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Community Mental Health Practitioner

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£28,407 to £30,639 a year
Closing date
22 Sep 2023
Exeter OPMH have a vacancy for a B5 community mental health practitioner - preceptor also considered.

Exeter OPMH is a highly skilled and experienced team working with Functional and Organic OPMH clients living at home and care homes in Exeter City and surrounding villages.

We offer dementia diagnosis , treatment and Post Diagnostic Follow up as well as assessment for clients experiencing all other mental health problemes.

Main duties of the job

You will work with Senior Mental Health Practitioners to support assessments and interventions with clients with functional and organic mental health problems at thier homes and in care homes.

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

The post holder will deliver high quality mental health services. The role involves managing a defined caseload. The focus will be providing continuous assessment and treatment to people with mental health presentations and their carers. This will include recovery co-ordination (design and co-ordination of treatment packages that are personalised and evaluated in line with payment by results). The liaison with a wide range of statutory and non-statutory agencies is central to this role. The post holder will be an effective member of the multi-disciplinary team.

Duties and Responsibilities

Communication and Working Relationship Skills
  • Contribute to the teams engagement including liaising with a wide range of other professionals and agencies.
  • Impart complex and sensitive information to:
  • Patients and families/carers regarding assessment, care planning, treatment and review
  • Multi-disciplinary teams to ensure the provision of consistent well-coordinated care
  • Primary care teams regarding client care
  • External agencies also involved in the provision of care e.g.: voluntary and private sector, police, social services, housing, employment etc.
  • Service user/carer groups
  • Contribute to the safe and effective day to day operations of the service including the handling of clinical enquires.
  • 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, this will include CPA and non-CPA reviews, 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.
  • Facilitate fair access to social care services and promote social inclusion regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or disability
  • Actively contribute to multi-disciplinary team working.

Analytical and Judgemental Skills
  • Undertake risk assessments and determine the appropriate course of action, which has taken into consideration a range of possible options. Where necessary, ensure that consultation with senior colleagues is undertaken.
  • Undertake and continuously re-evaluate bio-psycho-social assessments and contribute to the development of a working formulation and diagnosis, in consultation with senior clinical staff, and the multi-disciplinary team which will lead to the development of personalised care packages in line with evidence based and payment by results. Ensure that consultation with senior colleagues is undertaken.
  • Have an awareness of your own clinical competencies, knowledge base and experience, and ensure that you practice within this and seek support as required.
  • Ensure the continuous re-evaluation of individuals needs and clinical risk situations and use clinical judgement to formulate the most appropriate clinical plan.

Planning and Organisational Skills
  • Organise meetings, including CPA and non-CPA professional and risk meetings.
  • Responsible for managing own workload to ensure the needs to the individuals who use our services are met, taking the wider needs of the team into consideration.
  • Ensure that interventions are planned in an integrated and co-ordinated manner, this may include liaison with external agencies.
  • Plan and organise individuals packages of care and ensure that reviews are held within the required time frames, for example Section 117, Funding Panels and CPA.
  • Plan their own workload and the workload of junior colleagues (e.g. Band 3 colleagues) to ensure that care is provided in the most highest quality and cost efficient manner.

Responsibility for Patient/Client Care, Treatment and Therapy
  • Ensure that designated caseload is well managed and that care and treatment is provided in line with practice standards and recovery co-ordination (CPA and non-CPA ).
  • Understand social factors that impact upon mental health
  • Develop and deliver care packages including assessing, planning, intervention and evaluation.
  • Ensure that all interventions have clear outcomes and that these are taken into consideration when sourcing the resources to best meet the individuals needs. This will include enabling individuals to take up Direct Payments and offering the person as much choice and control of resources as appropriate.
  • Ensure that all social care packages are reviewed within the relevant timescales and focus on integration within existing community resources where possible.
  • Deliver services using a recovery and strengths approach where the needs of the individual and their carers are held as central and their involvement is proactively encouraged.
  • Deliver care in line with evidence based practice and employ engagement and therapeutic skills that are appropriate to the clinical situation presented.
  • Provide specialist advice to referrers/other multi-disciplinary staff in relation to the care of individuals.
  • Enable communication and engagement of individuals and their carers to ensure that they have a voice about the services they receive and how these are developed. This may include engagement of advocacy services.
  • Ensure that appropriate action is taken to safeguarding adults and children. This will include attending safeguarding meetings and implementing relevant care plans under the guidance of a Senior Mental Health Practitioner.
  • Ensure that assessment and treatment plans are holistic, outcome focused and take into account the physical health and social needs of the individual, including input of significant others.
  • Ensure the monitoring and review of mental health medication taking into consideration interactions with physical health needs.
  • Ensuring timely and accurate documentation of all clinical activity in line with professional guidance and best practice.
  • Practice in a way that actively minimises dependency and promotes recovery.
  • Have an up to date working knowledge of eligibility criteria for access to social services

Responsibility for Policy and Service Development Implementation
  • Engagement in the development of mental health services as guided by line management.
  • Involvement in the implementation of local systems and process in your own area of work.
  • Ensure participation in the teams compliance with CQC standards through the participation in provider compliance assessment tools.
  • Contribute to clinical governance arrangements in order to ensure the quality of the service provided, this will include ensuring performance targets are met to provide high quality care.

Responsibility for Equipment and Other Resources
  • Prepare care panel applications as guided by the line manager or senior colleague.
  • Ensure care is provided in the most cost-effective and high quality manner and identify unmet needs.
  • Responsible for the safe use of any equipment.

Responsibility for Human Resources, e.g. Supervision, Training, HR Advice and Management
  • Provision of day to day supervision and clinical supervision and PDR as allocated by line manager.
  • Supervise the caseload and care provision of junior colleagues.
  • Demonstrate and role model excellent clinical skills.
  • Mentor students in line with professional requirements.
  • Ensure that core training is maintained and you participate in training and development opportunities, in line with the Directorates Workforce Plan, and to meet professional requirements.
  • When tasks are delegated, ensure that the person you have delegated these tasks to is appropriately skills to do so.

Responsibility for Information Resources and Administrative Duties
  • Ensure information resources are used to maintain a knowledge of Trust, Directorate and Team priorities and safety initiatives.
  • Maintain up to date clinical record in a timely and accurate manner in accordance with Trust Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Ensure information is shared with key stakeholders and other agencies in a secure manner.

Responsibility for Research and Development
  • Assist in a programme of research as directed by the line manager.

Freedom to Act
  • Work within the operational policies and service specifications of the team.
  • Work within the parameters of a defined caseload and take accountability for your own actions.
  • Act within the health and social care framework which includes policy and procedural guidelines, which will inform your decision about when it is necessary to consult with senior mental health practitioner.

Any Other Specific Tasks Required
  • Work cooperatively with staff colleagues.
  • Ensure you remain professionally competent and Registered.
  • Undertake any other reasonable management request.

Person Specification



  • Professional registration eg Registered Mental health Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker - preceptor considered.
  • Driving Licence.


  • experience of working with OPMH

Employer details

Employer name

Devon Partnership NHS Trust


Exeter OPMH 'Knightshayes'

4 Hospital Lane, Whipton




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