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Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
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 childrens community services and now looking to appoint enthusiastic individuals to join our friendly and dedicated locality and county-wide professional teams.

As a large community service, you will be joining a strong, enthusiastic and supportive group of professionals who will be your peers, your phone a friend network and your inspiring colleagues. This provides a real sense of professional collaboration at work, that will be an asset to your daily work, your career development and your support network.

We are excited to be advertising for Band 6 Senior Mental Health Practitioners with a range of skills and experience. We are keen to hear from professionals interested in supporting our new pathway model. There are opportunities available across the county, in Barnstaple, Exeter, or Torbay/ South Devon, working with those young people struggling with mood, emotions, and relationships. You will work with our dedicated teams with ongoing training and supervision.

Main duties of the job

As a Senior Mental Health Practitioner in Children & Family Health Devon, your role is crucial in providing comprehensive and specialised mental health support to children and young people. Your main duties encompass a range of responsibilities, including assessment, intervention, and collaboration. You will conduct thorough mental health assessments, using a person-centered approach to understand the unique needs of each child. With this understanding, you will develop tailored care plans and implement evidence-based interventions to address their mental health concerns and promote their overall well-being.

As a Senior Mental Health Practitioner, collaboration will be a key aspect of your role. You will provide consultation, advice, and training to colleagues, families, and partner agencies, fostering a collaborative approach to mental health care. Your contributions to multidisciplinary teams will ensure coordinated and integrated care for children and young people. You will support service development and improvement, participating in team meetings, engaging in development opportunities, and staying up to date with the latest research and best practices in child and adolescent mental health. By maintaining accurate and confidential records, adhering to safeguarding protocols, and prioritising the well-being of children and young people, you will make a significant impact in enhancing the quality and effectiveness of mental health services in children's NHS settings.

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, based on the i-Thrive Framework, in response to consultation with our service users and communities.

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 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.

Our vision is to be a successful, vibrant, partnership that benefits the communities we serve.

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.

Information regarding the Managing Mood, Emotions and Relationships Pathway:

In this pathway, Senior Mental Health Practitioners work within a strong multi-disciplinary team, providing assessments and therapy to children with severe, chronic and enduring mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety-based disorders and Trauma.

You would work with children, young people and families to understand their experiences and presenting concerns in order to provide an appropriate evidence-based intervention and work closely with other agencies to support the best outcomes.

For queries regarding an opportunity in Exeter/ East Devon, please contact:

Helen Russell, Senior Operations Manager,

For North Devon, please contact:

Sarah Screech, Senior Operations Manager,

For Torbay and South Devon, please contact:

Rosy Preston, Senior Operations Manager,

Person Specification



  • A professional qualification at degree level or equivalent e.g. Psychological profession, Nursing, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, or equivalent.
  • Professional registration/accreditation with a recognised body, e.g. NMC, HCPC, Social Work England, UKCP, BABCP


  • Recognised qualification in evidenced based therapeutic, mental health interventions for children/young people and their families/carers
  • Post graduate qualification relevant to specialism
  • Clinical Supervision qualification



  • Substantial experience of managing an extensive and complex caseload and working with children/young people presenting with a range of complex mental health presentations.
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary and multi-agency environment.
  • Experience of delivering model based psychological therapy


  • Participation in user involvement in services.
  • Mentoring students in line with professional requirements

Knowledge, skills and abilities


  • Ability to be mobile across a geographical area in a timely manner and in accordance with service need.
  • Computer literacy.

Employer details

Employer name

Devon Partnership NHS Trust



Victoria Park Road



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