Registered Adult Nurse - Practice Transition Programme

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year pro rata
Closing date
2 Jun 2023

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Have you considered transferring your nursing expertise into the field of mental health?

We are looking for RN(A) / RGN to join Devon Partnership Trust across a variety of teams and locations. This opportunity is open for both band 5 & 6 positions.

The NMC allows nurses to work across a variety of settings including areas outside of those traditionally associated with your area of registration. At DPT we are excited to bring nurses from an adult nursing/general nursing background into mental health to work alongside registered mental health nurses on an equal footing, without having to undertake a conversion programme.

We are looking for RN(A)/RGN with experience of working with people with mental health problems who would like to take the opportunity to come and work under their existing registration in a mental health setting.

In collaboration with Health Education England, DPT have developed a practice transition programme which you will undertake upon joining. This programme will forward you the opportunity to transfer your adult nursing skills. You will be supported in doing this by your manager, team and dedicated practice educator. Upon completion of the programme, we will issue you with a certificate certifying that you have equal standing and status with registered mental health nurses.

This is an incredible opportunity to establish a career with Devon Partnership NHS Trust, in one of the countrys most exciting and progressive mental health & learning disability trusts.

Main duties of the job

You will become part of a supportive multi-disciplinary team, using your skills and experience to help define and deliver a package of care to people on one of our mixed gender wards that helps them on their road to recovery. We believe that with our help, people can improve their mental health, to recover independence and return to their local community.

We will encourage and help you to learn, develop and grow in this role.

Devon Partnership NHS Trust is growing as we establish ourselves us as one of the leading providers of mental health services in the country.

Working as part of Devon Partnership NHS Trust, you will make a difference to peoples lives from the moment you start.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health & learning disability 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

About you

You will have experience of working with people experiencing mental health difficulties, relevant to the grade of which you are applying. Examples would be:
  • Working in a physical health role within a mental health service,
  • Working within a substance misuse service,
  • Experience working closely with people experiencing mental health problems within an acute medical setting, for example: Areas specialising treating people with eating disorders, Areas treating people with alcohol related physical health problems, Emergency department.

Mental health is a fundamental part of all of our wellbeing, if you have experience outside of those listed above please make contact to discuss with the team.

Youll have excellent communication skills, a commitment to working flexibly and be happy to participate in the internal 24 hours, 7 day a week rota to meet the needs of people who use our services.

We have no preconceptions about the people we employ. What matters to us is your passion, commitment and determination to succeed and being able to demonstrate you share our values and those of the NHS. We will assess this at interview.

If you are committed to providing person-centred care and a focus recovery we believe that with your help and dedication, people can improve their mental health, recover independence and return to living a meaningful life.

We will repay your commitment with opportunities for training and personal development, as well as offering you enough time to enjoy the incredible lifestyle you get in Devon.

Please submit an application at the earliest opportunity as we will be reviewing applications on a regular basis and offering shortlisted candidates an interview date as soon as possible.

Person Specification



  • Experience of Adult and / or Older Persons mental health nursing and the nursing process


  • Experience of working with people with a diagnosis of dementia



  • Registered Nurse with current registration.
  • A willingness to complete Trust Mandatory Courses (will be required to complete and undertake relevant Physical Interventions training with adjustments considered if required)



  • Knowledge of ordering, storing and administering required medications
  • Knowledge of possible side effects of medication
  • Knowledge of the Mental Health Act 1987 (including updates)
  • Knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act & Deprivation of Liberty safeguards


  • Knowledge and skills in providing supervision
  • Multi-Disciplinary Working
  • Understanding of Recovery principles in Mental Health
  • Knowledge and understanding of both adult and childrens safeguarding guidance

Skills & Abilities


  • Excellent verbal and written skills.
  • Ability to form positive therapeutic relationships with service users, carers and other professional bodies.
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Ability to assess situations, make decisions, co-ordinate and organise appropriate responses.
  • Have an awareness and ability to maintain personal boundaries.
  • Able to risk assess
  • To be able to plan and implement all aspects of nursing skills.
  • To demonstrate effective leadership skills, promote effective role model across the ward environment.
  • To be able to work on the internal ward shift rotation which includes night duties
  • To work to the Trust Data Protection and Confidentiality guidance/policy
  • Be able to work as part of a team.
  • Work as an effective role model.
  • Promote effective service delivery and future changes in a positive way
  • Willingness to develop self

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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