Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year
Closing date
21 Aug 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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· Are you someone looking to start a career in one of the UK’s most respected mental health trusts?

· Would you like to do a job that makes a difference every day?

Are you looking for something completely new, different, exhilarating and challenging? Do you want great job satisfaction working within a motivated team? If are you an experienced & resilient clinical practitioner within mental health services then look no further.

This is a great opportunity to join the HMP Dartmoor mental health team as a Senior Mental Health Practitioner

This post will support those most vulnerable and in need individuals within the prison establishment offering an intensive level of input to reduce risk to themselves and others.

The role is based within the existing prison mental health team working within a high paced environment and will allow any individuals to further develop excellent assessment and clinical skills.

Our patient group represents some of the most excluded members of society with their combination of severe mental disorder, substance misuse and serious offending. These individuals often have no access to services in the community so working with these individuals can allow you to make a real difference.

Main duties of the job

You will be required to demonstrate a high level of commitment, motivation and knowledge of working adults with needs.

You will be responsible for the assessment and care planning of a small caseload of patients.

This role will involve delivering high quality needs led support, clinical assessment and interventions and consultation.

Also required to demonstrate excellent communication skills and be able to work collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team and other agencies.

You will have experience of working in a team.

You will often work under pressure and without direct supervision, so we are looking for someone confident and capable. You will prioritise tasks, and manage your own workload, providing support for your colleagues where required.

You will become an important part of the team, working to ensure that every patient receives high quality care. You may be required to support the induction of new staff member, demonstrating activities to them and providing supervision to support administrators.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health & learning disability 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.

Our values

We not only recruit employees based on their qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess and demonstrate the behaviours which underpin the core values of our organisation. These values 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 & learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Employer.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Job Description and Person specification for the job role which gives of the criteria.

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with adults with a mental health diagnosis.
  • Experience of working in secure settings would be beneficial but not essential.
  • Previous experience of working within criminal justice agencies.
  • Experience of working in a forensic setting
Qualifications Essential
  • A professional mental health qualification and registration e.g. RNMH, RNLD,Social Work Degree or equivalent, BSc/Diploma in OT, SROT
  • Registered as qualified user of advanced therapy such as CBT, DBT, Nurse prescriber
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Extensive knowledge of mental health problems related to forensic psychiatry.
  • Knowledge of the Mental Health Act, 1983
  • Understanding of the Code of Practice, 1983
  • Knowledge of the CPA process
  • Knowledge of various therapeutic approaches in the care of forensic patients.
  • Knowledge of basic research methodology.

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