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Mental Health Practitioner

Job Reference: J183-A-19-61654

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£24,214 - £30,112 WTE

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Title of post: Mental Health Practitioner - Leeds Student Medical Practice

We are recruiting for a Mental Health Practitioners to join our existing service at Leeds Student Medical Practice.

This role is an exciting opportunity to work within a dedicated GP practice with a focus on the needs of the student population.

GPs at LSMP are required to address a wide variety of mental health problems experienced within the student population.

There is a preponderance of presentations with stress, low mood, sleep disturbance, and eating disorders, with alcohol and/or drug use often prevalent.

Students can often struggle with a limited understanding about mental health, and may have limited personal knowledge of steps that can be taken to look after their mental health.

They may need support to develop sufficient personal resilience to cope with the challenges of life at university, including loneliness, existential angst, cultural adjustment, and relationship issues.


The overall purpose of the service is to ensure students’ mental & emotional health needs are better supported.


• To allow students to have a timely triage/assessment of their mental & emotional health needs, subject to agreed referral criteria

• To ensure students are enabled to manage their own mental & emotional health where appropriate

• To ensure students are supported to access appropriate mental services where these exist

• To minimise duplication with other mental health services

• To reduce inappropriate referrals to other mental health support services

Delivery model:

Northpoint’s MHP’s work under the day-to-day direction of the practice/locality manager and receive line management, case management & clinical supervision from Northpoint. In addition, the Northpoint manager and clinical lead are fully accessible to resolve queries and issues as they arise on a day to day basis, thus ensuring ongoing connectivity and support are provided.

Each MHP is expected to offer between 6-7 appointments per day at minutes per appointment, allowing for a 14% DNA/CNA rate. The typical daily allocation of appointments per practitioner is a mix of triage appointments and follow-up sessions.


The MHP’s utilise a range of therapeutic skills, including, but not limited to: Assessment of need/triage + onward referral/signposting; Active listening and reflective discussion; CBT-based and counselling techniques; Motivational interviewing; Understanding / challenging unhelpful patterns of behaviour. Therefor the role will involve identifying opportunities to support individuals with their mental health by helping them to access appropriate community support, encourage behavioural and lifestyle changes, and enable and empower patients to become actively involved in their own wellbeing. Key to the role will be the ability to utilise psychological formulation (i.e. construct meaning out of mental distress) and build trusting relationships quickly whilst motivating individuals to make sustained changes.

Salary: £24,214 - £30,112 WTE (Salary range is equivalent to Band 5 on NHS Agenda for Change).

This is a permanent post offered as either 35 hours per week (1.0 WTE), or pro-rata hours from 21 hours per week (0.6 WTE). Leeds Student Medical Practice is open 7am to 7pm, and the working pattern across the week may be negotiated to span those times, including the possibility of early morning or evening appointments, subject to the post-holder’s and clinic availability.

For more information about the post, please contact Andy Ward (Interim Service Manager, Northpoint Wellbeing) at or 0113 243 3400


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