Senior Mental Health Practitioner

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

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for a Senior Mental Health Practitioner, on a permanent contract. You will be based in Exmouth, but as a team we cover all of East Devon and there may be times when you will be required to work out of an alternative base within our area.

You will be responsible for managing and directing the care of some of the most vulnerable people we are responsible for, many of whom will have complex and ongoing needs. You will use your skills and experience to deliver person centred care, which inspires hope & recovery. You will have direct experience of working with older adults in a community mental health setting for this role.

You will play a key role in a multidisciplinary team, working with multiple agencies on a daily basis. You will be confident working without supervision, with the knowledge to devise individual recovery plans for the people you see. We will help the right person progress within this role, and we will provide a range of training opportunities that can help you develop the skills you need to thrive in this role.

Main duties of the job

You will be able to demonstrate specific examples of how your involvement has improved patient care & experience, and how you have influenced teams to deliver high-quality care. Personally, you will be a clear and confident communicator, capable of interacting and working effectively with people who use our services, their families & carers, staff and stakeholders from all backgrounds.

You will be expected to manage a caseload of older adult clients, and provide evidenced based interventions for the patient, their carers and families and other professionals that may be involved.

There will be an expectation to cover duty across the service, which will involve managing urgent enquiries, and advise.

You will be required to provide assessments for patients with both functional and organic illnesses.

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 refer to the full Job Description and Person specification attached to this advert which will provide further information on this role.

Person Specification Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • An understanding of the Mental Health Act/ Mental Health Capacity Act requirements.
  • An understanding of the CPA Process
  • Understanding of community structures and Health and Social Care Agenda for Older Adults
  • Understanding of recovery principles in Mental Health
  • Understanding of the organic presentations in Older People
  • Excellent communication skills including the ability to engage with clients experiencing a wide range of mental health presentations.
  • Ability to communicate with a wide range of professionals from various settings.
  • Able to produce well written reports.
  • Able to participate and present information in a group setting
  • Able to recognise potential difficulties and participate in finding solutions Ability to assess and develop plans to manage risk.
  • Excellent clinical assessment skills.
  • Ability to manage change in a positive manner.
  • A willingness to use and learn IT Systems ,e.g. Electronic Record Keeping
Qualifications Essential
  • A professional mental health qualification and registration e.g. RMN, Social Work Degree or equivalent, BSc/Diploma in OT, SROT
  • Chartered Clinical Psychologist, ENB 811/812 or Community Nursing Degree
  • Non-Medical Prescriber and/or another recognised therapy qualification
  • Post graduate qualification relevant to specialism Clinical Supervision qualification
  • Training to level 3 in Safeguarding Adults and children and young people: roles and competencies for Health Care staff
Experience Essential
  • Substantial experience of managing an extensive and complex caseload of clients with a range of complex mental health presentations.
  • Experience of delivering model based psychological therapy
  • Working within a community mental health setting in either the statutory or voluntary sector. Providing clinical supervision.
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary and multi-agency environment.
  • Participation in user involvement in services.

Certificate of Sponsorship
Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).
UK Registration
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

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Devon Partnership NHS Trust
Devon Partnership Nhs Trust

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