First Contact Mental Health Practitioner
Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a First Contact Mental Health Practitioner to work within primary care in the North Riding Community Health Network.
After the successful introduction of our initial first contact mental health practitioner, we aspire to expand the service with a further innovative offer.
In this attractive, flexible, role the post holder the has opportunity of working within primary care, with non-working weekends and the benefit of bank holidays!
This role is fundamental to the development of inclusive & integrated mental health services.
NMC Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers (England), HCPC Occupational Therapist encouraged to apply.
GPpractices are working together alongside community, mental health,social care, pharmacy, hospital & voluntary services in local areas to form Primary Care Networks. This collaboration signals a significant change in the way practices interact, not only with each other, but the wider health andsocial caresystem, in order to meet the needs of that population. The focus is on prevention andpersonalisationof care, whilst working together to make the best use of shared resources.
Main duties of the job
North Riding Community Health Network, together with TEWV, are working together to transform local community mental health services for people with mental health problems. By working co-operatively, we will be able to provide meaningful support for people with mental health difficulties, in a way that meets their needs closer to their communities and their homes.
The successful post-holder will work in partnership with practice colleagues in joining an ambitious locality network that is committed to developing a strong, caring, and compassionate multidisciplinary workforce.
As a valued team member, you will develop close working relationships with all our friendly Clinical staff. Your role will involve offering specialist mental health advice and providing clinical care for people with a range of mental health needs, ensuring that those with mental illness do not fall between gaps in services.
You will also contribute to safe and effective transitions in care between Adult Mental Health services, where appropriate. You will improve access by being a ' first contact mental health worker', undertaking triage, assessments, brief interventions, and reviews, with clinical supervision provided by a B7 Mental Health Practitioner. You will contribute to networking and navigation expertise, enabling access to a range of appropriate mental health support across the community system.
PCNsare groups of general practices working closely together, with other primary and community care staff and health and care organisations, providing integrated services to their local populations.
North Riding Community Health Network PCN is made up of four practices working closely together:
- Ampleforth and Hovingham Practice
- Derwent Practice
- Sherburn and Rillington Practice
- West Ayton and Snainton Practice
We serve a population of approximately 39,000 people. Our diverse team is made up of GPs. Physician Associates, First Contact Physio's, Advanced Clinical Practitioners, Pharmacists, Nurses, Health Care Assistants, Social Prescribers, Care Coordinators and Mental Health Practitioners.
We are committed to providing a safe and supportive environment to work in where you will have a voice, feel appreciated and listened to.
The successful candidate will be well-supported and guided by the PCN and the clinical team. You will be supported to work autonomously, having day to day responsibility for your clinics and workload. Primary Care experience is not essential; however, a good understanding of how Primary Care works would be beneficial.
This is a new, exciting, and innovative post to support the needs of the local population living with mental health difficulties. The role holder will fulfil a first contact specialist mental health role within GP Practices across the Primary Care Network (PCN), seeing patients who would otherwise have traditionally seen a GP. Within the primary care setting, the role holder will work in a collaborative and multi-agency way. This will contribute to the safe and effective day to day operation of the PCN and the efficient and timely management of clinical enquiries and decision-making.
The post will sit within the GP Practices and will 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.
The role will 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.
The post holder will be an effective member of the multi-disciplinary team. They will be professionally accountable and responsible for patient care, undertaking initial assessment with signposting to appropriate services, or providing time-limited psycho-social therapeutic interventions directly, in e.g. GP surgeries, patients homes and other primary care settings. This will include providing clinical advice to GPs such as specialist opinion.
The post-holder will manage their daily clinics and act as a specialist advisor to GPs, fulfilling a pathway management function and providing short term interventions and support, in collaboration with GPs and other practice based mental health workers.
You will support the establishment of partnerships and networks with key stakeholders across the PCN and the wider mental health care system. You will offer advice to, or obtain advice for, the Primary Care Team on appropriate interventions and on-going patient care management.
You will develop links and foster a culture of partnership between Primary Care Teams and Mental Health Services, promoting clear communication and access to specialist knowledge and advice. This will include the facilitation of joint working with PCN, Secondary Care providers, and Voluntary Care Sector to increase the range of services/interventions available to the communities served.
You will provide clinical advice, consultation, and support to other care providers within primary, secondary, voluntary and statutory services as required.
You will collate and organise contemporaneous information about opportunities and resources in the local area which may be of benefit to patients referred to the service (e.g. voluntary and community organisations, educational and recreational opportunities).
The role includes facilitating sign posting to other appropriate services and undertaking very short-term interventions for patients with mild to moderate mental health difficulties (average length of time expected to be 6 weeks). Working alongside the PCN staff which could include a care coordination team and a social prescribing link worker.
In line with the principles for community transformation, you will ensure systems/pathways are in place to enable smooth transition between primary care and secondary mental health services.
Most importantly, the right candidate will have a strong desire to achieve the best possible outcomes for patients and have the motivation and flexibility to help develop our services as the teams evolve to meet the needs of their population. If you are a qualified Occupational Therapist, Mental Health Nurse or Social Worker, with a determination for supporting local people with mental health problems and their families, and are looking for an exceptional opportunity to contribute to the development of an innovative and new way of working - then we look forward to hearing from you!
Due to the nature of the role it is essential that applicants are able to travel independently across the locality and have access to a suitable vehicle for business purposes. If necessary, adjustments can be considered in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.
Additional contact details - Helen Cheetham
PCN Operations Manager for North Riding PCN
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