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Psychological Therapist - Overdose and Self-Injury Service (OASIS)

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

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Band 6
Contract Type
Part 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 be part of a dedicated team committed to making a difference to people’s lives to enjoy a better future?

The OASIS team continues to provide a service to people who self-harm and overdose who present at North Devon District Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department. The service seeks to engage with clients who are not currently open to Care Co-ordination within secondary care mental health services, with a view to reducing repeated attendances to A&E and to provide meaningful psychological intervention to address their difficulties. Often we find ourselves engaging with younger adults (18-30 years of age) who may have emerging difficulties in regulating their emotions. We also work with a high number of neurodivergent individuals and those who identify as LGBTQI+ or who are exploring those identities.

While the parameters of our commissioned service are quite specific, we often provide a sign-posting and educational function within North Devon more generally. The role will encompass the delivery of therapeutic interventions in order to enhance insight and improve emotional regulation and reduce risk. The role will also involve liaising closely with a range of other local mental health services as well as referral management and signposting.
About you
The successful candidate will be an integral part of North Devon Psychology and Psychological Therapies Service, a team with a positive local reputation for quality of care. You will receive ongoing supervision and line management & will take part in service training & development.

We are looking for an individual who is passionate about working with clients in a psychologically informed way, with the confidence to manage risk & a desire to work in a unique service which has a long standing positive reputation in North Devon.

You will be an experienced clinician or counsellor/therapist who is looking to work in a more specialist area. Whilst we do have a framework of interventions within OASIS there is flexibility to bring in your own working style based on your professional experience & qualifications. We are keen to continue to grow the service & welcome individuals who are interested in service evaluation & research around suicide & self-harm.

The role requires a high level of autonomous working, so you will need to be confident at holding a caseload & working independently. Within this you will liaise with other services as necessary to manage risk & support the clients. Many of our clients opt for remote appointments & may have specific communication needs so you will also be confident, or willing to learn, about making therapy accessible to these clients.

We welcome applications from those with lived experience that relates to the client group; whether that be mental health, being neurodivergent or LGBTQI+.
The location
Your base will be at the West Pilton Health and Wellbeing Clinic in Barnstaple. However, as some of our clients opt for remote appointments (via telephone or video call) there is the option for some home working, to be discussed with management.
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.

You’ll be part of a team that is compassionate and supportive, and genuinely committed to working together with the people who use our services, their families and carers in everything that we say and do.
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.

In addition to ongoing training and development opportunities, we are committed to providing an environment in which you can thrive.

Benefits of working at Devon Partnership NHS Trust include:
  • Commitment to flexible working where this is possible
  • 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
  • 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 staff networks
  • Health and wellbeing opportunities
  • Cycle to Work Scheme and reduced public transport rates
  • Structured learning and development opportunities.
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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