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First Contact Mental Health Practitioner

Job Reference: J185-A-21-3031

Priory Medical Group
Competitive salary + NHS Pension


…as part of our ‘First Contact Primary Care Team’ offering first contact and follow up mental health services for Priory Medical Group patients, working with GPs and allied health professionals.

Are you…

  • …a qualified Registered Mental Nurse (RMN)?
  • …passionate about patient care?
  • …looking for the opportunity to enhance you skills within one of the UK’s largest primary health care providers.
  • …looking for an environment where we all act with kindness and compassion towards colleagues at all times

The role…

This new team is at the forefront of innovation. It’s pioneering work can make a real difference every day…every patient.

Being an integrated part of the clinical team, you will alongside a team with diverse background from GP Partner(s), GP’s and other allied healthcare professionals to provide a specialist Mental Health service to adults experiencing varied levels of difficulties, as first point of patient contact.

You will provide an excellent understanding and working knowledge of common mental health problems and their management in primary care, delivering brief therapy interventions as part of an individual needs led plan.

What we look for in your application:


Experience of working with adults in a mental health setting.

Experience of providing brief effective treatment to adults.

Ability to develop good therapeutic relationships with patients.

Providing an excellent understanding and working knowledge of common mental health problems and their management in primary care.

Maintaining an individual case load.

Continually assessing and evaluating risk to client and therapist throughout client contact.

Knowledge of community care and understanding of management of risk in Primary Care.

Interest in self-help material.

Able to work collaboratively with other staff.

Care professional qualification Registered Mental Nurse with maintenance of an active status on the NMC Register, acting in accordance with the Code of Professional Conduct.

Hold a Full UK Driving License and access to a vehicle to travel between surgeries and other health care settings as appropriate.

Not Essential but desirable

Holds a Non-medical Prescribing course (desirable).

Experience of working with CBT model (desirable).

Experience of working in Primary Care Services (desirable).

Job title: First Contact Mental Health Practitioner

Working hours: Due to the nature of the mental health service, whilst we are able to agree typical working days / hours, our First Contact Mental Health Practitioners need to be available for work during the core service periods as required by the business. As such the specific hours of work are variable although the practice will do all it reasonably can to notify you of specific hours of work in advance by way of the team ROTA. Monday to Friday 08.00 am – 08.00 pm.

Salary: Competitive salary dependent on strength of candidate + NHS Pension

Location: To be discussed at interview stage. We have 9 locations based in York.

Selection for Interview

The Practice recognises that discrimination of any kind is both unlawful and would act as a barrier to finding the most talented individuals for our organisation. As such, our recruitment and selection procedures exist to ensure no job applicant, employee or worker is discriminated against either directly or indirectly on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

A great deal of careful consideration has been invested in preparing the advert for this post based on the specification for this role and the person we are looking for. Our selection for interview process is designed to ensure individuals are selected for interview on the merit of their application only.

If you are applying through NHS Jobs, you will notice you are asked if you would like a guaranteed interview as part of the ‘Two Tick’ disability scheme. Whilst this is an admirable government initiative, please be aware we are not signed up to this scheme. This is a question on the NHS jobs application form which is outside of our own control. Our own process ensures we consider candidates on the merit of their application only and we do not ask any questions regarding a disability as part of our selection process. We only give candidates the opportunity to share information regarding any disability after candidates are invited to interview and only if the candidate feels they require adjustments in the interview process.


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