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Primary Health Mental Health Practitioner

Band 6

Main area
Bexley CHS
Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Erith Mental Health Centre,
Erith, Kent,
£37,152 - £43,994 pa inc
Salary period
27/09/2021 23:59



Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner, Band 6


Full Time: 37.5 hours per week

Posts are open to applicants from Nursing, Social Work and Occupational Therapy

We are looking to appoint two skilled and motivated Mental Health Practitioners to work in three of the four Primary Care Network (PCN) across Bexley. These are new roles, appointed under the Additional Roles scheme designed to work closely with general practice (GP’s, nurses, clinical pharmacists, and other practice staff...). There are plans to expand this service in the next two years.

During 2021 three Bexley PCNs will have one Mental Health Practitioner providing a named clinician for the GP practices within that locality. Each Mental Health Practitioner will work alongside a multi-disciplinary team within developing Local Care Networks including GP’s, Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Pharmacists, Social Workers, Adult Social Care services, Trusted Partners, and the wider Voluntary Sector.

This exciting opportunity allows for the successful post holders to be at the forefront of establishing of the development this new model of delivering mental health care within Primary Care. There will be a clear focus on prevention, early detection and intervention.

These posts will be responsible for providing specialist mental health care and interventions to patients within the PCN. This includes using a high level of assessment to understand needs, treatment options, and refer appropriately onto teams across the health, voluntary sector and social care system to enhance the patient experience while going through the care pathway.  It is crucial that these post holders develop an effective and close working relationships both within the PCN and other providers for local mental health services. Post holders will work across in GP Practices and Oxleas sites in Bexley.

Job Summary:

The post holder will contribute to delivering and co-developing the primary care mental health service model. This includes care pathways for the provision of integrated mental health care in a designated PCN within the borough of Bexley. The post holder will work with all relevant community partners to:

  • Improve the lives of people with mental ill health by minimising the impact of their condition through the delivery of an excellent, compassionate services to promote the recovery and well-being of patients and their carers/families.
  • Support the delivery of PCN DES contract priorities including supporting the improvement of physical health for people with serious mental illness (SMI)
  • Facilitate the interface between primary care and secondary mental health services to provide specialist advice and support, assessment, treatment, education, and solution-focused approaches to the local primary care teams, for patients and carers.
  • Offer expertise in networking and navigation to promote ease of access to a range of specialist mental health support services. This ensures that each person, once assessed, receives the best possible care in the right place at the right time and by the right supporting service.
  • Accept referrals direct from primary care via an agreed route, promote early assessment / treatment, and ensure robust relationships and links with other community-based services.
  • Be a dedicated support for primary care, providing timely advice to GP practice staff.
  • Work with adults (18+) whose mental health needs can be best met within primary care and whose difficulties are best understood within a biopsychosocial model.
  • Own a patient caseload to follow up SMI patients who have had an annual health checks and support them with accessing adequate service (i.e. weight loss programme, etc.)-
  • Engage with SMI population who are hard to reach to improve SMI health check uptake, including arranging support from community providers where necessary.
  • Act as a conduit for complex cases where multiple agency involvement is required (i.e drug and alcohol teams, social services)
  • Work closely with colleagues in specialist community mental health services to ensure smooth transitions between teams and services and facilitate an ‘easy in, easy out’ approach to improve access to evidence-based interventions.
  • Work closely with, and provide day to day support and guidance to, the social prescribers within the GP practices, connecting people to appropriate community and voluntary sector support.
  • Facilitate mental health and ‘strengths - based’ assessments in primary care and support the primary care team in accessing appropriate level of services.
  • To build and facilitate closer links between primary care networks and community mental health teams, social care teams, community services and a wide range of voluntary sector organisations, to achieve seamless transitions and support for people with SMI.

Oxleas NHS Trust operates a Probationary Period, further details are available on request.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Munya Mangundu, Operational Manager for Community Mental Health for Bexley: 861 1155