care agenda and be able contribute to service development initiatives.
  • Will be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of clinical, teaching and leadership skills and can demonstrate evidence to support same.
  • Will be highly skilled in all aspects of clinical communication including the maintenance of accurate records.
    To provide advice, support and information to service users and carers.
  • To provide supervision where appropriate to more junior staff and students.
  • To use expert judgement and analytical skills in all areas of clinical practice and decision making, in line with Professional codes of practice
    To support the development of links with partner agencies
  • To offer consultation, advice and decision support to primary care colleagues
  • Will be able to demonstrate excellent prioritisation and time management skills.
  • Will be able to manage workload effectively under pressure
  • Car driver essential
  • Typing, keyboard skills working with clinical IT systems
  • Provide comprehensive mental health assessments, formulation, skilled brief interventions, and decision support to primary care colleagues to ensure that service users with complex mental health issues are supported to have their holistic needs met in a primary care setting.
  • Be able to respond appropriately to unpredictable situations of risk and manage these in a safe, professional and holistic manner utilising risk assessment, relapse prevention interventions and safety planning.
  • Provide access to triage, assessment and decision support for primary care colleagues
  • To maintain a commitment to person centred care and to promote the use of the recovery model. Actively engage service users, carers/family members, and other professionals/partners in developing collaborative care plans and crisis plans to meet service user needs.
  • Liaise with and establish effective working relationships with a range of staff and clinicians in primary and community health services, social care, independent and third sector to meet service users social, physical and mental health needs.
  • Participate in service audit, evaluation and review.
  • Contribute to the development of the service applying NICE guidelines through Clinical Governance and professional standards. To make effective use of all available resources under the guidance of the Locality Manger and Senior Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner
  • To participate in the provision of an effective induction programme for new staff as appropriate to achieve a clear awareness of roles and responsibilities, and operational policies and proceduresThe post holder will provide a high level of skill in supervision, education and skills sharing to primary care colleagues, more junior staff and students.
  • Will provide supervision and appraisal as appropriate.
  • Will be highly skilled in all aspects of clinical communication including the maintenance of accurate records in line with Trust procedure and professional guidance.
  • Will provide data as required to support monitoring of performance indicators, and contribute to evaluation of the service
  • Participates in clinical audit and evaluation as appropriate
  • As a registered practitioner will use professional judgement and exercise professional accountability in all aspects of clinical practice
  • Will adhere to all professional and Trust policies and procedures including the reporting of Trust incidents, complaints procedure and information governance
  • Will engage in receiving regular line management and clinical supervision provided by a defined band 7 Team Manager/ Primary Care Locality Lead

Person Specification
  • Relevant core professional qualification and registrations (eg. RMN, RN (Mental Health)
  • Evidence of ongoing and recent post qualification continuous development

  • The ability to organize and prioritise own workload under pressure.

  • Experience of receiving clinical supervision ,reflecting on own practice , and providing supervision to more junior staff

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