Locum Band 7 Senior Practitioner/Occupational Therapist/Social Worker

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Locum Band 7 Senior Practitioner/Occupational Therapist/Social Worker

  • Location:


  • Sector:

    CPN, AHP

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  • Contact:

    Lauren Donnellan

  • Contact email:


  • Contact phone:

    01322 478051

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  • Published:

    about 1 month ago

  • Expiry date:


Our clients in Surrey and Borders are urgently seeking to recruit a Band 7 Senior Practitioner/Occupational Therapist or Social Worker to join their Primary Care Mental Health Service.
Hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.
About the Service
Surrey Heartlands is an ‘early implementer’ site for community mental health transformation. The adoption of ARRS Mental Health Practitioners (MHP) is an exciting and new development that will build on and complement the progress of new models made to date (i.e. GP integrated mental health services - GPimhs) and represents an expansion and opportunity for better joint working across primary care and adult secondary care mental health systems.
Key Responsibilities
  • To provide a lead role in supporting the PCN in triaging mental health concerns raised by Footfall (online referral platform), providing highly specialist advice and taking responsibility for the development and implementation of specialist mental health training to the PCN
  • To provide a navigation role to help GPS make appropriate referrals to the relevant community and secondary care services – bridging the gap between primary care services such as IAPT and secondary care, working in partnership across the system.
  • To take a leadership role in supporting the adoption of the GPimhs model for those PCNS who are to launch the new service.
  • To be confident working as the sole mental health practitioner with remote support from a buddy GPimhs team
  • To review patients presenting with mental health issues, consider a range of options regarding treatment interventions providing them with highly specialised advice concerning care when appropriate and liaising with GPs and the GPimhs team
  • To act as the first point of contact for GP’s, to offer advice, support and sign-posting to appropriate agencies.
  • To receive and communicate sensitive information to clients in situations which may be highly emotive, and where barriers to acceptance and understanding may need to be overcome, requiring developed communication and empathic skills.
  • To carry, manage and be responsible for own workload and the quality of care they deliver within the clinical area that he or she is responsible for, liaising regularly with GPs, practice staff GPimhs and other relevant organisations, and undertake administrative tasks related to caseload where necessary.
  • To maintain and update patient records on the computer in accordance with practice policies and professional guidelines e.g. NICE and other evidence-based guidelines.
  • To liaise with appropriate resources when necessary (e.g. Welfare Rights, Housing Agencies, Voluntary Agencies, Day Services etc.).
  • To ensure effective lines of communication are maintained with GPimhs to promote good working practices and ensure that service user information is passed on appropriately to other services where required.
  • To participate in professional meetings as necessary where there is notification of serious concern i.e. Safeguarding and risk management concerns or in multi-disciplinary reviews.
  • Subject to reasonable adjustments in respect of any disability, the post holder must possess a valid driving license and be able to drive and have the unrestricted use of a car or motorcycle for work at all times.
​​​If you are interested in this exciting opportunity and would like to find out more, please call Lauren - 07552277905 (New Registrants) or Georgia 07552277896 (Existing Registrants) or alternatively please email Recruitment@westmeriarecruitment.co.uk.
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