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Specialist Grade in General Adult Psychiatry - West Devon

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£83,945 to £95,275 a year
Closing date
15 Dec 2023
Welcome to Devon Partnership Trust! We would like to invite you to apply for the Specialist Grade psychiatrist in General Adult, working in West Devon (Ivybridge and Tavistock).This is a permanent post as the previous post holder moved on . It is a post for a General Adult Psychiatrist for patients age 16-65 years old (16-18 out of fulltime education) serving a mixed rural and urban community in West Devon.

The post covers three PCNs and our Trust has worked closely with the commissioners to redesign the service and the form effective links with Primary Care services and Plymouth secondary care services. It has a long history of excellent community based services and has worked innovatively for many years.

The post is with a well-established multidisciplinary team of nurses, psychologist, occupational therapists, and community support workers.

Main duties of the job

This CMHT is based in Tavistock, where private office space with PC accessibility and IT support is available and appropriate secretarial support will be provided.

The post holder will offer assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients as well as other expert clinical services West Devon. The post holder is expected to be part of s12 rota.

This is an exciting role for someone who wants to take part in the development of community mental health services. Apart from the regular clinical duties, the post holder is expected to take active part in multidisciplinary team meetings, referrals meetings, governance meetings and, contribute to the development of mental health services in the area . The post has a dedicated 2.5 SPA time for developing and executing the management and leadership skills.

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



  • MB BS or equivalent GMC registration. Membership or Affiliateship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists or equivalent.


  • Approved under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act 1983.

Research and Clinical Governance


  • Interest in maintaining up to date clinical knowledge base. Commitment to involvement in on site programme of clinical governance.


  • Enthusiasm to contribute to research on site. Publications in peer reviewed journals. IT skills. Knowledge of evidence based practice, clinical audit and involvement of users and carers in service provision

Practical Arrangements and Physical


  • Meets professional health requirements. Ability to be independently mobile across a geographical area in a timely manner including urgently and in accordance to service need.


  • Access to appropriate personal transport to fulfil the post.



  • Minimum of 12 years medical work (either continuous period or in aggregate) since obtaining a primary medical qualification of which a minimum of six years should have been in a relevant specialty in the Specialty Doctor and/or closed SAS grades. Equivalent years experience in a relevant specialty from other medical grades including from overseas will also be accepted. Shall meet the criteria set out in the Specialist grade generic capabilities framework found at the following link:


  • Experience at senior level working in the field of Psychiatry. Experience of Home Treatment or equivalent. Delivering supervision of non-medical prescribers.

Continuing Professional Development/Motivation


  • Commitment to process of CPD Ability to organise own learning/CPD.


  • Registered with Royal College of Psychiatrists for CPD.

Clinical Skills and Knowledge


  • Excellent clinical skills in interviewing and physical and psychological assessment of patients. Writing comprehensive, clear medical notes. Ability to manage crises and act independently. Ability to manage potentially violent and disturbed patients. Confidence in assessing and managing physical health problems and emergencies. Working knowledge of the Mental Health Act 1983, to be acquired by Oversea Doctors in 1st 6 months Good knowledge of relevant Mental Health legislation including the MCA. Good knowledge of clinical risk management. Good knowledge of evidence based strategies for management of psychiatric disorder.


  • Up to date CPR training. Ability to apply psychological models to practical situations. Understanding of NHS organisational arrangements including social care.

Personal Skills


  • Ability to communicate with clarity in spoken and written form. Flexible approach, keen to accept new challenges. Punctuality/good time management. Honesty and integrity. Well organised. Willingness and ability to support other professions in achieving their educational aims.


  • Ability to critically examine practice.

Employer details

Employer name

Devon Partnership NHS Trust


West Devon Core Mental Health Team

The Quay



PL19 8AB

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