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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 01/08/2021.

Mental Health Practitioner

Job Reference: J11-A-21-31245

NHS Professionals - Flexible Workers
Long Term Placement (Ref 515)
Band 7

An excellent opportunity has arisen for a full-time enthusiastic, motivated, and caring Specialist Mental Health Practitioner for Primary Care. Frimley Health Integrated Care System (ICS) is one of 12 pilot sites to test new integrated models of primary and community mental health care, as outlined in the Community Mental Health Framework for Adults and Older Adults (NHS England/National Collaborating Centre for MH-2019). The framework supports implementation of new service models, to achieve the vision outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan. Our new community-based mental health support service, called the Mental Health Integrated Community Service (MHICS), is being established for adults with significant mental illness (SMI).


This new role of Specialist Mental Health Practitioner for Primary Care is fundamental to the development and leadership of innovative new teams and integrated mental health services based within networks of GP Practices (PCNs). The role promotes and provides early assessment, treatment and improved access to evidence-based interventions for people with SMI. The role will help people to focus on achievable goals and access local community resources.The service will be for people over 18 years old (including carers) with a specific focus on:


  • those with mental health needs that exceed the access criteria for IAPT and do not meet the access criteria for secondary care
  • people with serious or significant mental illness (SMI) who are in recovery and relatively stable in secondary care mental health services who could be cared for within primary care
  • people with SMI who are eligible for an annual health check and medication review and improved access to physical health interventions
  • younger adults with SMI (18-25years) particularly those transitioning between children’s and adult services
  • those diagnosed with, or presenting with traits of, personality disorder who will benefit from enhanced support across primary care through the MHICS team


Job Summary

As part of a small team, the postholder will

  • contribute to delivering and co-developing the primary care mental health service model. This includes care pathways for the provision of integrated physical and mental health care in a designated Primary Care Network within East Berkshire.
  • 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.
  • work with adults (18+) with severe / significant mental illness, whose mental health needs can be best met within primary care and whose difficulties are best understood within a biopsychosocial model.
  • 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 ‘Community Connector’ role, 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.
  • as a senior level practitioner, supervise junior staff members and coordinate the day to day functioning and delivery of the clinical service.
  • alongside the Principal Clinical / Counselling Psychologist, lead the MHICS team in building and facilitating 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.

Locations Covered -Slough LOCC PCN (Langley Health Centre) and Bracknell Health Triangle PCN (Church Hill House, RG12 7FR)

Please note that you will be contacted via e-mail throughout the recruitment process, so please check your e-mails regularly.

We regret we cannot contact everyone who is not selected for an interview, therefore if you do not hear from us within 21 days after submitting your application, please assume you have not been successful on this occasion.

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