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Interim Senior SPA Practitioner

Job Description

We are working with an NHS organisation who are seeking to appoint an Interim Senior SPA Practitioner – Primary Care Mental Health. This role will start ASAP and will be for 3 months initially.

The role will be at band 7 under the AfC NHSI Agency Capped rates and will be in the Oxfordshire region of the UK.

This is a key role, contributing to the delivery of the organisation’s primary care mental health service model. This includes the provision of integrated physical and mental health care in a designated Primary Care Network within the area.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Work as part of the MDT to support and advise the Primary Care Team in triage, assessment and treatment of patients needing mental health support;

  • Accept referrals direct from primary care via an agreed route, promote early assessment / treatment, and ensure robust relationships and links with other community-based services;

  • Work with adults (18+) with severe / significant mental illness, whose mental health needs can be best met within primary care and whose difficulties are best understood within a biopsychosocial model;

  • Work closely with colleagues in specialist community mental health services to ensure smooth transitions between teams and services and facilitate an ‘easy in, easy out’ approach to improve access to evidence-based interventions;

  • Facilitate mental health and ‘strengths - based’ assessments in primary care and support the Primary Care Team in accessing appropriate level of services;

  • Supervise and support junior colleagues within the team.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Current professional registration: Registered Mental Health Nurse, Occupational Therapist;

  • Community experience in mental health services for adults and older adults with severe/significant mental illness;

  • Specialist knowledge of person-centred care and its application;

  • Specialist knowledge of psychosocial interventions and their appropriate use;

  • Understanding of the mental health needs of adults;

  • Post graduate education specifically relating to client group;

  • Experience of working in primary and secondary mental health services.

If you are interested in the role, please email Toni Coates with a copy of your updated CV to along with your availability and rate understanding in line with the above.

If you do not receive a response within 72 hours (3 working days) of receipt, please assume that on this particular occasion, your application did not meet the client’s requirements for this specific role.