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Community Mental Health Practitioner

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£28,407 to £30,639 a year
Closing date
16 Apr 2024
The principle purpose of the job is to improve the health and wellbeing of people with Dementia and/or mental health difficulties within our post diagnostic service. This will be achieved by:

Active involvement in the role modelling the delivery of high quality, safe and compassionate care as an effective member of the multidisciplinary team.

Promoting and enabling a person centred approach to care home staff, family members/carers.

Organising and managing a defined post diagnostic caseload to working independently being guided and supported by a clinical member of staff and will access clinical supervision.

Seeking advice and expertise of a registered practitioner when required through the use of regular managerial and clinical supervision in accordance with Trust policy.

Support and supervising VCSE colleagues to support people living with Dementia and their carers.

Main duties of the job

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 re 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 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.

Actively contribute to multi-disciplinary team working.

Facilitate fair access to social care services and promote social inclusion regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

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



  • An appropriate up to date professional mental health qualification eg RMN, OT or social worker on the appropriate professional body register and hold current registration with no restrictions.
  • Evidence of relevant continuing professional development.


  • Training to level 2 in Safeguarding children and young people: roles and competencies for Health Care staff Post registration training in relevant field.
  • Mentorship training.

Skills & Abilities


  • Excellent communication skills including the ability to engage with clients experiencing a wide range of mental health problems.
  • Ability to communicate with a wide range of professionals from various settings.
  • Able to own problems and get involved in the solutions.
  • Ability to assess risk.
  • Able to prioritise work to reflect changing needs.
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to manage own time.
  • Ability to work flexibly.
  • Ability to work to deadlines.
  • Ability to be mobile across a geographical area.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Good clinical assessment skills.
  • Ability to manage change in a positive manner.


  • Group work skills.



  • An understanding of the NSF and Mental Health Act/ Mental Health Capacity Act requirements.
  • An understanding of CPA Process.
  • An understanding of dementia and supporting patients with BPSD and their carers.
  • Postgraduate experience working with patients with dementia and their carers either within the NHS or VCSE sectors managing a caseload of clients with a range of needs.


  • Understanding of recovery principles in Mental Health.
  • Demonstrates sound theoretical knowledge of mental health practice working within a community setting in either the statutory or voluntary sector.
  • Providing clinical supervision.
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary and multi-agency environment.
  • Demonstrates experience of, and relevant professional practice qualification in mentoring/assessing students and learners.
  • Experience working with VCSE colleagues.

Employer details

Employer name

Devon Partnership NHS Trust


Knightshayes, Whipton Hospital

4 Hospital Lane




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