Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year pro rata
Closing date
3 Apr 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Are you looking for a challenging role that will see you provide specialist mental health care treatment to people in Torbay?
  • Would you like to be part of a new team based in a district general hospital, helping to shape how we deliver services to those who need them?
  • Have you ever wanted to experience what its like to live and work in one of the UKs most beautiful coastal areas?

We are looking for Senior Mental Health Practitioner to work in our new Liaison Psychiatry Service in Torbay Hospital. Working on a shift based (including weekends and nights) you will play an essential role in providing 24/7 specialist mental health services to those who need them.

Based within Torbay Hospital, you will become part of a multi-disciplinary team creating care plans and strategies that deliver recovery-focused care for people with complex mental health needs.

You will be a strong confident and capable senior mental health practitioner capable of making decisions that change lives. This post is a fantastic opportunity for the right candidate to gain experience and undertake training and development opportunities to help them establish a strong career within an award winning mental health trust.

Main duties of the job

You will be responsible for taking the lead for mental health services in Torbay Hospital, managing a busy caseload and making decisions that affect lives.

It will be your job to make specialist mental health assessments, and devise interventions that will help people to recover. You will play a key role in a dynamic 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. Its important that you can communicate effectively, not only with your colleagues, but the people you care for, their families and carers. You will be at the centre of their care.

You will be an experienced mental health professional with a professional mental health qualification (RMN, CQSW / ASW, BSc/Diploma in OT, SROT)

We will help you grow in the role, and can provide a range of training opportunities, including our respected preceptorship programme, that can help you develop the skills you need to thrive in the job.

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 Employer.

Job description Job responsibilities

Job Purpose

The Liaison Psychiatry Service provides a 24/7 in and out of hours comprehensive service to patients, clinicians and carers at the local District General Hospital (DGH). This includes specialist mental health assessment and intervention to people of all ages from the age of 18 who present or, are admitted to the DGH.

We provide a specialist consultation-liaison service to referring clinicians and clinical teams, assisting them in decision making in difficult and complex cases, and providing both formal and informal education to qualified and unqualified staff, and offer a broad range of specialist psychosocial treatments for individual inpatients.

Staff within the service are also representing the Devon Partnership Trust in the general hospital setting and will play a vital role in communicating and maintaining a good working relationship between the two organizations.

Through consultation, assessment and interventions, the Liaison Psychiatry Service aims to;

Arrive at a formulation which will identify the correct care pathway & ensure this is implemented

Improve the quality of mental health care for all patients

Improve quality of life for both patients and carers

Identify and manage risk

Reduce the length of stay in the general hospital

Prevent hospital admissions

Reduce the number of incidents and complaints

Measure improvements of health outcomes

Determine service needs

A key aim of the service is to contribute to the acute care pathway, ensuring that those persons who present to the DGH receive a timely specialist mental health assessment by a specialist mental health worker. A significant proportion of these presentations will be those who present with acts of self harm and suicidal behaviours.

Duties and Responsibilities

Communication and Working Relationship Skills
  • Contribute to the team and engage with a wide range of stakeholders including staff, service users, their carers and other statutory and voluntary sector agencies.

Impart complex and sensitive information to:
  • Patients and families/carers re assessment, care planning, treatment and review
  • Multi disciplinary teams to ensure the provision of consistent well coordinated care
  • Primary care teams regarding client care
  • External agencies also involved in the provision of care eg: voluntary and private sector, police, social services, housing, employment etc
  • Services user/carer groups
    • Liaise with a wide range of other professions and agencies.
    • Contribute to the safe and effective day to day operations of the services including the handling of clinical enquiries.
    • Present information, some of which may be contentious, to patients and their families/carers.

    Planning and Organisational Skills

    • Attend management and professional meetings as directed by their line manager and professional lead.
    • Responsible for planning and co-ordinating own day to day work load in collaboration with the needs of the service users and the wider needs of the service. This requires excellent prioritisation skills.
    • Plan and organise case conferences liaising with other agencies as required to meet the needs of their clients.
    • Ensure that interventions are planned in an integrated and co-ordinated manner particularly where dependent on other external agencies

    Analytical and Judgemental Skills
    • Undertake bio-psycho-social assessments, developing a working formulation and diagnosis which will identify onward care pathways. As part of the bio-psycho-social assessment completion of risk assessment and formulation will determine risk management plans.
    • Further assessments/reviews may be required and adjustments made to care pathways where appropriate.
    • Understands and recognises own limitations and seeks supervision when necessary.

    Responsibility for Research and Development
    • Participate in research and development in line with service delivery & development .

    Freedom to Act
    • Work without direct supervision and take accountability for your own actions.
    • When tasks are delegated, ensure that the person you have delegated these tasks to is appropriately skilled to undertake the tasks.
    • Work within the operational policies and service specifications of the team.

    Responsibility for Patient/Client Care, Treatment and Therapy
    • Responsible for developing care whilst service users are in the DGH. This will include assessing, planning, intervention and evaluation.
    • Ensuring active involvement of service users and their carers.
    • Triage/prioritise referrals by assessing and advising on eligibility criteria.
    • Provide specialist advice to referrers/other multi-disciplinary staff in relation to the care of the patient.
    • Participate in safeguarding adults & children.
    • Act in an advisory and collaborative role in interpretation of clinical, professional and technical policies relating to adult mental health.
    • Appraise current practices and standards in light of new research findings and introduce evidence based techniques as appropriate.

    Responsibility for Policy and Service Development Implementation
    • Participate in programmes of audit and research within the team and implement the findings.
    • Contribute to professional clinical governance arrangements in order to ensure the quality of the service provided.
    • Participate in the development of Mental Health Services.
    • Work collaboratively on the formulation of, and review of policies, standards, guidelines and procedures within DPT and the DGH.
    • Attend and participate in relevant groups to include policy implementation, networking , peer review to promote benchmarking and sharing of best practices.

    Responsibility for Finance, Equipment and Other Resources
    • Responsible for care of own equipment.

    Responsibility for Human Resources, e.g. Supervision, Training, HR Advice and Management
    • Supervision of junior qualified / non-qualified staff.
    • Provide clinical supervision.
    • Co-ordinate the activity of the team and facilitate handover meetings.
    • Provide mentorship to students allocated to the team.
    • Take a clinical lead in the absence of the team leader / practice lead.
    • Participate in clinical & managerial supervision as well as annual PDR.
    • Participate in team staff support.
    • Support staff within the DGH to holistically manage people presenting with complex mental health issues and offer appropriate therapeutic interventions.
    • To actively participate in producing and delivering training packages to our colleagues in the DGH and acting as a point of reference as required.
    • Act as a positive role model for other staff and students both within DPT and the DGH.
    • Keep up to date with all Core & Essential Training requirements.

    Responsibility for Information Resources and Administrative Duties
    • Maintain up to date clinical records in a timely and accurate manner in line with standard operating procedures.

    Any Other Specific Tasks Required
    • The postholder works towards complying with the core competencies for mental health liaison practitioners as described in the Competency Framework for Liaison Mental Health Nursing.

    Professional Duties
    • Practice in a way that actively minimises dependency and promotes recovery.
    • Communicate information in a way that makes it relevant and understandable for service users and carers, working to the principles of the functions policy implementation guidelines and practice in line with the standards and values set out in them.
    • Work co-operatively with staff colleagues within the Acute Hospital, other parts of the mental health services, primary care & other statutory & non-statutory organisations.
    • Ensure a duty of care to your patients and clients, who are entitled to receive safe and competent care. The Service User wishes, feelings, values and beliefs should be taken into consideration as well as the views of the people close to them.
    • Take personal accountability for your own practice. This means that you are answerable for your actions and omissions, regardless of advice or directions from another professional in accordance with the NMC Professional Code of Conduct
    • Ensure that you remain professional and competent by participating in your own and others clinical supervision.

    Person Specification Knowledge and skills Essential
    • Specialist knowledge and experience of acute mental health issues within working age and Older adults.
    • An understanding of the Care Programme Approach / Local Mental Health Care Pathways / Mental Health Act / Mental Health Capacity Act & DOLS requirements
    • Excellent communication skills including the ability to engage with clients experiencing a wide range of mental health problems.
    • Able to produce accurate, concise & well written reports.
    • Ability to communicate with a wide range of professions from various settings.
    • Able to prioritise work to reflect change in needs.
    • Able to work collaboratively with clients, carers, relatives and referrers to ensure safe and effective outcomes
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