Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner - Central Liverpool PCN

Abercromby Family Practice


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Job overview

A new and exciting role for an experienced Mental Health Practitioner to work as part of Central Liverpool Primary Care Network supporting a population of around 100,000 patients across nine practices.

The role will provide support for people with significant mental illness to meet their needs, closer to their communities and their homes and is likely to be partly first contact (patients booked directly by Reception staff) and partly referrals from GPs. It will involve liaison with, but not limited to, practice clinicians, secondary care, Social Services and the voluntary sector.

Main duties of the job

Assessment, structured intervention and signposting of a cohort of patients defined as:-

  • having existing diagnoses; short term or frequent attenders
  • without established diagnosis but requiring support
  • requiring holding support or signposting post discharge
  • presenting non-specific mental health distress to reception

Individual practices may choose to include other patient cohorts such as review of those diagnosed with anxiety or depression who would otherwise require a review with a GP. They may also include annual mental health reviews of those on the practice severe and enduring mental illness register (bipolar, schizophrenia, severe depression with psychosis).

Innovation and contribution to the development of the role is welcomed. The role is intended to support GPs in their existing mental health work and to incorporate the expertise of mental health professionals in to the primary care setting.

About us

A new and exciting role for an experienced Mental Health Practitioner to work as part of Central Liverpool Primary Care Network supporting a population of around 100,000 patients across nine practices.

Agenda for Change Band 6 equivalent package.

Job description

Job responsibilities


Job Responsibilities

Impart complex and sensitive information to:-

Patients and families/carers re assessment, care planning, treatment and review.

Multi-disciplinary teams to ensure the provision of consistent well co-ordinated care.


External agencies also involved in the provision of care eg voluntary and private sector, Police, Social Services, housing and employment.

Service user/carer groups.

Contribute to the safe and effective day to day operations of the service including the handling of clinical enquiries.

Provide and receive information some of which may be contentious, sensitive and complex to and from individuals and their families/carers and actively seek support as appropriate.

Provide high standards of written and verbal communications that is clear and in line with professional documentation standards.

Participate in clinical/professional meetings with appropriate services.

Communicate information in a way that makes it relevant and understandable for service users and carers, working in line with network standards and operational policies.

Actively contribute to and develop multi-disciplinary team working processes.

Facilitate fair access to social care services and promote social inclusion for service users aged 18 years and over, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

Taking messages and passing on as appropriate.

Computer data entry/data collection and collation, processing and recording information in accordance with network procedures.

Initiating contact with and responding to requests from patients, other team members, CMHT, psychological therapy services, local inpatient and outpatient mental health units and associated healthcare professionals and providers. Referring to these services, liaising with them and acting on information that comes back from them.

Helping to maintain a positive, supportive culture across the whole network.

Duties will vary from time to time under the direction of network clinical and strategic leads.

Analytical and judgemental skills:-

Undertake risk assessments and determine the appropriate course of action, which has taken into consideration a range of possible options. Where necessary ensure that consultation with senior colleagues is undertaken.

Undertake and continuously re-evaluate bio-psycho-social assessments and develop a working formulation and diagnosis which will lead to the development of personalised care packages in line with evidence based payment by results. Where necessary ensure that consultation with senior colleagues is undertaken.

Have an awareness of your own clinical competencies, knowledge based and experience, and ensure that you practice within this and seek support as required.

Planning and organisational skills:-

Organise meetings.

Responsible for managing own workload to ensure the needs of the individuals who use our services are met, taking the wider needs of the team into consideration.

Ensure that interventions are planned in an integrated and co-ordinated manner, this may include liaison with external agencies.

Plan and organise individuals packages of care and ensure that reviews are held within the required timeframes.

Plan own workload and support the workload of other members of the multi-disciplinary team to ensure that care is provided in the most high quality and cost efficient manner.

Responsibility for patient/client care, treatment and therapy:-

Ensure that designated caseload is well managed and that care and treatment is provided in line with network standards.

Deliver services using a recovery and strengths approach where the needs of the individual and their carers are held as central and their involvement is proactively encouraged.

Deliver care in line with evidence based practice and employ engagement and therapeutic skills that are appropriate to the clinical situation presented.

Ensure that appropriate action is taken to safeguard adults and children. This will include attending safeguarding meetings and implementing relevant care plans, under relevant guidance.

Ensure monitoring and review of mental health medication taking into consideration interactions with physical health needs.

Practice in a way that actively minimises dependency and promotes recovery.

Any other duties commensurate with this position.

Person Specification



  • An appropriate up to date professional mental health qualification; eg RMN, OT or Social Worker, on the appropriate professional body register and hold current registration with no restrictions.
  • Evidence of CPD.

Personal Attributes


  • Communication skills, including the ability to engage with clients experiencing a wide range of mental health problems and professionals from various settings.
  • Group work skills.
  • Analytical and judgement skills.
  • Able to own problems and get involved in the solutions.
  • Ability to risk assess.
  • Planning and organisational skills.
  • Ability to prioritise work to reflect changing needs.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to manage own time.
  • Ability to work flexibly.
  • Ability to work to deadlines.
  • Ability to be mobile across network geographical area.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Clinical assessment skills.
  • Ability to manage change in a positive manner.
  • Ability to work under pressure and prioritise appropriately.
  • Smart in appearance.
  • Maintenance of a positive approach.
  • Good sense of humour.



  • Post registration experience of working with people with mental health needs.
  • Training in Safeguarding Adults and Children.


  • Working in a community or primary care environment.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Abercromby Family Practice


Grove Street

Edge Hill


L7 7HG

Employer's website

Date posted

26 January 2021

Pay scheme






Working pattern

Full-time, Part-time, Flexible working

Reference number


Job locations

Grove Street

Edge Hill


L7 7HG

St James Health Centre

29 St George Street


L1 5DZ

Park Street


L8 6QP

Limekiln Lane


L5 8XR

26 Argyle Street


L1 5DL

Bentley Road


L8 0SY

2 Vauxhall Road


L3 2BG

3 The Elms



L8 3SS

157 Edge Lane


L7 2PT

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