Job Description

NHS Scotland is committed to encouraging equality and diversity among our workforce and eliminating unlawful discrimination. The aim is for our workforce to be truly representative and for each employee to feel respected and able to give their best. To this end, NHS Scotland welcomes applications from all sections of society.

Who we are:

NHS Ayrshire and Arran is one of 14 territorial NHS Boards within NHS Scotland.

Our purpose: 

Working together to achieve the healthiest life possible for everyone in Ayrshire and Arran.

Our values:

To find out more about NHS Ayrshire and Arran please click here – NHS Ayrshire & Arran – Home (

What you will do:

To provide mental health specialist input and support to GP practice teams by assisting in the development relationships, communications and referral pathways between community mental health services and aligned GP Practices. This will include participation in practice meetings that will aid, guide and advise GP referrals to other services.

You will provide mental health assessment, triage and signposting to relevant services. You will be responsible for managing a defined primary care caseload of individuals who are registered with the GP practices they are aligned too. These will be individuals with moderate mental health problems, where, following assessment it is identified that short term intervention would maximise expected recovery and prevent the need for the involvement of specialist mental health services.

The Link Mental Health Practitioner (General Practice) will be fundamental in establishing relationships across Primary Care, Community Mental Health Services and Third Sector organisations within South Ayrshire.  In particular you will work with colleagues within the South Ayrshire Health & Social Care Partnership (SAHSCP) including GP’s, Mental Health Services and Voluntary Sector Services.

The Link Mental Health Practitioner (General Practice) will provide specific guidance and support to Primary Care Community Link Workers working with people with mental health problems and regarding the need for onward referral to specialist mental health services.

For further information on the role please click the link below to view the job description

Knowledge, training and/or experience required to do the job:

Registered professional qualification with NMC.

Degree or equivalent experience.

Demonstrate evidence of CPD.

Full driving license.

Professional Experience

Evidence of contributing to the development of services to achieve organisation objectives.

Experience of effectively working within service improvement and integrating professional perspectives with service strategy.

Demonstrate an understanding of clinical governance principles and the development of systems and frameworks to establish clear accountabilities based on professional codes of practice.

Experience of applied psychological interventions.

Previous professional and staff supervision responsibility.

Have up to date knowledge of Child Protection legislation, mental health legislation, Adult Protection legislation, Health and Safety Regulations, Data Protection as they apply to all areas of practice.

Core Competencies

Ability to align professional processes and systems to support service priorities.

Demonstrate evidence of seeking alternative methods of improving service delivery.

Awareness and understanding of relevant National and Local initiatives, imperatives and factors influencing service provision.

Demonstrates an understanding of why it is important to involve stakeholders and to shape stakeholder opinions.

Supports collaboration and team working within the team and across the Service, cultivating an effective network of relationships internal and external.

For further information on the requirements for the role please click the link below to view the person specification


37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday.

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