Senior Mental Health Practitioner - Assessment & Brief Intervention

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
Newton Abbot
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
20 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Job summary

This is a new and exciting opportunity to embed the principles of the Community Mental health Framework within the Newton West Primary Care Networks.

The Assessment and Brief Intervention role is a new post that will promote positive working relationships between Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE), primary and secondary mental health providers. Clinicians who excel in this role tend to be passionate about clinical practice and have a desire to build positive working relationships with colleagues working across all agencies.

As an Assessment and Brief Intervention Clinician, you will have the opportunity to shape this new role working in collaboration with partner agencies. You will be well supported by the Teign Locality Mental Health Team and supported by peers and managers who are deeply invested in your success and are committed to your personal and professional needs.
  • Relocation Package of up to �8k available
  • Refer a friend scheme applies

Main duties of the job

Working as dedicated practitioner to the Newton West primary care network (PCN) as part of PCN multiagency team alongside mental health treatment practitioners, psychology, psychiatry and social care.
  • Provide a combined consultation, advice, triage and liaison function.
  • Work with patients to:

Support shared decision-making about self-management.

Facilitate onward access to treatment services.

Provide brief psychological interventions, where qualified to do so and where appropriate.
  • Work closely with other PCN-based roles to help address the potential range of biopsychosocial needs of patients with mental health problems. This will include the PCNs MAT, including, for example, PCN clinical pharmacists for medication reviews, and social prescribing link workers for access to community-based support.
  • Operate without the need for formal referral from GPs, including accepting some direct bookings where appropriate, subject to agreement on volumes and the mechanism of access between the PCN and mental health team.

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.

Our values

We not only recruit employees based on their qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess and demonstrate the behaviours which underpin the core values of our organisation. These values 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 & learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident 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



  • Hold a Registered Mental Health Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Social worker Professional qualification
  • Educated to Degree level or equivalent experience
  • Diploma level specialist training or equivalent experience
  • Evidence of continuing professional development


  • Teaching/training qualification
  • Psychological therapy qualification



  • Knowledge of principles of assessment of people presenting with mental health concerns
  • Knowledge of principles of risk assessment and management
  • Knowledge of Mental Health Act 1983 and Mental Capacity Act 2006 and other relevant legislation


  • Working in a primary care setting
  • Working in collaboration with VCSE services
  • Training/developing staff and or patients
  • Experience of delivering evidenced based psycho/social interventions

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


Teign Core Adult Mental Health Team

Estuary House

Newton Abbot

TQ12 4PH

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