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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 08/10/2021.

Advanced Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner

Job Reference: 348-SW-688A

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
Avon Valley PCN
New Forest North
£40,057 to £45,839 pa (based on full time hours)

Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities.

Job Title: Advanced Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner

Location: New Forest North

Salary band: Band 7 £40,057 -£45,839 per annum

Hours: 37.5 hours / week (part time, job share and flexible will be considered)

Job type: Permanent

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:

Advanced Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner:

37.5 hours per week but would welcome applications from those who wish to job share and require flexibility.

· 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. You will work within the Avon Valley Primary Care Network which is an umbrella organisation delivering care to 40,000 patients, across GMS Practices based in the New Forest area. As an established PCN, we have an exciting, pioneering opportunity at this friendly GP Network.

This PCN looks after the needs of the local population in the New Forest, and work in a collaborative partnership with other organisations, including local authorities, community service providers, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, and voluntary and community groups. You will work in an ambitious but compassionate and friendly team of professionals in various additional roles created to enhance our general practice. 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. We border the beautiful South Coast and the equally beautiful New Forest National Park giving us huge opportunity to empower our patients to improve their health as part of their well-being. This is a beautiful part of the UK to be a health care professional.

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.

If you are a qualified Mental Health Practitioner, 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!

We positively encourage applications from all sections of the community and we are committed to equal opportunities. We strongly encourage candidates to read all available information to support their application, please use the application form to demonstrate that you meet the requirements laid out in the job description and person specification.

Previous applicants need not apply within a six month period for the same role.

A DBS check is required by the Employer for this post. The Employer will undertake an initial check at the appropriate level on appointment. As a condition of employment you are required to register with the online DBS update service and maintain this registration throughout employment; costs associated with this will be reimbursed, subject to taxation in line with guidance from HMRC.

Any personal information you provide will be treated in the strictest confidence and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.


Southern Health Foundation Trust (SHFT) is committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect. As an employee, you are accountable to ensure that you know to how to respond when you are concerned for the safety of a child, young person or adult at risk, applying the principles of the Family Approach to ensure evidence based analysis, risk management and appropriate action and escalation. SHFT require staff to work effectively together using the Family Approach to achieve better outcomes for adults, children and families. The Trust will support you in this duty by providing ongoing training, support and advice and have a Corporate Safeguarding Team who can be contacted for guidance and the provision of safeguarding supervision.

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.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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