Mental Health Practitioner (Developmental Role)

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

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Torbay Psychiatric Liaison Service is based in Torbay Hospital and is a dynamic team of experienced professionals. It is a vibrant and at times, fast paced working environment that relies on a collegiate clinical team approach to presentations and referrals. We are looking for a current Band 5 grade nurse or other associated discipline with significant post qualification experience to join our team with a view to gaining the experience and training to be considered for recruitment to a Band 6 Post within 12-18 months. This is a developmental role in Liaison Psychiatry services and will provide a route to a Band 6 established post for the successful candidate.

The focus will be providing assessment and treatment planning interventions to people with mental health difficulties. The post holder will be an effective member of the multi-disciplinary team, able to liaise and communicate effectively with medical professionals in the general hospital, social care, community mental health team colleagues, HTT and AMHPS. A good knowledge of Safeguarding, MHA 1983 and MCA 2005 will be an essential expectation of the role along with a willingness to learn and enhance your professional knowledge.

The successful candidate will be supported with mentorship and an experienced, professional team of colleagues.

Our investment is with you and your success in the post.

Main duties of the job

  • Contribute to the safe and effective day to day operations of the service including the handling of clinical enquires.
  • Contribute to the teams engagement including liaising with a wide range of other professionals and agencies.
  • Provide and receive information some of which may be contentious, sensitive and complex to and from individuals and their families/carers and actively seek support as appropriate.
  • Provide a high standards of written and verbal communication that is clear and in line with professional documentation standards
  • Participate in clinical meetings, professional meetings, and clinical risk meetings.
  • Communicate information in a way that makes it relevant and understandable for service users and carers, working in line with practice standards and operational policies.
  • Actively contribute to multi-disciplinary team working.
  • Facilitate fair access to social care services and promote social inclusion regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or disability.
  • Undertake risk assessments and determine the appropriate course of action in a timely manner.
  • Have an awareness of your own clinical competencies, knowledge and experience and ensure that you practice within this and seek support where required.

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.

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.

Band 5 Developmental Post: Leading to Band 6 qualification and recruitment.

Torbay Psychiatric Liaison Service have a created a new post to offer an exciting opportunity for a Band 5 clinician to develop their knowledge and skills with a view to achieving a Band 6 role after a minimum of 12 months. The post holder will deliver high quality mental health services. The focus will be providing assessment, risk planning and a treatment plan to people with mental health difficulties and their carers. The post holder will be an effective member of the multi-disciplinary team.

Position offered is a band 5 developmental post. You will have a qualification in mental health or in occupational therapy and will be working in an expanding multi disciplinary team here at Torbay District General Hospital. Post will be for 37.5 hours per week and the shift pattern will cater for a 24/7 service, both week days and weekends.

The post holder will deliver high quality mental health services. The focus will be providing triage, assessment and recovery focused planning, referral and signposting treatment to people with mental health difficulties.

The post holder will be an effective member of the multi-disciplinary team who wishes to develop their career in adult and older people's mental health practice.

Person Specification



  • An appropriate up to date professional mental health qualification eg 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 relevant continuing professional development.
  • An understanding of the NSF and Mental Health Act/Mental Health Capacity Act requirements.
  • Demonstrates sound theoretical knowledge of mental health practice.
  • 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.
  • Able to work 24 hour shift patterns including nights in line with service requirements.


  • Understanding of recovery principles in Mental Health.
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary and multi-agency environment.
  • Ability to assess risk.
  • Able to prioritise work to reflect changing needs.
  • Ability to manage own time.
  • Ability to work flexibly.
  • Ability to work to deadlines.
  • Good clinical assessment skills.
  • Ability to manage change in a positive manner.

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


Psychiatric Liaison Service

Torbay & South Devon Mental Health Unit

Torbay Hospital



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