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Mental Health Practitioner

Salary: £37,890 per annum (pro-rata)
Working hours: 22.5 hours per week
Contract length: Permanent
Holidays: 25 days per annum, pro-rata (rising to 30 days after 5 years)
Based at: Lock 50, Rochdale

Thinking Ahead is looking to recruit an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join our service as a Mental Health Practitioner within the Gateway team. This role will involve engaging with the residents and professionals of Heywood Middleton and Rochdale (HMR). As someone who is passionate about mental health and wellbeing, you will have a key role of engaging with the local population and will help more people to access the support that they need, when they need it.

In this role you will be responsible for holding a caseload of complex clients, conducting mental health assessments and helping to provide a duty system to team members within Thinking Ahead as part of the gateway team.

Working alongside the team gateway team, your post will involve:

  • Being part of the triage team to screen incoming referrals from GPs, health professionals, as well as self referrals.
  • Screening referrals as part of an MDT approach involving members of Secondary Care, Access, Psychiatry and Home Treatment.
  • Liaising with external services to signpost and co-ordinate appropriate care pathways for clients under your care.
  • Liaising with practitioners based within Thinking Ahead, including; Clinical Psychologists, CBT Practitioners, Counsellors and our non-therapeutic support pathway.
  • Conducting comprehensive mental health assessments with clients presenting with complex care needs, either face to face or via telephone / video platform.
  • Providing a ‘duty’ support for therapists and practitioners within Thinking Ahead.
  • Building relationships with our GP surgeries by developing closer links and establishing a role within the Neighbourhood teams.
  • Opportunity to involved in service development, including being able to engage with our service steering groups (BAME, etc.).

Thinking Ahead is a mental health and a wellbeing service which offers; Therapy groups, Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Clinical Psychology and pre-therapy support for clients that may have complex social issues. The service is funded by the Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group (HMR CCG). The office for Thinking Ahead is based at the Lock 50 Business Centre in Rochdale, with the Big Life head office based in Hulme, Manchester.

How to apply

The closing date for applications is 26 February 2021. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please note, shortlisted candidates will be expected to deliver a short presentation and portfolio reflecting their community engagement work.

If you would like any further information, please contact David Lee or Lesley Stutter on 01706 751180.

If you need the application form in an alternative format, please contact our HR Team.


Find out more about what makes Big Life a great employer, from career development to a comprehensive staff wellbeing package.

The Big Life group positively promotes diversity in the workforce. We are committed to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.

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