First Contact Mental Health Practitioner
Priory Medical Group
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Do you want to be a part of a team that offers first contact and follow up mental health services for Priory Medical Group Patients?
This service will offer an individualised approach to managing mental health conditions.
Main duties of the job
The role of a first contact mental health practitioner is varied and rewarding. You will be able to independently manage patients with a range of mental health symptoms and assess risk effectively. You will be able to make shared management plans with your patients, discussing a range of treatment options and sign posting to other local services.
Priory Medical Group (PMG) provides a broad range of NHS and private clinical services covering the whole of the City of York and the surrounding area.
All our surgeries offer GP and Nurse led routine and urgent appointments throughout the week.
PMG was founded in 1946 and has since grown to become one of the largest GP Groups in the UK. Despite our size our core values are to maintain the Family Doctor ethos.
PMG is also a Training Practice and has strong links with the Hull York Medical School and Yorkshire and Humber Deanery. Our doctors train and educate many new doctors each year.
We offer travel advice and vaccines both with a PMG nurse (NHS vaccines) and also in partnership with MASTA (private vaccines). All our clinics are manned by fully trained and experienced staff who provide the latest travel health information.
We also offer a range of occupational health services including private medical examinations.
- To be an integrated part of the clinical team, providing a specialist Mental Health service to adults experiencing varied levels of difficulties, as first point of patient contact.
- To provide an excellent understanding and working knowledge of common mental health problems and their management in primary care.
- To sign post people to resources in the local area which may be of benefit. e.g. voluntary and community organisations, educational and recreational opportunities.
- To provide follow up appointments when required.
- To deliver brief therapy interventions as part of an individual needs led plan.
- To continually assess and evaluate risk
- To maintain accurate clinical records and contribute to evaluating outcome
- To offer support, education and guidance to colleagues within the Primary Care Team.
- To participate in clinical team and multidisciplinary meetings as appropriate.
- To ensure you undertake appropriate regular Clinical supervision
- To maintain and further develop high standards of practice through co-operative work with other clinicians.
- To demonstrate continued personal and professional development and comply with statutory and mandatory training requirements.
- To use verbal and non-verbal communication skills to impart sensitive information to patients.
- Maintain an active status on the NMC Register or relevant professional body, acting in accordance with the Code of Professional Conduct, maintaining own competency to practice.
- To achieve and maintain high standards of record keeping in line with current legislation
- To undertake such training as might be required to maintain an appropriate level of expertise.
This list of duties is not to be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive. There may be other duties and requirements associated with this post. The role and responsibility of the post will be reviewed regularly between the jobholder and the line manager at annual appraisal or at other appropriate times where there are significant changes to the purpose of the role.
Knowledge and Skills
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).