Primary Mental Health Practitioner

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year Per annum
Closing date
3 Apr 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
North Kerrier East Primary Care Network (PCN)

Are you an experienced MHP ready for change and seeking a new challenge? We want to hear from people who have the passion and creativity to help shape and build our exciting, new, holistic service for North Kerrier East PCN

Would you like to be part of an inclusive, supportive, and innovative team, that is co-located and where it is essential to enjoy daily coffee with your colleagues?

If the answers so far are yes, you could be the missing part of our jigsaw. If you think you would interested to jump on board our Health and wellbeing team and become a key player then read on for the formal stuff!

We are looking for Mental Health Practitioners to work within our Primary Care Network, to lead our Mental Health and Well-being team, working alongside our Clinical Director, GP Mental Health Lead and Primary Care Network Manager. You won't be on your own.

We are developing the team from the bottom up, health and wellbeing coaches, care coordinators and social prescribers are already in post. You can help us put in place the latest models of care for our community.

You will be instrumental within the team, managing the work, implementing and shaping new ways of working. Your role will involve liaising across practices and secondary care teams to ensure we are supporting our patient population in the best way we can. Based in practice or in our community hub you will help develop and implement effective systems to manage workloads.

Main duties of the job

You can be full time part time or job share considered. We aim to create a space where we understand 'what matters to someone' not 'what is the matter with someone'. Our new team will include a diverse range of people all there to listen, triage and help with aspects of a person's life that may adversely affect their mental wellbeing.

The aims of this role will be to
  • Deliver improved access to a broader range of care options by offering timely and expert assessment/triage
  • Aim to include evidence informed approaches that are known to impact on both mental and physical health
  • In keeping with the national guidance on the introduction of this role, it is envisaged that the focus of a practitioner's work will generally be people whose needs cannot be met by IAPT (Outlook South West) services but who may not need ongoing care from secondary care community mental health services.

In a supportive partnership the PCN and Cornwall Foundation Trust (CFT) want to achieve care that is joined up, patient centred, trauma informed, place based (locality hub) where practitioners and communities collaborate optimising community assets. By reducing repeated assessments and addressing the needs of those with complex emotional needs earlier and locally, we can reduce distress and work with those with early adversity to have more meaningful and active lives, focusing on what matters to the person. This then enables secondary care to offer expert treatment to those with severe mental illness.

About us

We're an NHS community and mental health provider Trust based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We deliver community and hospital-based care to improve people's physical and mental health. We also provide specialist support to people with dementia or a learning disability.

We are a people organisation and people matter to us. As part of the team, you'll help support the health and wellbeing of the people who live and visit this beautiful part of the UK.

Over 4,000 people make up the Trust. This includes doctors, nurses, therapists, plus admin and support staff.

We work in people's homes, in community clinics and bases. Some staff work from one of our 13 community hospitals. Our aspiration is to have great people, provide great care, be a great place to work and a great partner.

Approximately 568,000 people live here. A third of people who live in Cornwall are supported by acute hospital services in Devon. As a result, we also work closely with our partners in Devon. In the summer, and during other holidays lots of people choose to visit the area. This increases the numbers of people who use our services.

Job description Job responsibilities

For full information of the roles and responsibilities of this role, please see the attached job description, person specification and additional documents.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Relevant professional qualification e.g. Dip OT, Dip SW, RMN, Clinical Psychology Grade A, or equivalent
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working in a mental health care setting and of liaising and working with GPs
  • Suitably trained and experienced in the delivery of short term, focussed evidence-based interventions
  • Experience of working with service users who experience a wide range of mental health problems in a statuary or voluntary capacity
  • Experience and an awareness of common acute and long-term conditions that are likely to be seen in general practice

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