Primary Care Mental Health Liaison Practitioner

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year PA / pro rata for part time
Closing date
28 Mar 2023

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Primary Care
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The Chichester and Midhurst ATS (Assessment & Treatment Service) is a community mental health team which supports people living with a severe and enduring mental illness. The MHLP team is part of the Chichester and Midhurst Assessment and Treatment Service and work as liaison between the ATS and GP Surgeries. The post holder will work within GP surgeries and will be the liaison and link between primary care and secondary care services.

We are looking for an experienced Band 6 Mental Health Practitioner (Mental Health Nurse, Occupational Therapist and Social Worker or an HCPC registered professional such as an Art, Music and Drama Therapist) to work within GP Surgeries to provide 6-8 sessions of CBT informed or psycho educational intervention to people with mild to moderate mental health problems. The successful applicant will also be responsible for completing initial assessments and liaising with GP's, IAPT services, local agencies and signposting to third sector services.

Part Time Applicants will be considered

To protect the health and safety of our staff/workers, patients, and those attending our sites, we encourage our workforce to get fully vaccinated against COVID

Main duties of the job

Working as an MHLP includes:
  • Working autonomously to a defined caseload of clients diagnosed with mild to moderate mental health problems. This will include offering specific interventions such as psycho-education, CBT informed sessions and short term recovery focused interventions
  • You will complete initial assessments and work closely with our referrals coordinators, GP's and other agencies.
  • Your interventions will be a pre-defined offer of 6-8 sessions.
  • You are welcome to co-facilitate groups if you have an interest in this area.

About us

What you will receive from us:
  • We are a friendly and supportive team that meets regularly to ensure you feel safe and supported.
  • We offer several MDT meetings per week to ensure support is available for complex case discussions.
  • You will receive regular managerial supervision and be offered the opportunity to supervise junior staff.
  • You will also have access to regular clinical supervision and support from our Community Leads
  • We actively encourage people to think about their development and career goals, and will support you to complete further training.

This post offers the Trust's £2000 Golden Hello for band 5 or 6 Nurses, or a relocation package up to a maximum of £2000 (subject to terms and conditions).

Job description Job responsibilities

To work as part of the secondary care mental health service, acting as a link clinician to primary care teams. Clinical work will be carried out within primary care settings.

To work with GPs and primary care teams, specifically colleagues in IAPT (Time to talk), providing support, advice, consultation and shared care for adults, regardless of age and diagnosis, presenting with a functional mental illness, to enable safe management of clients within primary care.

To work in partnership with GPs and other primary care colleagues around individual patients and to work jointly with them to develop care plans for the client.

To assess individuals with complex presentations, prior to referral to secondary care and if required, directing them into the appropriate specialist service within secondary care ensuring they are not passedbetween services.

To maintain a close working relationship with local secondary care teams, keeping them informed of developments within primary care.

To build up professional relationships within Primary Care to allow effective development of care pathways within localities.

To work closely with secondary care colleagues, using their expertise where necessary, to ensure an appropriate response, particularly, but not exclusively from medical colleagues.

To ensure and keep updated a comprehensive knowledge of local resources and services available and how to access these and provide this information to practices and specialist teams as requested.

To provide comprehensive and accurate information on the role of the Primary Care Mental Health Liaison Practitioner, local resources and services to GPs, primary care teams, secondary care teams,service users and third sector agencies.

To work to early intervention principles and provide assessments for service users with more complex presentations identified in consultation with GPs.

To organise, provide and coordinate formal and informal training to GPs and primary care teams on topics relating to mental health as agreed with GPs and PBCs, in order to further enhance the skills of the staff in the diagnosis and management of mental health disorders.

Person Specification ESSENTIAL Essential
  • Registered Mental Health qualification or equivalent
  • Up to date Registration
  • Post Basic Courses / relevant Study Days
  • Evidence of CPD
Experience Essential
  • post-qualifying experience of clinical work with people with a range of mental health problems
  • Experience of partnership working within and across various different statutory and non- statutory teams and agencies
  • Experience of successfully managing a caseload and prioritising clinical work
  • Experience of providing a range of clinical interventions to people with a variety of mental health problems.
  • Experience of working consultatively with professionals
  • Experienced in conducting clinical assessments, including risk assessments.

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