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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 28/02/2021.

Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner

Job Reference: 354-PC-20095-A

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Mental Health
Woodside, Hellingly
£31,365 - £37,890 per annum

We are a large NHS Mental Health Trust in South East England and are looking for people to help us provide high quality services for the patients, carers and local communities that we serve.

We want patients and staff to recommend our organisation as a place where they would be happy for their friends and family to be treated. You can help us to do this by bringing your skills, experience and commitment to Sussex Partnership.

Sussex Partnership is an equal opportunities employer, with a sincere commitment to our people’s health and emotional wellbeing and as such, we have signed the Time to Change pledge and provide a comprehensive Employee Assistance Programme.

In addition, our workforce is currently under-represented by people from Black and Minority Ethnic and Disabled communities. We welcome applications from people of these communities as we want our workforce to reflect the communities we serve.

The Trust is committed to providing opportunities for flexible working.

Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement whether that’s job share, part time or another flexible pattern.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has rated our services good, following their most recent inspection, and outstanding in the caring domain.

Health in Mind - Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner – AfC Band 6

We are pleased to be able to offer an exciting opportunity to join the team at Health in Mind. The person that is successful in applying for this post will be responsible for providing rapid and responsive assessment, care-planning, signposting and brief treatment to individuals referred to the service by a number of routes, including self-referrals and by General Practitioners. There are Routine 20-day and Priority 5-day referrals to manage effectively. The Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner (PCMHP) role ensures that people referred to Health in Mind are quickly and efficiently able to access the most appropriate treatment for their mental health difficulty.

Health in Mind is a large primary care mental health service that serves the people of East Sussex, with the exception of Brighton and Hove. Due to recent developments within the service, we have the above vacancy in the PCMHP team. Health in Mind covers three localities and it is possible currently that a new PCMHP could work in any of those areas, which are Hastings and Rural Rother, Eastbourne Hailsham and Seaford or High Weald Lewes and Havens. PCMHPs are responsible for a defined GP surgery or group of GP surgeries in a specific location within the locality. Although you will be working primarily in one geographically defined area you may need to work outside of this area in meeting the overall demands of the service. This could be offering clinical work in other areas, attending meetings or visiting stakeholders across the locality.

Health in Mind provides Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) at Step 2 and Step 3 across the county. The Primary Care Mental Health Practitioners (PCMHP) within Health in Mind provide a critical function in providing timely and consistent assessments and reviews in order to enable onward referral to the most appropriate part of the service or to other services if appropriate. PCMHPs do not provide IAPT treatment and the majority of the work is comprehensive assessment of mental health presentation and onward referral within the service or to appropriate external organisations. PCMHPs also work as part of the triage team on a rota basis and may also deliver some ongoing interventions, as appropriate, either 1-1 or in groups.

As a PCMHP at Health in Mind, you are required to be a registered mental health professional. You will require excellent clinical skills in assessment, risk assessment and care planning as well as strong communication skills. An ability to be flexible is also required as assessments can be delivered face-to-face but there is also an element of telephone work. You must be able to demonstrate a desire and ability to meet changing service demands in an ever developing primary care landscape. You will be working closely with your team leader, PCMHP colleagues and other practitioners within the team. The ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with stakeholders, such as GPs, secondary services and non-statutory organisations is vital.

At Health in Mind we offer a supportive working environment and the opportunity for staff to flourish. We actively encourage staff input when developing elements of the service and some of our most effective innovations have come as a result of this staff involvement approach.

For further information, to discuss the post or arrange an informal visit, please do not hesitate to contact Jonathan Morgan, Service Manager, on 0300 00 30 130 / 07471 031979 or via email:

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust takes its responsibilities for the safeguarding and protection of children and young people and vulnerable adults very seriously and expects this of all its employees and bank workers. The Trust works with adult and children’s social care to ensure that the integrated service has systems in place to equip staff and bank workers with the knowledge and skills to recognise abuse, and take action to safeguard and protect vulnerable adults and children and young people.

Successful candidates are normally offered salaries at the bottom of the relevant salary range. However, where previous or equivalent NHS experience in a similar role can be demonstrated and evidenced, this may be taken into consideration when setting the starting salary.

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We welcome and appreciate every application that we receive but regret that we are unable to advise every candidate if they have not been shortlisted. If you have not heard from us within 3 weeks of the closing date then it is likely that you have not been shortlisted on this occasion, however please do not be discouraged from applying again.

In the event of an excessive number of applicants the Trust does reserve the right to close this vacancy earlier than indicated.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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