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Senior Psychosocial Practitioner

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
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This is a new post being developed as part of the Trusts Community Mental HealthProgramme in line with NHS priorities. This will be based in dedicated teams across Devon Partnership Trust (North Devon, Exeter/East and Mid Devon, South and West Devon) which will deliver local assessment and treatment pathways for people aged 18-25y with personality disorders, or difficulties consistent with these. These teams will be developed jointly with the Psychology and Psychological Therapy (P&PT) services and Core Services (including Community Mental Health Teams and other community and in-patient services at a locality level) within the Trust, and the Trusts Specialist Personality Disorder Service (PDS). This is, as part of a Devon-wide model being developed with Livewell Southwest (covering the Plymouth area) to support co-ordinated and expanded resources for these service users.

Main duties of the job

The principal purpose of the job is to offer an assessment of needs in each locality for 18-25 year olds who present to the system with complex emotional needs. It will be comprehensive and include evaluation of the social, psychological and motivational factors specific to issues related to traits of emotional dysregulation (and may include acts of self-harm and recent suicidal intent).

The practitioners will aim to practice within the current personality disorders/complex emotional needs pathway as part of the Community Services Framework. They will aim to work with clients for up to a six month period in order to provide a skills based psychological approach while also demonstrating an awareness of signposting to VCSE and other statutory providers of health and social care. They will tailor their interventions in collaboration with clients who are experiencing the often complex issues frequently experienced by young adults struggling with emotional instability and effective communication of their needs.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health, learning disability and neurodiversity 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 Leader Employer.

Job description Job responsibilities

The attached Job Description and Person Specification which will provide further information on this role.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • A core mental health qualification (includes HCPC registered qualifications) e.g. RMN, CQSW/ASW, BSc/Diploma in OT, SROT, Chartered Clinical Psychologist.
  • Introductory training in psychotherapy such as psychodynamic approaches, group therapy approaches or demonstrable proven experience of working with patients attracting a diagnosis of personality disorder.
  • IT Skills.
  • Postgraduate training, qualification or equivalent experience relevant to the treatment of individuals with a diagnosis of personality disorder. EG DBT, MBT, CAT.
Experience Essential
  • Extensive experience of working with people with a diagnosis of personality disorder
  • Significant post qualifying experience.
  • Experience of working at a senior clinical level.
  • Experience of working within a community mental health setting in either the statutory or voluntary sector.
  • Work experience of enablement rather than doing for people.
  • Willingness to use supervision.
  • Ability to manage/experience of managing difficult situations.
  • Experience of risk assessment and risk management processes.
  • Ability to cope with impact of emotional distress.
  • Working to the principles of a therapeutic community.
  • Experience of providing clinical supervision.
  • Experience of managing staff.
  • Experience of setting up or working within a new service.
Knowledge Essential
  • A sound theoretical understanding of Personality Disorders.
  • An excellent understanding of the Mental Health Act, Deprivation of Liberty Act and Mental Health Capacity Act.
  • An excellent understanding of CPA Process.
  • Knowledge of the role of psychosocial practice in the treatment of individuals with a diagnosis of personality disorder.
  • Understanding of the emotional impacts of working with people with complex needs likely to receive a diagnosis of personality disorder.
  • Awareness of community structures and social care options and processes.
  • Understanding of recovery principles in mental health.
  • Understanding of the emotional impacts of working with people with complex needs likely to receive a diagnosis of personality disorder.
Skills & Abilities Essential
  • Communication and Working Relationship Skills
  • Excellent communication skills including the ability to engage with individuals and groups of people who may be antagonistic or highly distressed.
  • Able to produce well written reports.
  • Able to present information to groups of people using different media.
  • Self-awareness and understanding of impact of self on others.
  • Motivation to talk openly about own work experiences.
  • Analytical & Judgemental Skills
  • Able to reflect on ones own feelings and experiences at work and work collaboratively to understand these.
  • Able to assess and manage risk.
  • Planning & Organisational Skills
  • Able to plan creatively to maximise effectiveness of care plans.
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to manage own time and that of the teams.
  • Ability to work flexibly.
  • Physical Skills
  • Ability to be mobile across a geographical area.
  • Computer literacy.
  • A willingness to participate in psychosocial activities.
  • Other
  • Ability to manage change in a positive manner.
  • Awareness of politics of health.
  • A *Standard / Enhanced DBS Check will be required for this role.
  • Excellent clinical assessment skills.

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