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Mental Health Practitioner

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year
Closing date
5 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity to join an innovative multi-disciplinary team (MDT) at a time when the community eating disorder provision across Devon is developing and evolving. Integrating physical and psychiatric care for patients with eating disorders is essential in managing the complexity of their needs.

The Community Eating Disorder Service (CEDS) is a multi-professional team. Each patient has a named clinician who supports them with their psychological health and wellbeing.

This post will manage a defined caseload of patients, with support and guidance from other MDT members. The post holders caseload will grow in both number and complexity as they develop in the role this will be reviewed regularly via clinical supervision.

The post holder will deliver high quality mental health assessment for the less severe/complex cases and treatment to individuals with an eating disorder as per NICE guidelines and following agreed integrate care pathways.

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate the skills needed for safe clinical decision making. They will be self-motivated and compassionate who, acting within their professional boundaries, will provide care to patients with eating disorders.

The team are happy to support a preceptee nurse in this role or other allied health professionals ideally with some mental health experience

Main duties of the job

Be a core member of the CEDS multi-disciplinary team, liaising with other members of the team to provide integrated care

Work collaboratively with all members of the CEDS team and share information with team members formally and informally, e.g. clinical reviews, risk meetings

Actively promote relationships with colleagues that support open communication and collaborative working, taking personal responsibility for one's contribution to the process of multidisciplinary working

To maintain accurate and complete records recording appropriate events and observations in accordance with Trust Policies and Procedures and professional code of conduct

Participate as required in service team meetings and discussions

Offer brief psychological interventions in line with evidence based treatment for eating disorders and support the development of personalised treatment packages in line with evidence base. Where necessary, ensure that consultation with senior colleagues is undertaken

Undertake the more straight forward/less complex assessments of people with eating disorders, including risk assessments, and determine the appropriate course of action which has taken into consideration a range of possible options.
  • Where required, participate in meetings including professional and risk meetings and have the ability to acknowledge when more senior colleagues are need to attend alongside them.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health, learning disability and neurodiversity services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.

We are committed to developing a culture of coproduction, involving patients, families & carers in everything we do

Our values

We not only recruit based on qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess & demonstrate the behaviours which underpin our Trusts core values. These include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile making time for people challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health conditions, neurodiversity or learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Leader Employer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the full Job Description and Person specification attached to this advert which will provide further information on this role.

Person Specification



  • An appropriate up to date professional mental health qualification or allied health professional qualification e.g RMN, OT or social worker on the appropriate professional body register and hold current registration with no restrictions
  • It will be an essential requirement for newly qualified social workers to demonstrate that they have completed The Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) before commencing in post or there will be a requirement to complete this within the first 12 months of employment with the Trust.
  • Evidence of, or a willingness to, engage in relevant continuing professional development
  • Training to Level 3 in Adult and Children Safeguarding



  • Managing a defined caseload of clients with a range of mental health problems


  • Experience of working with individuals with an eating disorder either within a community or inpatient setting
  • Demonstrates sound theoretical knowledge of mental health practice
  • Working within a community setting in either the statutory or voluntary sector
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary and multi-agency environment
  • Demonstrates experience of, and relevant professional practice qualification in mentoring/assessing students and learners

Knowledge and Skills


  • An understanding of Mental Health Act/Mental Health Capacity Act requirements
  • Knowledge of diagnostic criteria of Eating Disorder conditions
  • Knowledge of physical complications associated with eating disorders
  • Knowledge of relevant psychological therapies for treating eating disorders
  • An understanding of the principles and processes involved in coordinating patient care and support
  • Understanding of recovery principles in mental health
  • Excellent communication skills including the ability to engage with clients experiencing a wide range of mental health problems
  • Ability to communicate with a wide range of professionals from various settings
  • Group work skills

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Devon Partnership NHS Trust


Wonford House

Dryden Road




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