Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
15 Brondesbury Road, London
Competitive salary
18 Nov 2020
23 Nov 2020
Role Type
Start Date
CNWL (Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust) has almost 7,000 staff providing integrated healthcare to a third of London's population, Milton Keynes and areas beyond. We involve service users, carers, the public, staff and partner organisations in the way that we are run.

Our catchment area spans diverse communities, with over 100 first languages spoken. It contains areas of great affluence as well as areas of much deprivation. We are committed to providing services that meet the needs of the people who use them, and we actively encourage involvement from local people who can help make a difference. We're proud of our diversity and we continue to undertake new initiatives to advance equality for LGBT+, BME and people with disabilities to promote good relations and understanding between our staff.

We are recognised locally, nationally and internationally for providing high quality, innovative healthcare. We aim to employ only the best people, and our experts are frequently called upon to contribute to national health strategy and policy, and many models of our care have been adapted for use in other countries.

We offer a generous relocation package (subject to eligibility assessment) and flexible working options, including bank assignments for most roles. See attached Staff Reward and Wellbeing Handbook detailing our benefits, discounts and wellbeing intiatives for staff.

Become part of our team. We care for you as much as you care for others.

If you are a looking for a new challenge where you will be able to make a real difference; an exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 6 Primary Care Mental Health Liaison Practitioner to join the Brent Community Mental Health Team (CMHT).

As part of our Covid- 19 response team you will be able to deliver services to the most vulnerable and marginalised groups in the borough and surrounding areas. The post holder will be a member of a sub team within the Brent CMHT which leads on primary care mental health liaison and link working with the local community.

The successful applicant will work in partnership with a cluster of GP surgeries and Primary Care Networks (PCNs) as well as colleagues from the Local Authority. You will be the first point of contact for people presenting with mental health needs in primary care. You will be responsible for providing triage, assessment, undertaking short term interventions and signposting of service users referred to you. Ensuring a flexible approach in care provision with focus on choice and social inclusion opportunities. Part of your role will be recognising and addressing concerns about the physical health needs of service users with long term conditions (e.g. diabetes, asthma etc.) Advising service users on prevention of illness and uptake of preventative measures and escalating concerns as necessary to senior members of the multi-disciplinary team. Communicating/liaising effectively with relevant agencies to ensure that an integrated programme of care is provided throughout. Documenting according to Trust policy, write in plain language, avoiding jargon and use of acronyms.

The role will include providing training, guidance and support to GPs, practice nurses and receptionists to support people with mental health issues in the community. You will also link in voluntary sector organisations and the local public health team to deliver mental health support to those who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. A substantial part of your working time will be based within the GP practices of the designated patch. Working closely with relevant professionals identifying health needs of the practice population and support the development of services in response to those needs. Leading and participating in team, locality and Trust initiatives as required and promote the strategic aims and objectives of the service.

You will demonstrate a clear understanding of risks assessment and safety planning recognising and responding appropriately to "self-harm and suicide prevention" with particular regard to the risks in community settings, in line with Trust policies and training guidelines. Understanding and working within the boundaries of the Lone Working Policy and awareness of Personal Safety in a community setting, including clear and updated communication with colleagues. Understanding and implementing safeguarding procedures in a community setting; recognise, report and investigate safeguarding issues and raise safeguarding alerts if you suspect that a service user and/or carer has been exposed to harm or abuse.

We are looking for team players who are passionate about providing quality care to service users and have the ability to develop positive working relationships across the whole care pathway and to think creatively about delivering a flexible service that meets the changing needs of the client group with whom we work. You will possess good communications skills with excellent interpersonal skills, ability to listen to others' views, respect and value individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds. You will demonstrate an understanding of and will implement infection prevention and control measures in community settings according to Trust guidelines.

Brent CMHT is an established team with a friendly, supportive culture. There is a visible and supportive management team and a strong emphasis on training and professional development opportunities.

Brent is a place of contrast and a destination for thousands of British and international visitors every year. Home of the iconic Wembley Stadium, the world-famous Wembley Arena, the new London Designer Outlet and the spectacular Swaminarayan Hindu Temple, it provides a stage for cultural, sporting and religious events of national and international importance. The team serves the diverse and vibrant population of Brent, named London Borough of Culture 2020 and most recently 'Council of the Year' at the LGC Awards 2020. The team base is located in Kilburn with excellent transport links.

Interview date:TBC

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name Jenny Lanyero Job title Senior Nurse Practitioner Email address Telephone number 07980979273 Additional contact information

Jenny Lanyero, Senior Nurse Practitioner


Tel: 07980979273

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