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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 13/10/2022.

Senior Mental Health Practitioner (Primary Care)

Job Reference: 274-LPFT8285

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Integrated Place Based Team
South Lincolnshire or Spalding
£40,057 to £45,839 pa

Here at LPFT, our people lie at the heart of everything we do.

We employ around 2,700 staff who are pivotal in our success.

Do you want to join a Trust rated by our own staff as one of the best mental health trusts in England, located in a county heralded as a fantastic place to live and work?

We provide mental health, learning disability and autism services to a local population of over 755,000 across 45 sites, as well as specialist services for children and young people.

An exciting opportunity has become available for Senior Mental Health Practitioner to provide specialist mental health care as a valued member of the Primary Care Network (PCN). The role will include working with primary and secondary care and the neighbourhood teams to locally support the mental health transformation and improve the lives of people who access healthcare services.

Lincolnshire is one of only 12 areas in England to be chosen to lead on transforming mental health services. These privileged roles provide great opportunity for enthusiastic, motivated, and committed team members to lead the changes locally, working with partners across health, care and community. We are forging ahead in our community transformation plans to offer a dynamic, localised approach that is responsive, evaluated & tailored to local need, targeting health inequalities. We are focused on helping people towards prevention and recovery, enabling them to live well in their community as much as possible. We work closely with the local community to design and improve services, ensuring we use the existing assets and work to continually improve and develop these.

The posts are available:

1 Post to be based within South Lincolnshire and Rural PCN covering covering Moulton, Gosberton, Sutterton, Long Sutton, Holbeach, Littlebury, Galletly, Deepings & Abbeyview GP practices.
1 Post to be based within Spalding PCN covering Munro, Beechfield and Spalding GP Practices

The successful candidate will work autonomously to provide mental health leadership and implement clinical processes. In addition to screening and triaging you will undertake mental health assessments and arrange follow up in Primary Care as appropriate and provide therapeutic interventions. You will work in the context of local and national drivers providing advanced clinical care for identification of individual needs which essentially supports diagnosis and treatment options. Ideal candidates will also be qualified to prescribe and support with medication decisions. Opportunities to develop these skills and qualifications can be provided to the successful candidate.

Whilst a full Job and Person specification is attached to this advert, key elements of the role will include (but not be limited to):
• Providing specialist clinical knowledge and interventions to service users in primary care setting. This will include working with the practice team to support people with highly complex mental health needs/serious mental illness.
• Developing and implementing clinical processes that contributes towards the continuous improvement of mental health provision across the primary care network (multiple GP practices)

• Providing best practice training, mentorship and guidance to mental health practitioners and other roles within the primary care/ neighbourhood MDT

• Managing a caseload of highly complex/SMI presentations working closely with the locality secondary mental health service, to maintain personalised care plans which focus on what matters to the person and avoid escalation to.

• To perform the duties of a non-medical prescriber, ensuring that appropriate medication is prescribed, monitored, and administered in line with current best practice and the Trust Medicines Management Policy.

The Successful Candidate will:

• Have the qualifications and experience as highlighted in the Person Specification.

• Be an experienced clinician with proven skills in working with people who have a range of highly complex mental health needs, demonstrating practice that is evidence-based and innovative.

• Preferably have some experience of working closely with or within primary care.

• Demonstrate adaptability, excellent communication skills and self-motivation.

• Be able to demonstrate appreciation of people’s needs and a track record of improving care

 The post holder will be encouraged to contribute to service development, and there will be opportunities for CPD and clinical supervision as professional development is actively encouraged.

If you are interested, we would strongly urge you read the candidate pack. If you would like to discuss the job further, you can contact:

Emma Barrass:, Service Manager, LPFT

Terri Zeferino: or Ian Robinson: South Lincs Rural PCN, Lisa Jones: Spalding PCN, if you would like to know more about area and locality.

We are leading the way with mental health transformation projects. Multi-million-pound schemes to transform patient environments and radically redesign community services are currently underway, as part of our commitment to reshaping the future of mental healthcare.

We believe the key to high quality patient care is a contented workforce. This is reflected in the Care Quality Commission rating us as ‘outstanding’ for well led and ‘good’ overall, and 75% of our staff recommending us as a place to work.

We offer options for flexible working and provide development pathways and opportunities. We have a proud partnership with the University of Lincoln and the Lincoln Medical School, which has expanded our academic offerings to nurture talent across the Trust.

We are committed to ensuring our workforce is diverse at all levels. We are currently under-represented particularly at senior leadership level, so we welcome applications from women, people with disabilities, people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, and those from the LGBT communities.

We support and celebrate diversity. We have active staff network groups for Black Asian Minority Ethnics (BAME), Lesbian Gay Bi-Sexual Transgender (LGBT+), staff with Mental and Physical Lived Experience (MAPLE) and our dedicated groups for men and women. We are a Silver Standard Employer with ENEI, were in the top 100 organisations in the county within the Stonewall Index (in 2019), and have been a finalist for the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Mental Health Trust of the Year Award two years in a row.

We offer 24-hour services within our Inpatient, Crisis and SPA teams, if you are successfully appointed to posts in these areas or others that might have specified, you will be required to work unsociable hours and shift patterns.

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