Service Manager

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year
Closing date
3 Dec 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you passionate about Learning Disability and Neurodiversity?

Could you lead our exciting new service development providing a 10 bed regional inpatient unit for people with a learning disability and/or autistic people with treatable mental health needs?

Do you want to work in an organisation which is genuinely committed to meeting your individual needs as well as the needs of patients?

We are looking for someone who can bring effective leadership, change management and team building skills to develop, monitor and then provide ongoing evaluation of the new service in conjunction with the senior operational and clinical leadership team.

You will lead a large multi-disciplinary team, with the opportunity to shape and develop the team to deliver consistently high quality care and treatment. You will also support the transition from our existing service to the new development. The new unit will be state of the art and has been carefully designed and developed with clinicians and people with lived experience.

This is an exciting and ambitious programme that will deliver measurable benefits for those people with a learning disability and autistic people by providing the physical and clinical environment that supports patients and contributes to improved wellbeing.

Subject to planning permission, we expect the new centre to open in 2025.

Interviews scheduled to take place on Wednesday 13th December

Main duties of the job

If you bring passion and commitment, we will support you to increase your knowledge base and further develop your operational management and leadership skills, making this an exciting career opportunity.

If you would like further information we would be very pleased to have a chat in person or virtually prior to you submitting your application.

Outputs from the programme:
  • Improved care pathway for those with a learning disability and autistic people across community (inreach / outreach) and inpatient care.
  • Improvements in the physical infrastructure to deliver better care and outcomes for service users, whilst aiming for a length of stay of less than twelve months.
  • Reducing the requirement for out of area admissions.
  • Improved care and inpatient experiences for people within the South West Region with a learning disability and/or autistic people.
  • Treating people closer to home whilst reducing reliance on inpatient beds.
  • Delivery of innovative solutions and improvements to the therapeutic environment and service model that delivers a positive impact to service users.

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.

Person Specification



  • Professional clinical knowledge acquired through MSc degree, or equivalent experience
  • Specialist training, Management qualification to diploma level or equivalent experience
  • Current professional registration with appropriate professional body BILD accredited physical intervention training or agreement to complete training on successful offer of employment



  • Experience of NHS or Social Care management or equivalent
  • Experience in the development, management, co-ordination of staff and services
  • Experience and proven track record of managing budgets
  • Project Management of proven service development

Knowledge and skills


  • Excellent communication & Organisational skills.
  • Ability to manage risk.
  • Ability to be mobile across a geographical area to meet the demands of the role.
  • Leadership skills

Employer details

Employer name

Devon Partnership NHS Trust


ASU Unit - Hospital Lane





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