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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 15/10/2021.

Advanced First Contact Mental Health Practitioner

Job Reference: 348-SW-689A

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
Enhanced Primary Care Team - West - MH
Eastleigh Southern Parishes
£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 First Contact Mental Health Practitioner

Location: Eastleigh Southern Parishes

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

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

Job type: Permanent

This new post is a joint appointment between the Eastleigh Southern Parishes primary care network (PCN) and Southern Heath Foundation NHS trust. It is based in primary care and aims to develop and deliver a high quality mental health service for those with mild to moderate mental health symptoms in our network area.

If you want to make a positive difference and be involved in the development of a new and innovative approach to providing mental health care within local communities then please apply for this exciting opportunity:

Advanced First Contact 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.

The role is based with the 3 PCN surgeries in Eastleigh Southern Parishes covering approximately 40,000 patients. It is focused on providing first contact consultations to patients with a range of mental health needs. The clinical approach will seek to maximise brief psychological containment/intervention, social prescribing, referral preparation and management and psychological advice and guidance using a ‘psychological GP style approach’. This appointment is a key part of our efforts to develop a community based mental health team and we hope any successful candidate will work closely with our current two Social Prescribers and 2 Health and Well Being Coaches.

You will be a registered practitioner experienced in mental health and be able to work autonomously within primary care but equally able to work as part of the team to ensure patient needs are identified and met.

We believe our staff are our most valuable asset and the Trust and PCN are both committed to providing training and support for this role. The trust has its own unique, internal Academy of Excellence supporting registered staff to gain support throughout their careers to realise their aspirations as well as links to local universities to support further education and development. It also has a team of Practice Educators to support and guide staff as they work alongside them. The PCN has a GP mentor who will meet regularly with the successful applicant.

For an informal discussion about the role please email the Network Clinical Directors: Dr Ali Shahsavanpour at or Dr.Neeraj Sonpal at with a phone number.

Further details are set out in the Job Description.

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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