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STR Worker
NHS AfC: Band 4
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust
Employer type
Harplands Hospital
£22,549 - £24,882 pro rata, per annum
Salary period
27/05/2022 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy Support Time Recovery Worker

NHS AfC: Band 4

Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen for full time, dedicated and enthusiastic STR Workers to join our growing team of multi-disciplinary clinicians delivering care to patients within Stoke-on-Trent Primary Care Network’s (PCN). The PCN’s have a number of well-established additional roles and are currently looking to expand their clinical team.

This is a pivotal role in the development of mental health care within PCN’s with further investment due over the next year. Each post will be working with a specific PCN but also supporting a joined up approach and collaborating to ensure coherent pathways for Children and Young People, Adults and Older People.

Main duties of the job

As an STR Worker you will work with the Senior Mental Health Practitioner alongside a team of GPs, ANPs, Practice Nurses and Pharmacists.   This role will also work in collaboration with the PCN social prescriber and health and wellbeing practitioner and community resources. You will be expected to collaborate with other healthcare professionals, both internal to, and external from, the PCN, working across the interface between Primary Care and Mental Health Services.

Working for our organisation

Our Trust is on an incredible journey of innovation and we’d like you to be part of it.

Our vision is ‘To be Outstanding in all we do and how we do it.’ Our teams pride themselves on compassion, team work and resilience. The Trust supports you by offering a flexible shift system including twilight shifts and compressed hours to support working families and our staff parking is free on all our main sites.

As an employee and representative of the Trust, you are required to demonstrate and uphold the Trust’s Values.  These are:

Proud to CARE:


Caring with compassion, it’s about how we listen, what we say, what we do.


Friendly, welcoming, sharing ideas and being open


Taking personal and collective responsibility, being accountable for our actions


Striving for the best, for high-quality safe care and continually improving

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Whilst we would not see this role holding a specific ‘caseload’, there would be an expectation that patients are supported for as long as is needed.

Based on a recent PCN wide local population needs assessment, an ‘all age’ practitioner is preferred with the ability to work with both adults and adolescents and previous experience is desired.

Primary care experience is not essential; however, a good understanding of how Primary Care works would be beneficial. Most importantly, the right candidate will have a strong desire to achieve the best possible outcomes for patients and have the motivation and flexibility to help develop the services as the role evolves to meet the needs of the population.

As the service develops the role will include leadership and management of junior staff.

Key Points:

Adult and adolescent mental health experience preferred

Knowledge of local services and pathways

Able to work autonomously and flexibly and be prepared to work with the PCN to shape this role

General practice based and embedded in the wider PCN team

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Certificate in Mental Health or Commitment to work towards achieving it.


Essential criteria
  • Experience of working with people with mental health needs.


Essential criteria
  • Knowledge and understanding of the needs of and issues facing people and their carers who have mental health support and needs.

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Applicant requirements

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.

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Simon Wilson
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Senior Service Manager
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