Mental Health Practitioner (Complex Presentations)

Alliance Psychological Services Limited


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Job overview

Alliance Psychological Services has an exciting opportunity for experienced Mental Health Practitioners to work within Impact on Teesside, our Primary Care Psychological Wellbeing Therapies service, as part of our dedicated 3+ pathway for more complex presentations. We are now increasing our capacity to provide additional tailored and timely therapeutic support to people being discharged from secondary care. We would welcome applications from practitioners with specific experience and interest in working with this client group, including Registered Mental Health Nurses, PWPs and IAPT qualified counsellors. Please see the attached job description for more information.

This project will provide fast track access to evidence-based psychological interventions for appropriate patients over the age of 18 discharged from Tees, Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trusts inpatient care on Teesside.

Main duties of the job

Practitioners will provide consistent contact for the first 3 months after discharge, including assessment, stabilisation, emotional regulation and resource building in preparation for an identified primary care intervention where appropriate.

This increased level of post-discharge support is designed to increase engagement and positive outcomes, ensure continuity of care and a potential smooth transition into treatment. The project will therefore provide key additional support and prepare people with more complex needs to engage in therapy avoiding readmission to hospital.

We are looking for full time (37.5 hours) and/or part time (15 - 22.5 hours) practitioners to complement the work of the existing Complex Presentations team. Posts will be fixed term until 31/03/2022 subject to funding being continued beyond this date.

Salary: £28,000 pro rata to hours worked

For more information or an informal chat, please contact Leanda Kane-Fidgeon on 01642 352747 /

About us

Alliance offers first rate training and development opportunities, flexible working (where appropriate), 38 days annual leave per annum/pro rata, EAP health scheme and a 3% contributory pension scheme.

Alliance Psychological Services follows safer recruitment of staff for all appointments. It is a requirement that all staff understand it is each persons individual responsibility and are committed to promoting and safeguarding the welfare of clients. Please note that due to the nature of the duties of these roles, an enhanced criminal records disclosure will be sought inthe event of a successful application.

Alliance Psychological Services Limited is committed to promoting equal opportunities in our employment practice and service delivery. We are signatories to the Mindful Employers Charter. Alliance also has Investors in People status and is a Living Wage employer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job Outline

The Postholder will provide a range of evidence-based psychological interventions within the framework of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Programme as part of Impact on Teessides Primary Care Psychological Therapies Team serving GP Practices across the Tees area.

They will assist in coordinating the delivery of assessments and a range of interventions to patients presenting with complex needs, in collaboration with the Clinical Lead for Complex Presentations, Locality Managers, secondary care clinical teams and others from the Clinical Leadership team. They will monitor waiting lists for these referrals and liaise with staff to ensure timely transitions from referral to treatment, or onward referral to other services. They will carry out assessments and work with a caseload including complex presentations.

This position may require flexible hours between 8am until 8pm weekdays.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. To assist in coordinating and supporting delivery of therapeutic interventions or onward referral of complex case referrals across Teesside

  • To assist in the assessment and treatment planning of patients with complex presentations referred to the service and to coordinate their onward referral to alternative services where appropriate
  • To liaise with the Clinical Lead for Complex Presentations, named TEWV clinicians and others to ensure timely transitions from referral to treatment, and to carry a caseload which includes work with patients with these presentations
  • To liaise with staff within the wider team to ensure effective management of the referral to treatment process including discharge plans from inpatient care
  • To provide support and guidance to staff within Primary Care and other teams about the mental health needs of this patient group

2. To work as a member of the Primary Care Psychological Wellbeing Therapies Team

  • To create and maintain effective working relationships within the PCPWT Team, secondary care services and the wider voluntary sector that are supporting this client group around social factors and support networks
  • To offer advice and support to other members of the wider Primary Care Team, including GPs and other Health Professionals, on mental health issues, and in relation to appropriate referral pathways for patients with mental health needs
  • To liaise effectively with Secondary Care and voluntary sector organisations and services to formulate bespoke packages of care that enable patients to remain in the community
  • To attend meetings and provide reports as required
  • To assist in the development and promotion of the service

3. To provide a range of therapeutic interventions

  • To provide assessment, including risk assessment, of clients referred for psychological therapy within the Primary Care setting
  • To select and deliver a range of appropriate therapeutic interventions in collaboration with the client
  • To work within an appropriate time framework up to 3 months after discharge,
  • To make appropriate onward referrals following assessment for clients requiring other services, including statutory and voluntary agencies
  • To maintain clients confidentiality within agreed guidelines

4. To provide a professional and ethical service

  • To maintain appropriate records including all required assessment and evaluation tools
  • To undertake relevant Continuing Professional Development activities both as required for the purposes of continued professional accreditation or registration and as identified through Impacts Professional Development and Appraisal System
  • To undertake an appropriate amount of clinical supervision from a qualified Clinical Supervisor within Impacts Supervision Programme
  • To operate within agreed NHS, Impact and professional guidelines and Codes of Practice
  • To ensure a safe and secure working environment for self and others and to take action as necessary within Health and Safety and other guidelines
  • To adhere to all service Policies, Procedures and Guidelines
  • To promote and value the rights, responsibilities and diversity of people using the Service

This job description is designed to identify principal responsibilities only. The post holder is required to be flexible in developing the role in accordance with changes in Impacts organisational objectives and priorities.

Person Specification



  • Act in ways that support equality and promotes diversity


  • Access to transport to travel to locations throughout the organisation with appropriate business insurance
  • Fluent in languages other than English

Personal Qualities


  • High level of motivation
  • Advanced communication skills
  • Ability to work within a team and foster good working relationships
  • Ability to use clinical supervision and personal development positively and effectively
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Regard for others and respect for individual rights of autonomy and confidentiality
  • Ability to be self reflective whilst working with service users and in own personal and professional development and in supervision
  • The ability and skills to act as an advocate for the Primary Care service, to engage and foster good professional relationships with all health professionals of the service with the wider health care system

Skills and Abilities


  • Skills in assessment, formulation and treatment of a range of psychological presentations, including complex clinical presentations
  • Skills in developing and implementing focused, time limited treatment plans.
  • Skills in managing working relationships with colleagues
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Good understanding of issues surrounding clinical risk and able to advise and assist in implementing risk management plans


  • Experience of developing and implementing innovative projects or intervention programmes



  • Substantial experience of working in Primary Care or other Mental Health Services
  • Experience in a service where agreed targets in place demonstrating clinical outcomes
  • Experience of working with target patient group
  • Ongoing clinical supervision of therapeutic work.
  • Up to date knowledge of therapeutic approach to be practised.
  • Awareness of a range of therapeutic approaches.
  • Ability to meet agreed or specified service targets
  • Ability to manage own caseload and time
  • Demonstrates high standards in written communication
  • Able to write clear reports and letters to referrers
  • Demonstrates an understanding of a range of mild moderate and more severe mental health problems including: anxiety and depression and the impact of childhood abuse and neglect and how it may present in primary care.
  • Demonstrates an understanding for the need to use evidence based psychological therapies and how it relates to this post



  • Therapist - Diploma or higher award in counselling or counselling psychology or recognised training / qualification in a major psychological therapy approach or Qualified Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner.
  • OR
  • Mental Health Nurse- RMN pin number and up to date with revalidation
  • Membership of or registration with an appropriate professional body
  • Evidence using the career framework of training in mental health and experience working in a stepped care service for anxiety and depression
  • Evidence of training relevant for this post
  • Good record of Continuing Professional Development and willingness to continue this


  • Accreditation/registration with BACP, BABCP, UKCP, BPS or other recognised professional organisation

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.

Employer details

Employer name

Alliance Psychological Services Limited


Alliance Psychological Services Ltd

24 Yarm Road



TS18 3NA

Employer's website

Date posted

23 April 2021

Pay scheme



£28,000 a year




11 months

Working pattern

Full-time, Part-time

Reference number


Job locations

Alliance Psychological Services Ltd

24 Yarm Road



TS18 3NA

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