Mental Health Practitioner (NMC) AHP (HCPC)

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£43,574 to £49,587 a year inc 5% high cost area supplement
Closing date
11 Apr 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
SABP are seeking to recruit qualified OTs or Nurses to work in Primary Care as part of our ageless Integrated Care Service, in either Farnham or Fleet, supporting people with long-term physical and MH issues.

You will have a minimum of 2 yrs experience working in community mental health services and possess an ability to work autonomously in a primary care community setting.

You will be able to facilitate MH/cognitive assessments and formulate diagnosis, treatment/post diagnostic plans with the Consultant Psychiatrist. Facilitating a person-centred, psychosocial approach to practice, enabling independence, and avoiding hospital admissions. Excellent risk assessment and communication are an essential skill set, problem solving and signposting to other services, if appropriate. An ability to foster excellent relationships between PC and secondary care services, with a high standard of care provision for the person using our service/carer/family members.

You will gain experience of working across PC teams, and associated services/agencies, where you will share your knowledge and skills via facilitation of MH training sessions. You will access training/development opportunities facilitated by PC and secondary care colleagues.

You will be well supported by your manager and consultant psychiatrist via regular supervision sessions.

If you would like to know more about this post, please contact Ivana Flitton.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Main duties of the job

Mental Health Practitioners (MHP) aim to provide better care to 18+ people with co-morbid long-term physical health and primary care mental health conditions who are under the care of the integrated community teams.As an MHP you will be able to carry out accurate memory assessments in addition to functional assessments and treatment plans.

  • Work as part of an integrated team in supporting 18+ people with long-term physical and mental health issues to maximise individuals independence and well-being
  • To screen MH referrals and attend MDT meetings within primary care.
  • Support families/carers to develop their understanding of mental health conditions.
  • To help prevent unplanned acute hospital admissions and excessive use of GPs and emergency services.
  • Support staff within integrated care teams to identify, understand and manage the interplay between mental health and long-term physical health conditions via clinical practice and informal training.
  • Liaise closely with secondary MH services to ensure care is person centred and avoid duplication of services.
  • Maximise choice and support people to remain independent for as long as possible
  • Early identification and interventions for MH problems, preventing unnecessary reliance on secondary and acute care
  • Timely and co-ordinated response to peoples needs
  • Signpost people to the right help/service.
  • Raising awareness of MH issues and associated challenges.
  • Accept MH referrals from community Hospitals.

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Hampshire and Surrey are beautiful localities lying a short journey time away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country within easy reach.

For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

Please note that we reserve the right to close posts as soon as sufficient applications are received.

Working from home contracts do not attract high cost area payments.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Job description Job responsibilities

To offer high quality mental health assessment to people aged 18+ with comorbid physical and mental health needs, (functional and organic) and often with frailty under the care of the integrated care team. These may include people living in their own home, care/nursing homes and within a community hospital setting/ on delirium pathway.

To provide individualised short-term mental health interventions as necessary to the above cohort of patients as necessary.

To assess those with cognitive impairment and (following Clinical Supervision) provide diagnosis if identified and post-diagnostic support to individuals and their families.

To work with staff within NEH integrated care teams to increase awareness and recognition of mental health/dementia issues affecting adults and their families/carers.

To develop and deliver education packages, which will support colleagues in the management of patients with primary care mental health issues and/or dementia who are being managed within the integrated team and other supporting services.

To develop systems whereby integrated care staff are confident in their ability to filter out and manage less complex patients, referring only those with the most complex primary care mental health needs to the mental health practitioner for assessment and further treatment.

To provide expert support for patients and their families/carers who are being managed within the Primary Care integrated team and require specialist mental health support.

To provide expert consultation, liaison, signposting and support for other professionals within the integrated care team.

To work with colleagues to develop and manage integrated health and social care patient pathways that bridge primary, secondary, and acute in-patient care and offer alternative options for support to both patients and carers.

Develop strong links with Liaison Psychiatry and acute hospital colleagues, supporting the timely discharge of people from acute settings whose mental health needs would be better met within the integrated care team.

Key Relationships:


Community Matrons

Other members of the integrated team

Allied Health Professionals

Acute hospital staff including liaison psychiatry

Community Mental Health Teams/Community Mental Health Recovery Services

Social Services

Out of Hours providers including Seam

Voluntary Sector

ICO Manager/line manager

Consultant Psychiatrist

Key Responsibilities:


1. To contribute to developing the provision of an integrated physical and mental health service to patients being managed within the integrated team using person-centred, evidence-based approach to care delivery

2. To conduct high quality assessments of peoples mental health needs, including dementia assessments, and using this information to inform formulation, diagnosis and care planning

3. Dementia Following a comprehensive assessment and consultation with consultant Psychiatrist in supervision, share diagnosis with people and their families and provide follow-up post diagnostic support clinic

4. To utilise a range of highly specialised skills appropriate to the management of people at particular points of their care pathway, including psychosocial and medical interventions

5. To manage a caseload of patients (18+) with primary care level mental health needs, often including comorbid physical health problems, including a comprehensive assessment of risks

6. To work with individual service users and their families/carers to agree an ongoing collaborative plan of care

7. To make autonomous decisions around mental health care delivery and support other members of the team in their clinical decision making

8. To work effectively within the Multi-disciplinary team, taking direct responsibility for ensuring that any specialist mental health care is managed appropriately

9. To ensure that the peoples relatives, carers and friends are actively encouraged to participate in care, with the persons consent, and are supported in doing so

10. To signpost service users, carers and families to voluntary agencies and develop and maintain information packs for all staff teams of national and local resources

11. To act as a role model in providing a service for people with primary care mental health issues who are living at home or in other community settings

12. To record all clinical activity within the SABP Clinical Patient Record System, (SystmOne), as well as the ICT primary care clinical system, (as required).

Teaching, Consultation and Supervision

1. To work with staff within the integrated care team to increase awareness and recognition of mental health issues/dementia that affect the registered population

2. To develop and deliver education packages which will support staff in the management of people with mental health issues who are being managed within the integrated team

3. To participate in research connected with the provision of mental health services in community settings

4. To regularly and consistently utilise outcome measures agreed with service/professional leads

5. To be involved in providing audit data relevant to the integrated team

6. To participate in professional development and training courses as appropriate

7. To co-ordinate mental health nursing input into education and training


1. Take a lead role in developing awareness and understanding of mental health and dementia and challenging stigma

2. To use and further develop methods to communicate, record and report information to support the care of individual patients under the care of the integrated team

3. To establish and participate in networks that help to streamline care pathways across primary, secondary, and tertiary care

4. To refer onwards to other services or professionals as appropriate using clear rationale for making the referral


1. To listen to and empathise with the needs and wishes of the people using services and their carers, to support individual rights and choice

2. To continuously educate physical health care colleagues in relation to mental health needs and their impact on physical health and well-being

3. To keep accurate, contemporaneous electronic and written documentation, care plans and reports

4. To use IM&T support systems to assist forward planning and the further development of provider services

5. To be responsible for relevant data collection on work activities, inputting data onto the agreed databases as required, and to maintain a high standard of clinical record keeping.

6. To adhere to standards of information governance and standards of use (Systm1 and all other systems required to be used)


1. To participate in Clinical Supervision in accordance with the Trusts policies and procedures

2. To participate in professional development and training courses as appropriate to ensure continuing professional development.

3. To work within the framework of the policies and procedures of the Integrated care team and Trust and to undertake the mandatory training stipulated in those policies.

4. To participate in regular appraisals with the ICO Manger and to agree standards of personal and professional development within agreed timescales

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Qualifications
  • RMN/Diploma/degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Mentor Course or
  • recognized
  • alternative, e.g.
  • 998
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development
  • Knowledge and Experience

  • Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


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