Primary Care Network PCN Mental Health Practitioner

"I will get the help I need when and where I want it. I will actively be a part of goal setting to address what matters to me.”

We are recruiting a Primary Care Network (PCN) Mental Health Practitioner to join our team.

We’re an NHS Foundation Trust on an improvement journey with a new Board and a refocused sense of direction. Our ambition is to be in the top quartile of Mental Health Trusts by 2023. This is where you come in….Great ambitions require great staff!

Now is a really exciting time to join us as we launch our Primary Care Network across the whole of Norfolk and Waveney. Primary Care Network (PCN) Service for Mental Health has been developed to provide access to mental health services in Primary Care as part of this integrated health and care system, which brings care closer to home for our population.
PCNs form a key building block of the NHS long-term plan, bringing general practices together to work at scale with other health and social care providers, as part of an integrated system. These networks will be able to provide a wider range of services to the communities they serve and based within said communities.

It is our intention to

• Increase our focus on prevention and wellbeing and to make the routes into and through mental health services clear and easy to understand for everyone
• Support the management of mental health issues in primary care settings such as Community and GP practice
• Provide appropriate support for those people who are in crisis
• Ensure effective in-patient care for those that need it most
• Ensure the whole system is focused on working in an integrated way to care for patients.

Our trust values are Positively, Respectfully and Together and we want someone to join the team who lives and breathes these values.
You will work across the interface between Primary Care and Secondary Mental Health Services as part of an Integrated Model of Care providing advice, support, and treatment as part of the PCN Teams, for members of our community experiencing problems with their mental health needs.

We understand the importance of a multidisciplinary team and are looking to recruit Mental Health Nurses, Registered Nurses with an interest or some experience in Mental Health, Occupational Therapists and Social Workers to undertake the planning and delivery of direct patient care.

You will need to have good organisational skills as you will be managing a caseload and the provision of Mental Health Care services to people with mental health care needs as well as offering support and advise to other health care professionals.

Now is the time to make the move to Norfolk…….

Norfolk is known for its big wide skies and endless coastline, but we offer more than fresh air and the ability to stop and breath. Whatever you want in life - tranquillity, culture, excitement or nightlife, you will find it here. Norfolk is a place where you can balance work and leisure to get the life you want for you and your family.

Less than 2 hours from London and serviced by excellent transport links , Norwich is one of few UK cities that still retain a strong local identity and with that a strong sense of community – people walk down the street and say hello to each other, baristas remember our coffee order, you get to know about interesting local projects.

This strong sense of self along with excellent shopping, eating out, affordable house prices and excellent schooling is why Norwich has been ranked by the Guardian as the best city to work in.

Norfolk is really easy to access and is well connected to the rest of the UK. We have the recently improved A11 which connects Norfolk to Cambridge, London and beyond. Greater Anglia runs fantastic services to and from London every 30 minutes for as little as £10 each way. There are also direct rail services from Manchester, Nottingham and Cambridge. You can say connected to the wider world from our International Airport.

As part of the introduction of the Primary Care Network we are recruiting for both Band 6 and Band 7 roles. You may be considered for another role other than the role you have applied for if your skill sets suit.

Benefits included with this role are:-

  • NHS pension
  • a comprehensive in house & external training programmes
  • career progression
  • starting annual leave of 27 days per annum increasing to 33 days pa based on length of service (plus paid bank holidays)
  • staff physio service
  • NHS discounts and many more.

Here at NSFT we pride ourselves on being a welcoming, talented, friendly and supportive team who like nothing better than sharing their experiences and learning from each other.

We are working hard to maintain usual recruitment process however please be aware that we may ask you to be interviewed via MS Teams rather than in person.

NSFT is committed to lifelong learning and continuous professional development (CPD) for its entire staff. There are a variety of definitions of CPD across the professions but it is usually taken to mean learning activities which update existing skills.

CPD is determined through appraisal with a personal development plan agreed between an individual and their manager, with the commitment of the necessary time and resources.

For further details / informal visits contact:

NameSue GrahamJob titleGYW Service DirectorEmail addresssue.graham@nsft.nhs.ukTelephone numberAdditional contact information

Andy Mack - Service Manager -

Ian Youngs - Associate Director -

Reference: 40883134

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