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Senior Psychosocial Practitioner

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£32,306 - £39,027 per annum pro rata
Closing date
10 Aug 2022

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Band 6
Full Time
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The role
  • Are you someone looking for a career in one of the UK’s most respected mental health and learning disability trusts?
  • Would you like to do a job that makes a difference every day?

We are looking for a full time Senior Psychosocial Practitioner to join the Personality Disorder Service based in Exeter for a 12 month fixed term contract/Secondment. This post may appeal to Registered Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers, or Occupational Therapists with an interest in working therapeutically and relationally. The Psychosocial aspect of the Personality Disorder Service aims to address, in a relational way, the difficulty clients have in carrying out the activities of the day.

Psychosocial group work encourages clients to use everyday tasks and relationships as a means of managing disturbance and also for exploring possibilities for change and growth. It is not based solely on the tasks of the group but on the emotional reactions aroused when carrying them out and the group work includes promoting discussion about both these aspects.

The practitioners try to erode the traditional professional:client dynamic in order to nurture the client’s adult/functioning side to enable the clients to take as much responsibility for the effective functioning of the group as possible.

The role is dynamic and challenging.

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

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

£32,306 - £39,027 per annum pro rata (Band 6)
About you
You will be an enthusiastic and highly motivated individual who is keen to work with clients in a number of creative ways using psychosocial activity and enhancing the relational opportunities offered by this type of group work. You will have the opportunity to work in the Iris Centre Intensive Treatment Programme, as well as our newly developing Community Pathways (Engage and Emerge).

A significant proportion of the clinical and operational work is delivered to treat those with a severe and complex presentation. An ability to organise and participate in groups, work in a team but also autonomously, along with an interest in working within a psychodynamically orientated team would be an advantage.
The location
Your base will be the Iris Centre, however under the current COVID-19 conditions this may be subject to alternative arrangements/change for example home working. Please be assured that any alternatives will be discussed fully with you and the organisation. Please ask the appointing manager if you have any questions.
About us
Join us at Devon Partnership NHS Trust and you’ll be joining an award-winning organisation that is passionate about mental health and learning disability. One that cares about the people it supports – and one that also cares about its staff.

The Personality Disorder Service is a specialist team of mental health professionals with qualifications and experience in offering psychotherapy and treatment to individuals with Severe and Complex personality difficulties. The team includes psychosocial practitioners, Group Analysts, psychotherapists and Consultant Medical Psychotherapists. This service was commissioned to offer care and treatment to individuals with a diagnosis of Severe and Complex Personality Disorder who have received treatment in out of area placements or would likely need to be treated in out of area placements, and to support the effective care and treatment of individuals with a diagnosis of personality disorder in community networks.
Our offer to you
We recognise our people want to learn and develop, becoming the best that they can be. We offer all our staff a range of training opportunities including a variety of in-house training programmes designed and delivered by experts, and opportunities to access external training where appropriate.

The service can also offer opportunities for relevant external courses in line with the Personality Disorder Service training policy.

These posts are open to individuals with a professional qualification such as, RMN, CQSW/ASW, BSc/Diploma in OT, SROT, or other HCPC qualification.

Benefits of working at Devon Partnership NHS Trust include:
  • Commitment to flexible working
  • 27 days of annual leave per year plus bank holidays, increasing to 29 days after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years’ service with the NHS so you can really enjoy what Devon has to offer
  • Individual personal development plans and a commitment to ongoing training - including opportunities to work in different services to build your experience and skills
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Good maternity, paternity and adoption benefits
  • Health service discounts and online benefits
  • Incremental pay progression
  • Free confidential employee assistance programme 24/7
  • Access to our staffnetworks
  • Health and wellbeing opportunities
  • Cycle to Work Scheme and reduced public transport rates
  • Structured learning and development opportunities.
  • Refer a friend scheme applies – both earn up to £500 See attached t&c’s
Living here
Devon offers beautiful coastal and countryside locations with a wide range of social & leisure opportunities. This ranges from some of the best beaches in the Country, The Moors, Canals and rivers all of which can be accessed easily via foot, car, bike or boat.

Great place to work. Great place to live

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