Primary Care Mental Health Manager
Reports to: Federation Chair
Accountable to: Federation Board
Location: Federation wide
In 2015/16, GP practices formed not-for-profit companies known as GP Federations. These Federations cover populations of 100,000 people with membership drawn from all of the GP practices in that area. The Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) currently contracts with GP practices which can then subcontract to another provider. With the establishment of Federations, GP practices now, as a group, sub-contract to their local Federation. It is the GP Federation who will be the employer of the Mental Health Manager for General Practice Senior Mental Health Practitioner
Multidisciplinary team (MDT)
In October 2016, “Health and Wellbeing 2026: Delivering Together” a 10-year plan for transforming health and social care in Northern Ireland was launched by the Department of Health (DOH). This plan was the response to a report produced by an Expert Panel led by Professor Bengoa tasked with considering the best configuration of Health and Social Care Services in Northern Ireland. A key element of this plan is the development of multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) of professionals working alongside GPs as first responders in general practice. Following a period of engagement with the Health and Social Care (HSC) system and service users the Department of Health (DOH) proposed that the HSCB commission multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) in General Practice in 2018/19.
These MDTs are intended to deliver the vision set out in “Delivering Together” with an increased emphasis on a holistic model of health and wellbeing which includes physical, mental and social wellbeing with a greater focus on prevention and early intervention. The teams will be community facing and will use community development approaches.
The main role and function of these new multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) is to provide a first contact and brief intervention service to patients presenting in General Practice. Each multidisciplinary team will be made up of GPs, nursing staff, practice based social workers, senior mental health practitioners, pharmacists and physiotherapists.
The Senior Mental Health Practitioner can be from one of four professional backgrounds Social Work, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, or Psychology. The Senior Mental Health Practitioner will be an integral part of the MDT working alongside other professionals in a seamless and coordinated way effectively meeting the holistic needs of the GP patient and their families.
Job Purpose /Summary
The fundamental role for mental health care within a GP Practice is to ensure that individual needs are met in a timely, appropriate and accessible manner. GPs estimate that mental ill-health accounts for a significant percentage of their daily workload in general practice, either as the sole problem or a major part of the presenting problem. GPs also indicate that patients who present with mental health problems tend to consult more frequently and have longer consultations than those without mental illness, and therefore place a high workload demand on general practice.
The post holder will be responsible for leading, managing, clinically overseeing and co-ordinating a GP Practice mental health service. In particular they will manage the team of 7-10 senior mental health practitioners based in general practice. Senior Mental Health practitioners are new role and as such can come from a variety of professional backgrounds (nurses, social workers, psychology or occupational therapist). Practice based mental health teams aimed at enhancing general practice and resourcing mental health promotion and prevention of ill health. These teams are designed to deliver a holistic model of health and wellbeing which includes physical, mental and social wellbeing with a greater focus on prevention and early intervention.
The post holder will be the most senior mental health professional with a high degree of independence and freedom to act/ manage the service and will be directly accountable to the Federation Board.
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Closing Date: 5pm on Wednesday, 20 November 2019
Please note that the GP Federations and FSU operate a “No Smoking” Policy and all employees MUST comply with this.
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