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Mental Health Practitioner: Non-Medical Nurse Prescriber trainee

The Role: What you will do?

  • We are looking for a motivated and committed Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN) to work within our Basildon and Brentwood Primary Care Network service as a Mental Health First Contact Practitioner (FCP) Prescriber in Training.
  • We have a unique and exciting developmental opportunity to support a band 6 RMN to undertake prescriber training to become an independent nurse prescriber and progress to a band 7 on completion. If you are interested in expanding your RMN clinical practice in the area of primary care mental health by offering pharmacological treatment and management, then we want to hear from you.
  • As an integral member of the Primary Care Team, you will be responsible for assessing, signposting, and providing mental health advice and support to adult service users who attend at their local GP practice with mental health difficulties. You will ensure that patients receive the right care at the right time for their specific needs.
  • This qualification is taught by Anglia Ruskin University and is a blended learning course– a mixture of face to face and remote study.


Vita Health Group celebrates life. Improving lives physically and mentally drives everything we do.

We work in partnership with the NHS, support the UK’s largest companies to help support their workforce and provide a full range of physiotherapy services to private customers. We are physical and mental health specialists with over 30 years of experience - we Make People Better.

Vita is fast growing, innovative and ambitious. If you would like to be part our journey and join a company that offers outstanding personal development, flexibility for a work/life balance and a genuine focus on delivering exceptional services then we would love to hear from you.


Your skills and background:


  • RMN qualification with current NMC registration – at least 12 months
  • Willingness to complete an intensive prescriber training course (fully funded with supervision support): https://aru.ac.uk/study/professional-and-short-courses/v300-non-medical-prescribing
  • Have completed an Advance Clinical Assessment Skills course (or equivalent – 30 credit module at level 6 or 7) an example of such a course can be found here: https://aru.ac.uk/study/professional-and-short-courses/clinical-assessment-skills-for-health-professionals
  • Knowledge and experience of working with a range mental health difficulties
  • An appreciation of how mental health and physical health issues affect psychological and social functioning
  • Robust assessment skills including risk assessment and management
  • The ability to establish and foster strong therapeutic alliances with patients
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • IT skills - Microsoft Office/Patient record systems.
  • Ability to travel in and around the Basildon and Brentwood area.
  • An awareness of, and commitment to, supporting and facilitating diversity and inclusion


  • Skills and experience of using psychological therapy techniques, eg CBT, Motivational Interviewing
  • Experience of working within a primary care setting

Why Vita Health Group?

Vita Health Group celebrates life. Improving lives physically and mentally drives everything we do.

We are physical and mental health specialists with over 30 years of experience.  We work in partnership with the NHS, support the UK’s largest corporate companies to help assist their workforce and provide a full range of physiotherapy services to private customers.

To achieve our mission of making people better, we recognise the importance of investing in our staff. In addition to a competitive salary, we also offer the opportunity of a flexible work life balance and a comprehensive benefits package which you can view in full on our website.  To progress your skills and enable career development we provide Continued Professional Development opportunities including secondments, management training, a mentoring scheme and regular events and webinars across a range of clinical disciplines.

Vita Health Group is proud to be an equal opportunities employer.  We are committed to Equality, Diversity & Inclusion best practice and positively encourage applications from candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion/belief, marital status, or pregnancy/maternity.  To support this we have a dedicated team of EDI specialists and run a range of active in-house diversity networks.

We are actively seeking to increase the diversity of our workforce, to ensure we are representative of the communities we serve at all levels. We therefore welcome applications from candidates with a wide range of lived experience.

We are committed to equitably support the wellbeing of all employees as demonstrated by:

  • Our association with the MINDFUL EMPLOYER Charter for Employers who are Positive About Mental Health.
  • Our status as a Disability Confident Employer dedicated to ensuring that all candidates are treated fairly throughout the recruitment process. All disabled candidates that meet the minimum essential criteria will be invited to interview.
  • Our status as a Menopause Friendly Committed employer.
  • Our sign up to the Employer with Heart Charter.
  • Our commitment to meet the standards outlined in the NHS Equality Delivery System (EDS2), Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) and Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES).
  • The provision of access to health and wellbeing services for colleagues which includes a team of trained Mental Health Advocates and an Employee Assistance Programme.
  • An embedded “speaking up” culture facilitated by Freedom to Speak Up Guardians.

Should you wish to discuss any adjustment or assistance you might need in the application or interview process please contact recruitment@vhg.co.uk and we will arrange.

Please note, all applicants must be legally entitled to accept and perform work in the UK and all positions are subject to a DBS check. 

Any data which you share with us throughout the hiring process will be stored securely within the UK and is accessible only by staff who require it. Should your application be unsuccessful, your data will be securely destroyed after 6 months. 

Vita Health Group reserves the right to close this job when sufficient applications have been received.


Vita Health Group


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