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Mental Health Liaison Practitioner **New Hire Bonus**

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Cambridge Locality
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
4 Apr 2023

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Mental health practitioner
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) invite applicants for a full-time Mental Health Liaison Practitioner post. The post is based in Cambridge City covers the Cambridgeshire area.

CPFT was one of the 12 national exemplar pilot sites invited to roll out their model for radical change in the delivery of community mental health services in 2019. The Adult Community Mental Health Transformation seeks to offer place based local care, eliminate current gaps between services and join up mental health care delivery.

The Primary Care Mental Health Service sits at the heart of this transformation in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough because it is organized around local PCNs/Neighbourhoods, can refer people directly into new services in CPFT which are filling the gaps between IAPT and secondary care. Its Mental Health Liaison Practitioners (MHLPs) work closely with primary care, statutory and non-statutory colleagues to ensure that care is joined up.

The ideal candidates will have a strong team work ethic, sense of accountability, accompanied by an ability to work under considerable pressure at times.

If you are looking for a challenge, enjoy variety in your work and wish to be part of an exciting new service, striving to improve services for people with mental health challenges, we want to hear from you.

Main duties of the job

MHLP's have a dual role within the Primary Care Mental Health Service. They are the most senior clinician operating at PCN level and it is their responsibility to triage people referred by their GPs to ensure that the right clinician in the team assesses them.

The MHLPs assess the most complex people themselves and work closely with the consultant and 8a Nurse Medical Prescriber aligned to their PCNs to ensure that the most acutely unwell people can access MDT support without delay.

The other key part of role the MHLP's role is to know the population they are working with and liaise with the key services in their neighbourhood who are supporting people with complex mental health needs. The MHLPs attend virtual clinics with the GPs in each of the surgeries that they work and monthly meetings with their local GP PCN mental health lead. They liaise with local statutory and non-statutory colleagues who provide support for people with complex mental health needs in the community, offer outreach engagement with local community groups to ensure equality of access for the ethnic minority groups in their neighbourhood and, as the ICS develop its local infrastructure will have close links with their neighbourhood project and program leads and attend the Community Safety Partnership Boards.

About us

As a Trust we are keen to provide you with the necessary support to ensure that you can develop both within your recruited to role but also to encourage wider promotional opportunities.

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities.
  • To develop a close relationship with Primary Care practices, attending practice meetings and having regular informal contact.
  • To liaise with key services within the neighbourhood who are supporting individualswith complex mental health problems outside of CPFT.
  • To offer outreach work to community groups where there is evident inequality ofaccess.
  • To triage referrals from primary care.
  • To offer face to face assessments to more complex patients.
  • To attend weekly clinical meetings with consultant and senior nurse colleaguesworking in the MDT to ensure that patients in the sector receive intensive andprompt treatment when needed
  • To provide educational opportunities for Primary Care Team Workers.
  • To provide regular supervision in accordance with good practice guidelines and Trustpolicy.

Person Specification Education/Qualification Essential
  • Relevant professional qualification e.g., Dip OT, Dip SW, RMN, Clinical Psychology Grade A, or equivalent
  • Further qualification in mental health work
Experience Essential
  • Significant experience of working in a mental health care setting.
  • Experience in the delivery of short term, focused evidence based interventions
  • Experience of working with mental health service users in a statuary or voluntary capacity
  • Experience of developing services/project work
  • Lived experience of mental health
Skills & Abilities Essential
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written
  • IT literacy including clinical systems such as SystmOne and EMIS, in addition to competency with Microsoft office packages.
  • Time management ability
  • Presentation skills
  • Good organisational ability
  • Ability and confidence to build and maintain relationships and credibility with a wide variety of stakeholders at different levels.
Knowledge & Understanding Essential
  • Knowledge and awareness of issues relating to mental health and mental health problems in a primary care setting
  • Knowledge of research methods and audit relevant to the job
  • Interest in developing knowledge base and skills relating to the provision of high quality primary mental health care
  • Understanding of mental health issues in a primary care setting
  • Understanding of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and other Therapeutic approaches.
Physical Requirements/Other Essential
  • Ability to get between community sites efficiently an travel to locations independently in locations that may be rural across the county
  • Commitment to ongoing training and development.
  • Able to work flexibly to fulfil service requirements including evening work, if required

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