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Band 6 PCN Mental Health Practitioner (ARRS)

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per anum
Closing date
31 Mar 2023

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Band 6 Mental Health Practitioner - Social Worker, OT or RMN

Primary Care Network (PCN) Additional Reimbursable Roles Scheme (ARRS) for South Wiltshire.

Are you a registered mental health practitioner looking for the opportunity to be part of a new, innovative and developing model of care for people in South Wiltshire? If you are a Social Worker, Occupational Therapist or Mental Health Nurse we would love to hear from you.

South Wiltshire care system is currently transforming to deliver care closer to homes and to local communities.

South Wiltshire PCN GP practice services are provided by a committed diverse multi-disciplinary staff team. The North Wiltshire PCNs cover a mix of rural and urban areas comprising;

As well as supporting you to build on your experience in this new and exciting role, we offer you a robust induction programme, individual appraisal, clinical and management supervision and ongoing training.

If you are an engaging, experienced and enthusiastic individual and are excited to be part of this new and innovative way of working we would love to hear from you.

For further details about the South Wiltshire PCNs and and the ARRS role please contact:

Paul Maddock (AWP)

Sarah Blaikely (PCN)

Main duties of the job

Key responsibilities within a job plan could include; providing a first response assessment, facilitating improved access to evidence based interventions, including proving where appropriate providing brief interventions. Work with primary care mental health staff (including GPs, social prescribers and recovery navigators) to support the needs of individuals with severe/significant mental illness, whose needs can best be met in primary care. Work closely with colleagues in specialist community mental health and associated services, supporting smooth transitions between services where appropriate across the health and social care system. Build and facilitate closer links between Primary Care Networks (PCNs) and Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs), Social Care teams and associated agencies, community services and a wide range of voluntary and third sector organisations, contributing to the development of the local integrated health and social care system.

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care. We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset. Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

Job description Job responsibilities

This new role of Specialist Mental Health Practitioner for Primary Care is fundamental to the development and leadership of innovative new teams and integrated mental health services based within Primary Care Networks (PCNs which are networks of GP Practices) under the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS). The role promotes and provides early assessment, treatment and improved access to evidence-based interventions supporting people contacting primary care for help with their mental health needs.

The Specialist Mental Health Practitioner role will help people over 18 years old, who are accessing support through primary care, to define achievable goals and access local community resources. The post holder will work to an agreed job plan in a trauma-informed way, recognising the links between trauma and mental health and how this impacts on people seeking help. They will help people with a trauma history to access the care they need, following the principles of trauma-informed care and help them to access appropriate interventions such as trauma-focused therapy.

Areas of focus within an agreed (PCN/AWP) job plan could include:

  • People with serious or significant mental illness (SMI) who are provided a service within primary care. Providing a first clinician response if a person on the SMI register contacts the PCN with a mental health needs. Undertaking clinical reviews, providing ongoing engagement at intervals appropriate to need. Obtaining specialist advice and guidance from secondary care providers as required including prescribing advice. coordinating monitoring and responding to outcomes from physical health checks. Managing need, complexity and risk within the PCNs SMI register. Proactively engage with secondary care services as required and enabling transfers between secondary care and the PCN.

  • The post holder will provide advice, guidance and support to the PCN working in conjunction with Primary Care colleagues to develop a formulation of need and risk and identify treatment options that enable service users to receive or access the most appropriate care. Provided as agreed via PCN meetings, clinician-to-clinician discussion, joint assessment or first clinician contact. Also acting as a first response to mental health requests made through mental health advice and guidance systems such as CINAPSIS. The post holder will have access to PCN and AWP operating systems to enable necessary information relating to current presentation, relevant historical background and current environmental factors to be considered to enable timely and robust response.

  • Medication specific advice the post holder will provide, obtain or facilitate advice and guidance through an agreed process.

  • The post holder may provide Brief Interventions using a default 1+2 model. Brief interventions may include clinical review of advice given or intervention outcome, providing informal advice, information relating to risks, guided self-help, signposting etc.

  • The post holder will support the development of PCN mental health knowledge. Developing, delivering or arranging educational focused sessions or responding to adhoc requests.

  • To provide the PCN with a clinician with a detailed working knowledge of mental health and comorbid pathways. Enabling effective system navigation across a range of services and resources provided by AWP and statutory and third sector partner agencies covering patients who present with mental health issues, comorbidity or behavior, which is challenging. Coordinating proactively multi-agency strategy meetings for complex presentations and patients who frequently present to primary or urgent care services.

  • To provide first response mental health assessment for priority presentations within the PCN. This may include service users presenting with suicidal ideation or following recent acts of self-harm.

  • The post holder will proactively define, capture and report unmet need and gaps in service to inform future service developments.

The post holder will work to a PCN/AWP agreed job plan based on available time, resources and PCN requirements. The specific job plans can provide support variation and flexibility, adapting to need and demand. Job plans will be reviewed at agreed intervals or at the request of the designated PCN\AWP representative.


The post holder will work collaboratively with the AWP Primary Care Liaison Service (PCLS), Later Life Services, Recovery, Intensive Services, Acute Hospital Liaison Services and colleagues from Social Services and the Third Sector.

Day to day support will be offered by key contacts in primary care, including access to a PCN GP Mentor. In addition, the post holder will have access to their AWP Line Manager and to senior clinical advice from the multi-disciplinary teams to support effective, clinical decision-making.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Professional registration
  • Experience in community MH

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