Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


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Job overview

We are pleased to be able to offer an exciting opportunity to join the team at Health in Mind. The person that is successful in applying for this post will be responsible for providing rapid and responsive assessment, care-planning, signposting and brief treatment to individuals referred to the service by a number of routes, including self-referrals and by General Practitioners. There are Routine 20-day and Priority 5-day referrals to manage effectively. The Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner (PCMHP) role ensures that people referred to Health in Mind are quickly and efficiently able to access the most appropriate treatment for their mental health difficulty.

Main duties of the job

Health in Mind is a large primary care mental health service that serves the people of East Sussex, with the exception of Brighton and Hove. Due to recent developments within the service, we have the above vacancy in the PCMHP team. Health in Mind covers three localities and it is possible currently that a new PCMHP could work in any of those areas, which are Hastings and Rural Rother, Eastbourne Hailsham and Seaford or High Weald Lewes and Havens. PCMHPs are responsible for a defined GP surgery or group of GP surgeries in a specific location within the locality. Although you will be working primarily in one geographically defined area you may need to work outside of this area in meeting the overall demands of the service. This could be offering clinical work in other areas, attending meetings or visiting stakeholders across the locality.

About us

Health in Mind provides Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) at Step 2 and Step 3 across the county. The Primary Care Mental Health Practitioners (PCMHP) within Health in Mind provide a critical function in providing timely and consistent assessments and reviews in order to enable onward referral to the most appropriate part of the service or to other services if appropriate. PCMHPs do not provide IAPT treatment and the majority of the work is comprehensive assessment of mental health presentation and onward referral within the service or to appropriate external organisations. PCMHPs also work as part of the triage team on a rota basis and may also deliver some ongoing interventions, as appropriate, either 1-1 or in groups.

Job description

Job responsibilities

As a PCMHP at Health in Mind, you are required to be a registered mental health professional. You will require excellent clinical skills in assessment, risk assessment and care planning as well as strong communication skills. An ability to be flexible is also required as assessments can be delivered face-to-face but there is also an element of telephone work. You must be able to demonstrate a desire and ability to meet changing service demands in an ever developing primary care landscape. You will be working closely with your team leader, PCMHP colleagues and other practitioners within the team. The ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with stakeholders, such as GPs, secondary services and non-statutory organisations is vital.

Person Specification

Knowledge & Experience


  • Extensive post-qualifying experience of clinical work with people with a range of mental health problems



  • Registered Mental Health qualification or equivalent
  • Include relevant professional registration

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.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Tier 2/skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2/skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants.

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

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust



The Drive


BN27 4ER

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Date posted

12 May 2021

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 6


£31,365 to £37,890 a year



Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations


The Drive


BN27 4ER

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