Mental Health Practitioner

Mental health practitioners support individuals with their everyday mental wellbeing. The role is to support people whose needs are not met by local talking therapies, but who may not require ongoing secondary care services.

The mental health practitioner role can be filled by many clinical and non-clinical professionals with mental health expertise. These professionals could be community psychiatric nurses, clinical psychologists, mental health occupational therapists or peer support workers.

The scope of the role is decided at primary care network (PCN) or practice level and may vary according to the patient populations needs. Mental health practitioners can act as a bridge between primary and secondary care services to facilitate patient-centred care across services provided.

At work mental health practitioners might;
  • support patient referral to available services within the NHS
  • provide psychological intervention to a range of issues
  • promote good mental health practices and recovery
Mental health practitioners have;
  • excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • the creativity to solve problems and tackle obstacles in new ways
  • strong understanding of mental health issues

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