SM7, Banstead
Contract, Full-time
Job description

Mary Frances Trust (MFT) is a charity organisation established in 1994 by people who used mental health services, carers and professionals to support people with any mental or emotional health problems.


Our mission is to:

  • Work alongside people experiencing any kind of emotional or mental health issues for as long as they need, and inspire them to develop the skills that will help them to restore and maintain their emotional wellbeing.

  • Involve people with experience of mental health at every level of the organisation so they can help us design, deliver, monitor and review our services to ensure they respond to their changing needs.

  • Consistently challenge stigma attached to mental illness and raise awareness of the importance for everyone to look after their mental wellbeing.

  • Lead and co-ordinate the development and delivery of first-class, voluntary mental health services in Surrey.

  • Maintain sufficient funding streams to be able to provide person-centred services to people experiencing any kind of emotional or mental issues.

Background to Role:

NHS England recently announced a new transformation fund to be allocated to pilot sites within 12 Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships/ Integrated Care Systems across the country to test new and integrated models of primary and community mental health care. Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership is one of these successful pilot sites.

Extended appointments with mental health experts from the NHS, social care and specialist third sector organisations, plus access to therapies, physical health checks and pharmacists, are just some of the wider expertise patients will be able to access in their local GP practice and in the community under new ways of working. Patients will be able to explore the situation affecting their wellbeing – whether that is an ongoing mental or physical health problem, loneliness, debt, or other issues. They can then be guided to appropriate resources that may help, including talking therapies, benefits advice, or an introduction to a local community group.

Role of Community Connector

The role of the Community Connector is fundamental to the developing of these innovative new teams and mental health services based within networks of GP Practices (Primary Care Networks - PCNs). The role will support the ongoing development and mobilisation of integrated primary care mental health services.

Providing a primary care mental health service within this context refers to:

  • First level of intervention

  • Ease of access

  • A multidisciplinary approach working a range of professionals across PCN’s inclusive of GP’s, Practice nurses, Mental Health Practitioners, Pharmacists and Clinical Psychologist.

  • Coordinating and supporting patients to access to a wide range of community services and resources including social care, housing, family, debt and employment counselling that support maintaining good health and wellbeing

As a lead provider of the Community Connections service in Surrey, Mary Frances Trust are now looking to recruit a Community Connector to be based at a GP Clinic in Banstead.

At times this post will include some lone working and as such the ideal person will be comfortable working this way.

Please see the Job Description for details.

To apply please download Job Description and Application form from either this site or the Mary Frances Trust website and return to John Anderton, address and email can be found on application form.

The role is presently a fixed term contract until 31 March 2021 which may be extended depending on the project outcome and funding.

Posted on: 30 December 2019
Closed date: 29 January 2020
Job ref: Community Connector - Mental Health Professional
Tags: Practitioner, Care Management

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