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Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year
Closing date
30 Jun 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for a Senior Mental Health Practitioner to join the Criminal Justice Liaison & Diversion team based at Exeter police custody.

CJL&D is a different service from other community MH services. We are an all age service and sit at the start of someone’s pathway through the criminal justice (CJ) process when they come to the attention of the police, and are arrested. Practitioners conduct triage assessments, signpost and support the person on their journey through the CJ pathway until an outcome is reached. We support substance misuse, homelessness, social issues, Learning disability and Mental Health. The aim of the service is to improve health and wellbeing and the risk of re-offending

“Liaison and Diversion services aim to provide early intervention for vulnerable people as they come to the attention of the CJ system. L&D services provide a prompt response to concerns raised by police, probation service, youth offending teams or court staff, and provide critical information to decision-makers in the justice system. When it comes to charging and sentencing these vulnerable people. L&D also act as a point of referral and assertive follow up for these services users.”

Main duties of the job

The post holder will contribute to the clinical leadership of the team, providing supervision for other members and participating in team and service development, and evaluation.

We will support you to learn the skills you need to thrive in the role In return, you will need to be motivated, flexible and eager to learn.

Devon Partnership NHS Trust is growing as we establish ourselves us as one of the leading providers of mental health services in the country.

This is not a care co-ordination role, practitioners have to use many skills to achieve positive outcomes. We work very closely with our partner agencies, police, courts, probation and prisons.

Working as part of Devon Partnership NHS Trust, you will make a difference to people’s lives from the moment you start.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health & learning disability 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.

Our values

We not only recruit employees based on their qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess and demonstrate the behaviours which underpin the core values of our organisation. These values 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 & learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Employer.

Job description Job responsibilities

For information about this role please refer to the attached Job Description which will provide further detail on the role

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • A professional mental health qualification eg RMN, Social Work Degree or equivalent, BSc/Diploma in OT, SROT, ENB 811/812 or CPN Degree.
  • Post graduate qualification relevant to specialism.
  • Clinical Supervision qualification.
  • Training to level 3 in Safeguarding children and young people: roles and competencies for Health Care staff
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • An understanding of the NSF and Mental Health Act/ Mental Health Capacity Act requirements.
  • CPA Process
  • Understanding of the Criminal Justice System and potential challenges offenders presenting with mental health issues have in accessing mental health services and the impact this has on the individual and society.
  • Awareness of community structures and social care management responsibilities.
  • Understanding of recovery principles in Mental Health.
Experience Essential
  • Substantial experience of managing a busy caseload of clients with a range of mental health problems.
  • Working within a community mental health setting in either the statutory or voluntary sector.
  • Ability to assess and co-ordinate care that includes physical health, Learning Disability, substance misuse presentations (adults and young people).
  • Providing clinical supervision.
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary and multi-agency environment.
  • Participation in user involvement in services.
  • Experience of working with young people

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