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Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner

Band 5

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Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner
Band 5
  • Full time
  • Part time
37.5 hours per week (full time and part time available)
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County Hospital or Risca Health Centre
£27,055 - £32,934 per annum/pro rata
Salary period
05/10/2022 23:59

If you are successful at interview for this post you will receive your conditional offer of appointment and information pack via email.


We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time. Therefore we encourage early applications to ensure consideration for this post. If you are short listed for this post, you will be contacted via your email account you used to apply for this post, therefore please check your account regularly.


Applicants are invited to apply in Welsh, any application submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application made in English


Please check your email account regularly. Successful applicants will receive all recruitment related correspondence via the email account registered on the application form.


Aneurin Bevan University Health Board support flexible working.

Please note that this vacancy may be withdrawn at any time should it be filled via the internal redeployment process


Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen for dynamic and forward-thinking professionals with experience of working with adults to join the Torfaen and Caerphilly Primary Care Mental Health Support Service (PCMHSS).

Applicants must be a Registered Mental Health Professional (Occupational Therapist, Registered Nurse – Mental Health, Registered Nurse – Learning Disabilities, Social Worker).

Working within the legislative framework of part One of the Mental Health (Wales) Measure, to improve access to mental health support at a primary care level for people with mild to moderate or stable severe mental health needs within the context of a multi-disciplinary multi-agency Primary Care Mental Health Support Service (PCMHSS). 

The role will be a hybrid model of working, a mix of working from a base as well as working from home to best support the clients presenting to PCMHSS.

There will be training and developmental opportunities for the successful applicants, as well as the opportunity to contribute to new initiatives and developments within the service.

Main duties of the job

To provide holistic mental health assessments

To deliver evidence based therapeutic interventions (individual and group based)

To provide  advice and information to patients and their carers, including signposting to other sources of support

To support onward referral to secondary and specialist services where indicated

To develop and maintain close relationships with  Primary Care providers and staff from a range of statutory and non-statutory services, providing advice and support to promote the management of those with mental health needs.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this role; Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply.

Working for our organisation

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board is a multi-award winning NHS organisation with a passion for caring. The Health Board provides an exceptional workplace where you can feel trusted and valued. Whatever your speciality or stage in your career, we have opportunities for everyone to start, grow and build your career. The health board provides integrated acute, primary and community care serving a population of 650,000 and employing over 16,000 staff.

We offer a fantastic benefits package and extensive training and development opportunities with paid mandatory training, excellent in-house programmes, opportunities to complete recognised qualifications and professional career pathways including a range of management development programmes. We offer flexible working and promote a healthy work life balance, provide occupational health support and an ambitious plan for a Wellbeing Centre of Excellence to support you at work.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

You will be able to find a full Job description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents or please click “Apply now” to view in Trac

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Professional qualification
Desirable criteria
  • Post registration training in one or more evidence based psychological therapy relevant to PCMHSS


Essential criteria
  • Evidence of achievement in clinical practice within the area of speciality eg primary care, community mental health, older adults, CAMHS
  • Experience of managing own caseload and/or time working independently
  • Experience of working as part of a multi-disciplinary team
Desirable criteria
  • experience of delivering psychological interventions
  • experience of meeting agreed/specific service targets
  • experience of using a stepped care model of service provision
  • experience of mentoring students


Essential criteria
  • Clinical assessment and formulation skills
  • Ability to undertake clinical risk assessment
  • Organisation ability and time management skills
  • The capacity to apply psychological approaches in a way that is congruent with the primary care culture, incorporating a range of skills to meet a broad spectrum of presenting issues
  • team working, use of supervision
Desirable criteria
  • Ability to speak Welsh
  • Teaching and presentation skills
  • Ability to use outcome measures for both clinical and audit purposes


Essential criteria
  • Understanding of the legislation underpinning service delivery, e.g MH Measure
  • Knowledge of safeguarding legislation and procedures for children, young people and vulnerable adults
  • knowledge of psycho-educational interventions
Desirable criteria
  • Foundational knowledge of evidence based therapies and willingness to undertake further training as required

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Welsh language skills are desirable

Documents to download

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Jenna Williams
Job title
Torfaen Team Lead
Email address
Telephone number
07970 225986