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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 13/07/2021.

Advanced First Contact Mental Health Practitioner

Job Reference: 346-NYA-164-21

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
Advanced First Contact Mental Health Practitioner
Selby Town Primary Care Network, Selby Town Primary Care Network
£38,890 - £44,503 per annum

We are one of the largest specialist mental health and learning disabilities trusts in the country, with an annual income of £320m and a workforce of some 6,700 staff operating from around 100 sites in Durham, Teesside, North Yorkshire and York and Selby. We provide a range inpatient and community services to 2m people living in County Durham, the Tees Valley, Scarborough, Whitby, Ryedale, Harrogate, Hambleton and Richmondshire. We also provide additional specialist services to other parts of Northern England.

We deliver our services by working in partnership with eight local authorities and clinical commissioning groups, a wide range of voluntary organisations, as well as service users, their carers and the public. The services are spread over a wide geographical area of around 3,600 square miles, which includes coastal, rural and industrial areas.

We are a multi-award winning trust and are included within the Health Service Journal’s Best 100 Places to Work. The trust take a positive and proactive approach to support staff in their personal development and has embedded the Talent Management approach within the Trust, with the vision of helping people to be as good as they can be, helping TEWV to do things better.

We recognise and celebrate our staff are our greatest asset. Do you want to make a positive difference and be involved in the development of an exhilarating, new and innovative approach to providing mental health care within local communities?

Do you want to work for an NHS Trust that is committed to continuous professional development and has an excellent track record for staff development and support?

You need look no further - please apply for this exciting opportunity:

Band 7 Advanced First Contact Mental Health Practitioner

  • 37.5 hours per week but would welcome applications from those who wish to job share.
  • Salary will be in line with NHS Agenda for Change pay scales and you will have access to the NHS Pension Scheme.

This is a new and innovative post. You will support people in primary care settings, working in a collaborative and multi-agency way to meet the needs of people with a range of mental health needs.

GP practices have begun working together alongside community, mental health, social care, pharmacy, hospital and voluntary services in local areas to form Primary Care Networks or PCN’s. PCN’s signal a significant change in the way practices interact, not only with each other, but the wider health and social care system. This collaboration will enable care to be delivered to a defined patient population, in a different way to meet the needs of that population. The focus will be on prevention and personalisation of care, whilst working together to make the best use of shared resources.

Selby PCN, together with Tees Esk and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, are working together to transform our local community mental health services for people with significant mental health problems. New funding has enabled the PCN’s and local GP surgeries, to create a multi-disciplinary team that will work in close collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders. 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.

Selby PCN

This post will sit within the Selby Town PCN. You will work across the PCN’s and associated GP Practices: Escrick Surgery, Beech Tree Surgery, Posterngate Surgery and Scott Road Medical Centre. The Selby Town PCN looks after the needs of nearly 50,000 people, in an increasingly collaborative partnership with other organisations, including local authorities, community service providers, Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, and voluntary and community groups.

Selby Town PCN has a vision of achieving “the best health and well-being for our population.” To realise this vision, the PCN has constructed an ambitious program of work in a number of areas, including Population Health, Community Engagement and Primary Care Re-design. Selby Town PCN has a proven track record of developing innovating and exciting roles to promote co-ordinated services for vulnerable patients. It has become evident that mental health issues are an essential part of this service delivery. The successful post-holder will become part of a passionate and ambitiouslocality network, which is committed to developing a strong and compassionate multidisciplinary workforce. Selby Town PCN considers this collaborative approach as being essential to the provision of high quality, sustainable care to its local neighbourhood population.

You will work as an autonomous practitioner within a friendly team of GP’s, ANPs, Practice Nurses and Pharmacists. You will develop close working relationships with General Practitioners and be a valued member of the primary care team. You will be expected to collaborate with other healthcare professionals, both internal to, and external from, the PCN. Your role will be to offer specialist mental health clinical care for people presenting to the GP Practices with a range of mild to moderate mental health needs. You will act as a ‘first contact mental health worker’, undertaking triage, assessments, brief interventions/treatment, and review for local people. You will also offer networking expertise and navigation to a range of specialist mental health support across the community system to ensure that, once assessed, each person receives the best possible care in the right place at the right time by the right supporting service.

As a service keen to provide excellent care to our locality we would welcome enthusiastic, pioneers who are willing to develop the role. We are looking for the very best people to come with us on our journey of discovery and development. Primary Care experience is not essential; however, a good understanding of how Primary Care works would be beneficial. Candidates should have extensive clinical knowledge and experience across a range of mental health settings. If appropriate to the candidate’s professional registration they will need to hold or be willing to work towards attaining a prescribing qualification. Candidates will need to be able to offer advice to other mental health professionals and GP Practice staff. Experience in leading meetings, presentation skills and offering training and education to professionals across a range of specialties will be essential.

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 the services as the team evolves to meet the needs of the population. If you are a qualified Occupational Therapist, Mental Health Nurse or Social Worker, with a passion 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!

Applicants must be capable of independent travel

For further information please contact:

Dr Nick Jackson on


Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust is committed to the protection of staff, service users and visitors to the Trust from second hand smoke and currently operates a no smoking policy which ensures all buildings and grounds are smoke free.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from individuals who have experience of mental ill health or learning disabilities. Our service users and carers tell us our staff should be consistently concerned with maintaining and improving care with pride, empathy and compassion.

This job advert may close as soon as sufficient suitable applications have been received. If interested please apply for this post as soon as possible

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Please note that if the post you are applying for requires a DBS check, you will be required to also subscribe to the DBS Update Service, if successful, and thereafter renew your subscription each year. The Trust will reimburse the subscription fee.

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Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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