Senior Community Mental Health Practitioner

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
17 Dec 2023
Are you someone looking for a career in one of the UKs most respected mental health and learning disability trusts?

Would you like to be part of a dedicated team committed to helping those with mental health & learning disability problems enjoy a better future?

Would you like to do a job that makes a difference every day?

Liaison Psychiatry is the branch of psychiatry that specialises in the interface between medicine and psychiatry.

Liaison Psychiatry Services nationwide are experiencing significant investment and we are in the privileged position in Devon of being able to further enhance and develop our already well-established Liaison Services within the North Devon District Hospital.

We are seeking an experienced and motivated Band 6 Senior Mental Health Practitioners who wishes to contribute within our Liaison Psychiatry service at this exciting time.

You will have a key role in contributing to the mental health care of people in the general hospital and we welcome applications from all mental health professionals, including Nurses, Occupational Therapists and Social Workers.

There are full time posts available that cover a Core 15 service working across in hours, out of hours and weekend shifts. The current service hours are Monday to Friday 7am to 10pm and weekends and bank holidays 9am to 10pm.

You will be well supported within the team and encouraged to develop your clinical skills and knowledge base within a stimulating learning environment.

Main duties of the job

You will be working within a Senior Mental Health Practitioner role helping support referrals from colleagues within the North Devon District Hospital. You will be working within a busy team who complete both assessment and consultation work with people who require support for their mental health needs.

It will be your job to make specialist mental health assessments, and devise interventions that will help people to recover. You will play a key role in a dynamic multidisciplinary team, working with multiple agencies on a daily basis.

You will be confident working with supervision, with the knowledge to devise individual recovery plans for the people you see. Its important that you can communicate effectively, not only with your colleagues, but the people you care for, their families and carers. You will be at the centre of their care.

You will be an experienced mental health professional with a professional mental health qualification (RMN, CQSW / ASW, BSc/Diploma in OT, SROT)

We will help you grow in the role, and can provide a range of training opportunities, including CPD modules that can help you develop the skills you need to thrive in the job.

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.

We would encourage you to contact the team manager for any queries.

Person Specification



  • Substantial experience of managing a busy caseload of clients with a range of mental health problems.
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary and multi-agency environment.
  • Providing clinical supervision.
  • Assessment experience (particularly mental health & risk).


  • Working within a community mental health setting in either the statutory or voluntary sector.
  • Participation in user involvement in services



  • A professional mental health qualification eg: RMN, CQSW / ASW, BSc/Diploma in OT
  • A current registration with a professional body ie NMC.


  • Post graduate qualification relevant to specialism.
  • Clinical Supervision qualification.
  • Mentorship qualification.

Knowledge and Skills


  • Specialist knowledge and experience of acute mental health issues within working age and Older adults.
  • An understanding of the Care Programme Approach / Local Mental Health Care Pathways / Mental Health Act / Mental Health Capacity Act & DOLS requirements
  • Excellent communication skills including the ability to engage with clients experiencing a wide range of mental health problems.
  • Able to produce accurate, concise & well written reports.
  • Able to prioritise work to reflect change in needs.
  • Able to work collaboratively with clients, carers, relatives and referrers to ensure safe and effective outcomes
  • Evidence of working as an autonomous practitioner without direct supervision
  • Able to own problems and get involved in the solutions.
  • Biopsychosocial assessment, leading to formulation and planning.
  • Ability to manage risk


  • Awareness of community structures and social care options and processes.
  • Understanding of recovery principles in Mental Health.

Employer details

Employer name

Devon Partnership NHS Trust


North Devon District Hospital

Raleigh Park




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