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Specialist Mental Health Practitioner - Neurodiversity

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
5 May 2024

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Children and Family Health Devon (CFHD) is the place to be! We have developed an innovative, integrated model of children's community services and now looking to appoint enthusiastic individuals to join our friendly and dedicated locality and county-wide professional teams.

We are seeking an experienced and enthusiastic Band 7 Specialist Mental Health Practitioner, Non-Medical Prescriber (NMP), to join our innovative, integrated Neurodiversity team. This role offers the opportunity to work within a supportive, multidisciplinary environment, contributing to the wellbeing of children and families across Devon.

Main duties of the job

  • As an SMHP - NMP within our Neurodiversity pathway, your responsibilities will include:
  • Providing evidence-based clinical interventions and treatments, including prescribing for clients diagnosed with ADHD.
  • Acting as an independent non-medical prescriber, supporting the clinical assessment of young people, initiating Controlled Drugs prescriptions, and liaising with GPs within a Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT), in collaboration with Psychiatry.
  • Offering clinical supervision to the wider team when required, fostering a collaborative and supportive working environment.

You will collaborate with children, families, and professionals to adopt a person-centred, holistic approach to care. This involves consistent monitoring of progress, adjustment of treatment plans, and participation in multidisciplinary meetings. Your expertise will contribute to complex cases, service development, and staying abreast of Neurodiversity research and advancements.

In addition to your direct clinical role, you will engage in wider service duties such as duty, screening, team support through supervision and mentoring, and contributing to service improvement initiatives.

About us

Successful applicants will be employed by Devon Partnership Trust ( )

Children and Family Health Devon (CFHD) comprises an Alliance of NHS organisations working together to improve health outcomes for children and young people in Devon.

CFHD provides integrated care and treatment for children and young people across physical and mental health. We are working closely with other organisations and providers to ensure we deliver locality and county-wide based integrated access to all of our services.

CFHD works closely with our local universities of Plymouth, Exeter & the Peninsula Medical School where we support students in clinical training placements and in addition support our own staff to undertake post graduate training.

Our integrated care and treatment has been developed and refined in partnership with children, young people and their families/carers.

Our children and young people say

We would like the people who work for Children and Family Health Devon to be understanding, patient and respectful. They should be trustworthy and make us feel safe and comfortable. It is important that they use their skills and experience to listen carefully in a non-patronising and non-judgemental way. When staff are positive and friendly, they help to create an environment that is informal and without pressure.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Full Vacancy details can be found on the attached Job Description/Person Specification. Please refer to your suitability to the post in your supporting information from the role requirements or person specification.

Person Specification



  • Experience of working collaboratively with service users and their families/carers, including using goal-based care and routine outcome measures in practice.
  • Experience of working collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary team and across agencies
  • Experience of working with children and young peoples mental health needs, families and parents/carers, maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems and verbal abuse
  • Experience of undertaking specialist mental health assessment and therapeutic interventions for in the area of childrens mental health, with the ability to work with complex needs and undertake risk assessments
  • Experience of safeguarding children and young people and ensuring the safety of children in partnership with other agencies as appropriate.



  • Professional knowledge acquired through degree supplemented by specialist training or equivalent experience to Masters level with a recognised nursing qualification.
  • Training in an evidence-based therapeutic approach
  • Active registration with the NMC
  • Non-Medical Prescriber qualification
  • Training in supervision and/or leadership skills or willing to work towards
  • Evidence of Continuous Professional Development

Knowledge, skills and abilities


  • Ability to travel across Devon

Employer details

Employer name

Devon Partnership NHS Trust


Children & Family Health Devon

Bittern Road

Sowton Industrial Estate



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